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Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,903
Posted By papa-alpha
Laugh What I've learned from this thread: - Stock...

What I've learned from this thread:

- Stock exhaust is heavier and lighter than after market
- Cows and cats are going destroy the world due to emissions
- Harley's are obnoxiously loud
- Loud...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-07-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,104
Posted By papa-alpha
Yeah, I have a DRZ and a 1200 GSA and ride them...

Yeah, I have a DRZ and a 1200 GSA and ride them pretty much like you would expect.

For me the GSA is a great travel bike with a few dirt or gravel roads thrown in for variety. I've seen the...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-21-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,020
Posted By papa-alpha
Just a change in direction. It happens. Don't...

Just a change in direction. It happens. Don't fret. Have a good time with your family, they are what count, and enjoy your bike when you have a chance . . . or not.

It is fun to get wrapped up...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-30-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,438
Posted By papa-alpha
If you ever have a question about an IBA ride, go...

If you ever have a question about an IBA ride, go to the IBA website and post the question for "Ira". He is the guy that will tell you what they will or won't accept and what he says will stick. He...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-17-2014, 08:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,265
Posted By papa-alpha
Ha Ha, so true. I always signal for a left turn...

Ha Ha, so true. I always signal for a left turn as I'm being run off the road.
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-17-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By papa-alpha
We have a Kendon dual bike fold up and have had...

We have a Kendon dual bike fold up and have had great luck with it. No rust. Does what it is supposed to do. Four bikes, the trailer and a car in our 2-car garage.

The only advice I would have is...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-08-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,659
Posted By papa-alpha
Someone once told me that I didn't have to worry...

Someone once told me that I didn't have to worry to much about locking the BMW as long as it was parked next to a Harley. No thief will take a GS when a good hog is the alternative. It has worked so...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-03-2013, 06:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,149
Posted By papa-alpha
On the south side of the park, Tecopa Hot Springs...

On the south side of the park, Tecopa Hot Springs Resort. This isn't a resort in the sense Las Vegas has resorts :-). This is a little hole in the wall with hot springs. The bonus at Tecopa is...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-07-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,000
Posted By papa-alpha
I clip the Gerbing dual controller in the leather...

I clip the Gerbing dual controller in the leather case on the back side of my tank bag. Works well. Wires are long enough from there to stand up without unplugging.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-21-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,472
Posted By papa-alpha
It looks good, although for adventure riding you...

It looks good, although for adventure riding you should have the Touratech guard for it . . . I'm sure they have one.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-08-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By papa-alpha
Thanks Kevin, sounds fun.

Thanks Kevin, sounds fun.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-07-2013, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By papa-alpha
S Coast Ridge Rd/Los Burros Rd

Hi All,

Going up to central CA in a couple weeks. Is S Coast Ridge Rd/Los Burros Rd better North to South or the other way or does it really matter? From the photos posted here and on other sites...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-04-2013, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By papa-alpha
If the closures had come a few weeks earlier they...

If the closures had come a few weeks earlier they could have used it to deny the Yosemite Rim fire access to the National Park and save everyone a lot of grief.

Congress needs to work on timing as...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 09-23-2013, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By papa-alpha
Kolob Reservoir north to 14

Utah question:

Can anyone help with the conditions of roads north from Kolab reservoir to Utah 14. On Google maps it looks like Kolob Rd to Right Hand Canyon Rd. I'd like to take my wife on her...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-09-2013, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By papa-alpha
Hi All, Let us know how it went. Interested...

Hi All,

Let us know how it went. Interested in the condition of the roads once you left the pavement for a ride with wifey who is not enthusiastic about survival exercises but is fine with dirt...
Forum: Equipment 08-09-2013, 03:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,463
Posted By papa-alpha
I have! State Farm randomly sent a form and I...

I have! State Farm randomly sent a form and I filled it out, thinking nothing about it. They jacked my rates because I bumped over the 12k a year I had declared.
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,114
Posted By papa-alpha
Looking at DRZ 400S oem parts. They have a K1,...

Looking at DRZ 400S oem parts. They have a K1, K2, K3, K4, and Y models.
Can anyone help me with the difference.

Thanks
Forum: Layin' down tracks 06-16-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 463
Posted By papa-alpha
Monana mount on 12mm bar . . .

Does anyone know a way to mount the Montana cradle directly to a 12mm tube (the cross piece on R1200GS windshield)? I know about the ball mount on a 12mm tube, but would like to find something...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-07-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,575
Posted By papa-alpha
I had a very similar experience with the front...

I had a very similar experience with the front and had it changed to an AIII along with the rear which had a nasty puncture.
It was changed at the dealer and he said they see it often and it is due...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2013, 07:30 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,911
Posted By papa-alpha
I remember when I was 49 . . . I think

I remember when I was 49 . . . I think
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-12-2013, 07:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Posted By papa-alpha
Motoplaner

In the recent Touratech magazine they mentioned a free google map based route planner called Motoplaner. It is in German, but looks simple and wouldn't be too hard to translate. I searched this...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 01-08-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By papa-alpha
XM Radio on GPS

Hi all,

I now have a Garmin Montana that I'm fairly happy with. But I have a couple long rides coming up where it would be really nice to have XM radio. Does anyone have experience with the XM...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 595
Posted By papa-alpha
:eek1 Really? Short out a battery through...

:eek1

Really? Short out a battery through the bolt? If you try this make real sure the battery is a long way from the ensuing spark fest. A dead short across a battery is not recommended by the...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 419
Posted By papa-alpha
New turn signal switch

Hi All,

Does anyone know if the new 2013 turn signal switch assembly will plug into a 2012 wiring harness or if it could be fit without re-engineering the whole electrical system. I broke my...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-29-2012, 09:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,370
Posted By papa-alpha
Really? They aren't selling used cars . . . and...

Really? They aren't selling used cars . . . and the competitors brochure - c'mon! The sales people are smarter than that.

Around here the sticker price is not moving much, if at all. But they...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-17-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,793
Posted By papa-alpha
Went through the same thing a couple months ago...

Went through the same thing a couple months ago and got roughly the same deal. They didn't bend much on the sticker price but threw in a gift certificate that can be used for service or stuff. (also...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-13-2012, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,802
Posted By papa-alpha
As far as the TPM goes, you're right if you have...

As far as the TPM goes, you're right if you have a big failure, you will know it about the same time the light comes on. I think the real value is if you pick up a nail or whatever in the middle of...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-21-2012, 09:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,287
Posted By papa-alpha
You are in for a fun day! Congrats. The oil...

You are in for a fun day! Congrats.

The oil thread is good, almost necessary, but don't forget the turn signals. You will need to retrain your thumbs.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-07-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,270
Posted By papa-alpha
That's a lot different than the manual that came...

That's a lot different than the manual that came with my 2012 (pg 81). Also per dealer: not to exceed 4000 rpm for first 600 miles (1000 km). Something amuck here!
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-30-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,756
Posted By papa-alpha
Kendon has a good trailer with front wheel...

Kendon has a good trailer with front wheel grabber gizmo AND the trailer will stand up in your garage when you aren't using it. We now have five bikes in our normal size two car garage, [two...
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