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Forum: GS Boxers 11-21-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By bcostell
What a great piece of lateral thinking (solder...

What a great piece of lateral thinking (solder method)! Simple and elegant (and cheap). Could this be done of the bike or does the final drive have to be removed? - I'm wondering if there's a way to...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-21-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By bcostell
The spacers are made of 3/4" stock - I used...

The spacers are made of 3/4" stock - I used stainless, but pretty much any metal will work. This stock size fits very snug in to the cover counter bores. The length is 21mm. I drilled a 10.5 hole...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-19-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By bcostell
Yup, that would have been a great exercise. But...

Yup, that would have been a great exercise. But as I built this for myself and not with the intent of marketing it I just used a line of logic/reasoning to satisfy myself :1drink
Forum: GS Boxers 11-18-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By bcostell
1150 Final Drive Pre-Load Tool

Having read through the BMW service manual, viewed you-tube vids and looked at various articles written on the topic I've had a go at putting together a tool that I can use in the field to...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,321
Posted By bcostell
As it's a 2004 and low mileage, it's likely to...

As it's a 2004 and low mileage, it's likely to have all of the servo/abs equipment fitted. It's recommended to flush the system every couple of years. It's not a particularly hard job to do, just a...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-05-2013, 05:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By bcostell
have you checked the wheel/tire balance?

have you checked the wheel/tire balance?
Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,285
Posted By bcostell
Another test...when stationary, in neutral, revs...

Another test...when stationary, in neutral, revs above 4k. Any difference with the clutch in or out?

Trying to rule out the clutch here.....
Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,285
Posted By bcostell
Need some more diagnostic info. 1). What's...

Need some more diagnostic info.

1). What's the behavior when the bike is stationary and you rev above 4k? Major vibration?

2). On the road, at say 5k. You pull the clutch and let the engine...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-28-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By bcostell
You say that you fiddled with the throttle...

You say that you fiddled with the throttle cables.....are you very (very) sure the throttle cables are both properly seated ? It's very easy for them to become unseated during routine servicing, let...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-27-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,236
Posted By bcostell
The pivot is in multiple parts. There's a pair of...

The pivot is in multiple parts. There's a pair of special nuts on each end with a threaded rod between them. Before you can remove these nuts you have to remove the screws on the end. Once the screws...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-26-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 783
Posted By bcostell
I think it's pretty straightforward. After all...

I think it's pretty straightforward. After all the bike is built around the engine, everything hangs off of that, not the frame. It's not a five minute job, but neither is it a week of torture. I...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-19-2013, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By bcostell
I've had reasonable success searching the UK and...

I've had reasonable success searching the UK and German sites of eBay. The German's usually speak English and are often prepared to ship. Complete sets occasionally come up on the UK site. I just...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7,447
Views: 1,953,902
Posted By bcostell
Indeed. And maybe when you've traveled a bit more...

Indeed. And maybe when you've traveled a bit more through France,visited more than a few small towns, seen the monuments to her war dead, immersed onself in the agony of her 'lost generation' then...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7,447
Views: 1,953,902
Posted By bcostell
I have read some crap in my life, but this is...

I have read some crap in my life, but this is right up there with the best. The next thing you'll be saying is some old tripe like California has better beaches. Oh I forgot, you already made that...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,844
Posted By bcostell
Part of the problem is that Park Lane is a very...

Part of the problem is that Park Lane is a very exclusive neighborhood in central London, so your business is likely mouse nuts to them. No excuse, total BS actually. I'd raise merry hell with them,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2013, 01:39 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,844
Posted By bcostell
When the bike turned up at Park Lane, had all of...

When the bike turned up at Park Lane, had all of the fees been paid to the people doing the delivery? ie. is there a chance that Park Lane were asked for money when the bike was delivered. If so,...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 7,447
Views: 1,953,902
Posted By bcostell
Spain, Portugal and Morocco... It's very...

Spain, Portugal and Morocco...

It's very tempting to head north from Madrid and visit Salamanca, Valladolid and up to San Sebastien to the old town where some of the worlds best tapas bars are,...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-28-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 39,428
Posted By bcostell
Vern has been pretty unwell for quite a while. I...

Vern has been pretty unwell for quite a while. I chased him over several months to get a set, got a little frustrated trying to buy. Once I understood his circumstances I felt a bit silly. I did get...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-27-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 503
Views: 100,401
Posted By bcostell
Nr sougia, Crete May 2013

http://bcostell.smugmug.com/Holidays/Crete-2013/i-z8KRLcN/0/L/IMG_1305-L.jpg

It works, it's reliable, it's comfy, what else matters?
Forum: GS Boxers 05-23-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Now in southern Crete, town of Sougia. So...

Now in southern Crete, town of Sougia.

