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Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 333
Posted By vtbob
+1 KLR is far better on dirt and off...

+1

KLR is far better on dirt and off road....and still can take you cross country(if you body can stand riding it that far) but that is Connie territory.

if you are really serious about off...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-29-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,310
Posted By vtbob
Great looking bike! Have fun!

Great looking bike!

Have fun!
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-27-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By vtbob
The 21 inch front tire...is NOT a road tire size...

The 21 inch front tire...is NOT a road tire size so you are pretty limited.
My guess the Tourance Next is as close as you can get
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-27-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 573
Posted By vtbob
It really depends on where and how you want to...

It really depends on where and how you want to ride.

I had a KLR for several years. It a FAR better true off road bike than any BMW.
But as you well know not so great to do 3 or 400 mile days on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-25-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,310
Posted By vtbob
There was a big discussion about this, the...

There was a big discussion about this, the allegation that a lower F650GS had less cornering clearance that the std F650GS in another blog.

It turns out that is NOT true because both lowered and...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 03:52 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 436,013
Posted By vtbob
These bike mods are meant to give them a retro...

These bike mods are meant to give them a retro look of 70s BMW tourers.
The large over sized tank was an option back in the day, note also the period bags and the period seat is most notable on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-24-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,310
Posted By vtbob
You concern about cruising all day at 75 or 85 or...

You concern about cruising all day at 75 or 85 or 90 is nothing to worry about.

It is a 70hp bike, which is only "small" by today's 130 or160hp distorted standards. It has more pound per hp than...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-24-2015, 04:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,310
Posted By vtbob
I would not worry about the low suspension...

I would not worry about the low suspension blowing out. This is the first I have heard of it happening at all. I have 47000 miles on my F650GS lowered and it has seen thousands of miles of dirt...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,202
Posted By vtbob
If you look back in time (i.e. are old) The whole...

If you look back in time (i.e. are old) The whole Adventure touring hype is largely marketing..very successful marketing. It goes back to the BMW R80ST then the first GS shortly after that..

Some...
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2015, 02:57 AM
Replies: 1,236
Views: 232,754
Posted By vtbob
WoW.... REALLY NICE!

WoW....

REALLY NICE!
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-18-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,230
Posted By vtbob
I strongly recommend you use the light oil Ricor...

I strongly recommend you use the light oil Ricor recommends. The whole point of putting more sophisticated shock valving is to increase compliance...increasing the oil viscosity will diminish that....
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
I don't think there is much new model risk to...

I don't think there is much new model risk to worry about. The engine and rear drive is two years old now with lots of WC GS and RT sold. The front suspension is a derivation go the S1000R ( could...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-10-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 22,592
Views: 6,820,636
Posted By vtbob
+1 on watching out for the wet pavement. I...

+1 on watching out for the wet pavement.

I would not recommend Heidenau unless Long milage is the most important criteria. The rubber is HARD...slipery..

Milage is great...over 10,000 miles on...
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 436,013
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=ARiderX;26313743]Great review, cug. Thanks...

[QUOTE=ARiderX;26313743]Great review, cug. Thanks for taking time out to do the write up.



When bringing up that subject in the other topic (new R and RS bikes are discussed there), I was told...
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 455
Views: 51,128
Posted By vtbob
Which Hagon shock is on your bike. I went to...

Which Hagon shock is on your bike. I went to the web site and did not find it.

+1 on the intimidators....I put those in my Triumph last winter with stock springs but about a .5 inch more preload...
Forum: Road warriors 03-02-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Yes it did have a low seat. It also was in a...

Yes it did have a low seat. It also was in a front wheel stand that raised the front a bit. Evan standing flat foot with my short 28" in seam I was off the seat so I know that I could flat foot the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
I finally got to see and sit on the new R1200RS...

I finally got to see and sit on the new R1200RS at the Motorcycle show in Montreal yesterday.

For the type of riding I like to do, I want relaxed upright seating, and legs not in a tight crouch. ...
Forum: Road warriors 02-24-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 436,013
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=Weird Bug;26225888]That may be why my vest...

[QUOTE=Weird Bug;26225888]That may be why my vest was heating up and cooling off recently. Maybe it exceeded the BMW plug capacity and CANbus said get cold dude. Do you think that could be what...
Forum: Road warriors 02-24-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 436,013
Posted By vtbob
I think the R1200r/rs specs call 508W "nominal "...

I think the R1200r/rs specs call 508W "nominal " power. Which less than the RT.

Remember the BMW powerlet outlet which CAN bus controlled is limited to 5amp(60W) so if you add lights, other...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-23-2015, 03:21 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,462
Posted By vtbob
FWIW i went with Wilbers. Got the spring rate...

