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Forum: GS Boxers 04-21-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 832
Posted By papa-alpha
Good news. BMW is going to replace the cap under...

Good news. BMW is going to replace the cap under warranty! They said the problem was not uncommon in California with the funky vacuum fillers.

Thanks for the comments.

Phil
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By papa-alpha
Sherman Pass in California open!

It is still listed as closed on the Sequoia National Forest website, but it is open as of late last week. We saw maybe two or three cars all day.

This is a great day ride from HWY 395 up 9 Mile...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 832
Posted By papa-alpha
Fuel tank lid broke at the hinge . . .

My wife handed me her hinged fuel tank lid (which was now no longer hinged) as we were filling up yesterday in the desert. this is the same hinged lid that is used on the 1200, 800, 700, 650 and...
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,280
Posted By papa-alpha
That's a great idea!

That's a great idea!
Forum: Equipment 04-15-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,280
Posted By papa-alpha
Riding in the Western US during the summer (mid...

Riding in the Western US during the summer (mid 90's to 105+) with Klim Latitude. It seems the jacket by itself with all the vents open is good into the mid-90's. Above that I usually use wet shirt...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,919
Posted By papa-alpha
If you are riding in the big west (or anywhere...

If you are riding in the big west (or anywhere else where distances are great and gas can get iffy) you will kick yourself for the GS. It is real luxury to have 300+ miles in the tank and if you...
Forum: Equipment 04-09-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,522
Posted By papa-alpha
“If people persist in trespassing upon the...

“If people persist in trespassing upon the grizzlies' territory, we must accept the fact that the grizzlies, from time to time, will harvest a few trespassers.”
― Edward Abbey...
Forum: Alaska 04-05-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,511
Posted By papa-alpha
Someone had to! Round tires and slippery oil...

Someone had to!

Round tires and slippery oil work in Alaska, just like the lower 48.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-11-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,653
Posted By papa-alpha
Is this the start of yet another, never ending...

Is this the start of yet another, never ending lube thread?? :wink:
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-02-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,216
Posted By papa-alpha
+1 Panamint Springs Good food, decent...

+1 Panamint Springs

Good food, decent camping, rooms are what you would expect in the middle of nowhere. Most expensive gas in the US (guessing) - over $6/gal a month ago.
Forum: Vendors 12-31-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,624
Posted By papa-alpha
My wife and I rented bikes from Jason last...

My wife and I rented bikes from Jason last Christmas. We hadn't been to the Big Island before and he showed us around one day and we went exploring the second day. We had a great time. The bikes were...
Forum: Americas 11-12-2014, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By papa-alpha
Check out the Death Valley road condition page on...

Check out the Death Valley road condition page on Facebook. It gets updated often. Also the Daily Report on the DVNP website.

I was talking to someone in Furnace Creek on Monday and they said...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 10,777
Posted By papa-alpha
Laugh What I've learned from this thread: - Stock...

What I've learned from this thread:

- Stock exhaust is heavier and lighter than after market
- Cows and cats are going destroy the world due to emissions
- Harley's are obnoxiously loud
- Loud...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-07-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,622
Posted By papa-alpha
Yeah, I have a DRZ and a 1200 GSA and ride them...

Yeah, I have a DRZ and a 1200 GSA and ride them pretty much like you would expect.

For me the GSA is a great travel bike with a few dirt or gravel roads thrown in for variety. I've seen the...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-21-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,518
Posted By papa-alpha
Just a change in direction. It happens. Don't...

Just a change in direction. It happens. Don't fret. Have a good time with your family, they are what count, and enjoy your bike when you have a chance . . . or not.

It is fun to get wrapped up...
Forum: The Rockies – It's all downhill from here... 04-30-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,043
Posted By papa-alpha
If you ever have a question about an IBA ride, go...

If you ever have a question about an IBA ride, go to the IBA website and post the question for "Ira". He is the guy that will tell you what they will or won't accept and what he says will stick. He...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-17-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 11,418
Posted By papa-alpha
Ha Ha, so true. I always signal for a left turn...

Ha Ha, so true. I always signal for a left turn as I'm being run off the road.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-17-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,348
Posted By papa-alpha
We have a Kendon dual bike fold up and have had...

We have a Kendon dual bike fold up and have had great luck with it. No rust. Does what it is supposed to do. Four bikes, the trailer and a car in our 2-car garage.

The only advice I would have is...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-08-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,395
Posted By papa-alpha
Someone once told me that I didn't have to worry...

Someone once told me that I didn't have to worry to much about locking the BMW as long as it was parked next to a Harley. No thief will take a GS when a good hog is the alternative. It has worked so...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-03-2013, 06:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,989
Posted By papa-alpha
On the south side of the park, Tecopa Hot Springs...

