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Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 812
Posted By lkchris
Good to remember that this site presents build...

Good to remember that this site presents build date in European format.

For my RT it says 03 01 12 and that's January 3.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-13-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By lkchris
If you use the specified (not same word as...

If you use the specified (not same word as recommended) SAF-XO fluid in final drive it will by definition be synthetic.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-26-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,409
Posted By lkchris
You can bet there's a cooling fan under that...

You can bet there's a cooling fan under that shroud.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,468
Posted By lkchris
Even the R80G/S is a heavy pig.

Even the R80G/S is a heavy pig.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,517
Posted By lkchris
Most vehicles with an ambient temperature display...

Most vehicles with an ambient temperature display also have a freeze warning feature.

On German cars since the 1980s.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,482
Posted By lkchris
Of course none of this means BMW spent any design...

Of course none of this means BMW spent any design effort in making their bikes DIY-friendly in the baling wire/Model T tradition.

If you break something it is NOT poor design and is instead poor...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-14-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 661
Posted By lkchris
Cruise control is overrated. If you ever...

Cruise control is overrated.

If you ever ride more than seconds with your hand off the right grip--even on an Interstate slog--I'd be surprised. I don't when I do.

If you ride in any kind of...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,742
Posted By lkchris
I agree. IMHO aftermarket throttle locks...

I agree.

IMHO aftermarket throttle locks are simply overthinking the problem, require a learning period, and are potentially dangerous.

With the o-ring, all you have to do to decrease...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,114
Posted By lkchris
The kill switch is a little piece of plastic...

The kill switch is a little piece of plastic designed only for emergency use and never designed for frequent use.

It's frequent use was never an issue until the ego maniacs at MSF decided...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By lkchris
This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to...

This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to Integral ABS (whizzy) and would think you should keep them matched.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,114
Posted By lkchris
A great idea and much more intelligent than using...

A great idea and much more intelligent than using kill switch.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-18-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,496
Posted By lkchris
Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. ...

Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. If temp gauge doesn't show it simply means system is efficiently dumping the heat.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-17-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,279
Posted By lkchris
For RTs at least the first couple years was 5...

For RTs at least the first couple years was 5 amps. Now it's 10 amps.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-15-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,279
Posted By lkchris
Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from...

Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from MotoGP. Used my Slime pump with bike motor running off the rear CANBus socket and it worked fine. The chuck fit the TPMS valve fine, although it was...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,158
Posted By lkchris
Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with...

Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with headlight aimed too high.

Clearly headlight adjustment check is not listed in dealer uncrate/setup instructions.

Forum advice would be for...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,842
Posted By lkchris
The auto industry is obsessed with reducing...

The auto industry is obsessed with reducing vehicle weight.

This is one of the reasons for CANBus wiring.

This sort of electrical system really doesn't need heavy switches with big contacts.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-14-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,658
Posted By lkchris
If the manufacturer advertises long tread life,...

If the manufacturer advertises long tread life, that's not a winter tire.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,463
Posted By lkchris
Every tire change. How hard is that?

Every tire change.

How hard is that?
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,917
Posted By lkchris
Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced,...

Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced, didn't it?

Decades of hype from aftermarket ticky tacky marketers has "proven" manufacturers are "cheapskates," right?

If the factory thought...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By lkchris
The same tool is used to both install and remove...

The same tool is used to both install and remove Oetiker clamps, and it's really easy to use, but it appears a major stumbling block to so many to purchase one. These clamps are far superior to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-07-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By lkchris
Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW...

Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW car, a VW/Audi, or any other BMW bike going back 30 or more years and most of them would retain the main halogen bulb the same way with a similar clip...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,984
Posted By lkchris
Great source for TORX tools ...

Great source for TORX tools
http://wihatools.com/indexes/indxtorx.htm
Forum: GS Boxers 07-01-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,984
Posted By lkchris
M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded...

M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded shaft and do NOT indicate the wrench size.
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,867
Posted By lkchris
Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested...

Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested spline lube interval.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,666
Posted By lkchris
Well, if there's an airbag, this period will...

Well, if there's an airbag, this period will serve to eliminate stored charge in the capacitor.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,025
Posted By lkchris
BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making...

BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making "poor design" comments laughable.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,243
Posted By lkchris
Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new...

Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new motor oil will make the engine run quieter than it was just before you changed it. Less likely to hear this with watercooled motor, I'd think.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,243
Posted By lkchris
BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been...

BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been designed to be reusable for years and years, even Airheads. Just remember, no adhesive or other goop.
Forum: Equipment 05-19-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By lkchris
What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW...

What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW communicator or ??
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,624
Posted By lkchris
Using rear brake only is mistake

Using rear brake only is mistake
Forum: GS Boxers 04-27-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,598
Posted By lkchris
Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and...

Camhead plugs are smaller than Hexhead plugs and the official change interval is 12k miles versus 24k. Easy to assume quicker wear on smaller plug, as there's less to start with.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By lkchris
Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.

Be sure to put all removed parts in a basket.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By lkchris
There's a big "nice" factor about new tires. ...

There's a big "nice" factor about new tires.

New rubber isn't as hard as old rubber and new tires always feel better.

Even half worn, a tire doesn't perform as well as a new one.

There...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By lkchris
Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels,...

Don't the latest ones have heavier flywheels, too?

I know this was "announced" in conjunction with the GSW but that doesn't mean it isn't now also on the basic GS. It's on the new RTs, and it's...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,770
Posted By lkchris
Ain't psychology grand? Lots of posts "is...

Ain't psychology grand?

Lots of posts "is this part necessary?"

Lots of posts "is this procedure necessary?"

You wonder why BMW even bothers, as clearly its customer know more than they...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 942
Posted By lkchris
I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it...

I'd call a couple other dealers. I've had it retrofitted twice to R1200RTs and memory is hazy but think it was more like $600. Can't imagine anything different about a GS. It's just software and a...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-17-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,853
Posted By lkchris
Just in case you want original equipment quality...

Just in case you want original equipment quality ...

http://beemershop.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=BS&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=MAHLE
Forum: GS Boxers 03-10-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,024
Posted By lkchris
Parts for German vehicles, both cars and...

Parts for German vehicles, both cars and motorcycles, are not available at "local parts stores."

It will save you "a lot of time and trouble" if you simply obtain them from BMW sources or from...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,797
Posted By lkchris
Treat the disease and not just the symptom. ...

Treat the disease and not just the symptom.

Don't overtighten the filter when installing.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,980
Posted By lkchris
So people like you that don't understand...

So people like you that don't understand engineering are protected by those that do.

Did you know that the failure of the modified P-51 Mustang that augered in at the Reno Air Races a couple...
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