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Forum: GS Boxers 03-29-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By bighairless
I think they will be great for what you want…my...

I think they will be great for what you want…my reasons to add them are the same as yours.

Half of my commute is in the dark and I did a good bit of adjusting with the stock LED headlamp and the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2015, 05:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,006
Posted By bighairless
I went from a DL 650 to a Super Tenere to an...

I went from a DL 650 to a Super Tenere to an Explorer and I missed that flick of the clutch, quick shifting Suzuki 650 box.

I absolutely love the fact that the GSW likes to be shifted like that......
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-22-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,925
Posted By bighairless
My WR250r purchased with .8 mile on the OD was...

My WR250r purchased with .8 mile on the OD was babied…never over half throttle, never over 55mph for 600 miles and then changed the oil to full synthetic. Continued with the break-in recommendations...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-07-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,747
Posted By bighairless
The maintenance due at 12,000 miles (valves and...

The maintenance due at 12,000 miles (valves and such) on the GSW costs 60 bucks for parts and can be performed by anyone who can change plugs on the ST...and in about the same amount of time. At the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-06-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,747
Posted By bighairless
I’ve owned two Yamaha motorcycles; one was the...

I’ve owned two Yamaha motorcycles; one was the ST, both of which spent at least one night at the shop with warranty work (only brand I’ve owned that I can say that about). I would have needed a...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-28-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,919
Posted By bighairless
I hesitate to post this because I haven't...

I hesitate to post this because I haven't researched this info enough to say with certainty but I'm curious about the answers to your questions also.

My GF is a little short in the legs to handle...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-27-2015, 02:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,661
Posted By bighairless
Agreed. I went from a Yamaha Super Tenere to...

Agreed.

I went from a Yamaha Super Tenere to a Triumph Tiger Explorer XC to a BMW GSW.

The only area I could see giving the upper hand to the Explorer is on the highway at speeds that would get...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-03-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,196
Posted By bighairless
The Altrider bars are stainless steel.

The Altrider bars are stainless steel.
Forum: GS Boxers 01-26-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,196
Posted By bighairless
I had the same dilemma and went with AltRider but...

I had the same dilemma and went with AltRider but I don't think there is a bad choice between these two. Having not inspected either, the deciding factor for me was not having to loosen/remove them...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-12-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 27,531
Posted By bighairless
I seriously question the underlined... ...

I seriously question the underlined...


Not unanimous and not my experience but somehow ST punch causes gross overlooking of the problems. :deal



GSW is 12k.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 01-11-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 27,531
Posted By bighairless
Not many folks have had an ST and the GSW (so...

Not many folks have had an ST and the GSW (so there will be some bullshitters to weed through), I’ve not seen anyone who had both and said the ST was less expensive/less time -myself included…I have...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-30-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 56,823
Posted By bighairless
The maintenance work and time necessary to...

The maintenance work and time necessary to perform are not about right and wrong. They are measurable and factual. They may vary some by where you live and if you can't do basic maintenance but wait...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-28-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,055
Posted By bighairless
(I went from the Wee to the ST also) At...

(I went from the Wee to the ST also)

At 18,000 miles my ST was making scary (to me) sounds. This was probably the cam chain tensioner but that was before it was such a known culprit. The motor...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-26-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,254
Posted By bighairless
I'm 6'3'' and 260 lbs naked. The ESA is the best...

I'm 6'3'' and 260 lbs naked. The ESA is the best suspension I've ridden. Even with the GF on back it works great. It's the first suspension I have had that I have no desire/need to modify at all.
...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-26-2014, 03:42 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 27,531
Posted By bighairless
Not current...2009-to early 2012. From the...

Not current...2009-to early 2012.

From the CR article: Despite the higher number of problems, Harley-Davidson and BMW owners told CR that they were among the most satisfied with their bikes. When...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-25-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,254
Posted By bighairless
Agreed. Worth every penny.

Agreed.
Worth every penny.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-25-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 27,531
Posted By bighairless
I spent 18,000 miles on a 2012 ST...and bought a...

I spent 18,000 miles on a 2012 ST...and bought a 2014 GSW this year.

These two bikes are in the same category but not even in the same league since the last time both bikes were updated...if money...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-24-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 56,823
Posted By bighairless
80 (some) computer controlled settings. :huh ...

80 (some) computer controlled settings. :huh

Aside from the ST ES lacking the same mechanical bits for the forks and the lack of a computer program to do some on the fly adjustments (performed...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-24-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 56,823
Posted By bighairless
:huh The ES? Simple? Compared to what? :ear

:huh

The ES? Simple? Compared to what? :ear
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 12-24-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 215
Views: 56,823
Posted By bighairless
My ST report card and thoughts (as asked by the...