FWIW i went with Wilbers. Got the spring rate matched to my weight and riding style.....it did take me a while to get it adjusted right....two settings one for me solo and one for me with loaded...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
There are 4 optional (seems to be no cost) seat...

There are 4 optional (seems to be no cost) seat options. Most pictures show the low seat. Pretty scouped out, bucket like. This is the seat that my dealer has on his in stock R1200R. I can flat...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,932
Posted By vtbob
loved my CX500 back in 80,81 It got me...

loved my CX500 back in 80,81

It got me into what now is called Adventure Touring. About 5000 miles...Camping along the road, around the Gaspe, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia(meat cove) and...
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
I contacted Suburban Machinery. They said" A kit...

I contacted Suburban Machinery. They said" A kit for the new R1200R/RS wi be available in the spring. Shifter and brake will move with the pegs."
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2,419
Views: 436,013
Posted By vtbob
I came away thinking that wear rate and puncture...

I came away thinking that wear rate and puncture resistance on these roads is at least as important as traction. I keep hearing people say what kind of tires you "have to have" to ride it in rain. ...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Just like you I want more touring Ergos on the...

Just like you I want more touring Ergos on the RS. It looks like the higher wider bar from the R will fit on the RS. I've contacted one of the aftermarket peg supplier for 1 inch forward and 1.5...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By vtbob
I hope you have found the problem by now. ...

I hope you have found the problem by now.

FWIW When a battery goes bad...it does not hold a charge...you can charge it, trickle or high rate...and in a short time it will have not enough power to...
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By vtbob
The first thing I would check is the connections...

The first thing I would check is the connections to your battery. Are they tight and no corrosion under the connection.

The 2nd thing I would check is the battery itself...how old, in not new get...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-15-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By vtbob
+1 no problem at all

+1

no problem at all
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Another question for this group. Does any...

Another question for this group.

Does any one know the final drive ration of the R1200R and R1200RS.
The R1200RT has taller gearing than the R1200GS....which make sense.

Which drive ration...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Interesting Do you have any idea...how or...

Interesting

Do you have any idea...how or why these differences are realized?
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
No I can not confirm From a some what...

No I can not confirm

From a some what cynical point of view, if BMW uses the manufacturing cost efficiencies of having cables a common length, part number...then it will be ok.

If they...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
As far as I can tell there are no tire and wheel...

As far as I can tell there are no tire and wheel differences between the R and RS.

As there is no engine, frame, steering head/yoke, front fork(other than ESA) difference between the R and RS.
...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
I finally got to my dealer and sat on a new...

I finally got to my dealer and sat on a new R1200R. I like it!

It gets back to a 500 LBS bike that is fits a 5' 10" person. The bars are good...pegs too high for my knees but I am sure the...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-10-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,067
Posted By vtbob
It really depends on how much gravel road/ very...

It really depends on how much gravel road/ very poor road/ true off road you plan on doing.

The GS is far better on the highway, does dirt roads well but beyond that it can do it all only IF you...
Forum: Road warriors 02-10-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Thanks for the great input from the test ride. ...

Thanks for the great input from the test ride.

I favor the RS version for the cowling and adjustable but it seems like you, I want the more relaxed touring ergonomics of the GS/RT.

Looking at...
Forum: Road warriors 02-01-2015, 05:38 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
Looking for better long distance ergonomics, i...

Looking for better long distance ergonomics, i think putting r1200R higher and wider handle bars on the R1200RS is a good idea. Now if BMW or the after market offers peg that are a bit lower and...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-31-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,840
Posted By vtbob
[ At the end of the day, I still put the...

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At the end of the day, I still put the overall safety difference between these 50/50 dual sport tires and 90/10 road tires as very small compared to the overall risk of motorcycle...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-31-2015, 03:46 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,840
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=MTrider16;26051281]Did you factor in the...

[QUOTE=MTrider16;26051281]Did you factor in the gaps closing up some as the tire deforms some? Also most road tires last longer than the 4000-5000 miles the Conti's, so the rubber is probably...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-30-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,840
Posted By vtbob
good question on dry pavement it is easier,...

good question

on dry pavement it is easier, fewer variables. Adhesion is mainly the "stickyness" of the tire to the pavement.
Assuming the the rubber is the same compound i.e. Stickyness...it...
Forum: Road warriors 01-29-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 546
Views: 83,466
Posted By vtbob
My first RT was an R100RT and weighed in the...

My first RT was an R100RT and weighed in the 500+lb range, The R1100RT weight a lot more but was still a compact design. The 1200s are just phsically bigger...too big..too much fairing. Yes the WC...
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