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Forum: Hacks Today, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 398
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sidecars cheaper to buy than rent...

The only places that I can think of that rent sidecars are the companies that supply them to TV and movie productions, and they prefer to drive them and won't let them out of their sight. And renting...
Forum: Hacks Today, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 738
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Like the VW damper better, but...

Tried a VW damper for the first time on the BMW R65LS + Spyder down in Florida this winter.That combination always needed just a bit of damping, in fact the BMW accessory under the triple tree damper...
Forum: Hacks Today, 05:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 398
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
You could buy a used one for less...

Than renting a sidecar outfit. But that'd require capital, which I suspect you don't have. I suspect what you're really looking for is someone to finance your latest scheme... Good luck getting $$$...
Forum: Hacks 03-28-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
We can fix that right here...

There's several options from BMW and other suppliers like Felling that bolt right on, though you may need longer cables. There's the taller and wider BMW "touring" bar that probably came on your bike...
Forum: Hacks 03-28-2015, 11:03 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,925
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
OK, I gotta confess...

Broke a Motorvation lower rear mount while hustling through the alphabet roads of southwest Wisconsin once. Remembered I had a spare at home, so unhooked the 'hack and rode 250 miles solo back to...
Forum: Hacks 03-27-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 834
Views: 92,213
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Wheel sticking out in the airstream is the problem...

I get the same low MPG with my 6 by 12 trailer, the narrower 4 by 8 is as narrow as the car and barely affects the MPG.
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Facts are hard to argue with...

Even for people who spent way to much money for a new "quality" brand like BMW, Mercedes, etc.... If you've ever filled out CR's survey form you'd realize it is a scientifically valid measure of...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Old BMWs are still good...

Amazing all the lemmings that run out and buy BMWs latest untried designs... To be honest I'd buy an olihead before I'd buy a new wethead, and I can afford either. I wrote about this on my blog...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Where's that $14k new wethead?

I did a search on Cycle Trader of everything within 300 miles of my southwest MN abode and came up with a couple R1200R wet heads for around $17.5 and GSs for over $20k. The only hex heads around are...
Forum: Hacks 03-24-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
R1200R for $14K?

Good luck finding one. I looked at the old model (hexhead) as it's finally getting debugged and couldn't find any new ones left within a days drive of here. The new model (wethead) is actually around...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-21-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Keep it!

Nice to have a spare if the new bike is down for repairs!
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
It's the faster white color...

But yellow looks better.
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,463
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
How and where are you going to ride it?

The Airheads are just plain simpler to mount and repair, and being a bit lighter will handle better too. But if you need high speed cruising ability, go with the K bike- MY 50 HP R65LS and R80ST top...
Forum: Hacks 03-20-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Thanks for being the brave soul to hack the first Super 10!

Just test rode and bought a new leftover 2013 for barely half the price of a new R1200GS! Jay, expect an order for a subframe this fall...
Forum: Hacks 03-19-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
That color is great!

Wish Yamaha would offer it! The Super 10 I'm looking at is white... OK, matches black or white gelcoat sidecar well... But yellow would be better!
Forum: Hacks 03-19-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,119
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sounds Great!

I got into sidecars due to disability (MS) too, 21 years ago. Hasn't gotten as bad as expected, so with some care I'm still riding the solo bikes, saving the sidecar bikes for rough going or the days...
Forum: Hacks 03-17-2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,602
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Hows the hack'd Super Tenere working?

I've been looking for a new tug and been following your posts over at www.yamahasupertenere.com . Yamaha dealer near me has a leftover '13 at a very tempting price, was wondering how yours is working...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 03-13-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 670
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
There's a $750 rebate, too...

From Yamaha. I was offered a '13 S10 for $10,200 OTD the other day in the midwest, dang tempting!
Forum: Upcoming 03-13-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Criticism well taken...

As a journalist, even the amateur variety, my duty is the traditional "to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable"! BMWMOA is both comfortable and afflicted- Sort of like the arrogant...
Forum: Hacks 03-08-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4,794
Views: 776,833
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
The Motorvation in Huron might be a good deal...

