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Forum: GS Boxers 04-27-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 16,549
Posted By mg8
Man, I hate think like that - rode one today...

I sold my 2007 R1200GS in preparation for this major technology change. After a ride is a tremendous bike: the power!, the torque curve (well not really a curve, more of a catapult), the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 787
Posted By mg8
Good SUggestions on the Tire Pressure

I did a 7 day trip through DV a couple years ago. I dropped my tire pressure to 20 f/r. Left the suspension alone. I like it fairly stiff by most standards but your consideration could be, how...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,436
Posted By mg8
Great Year!

The only goofy thing is the final dive drainage plug location which I think was made more accessible in 2008 or 2009. There are good comments comparing to the Hexheads from me and other owners in...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-22-2012, 09:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,101
Posted By mg8
One for keeping the 2007

Great thread - I have a 2007 and have riden the 2012 with the same consideration. I felt the new bike had some good improvements over a stock 2007 but who owns a stock 2007:evil? The "old friend"...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-21-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,487
Posted By mg8
Thumb Black Dog

I purchased and used one of Ernie's for about a year. Much better than stock but I went to Black Dog Cycle Works as Ernie's uses the stock mounting bushings which rip at the rubber center. The skid...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-18-2011, 09:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,863
Posted By mg8
Own the R12GS Rode the MS12S

Love them both - very different bikes. Ducati power 150HP vs 105HP GS (2007 with mods). Comparably, I kept my GS; "old reliable" is hard to part with for the new sexy. I did see a MS12 with a...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-18-2011, 09:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 886
Posted By mg8
More is better

I have gont through a cuple of skid plates on my 2007 GS and sheered a couple of mounting bushings. My current setup is: Hepco Becker cylinder guard bars, machineart moto X-head composite covers and...
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 16,034
Posted By mg8
Ktm 530 exc

I just sold a 2008 530 EXC. Before that mainly Yamaha YZ-F, Honda XR bikes were my owned dirt rides. The KTM was defintely more fun due to the higher performing parts and street legal capability...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-27-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By mg8
Received some

They look great. I would post them but I can't seem to figure out how some guys can post seemingly unlimited pics and I can only post one at a time.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 08:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By mg8
Machine Art Moto X-Heads

I have the "belt and suspenders" approach. X-Heads and H-B bars. Hepco Becker are cheap and durable but the X-head really protects from falling on uneven rocky areas. Hey, that kinda sounds like...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,745
Posted By mg8
I put in the Ceramic Clutch

The 1200 is great at slow speeds due to the tall first gear but the clutch is sacrifical with abonormal wear and tear. If you dump it, make sure to switch off the engine quickly, 2-3 seconds. The...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 07:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,523
Posted By mg8
You'll be happy you bought it!

You may want to take the "Intro to Adventure" training at Rawhyde's BMW Offroad Academy. Since its a new bike to you, the training is a great jump start to riding the bike confidently. There are...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8,227
Views: 4,301,299
Posted By mg8
Action Photo - Death Valley

Windscreen, rear "fender" - off...stripped for action.:evil
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,523
Posted By mg8
Thumb Surprisingly Durable!

Just watch Long Way Round or Long Way Down. Ewan McGregor dumps it many times, fully loaded with 150lbs of gear (I'd guess). I've done a 5 day trip all over Death Valley, mountain passes and a lot of...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By mg8
Have Remus Header w/Hepco Becker Bars

These fit well. Akra full system had clearance issues with o2 sensor.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-26-2011, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By mg8
Renazco R1200GS Seat Build, any Pics?

I am about to order a custom seat from Renazco for the R1200GS. I am pretty basic when it comes to color selections and stuff like that. Yes, I got black vinyl cued up but the build in not until...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-20-2011, 03:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,256
Posted By mg8

I've got nearly the same bike as pictured. Tried a lot of stuff. I think the Ohlins (or any aftermarket suspension) are the foremost requirement. I'm not an ESA type. Cylinder head protectors (use...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-17-2011, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,339
Posted By mg8
Search OIL

A couple of things: the best way to search is to use Google. Find you way to the "advanced search" area in Google, then restrict results to the domain name
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-15-2011, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,685
Posted By mg8
GS 800 vs KTM 800 Rumor

I'm R12GS owner. I love the 800 GS's that I have riden but I wonder, with a KTM 800 rumor, how much do you love the 800GS? I suspect most GS buyers wrestle with 800 vs 1200 capabilities. If KTM...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-12-2011, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,367
Posted By mg8
Nice Pics JC

I like the the six LED version you installed. I was looking at the 4 LED. Is the 4 LED not enough? I think the 6X are nearly twice the Lumens.:evil Are both of yours spot (long throw beam) or mixed...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-12-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,689
Posted By mg8
Personal Experiences

I have tried BMW Vario, Jesse Odessey 2, Zega Special Set, Zega Standard shape and had exposure to Happy Trails. I currently have the Zega Special Set (exhaust cut out on 35 liter boxes). These are...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By mg8
Have same setup

It depends on your performance requirements/preference-start there and change it abit with a pre-ride. Great shocks and the clickers are your friends, don't fear experimentation in a controled...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-10-2011, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,367
Posted By mg8
Rigid Industries LED Lights

Anybody installed these? (

Blackdog Cycle Works has them and they look like an...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 04-10-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Posted By mg8
990ADV Recommendations

Hi Orange Crush Inmates!