On the south side of the park, Tecopa Hot Springs Resort. This isn't a resort in the sense Las Vegas has resorts :-). This is a little hole in the wall with hot springs. The bonus at Tecopa is...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-07-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,897
Posted By papa-alpha
I clip the Gerbing dual controller in the leather...

I clip the Gerbing dual controller in the leather case on the back side of my tank bag. Works well. Wires are long enough from there to stand up without unplugging.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-21-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,867
Posted By papa-alpha
It looks good, although for adventure riding you...

It looks good, although for adventure riding you should have the Touratech guard for it . . . I'm sure they have one.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-08-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By papa-alpha
Thanks Kevin, sounds fun.

Thanks Kevin, sounds fun.
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2013, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By papa-alpha
S Coast Ridge Rd/Los Burros Rd

Hi All,

Going up to central CA in a couple weeks. Is S Coast Ridge Rd/Los Burros Rd better North to South or the other way or does it really matter? From the photos posted here and on other sites...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-04-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,621
Posted By papa-alpha
If the closures had come a few weeks earlier they...

If the closures had come a few weeks earlier they could have used it to deny the Yosemite Rim fire access to the National Park and save everyone a lot of grief.

Congress needs to work on timing as...
Forum: The Rockies – It's all downhill from here... 09-23-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 431
Posted By papa-alpha
Kolob Reservoir north to 14

Utah question:

Can anyone help with the conditions of roads north from Kolab reservoir to Utah 14. On Google maps it looks like Kolob Rd to Right Hand Canyon Rd. I'd like to take my wife on her...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-09-2013, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,333
Posted By papa-alpha
Hi All, Let us know how it went. Interested...

Hi All,

Let us know how it went. Interested in the condition of the roads once you left the pavement for a ride with wifey who is not enthusiastic about survival exercises but is fine with dirt...
Forum: Equipment 08-09-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,016
Posted By papa-alpha
I have! State Farm randomly sent a form and I...

I have! State Farm randomly sent a form and I filled it out, thinking nothing about it. They jacked my rates because I bumped over the 12k a year I had declared.
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,973
Posted By papa-alpha
Looking at DRZ 400S oem parts. They have a K1,...

Looking at DRZ 400S oem parts. They have a K1, K2, K3, K4, and Y models.
Can anyone help me with the difference.

Thanks
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 06-16-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 628
Posted By papa-alpha
Monana mount on 12mm bar . . .

Does anyone know a way to mount the Montana cradle directly to a 12mm tube (the cross piece on R1200GS windshield)? I know about the ball mount on a 12mm tube, but would like to find something...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-07-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,014
Posted By papa-alpha
I had a very similar experience with the front...

I had a very similar experience with the front and had it changed to an AIII along with the rear which had a nasty puncture.
It was changed at the dealer and he said they see it often and it is due...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,190
Posted By papa-alpha
I remember when I was 49 . . . I think

I remember when I was 49 . . . I think
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-12-2013, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By papa-alpha
Motoplaner

In the recent Touratech magazine they mentioned a free google map based route planner called Motoplaner. It is in German, but looks simple and wouldn't be too hard to translate. I searched this...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-08-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,168
Posted By papa-alpha
XM Radio on GPS

Hi all,

I now have a Garmin Montana that I'm fairly happy with. But I have a couple long rides coming up where it would be really nice to have XM radio. Does anyone have experience with the XM...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 726
Posted By papa-alpha
:eek1 Really? Short out a battery through...

:eek1

Really? Short out a battery through the bolt? If you try this make real sure the battery is a long way from the ensuing spark fest. A dead short across a battery is not recommended by the...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By papa-alpha
New turn signal switch

Hi All,

Does anyone know if the new 2013 turn signal switch assembly will plug into a 2012 wiring harness or if it could be fit without re-engineering the whole electrical system. I broke my...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-29-2012, 09:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,083
Posted By papa-alpha
Really? They aren't selling used cars . . . and...

Really? They aren't selling used cars . . . and the competitors brochure - c'mon! The sales people are smarter than that.

Around here the sticker price is not moving much, if at all. But they...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-17-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,036
Posted By papa-alpha
Went through the same thing a couple months ago...

Went through the same thing a couple months ago and got roughly the same deal. They didn't bend much on the sticker price but threw in a gift certificate that can be used for service or stuff. (also...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,484
Posted By papa-alpha
As far as the TPM goes, you're right if you have...

As far as the TPM goes, you're right if you have a big failure, you will know it about the same time the light comes on. I think the real value is if you pick up a nail or whatever in the middle of...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-21-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,479
Posted By papa-alpha
You are in for a fun day! Congrats. The oil...

You are in for a fun day! Congrats.

The oil thread is good, almost necessary, but don't forget the turn signals. You will need to retrain your thumbs.
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