Has one expensive option I'd like to have, a sidecar brake. MCN says the bike has a retail value of $4650, too bad they painted the sidecar to match it. Only 150 miles from me, think I'll watch it in...
Forum: Hacks 03-08-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,656
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Awesome! Claude hits another home run!

Just unloaded my Motorvation Spyder that I hauled back from Florida, can't wait to hook it back onto the GS and enjoy what little snow we have left in Minnesota!
Forum: Upcoming 03-06-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Way to welcome new members, guys...

You seem to be doing well at chasing away any potential MOA members!
Forum: Upcoming 03-04-2015, 07:39 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Educated people don't...

Keep blindly buying the same unreliable and overpriced bike again and again.
Forum: Upcoming 03-04-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sorry...

I don't write it to please BMW cultists. Check back though, today I'm offending electric truck promoters... I like to run an equal opportunity blog!
Forum: Upcoming 03-03-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
And dealers 4 all 4 Japanese brands in Billings, too...

Nearest BMW dealer is over 300 miles from Billings.
Forum: Upcoming 03-01-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Do tow truck drivers get in free?

BMWs being the most unreliable motorcycles per Consumer Reports, you're going to need them dearly...
Forum: Upcoming 02-26-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Given the unreliability of current BMWs...

Gonna need lots of pickups and trailers to haul that beer to the rally, and the dead BMWs home.
Forum: The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan 02-26-2015, 04:24 AM
Replies: 2,905
Views: 199,177
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Joe, good to hear you're healing well!

And will be back behind the handlebars soon!
Forum: Hacks 02-25-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4,794
Views: 776,833
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Forum: Hacks 02-24-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,145
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sub 800 pound rig is easy...

Either the R65LS or R80ST with the Motorvation Spyder is around 700 pounds fuel of fuel and with spares and tool kit.
Forum: Hacks 02-24-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,163
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Illegal in USA, but legal in South Dakota, etc.

South Dakota will give you a license plate for anything, ATVs included... I've seen them on every road there but the freeways.But as far as US DOT is concerned, they're off road only. So far, US DOT...
Forum: Hacks 02-16-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4,794
Views: 776,833
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Is Minnesota checking engine numbers?

Never heard of them checking before, unless their was some question about the bike's legality. Wisconsin's been the tough one!
Forum: Hacks 02-16-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4,794
Views: 776,833
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Wouldn't it be easier...

To swap the power train into your hack?
Forum: Upcoming 02-16-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
How come I ain't seen you at Judson or ridin' the MN River Valley?

And if you attended that great rally at Oshkosh, I hope your goal is to at least equal it! No point in referring me to MOA news, there's no reason for me to be a member anymore since Judson had to...
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Currently riding the R65LS I bought new in '84...

110k or so miles, half that pulling' a hack. Still haven't had the heads off or transmission apart, even has the original charging system. Back then BMWs were worth the premium price... Now, not so...
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Just because you got money, no need to waste it...

I buy everything cash, and can walk into a BMW dealership and buy any bike on the floor. I got that well off by not wasting money on overpriced BMWs and rallies and club memberships...
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Sound like y'all been hitting' the KoolAid a little heavy...

But I suppose after you'd payed too much for what you thought was Best Motorcycle in the World and then joined a club of fellow victims to commiserate, reality bites!
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Would be nice to have the club's financials online, too...

Shouldn't have to pay $40 a year to see the official explanation of how said $40 may be being wasted.
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Bringing back day passes is a good idea...

Still kinda pricey though; Heck, the whole damn rally is too pricey! Memo to the rally chairs: You might want to detail the cost structure of the rally a bit so we can figure out if the high fees are...
Forum: Upcoming 02-15-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 11,626
Posted By GearHeadGrrrl
Jiggs, I live less than 100 miles from you, and we ain't met...

Which suggests to me that you're new to BMW Motorcycle culture, no problem with that. I'll be happy to share with you memories of some of the great MOA rallies from back in the days when vendors were...
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