My ST report card and thoughts (as asked by the OP):

The bad:

-having to bleed the clutch to remove the cold start lever travel shortage. Again/repeat/over and over/even after swapping parts. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 26,995
Posted By bighairless
Late 2014. It has to be in the 20's for me...

Late 2014.

It has to be in the 20's for me to set it on high. Plenty hot for me...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-06-2014, 03:54 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,762
Posted By bighairless
It might feel good if your 5'7" and weight under...

It might feel good if your 5'7" and weight under 180. ...I maxed the suspension on day one and it wasn't nearly enough for the street ...and the dampening sucks...fork dive under braking.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-06-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,762
Posted By bighairless
Two hours to the do the valves on the GSW would...

Two hours to the do the valves on the GSW would be taking your time...A mechanic said he charges a little over an hour, a decent garage wrench will probably need to do it a few times to get the time...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By bighairless
What does this mean? ...that you were not...

What does this mean?

...that you were not going to tell a prospective buyer?

If you have the information on the bike, you should disclose it regardless of what attention you think it will...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,762
Posted By bighairless
Yep the spark plug change is pretty easy but it...

Yep the spark plug change is pretty easy but it is time consuming...my point is in regards to all the Tenere owners living in some fantasy land about the ‘long maintenance interval on the valve...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-04-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,762
Posted By bighairless
I have no idea what folks are drinking when they...

I have no idea what folks are drinking when they talk about 'easy to live with' or 'easy to do maintenance on'...the Tenere was the worst bike I've owned for DIY work. Any plastic panel removal...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-02-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 11,762
Posted By bighairless
Nailed it...I was instantly more comfortable on...

Nailed it...I was instantly more comfortable on the GSW.
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-09-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
You "FEEL 100% confident" :eek1 and want to base...

You "FEEL 100% confident" :eek1 and want to base it on how many ADV internet heroes that meet that criteria? :huh Is that 9 or 19? Well, at least you will feel confident and be informed about the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-09-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
You've tried both off road? Not that I'm a...

You've tried both off road?

Not that I'm a premier off-roader by any stretch of the imagination and not that I don't think they are comparative off road but having owned both bikes and ridden both...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-09-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
Except that they bench marked the last generation...

Except that they bench marked the last generation and failed to competitively update. Is it a clean slate dead end?


This is my first BMW/I commute on the bike/errand run/grocery shop/weekend...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-09-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
What does this ^ mean? ...and how? :huh How...

What does this ^ mean? ...and how? :huh

How on earth does a company (Yamaha) take a whipp’n by having deeply discounted 2012’s/2013’s still on the show floor (it's 2015), without a meaningful...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-03-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
I like skinny little farm girls! :rofl but I...

I like skinny little farm girls! :rofl but I can't be sensible...I would need to be single and rich... I'm just single.

Sad about the market but it's a good bike and will serve those who can keep...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-03-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
Damn! Never use a work nickname on an internet...

Damn! Never use a work nickname on an internet forum…

Hey Mark! You busted me bashing the S10…run over the 10’er forum and bring a hoard for a pile-on-bash’n –you know I can shoulder it and I have...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-03-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
Hmmm…you might be onto something, albeit...

Hmmm…you might be onto something, albeit accidentally and opposite on why these are not selling.

Maybe buyers are seeing Yamaha quality as slipping…anyone seeing these 12’s or 13’s marked down...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 11-01-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,277
Posted By bighairless
I’ve owned both the Tenere and the 1200 Explorer...

I’ve owned both the Tenere and the 1200 Explorer XC, I can’t comment on the 800.

Road use: both will suit well for long distance travel but the Explorer is a better touring bike and much more...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-24-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
So I'm guess'n you, like most, purchased the YES...

So I'm guess'n you, like most, purchased the YES warranty (Yamaha extended warranty). :wink::lol3
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-24-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
GS=3 year warranty. Yamaha=1 Two Yamahas...

GS=3 year warranty. Yamaha=1

Two Yamahas I've had (S10/WRR) both spent a night in the shop before 3,500 miles. The GS hasn't...

Whatever helps YOU or anyone make a decision on what bike to...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-24-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
I'm not sure what you're asking? It costs...

I'm not sure what you're asking?

It costs the same for an hour of labor at the same shop. It doesn't matter what brand, Yamaha/Suzuki/Honda/Aprilia or BMW. So...if it takes longer to do the...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-24-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
Yep the S10 is a lot cheaper and you get a lot...

Yep the S10 is a lot cheaper and you get a lot less...

As far as flaming on the maintenance, where do people get these ideas?...the facts are simple. If the owner does the maintenance the cost is...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 10-19-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 526
Views: 69,398
Posted By bighairless
Maybe it's different on your side of the...

Maybe it's different on your side of the pond...:huh

Here, a shop rate is a shop rate. If I take a Yamaha/Suzuki/Honda/Whatever to the dealer it cost the same per hour as the BMW. Considering the...
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