I have a 2007 R1200GS and just sold my KTM 530. As I continue to question the sale, I am considering a 990ADV. I sold the KTM for a "one bike" self imposed manadate. I...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-09-2011, 02:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,855
Posted By mg8
Worth the Cost

I have found it to be the best motorcycle I've ever owned. I think of it kinda like a bumblee bee. Physically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly due to it's wing size to weight ratio. The GS...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-09-2011, 01:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,495
Posted By mg8
Dealer Recommended 5w40

I have been using 10w40 in my 2007 R1200GS for few years. In March, the dealer told me BMW is now specifying 5w40. I bit. I have to say the bike feels smoother.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2011, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,602
Posted By mg8
BDCW Skid plate


Saw this last weekend at Overland Expo in Tucson. It may be bullet proof. It has great innovation with the shock absorber pad and frame mounting. It is probably 50% thicker than my after...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2011, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By mg8
Remus Header

I have the H/B bars as well. I am running stock exhaust now but have swaped a couple (Remus and Akrapovic headers). The Remus header has the O2 sensor placement is a better location. It is located up...
Forum: Americas 03-16-2011, 05:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,219
Posted By mg8
Me and Buddy are riding in

Never been to one - looks fun. I'll be checking in with the Rawhyde Alumni:D

Riding in from Northern New Mexico
Forum: GS Boxers 02-12-2011, 05:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By mg8
UNI Foam Filter

I have the UNI foam filter (R1200GS) - much better performance than K&N. Better air flow than paper, better filtration, very happy.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2010, 04:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,403
Posted By mg8
Touratech Ceramic

I experienced a minor bit of clutch glazing when I got stuck in the deep sand in Death Valley this past summer. It had 10K miles on it and I probably could have held out for a while longer. It was...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2010, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,246
Posted By mg8
They say to stick with the non-synthetic stuff...

They say to stick with the non-synthetic stuff until 10K miles. I stuck with the MOM recommendations for BMW oil and am experimenting now. I have Amsoil full syn in now but will go with Motorex...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-18-2010, 02:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,649
Posted By mg8
Hard Case?

I have had the Jesse Odessey II and (currently) the Touratech Zegas with the exhaust cut out. I felt that the Jesse bags were the best value at $1,100 compared to the Zegas at $1900. They both have...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-15-2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,064
Posted By mg8
Rawhyde recommends 20 f/r

I went to the Rawhyde C.V. Expedition in May. They recommended 20 f/r. I was more comfortable with 22/23. It felt about the same but we were flirting with max speed on the GS during selected...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2010, 07:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,534
Posted By mg8
Go for Ohlins

I am very happy with mine (with 46PRCLQS rear). I ride off road and tarmac with equal agressiveness. The Ohlins do a great job with each. I mention the upgraded rear shock model as it is what...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,431
Posted By mg8
Fav Mods

I like to ride the GS off-road but it spends much of the time on the tarmac. With that in mind my fav mod is a ceramic clutch, pricey but, man it hooks up strong.

1. Machineartmoto X-head, and...
Forum: Thumpers 09-20-2010, 04:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,311
Posted By mg8
Thumb Thanks - Great info

The winter mods may include this. I have a lot of sand in my area and some day may slap a paddle on her so it may be a good investment. I don't plan to swap out the bike anytime soon and would like...
Forum: Thumpers 09-18-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,311
Posted By mg8
KTM Cush Hub, Yes/No for KTM 530?

So I've talked to several folks of the last couple of years and have tried to sort through the BS. Here's what I've got:

1. Cush hub protects the transmission from torque during hard...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-13-2010, 11:35 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,703
Posted By mg8
I have the Michelin Anakees on mine and it...

I have the Michelin Anakees on mine and it corners great. I run a lower tire pressure than prescribed (22 F/R) which is largely a benefit to off-road but the asphalt grip is better as well. Rawhyde...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 904
Posted By mg8
Replaced with ceramic

I got a much better quote from my dealer. It as a bout $450 in labor, ~3.5 hours of labor, billable. There are not that many parts to buy but I bought most everything and returned the unused to...
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