So far on this trip the bike has survived a suicidal goat that managed to end it all and an asshole on a scooter who dodged in front of me as I was executing...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-21-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Visiting a couple of Greek islands

Got back in to Athens, collected my trusty steed from it's resting place. Changed the BMW panniers for some Verns then took the ferry to Santorini, spent a few days. Now in Crete.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2013, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,307
Posted By bcostell
Going to ask a really back to basics...

Going to ask a really back to basics question...pls don't be offended. When did you last have the wheels/tires balanced? This would assume it's not 5th/6th gears, but speed related :)
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,844
Posted By bcostell
I live in NorCal, have dual citizenship (US and...

I live in NorCal, have dual citizenship (US and UK). So I have the great advantage of not being constrained by the insurance/license BS that a US citizen has to put up with. I can't offer any great...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-12-2013, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By bcostell
They do twist. They also spread. As I look at...

They do twist. They also spread. As I look at your photo's you've got both going on. Btw, this isn't just a GSA problem. Pretty much all the GS's and the RT's have the same issue. Heavy bike, weak...
Forum: Ride reports 04-19-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7,447
Views: 1,953,902
Posted By bcostell
When you post, whatever the forum, you're...

When you post, whatever the forum, you're soliciting feedback and asking for a conversation, with no pre-conditions. So anyone who subscribes has just as much right to share their thoughts and...
Forum: Ride reports 04-19-2013, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7,447
Views: 1,953,902
Posted By bcostell
Tit for Tat

Both of you, take it off line. No one give's a sh#t. The ride and personal philosophy are great and inspiring, the private stuff should stay that way.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-17-2013, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,080
Posted By bcostell
Max's Parts Fiche

http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fiche/PartsFiche.aspx
Forum: GS Boxers 04-17-2013, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,080
Posted By bcostell
Source for Stainless Fitting

This place is a great source for all the metric fasteners you'll need. I cross referenced with Max's website to confirm sizes then ordered off these folks website. They have everything in stainless...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2013, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 739
Posted By bcostell
Spray a bunch of wd40 around the rubber ends and...

Spray a bunch of wd40 around the rubber ends and inboard where the little nut and bolt are (just inboard of where the brake and clutch master cylinders were). You can use a large screwdriver to...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-13-2013, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2,782
Views: 875,089
Posted By bcostell
Bahia Conception

http://bcostell.smugmug.com/photos/i-8r9DrGh/0/L/i-8r9DrGh-L.jpg
Forum: GS Boxers 04-12-2013, 08:28 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Just over 50k. No plans to crack the case. Part...

Just over 50k. No plans to crack the case. Part of my plan is to keep this bike in synch with the bike I keep in europe (currently in a garage in Athens) which I purchased in the UK. That bike...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Center Stand

When I came to put the center stand back on (after powder coating) I found it was slightly twisted (maybe 5 degrees) and the lugs has spread apart. I purchased a second hand one off of ebay, same...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2013, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By bcostell
Color code

The color I used was:

Mercedes 735 Astro silver

I used a two part paint by Nason. No clear, just a single stage. Be aware that there's a fair bit more gloss that the BMW color, which is pretty...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By bcostell
Powder coating

If you're thinking of powder coating the legs, be careful. They are a very tight fit in the lower clamp, if powder coated, would likely no fit.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Black Engine/trans

As I recall, the enduro transmission was black. I think there was also an option to specify a black engine. I think other non-GS models were standard as black...maybe the rockster?
Forum: GS Boxers 04-09-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,063
Posted By bcostell
http://bcostell.smugmug.com/photos/i-nBG6Gwf/0/L/i...

http://bcostell.smugmug.com/photos/i-nBG6Gwf/0/L/i-nBG6Gwf-L.jpg

I've just restored my forks. They do get very pitted. What I did was to tape (a lot) around the staunchions and bead blast the...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-09-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
My 1150GSA Cosmetic Clean-up

http://bcostell.smugmug.com/photos/i-hD3fLxk/0/L/i-hD3fLxk-L.jpg

Bought this bike from another inmate. From 50yds it looked ok, up close it was all rather sad. Mechanicaly it had been well cared...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 435,569
Posted By bcostell
Went over to the UK Chrsitmas eve. Purchased an...

Went over to the UK Chrsitmas eve. Purchased an 1150GSA. Left on xmas day - London, Paris, Pisa, Rome, Siena, Florence, Bologna and Milan where we parked the bike up. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2013, 03:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,355
Posted By bcostell
What type of riding are you planning on? What...

What type of riding are you planning on? What sort of loads? How aggressive on the road/on the dirt do you ride?

You can get the stock shocks rebuilt, with springs to match. You can also do a...
Forum: Old's Cool 07-21-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,637
Posted By bcostell
Engine power is a function of how much air you...

Engine power is a function of how much air you can drive through the engine. Higher engine speed means more power.

Any engine will eventually destruct if you run it at high enough revs. The...
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