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Old 05-20-2013, 11:31 PM   #9001
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Zumo 550 on 13 gs

Any one wired a zumo 550 or montana to the new GS.. I have an older 550 and wanted to fit it where the BMW cradle is...Other option is to buy the BMW Nav4. but I like my garmin..I like my topo maps too. I always wanted to upgrade to a montana...the only reason I would think of the BMW nav would be for the handlebar function... Any thoughts
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:54 PM   #9002
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Any one wired a zumo 550 or montana to the new GS.. I have an older 550 and wanted to fit it where the BMW cradle is...Other option is to buy the BMW Nav4. but I like my garmin..I like my topo maps too. I always wanted to upgrade to a montana...the only reason I would think of the BMW nav would be for the handlebar function... Any thoughts
Besides the slick handlebar function, tying into the bike's electronics also lets the Zumo display a lot of info about the bike as well. Have a look at this if you haven't seen it.
http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=121329
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:11 AM   #9003
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I have a Montana that will be replacing the factory cradle with a Touratech mount. I just need to go pick uo the mount.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:30 AM   #9004
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Go for the LED.
1) People verified it is way better.

2) It's not just the light. One has an extras package that the other doesn't.

3) LED is becoming something like the trademark of the new LC GS. I see people in a few months (non GS people) to say "ah this is not the new one, the new one has the LED".

4) No LED WILL (I will sign for this) affect resale value. If you care.

On the other hand. LED is an "unknown" right now. We don't know the real longevity of it (supposedly it's huge).
90% of the bikes sold here have the LED. All the demo's and showroom models from the dealers are equiped with it.
They are trying to make it a trademark thing.

And the light is way better compared to old 800.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:54 AM   #9005
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I loaded my bike up with some luggage in the 3 cases and noticed the bike was a little lower. I could almost flatfoot the ground. So I pressed the button for ESA 1+ luggage and it rose about 2 cm I think.
Now the question. I weigh about 65 kg (144 lbs) and give or take about 25 kg of luggage (paniers included). Should I really use the 1+luggage or just stick to solo rider? While riding I don't really notice a difference. (I put it in rain since it is pouring with rain here).
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:01 AM   #9006
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I loaded my bike up with some luggage in the 3 cases and noticed the bike was a little lower. I could almost flatfoot the ground. So I pressed the button for ESA 1+ luggage and it rose about 2 cm I think.
Now the question. I weigh about 65 kg (144 lbs) and give or take about 25 kg of luggage (paniers included). Should I really use the 1+luggage or just stick to solo rider? While riding I don't really notice a difference. (I put it in rain since it is pouring with rain here).
Really light for a GS. :)
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:06 AM   #9007
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I loaded my bike up with some luggage in the 3 cases and noticed the bike was a little lower. I could almost flatfoot the ground. So I pressed the button for ESA 1+ luggage and it rose about 2 cm I think.
Now the question. I weigh about 65 kg (144 lbs) and give or take about 25 kg of luggage (paniers included). Should I really use the 1+luggage or just stick to solo rider? While riding I don't really notice a difference. (I put it in rain since it is pouring with rain here).
I weigh the same as you and will leave it in rider, no luggage, when the panniers are fitted. I read somewhere that the rider without luggage is set up at the factory for a rider weighing around 175lbs.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:13 AM   #9008
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Really light for a GS. :)
And with 5'7" also really short for a GS.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:16 AM   #9009
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And with 5'7" also really short for a GS.
Same size as me.

I have bad knees so I'd probably prefer the taller setting for the additional legroom and cornering clearance. But if I took it off road I'd switch to the lower setting so I could get my feet down flat when necessary.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:31 AM   #9010
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Same size as me.

I have bad knees so I'd probably prefer the taller setting for the additional legroom and cornering clearance. But if I took it off road I'd switch to the lower setting so I could get my feet down flat when necessary.
Ok, 5'7" with short legs here. Low seat in low position with the lower suspension. (and I still can't flatfoot the ground).
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:41 AM   #9011
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Ok, 5'7" with short legs here. Low seat in low position with the lower suspension. (and I still can't flatfoot the ground).
I've got a 30" inseam (just in case you have a different measuring system there, that'd be the length of the Levis that would fit).

When I took the LC GS for a test ride I had the seat in the low position, normal suspension. I'm so used to only being able to put just one foot on the ground while stopped after owning an 11GS, a Dakar and a Super Tenere that it comes as second nature now. But offroad it definitely helps to even be able to get both balls of your feet down. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:14 AM   #9012
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Ok, 5'7" with short legs here. Low seat in low position with the lower suspension. (and I still can't flatfoot the ground).
What's your method for getting on the bike? Do you leave it on the centerstand. Btw I have a 30 inch inseam and can only plant my toes on the high seat setting I prefer.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:28 AM   #9013
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Leave it on the side stand, stand on the left footpeg and swing your leg over the seat dirt bike style.

Watch this vid from 2:29

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Old 05-21-2013, 03:45 AM   #9014
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Should have asked, are they spoked wheels? Read below if they are.

Just going to put this out there. Ask to check if the hub is not off centre to the outside rim. When I bought my GS years ago, it was the first time they had seen this problem on my bike. I had the dealer at the time say the same thing, and actually say your just getting used to the bike, so don't take no for an answer. Ride it at low speeds and see if there is a bobbing effect.
Yes spoke wheels but no problem at low speeds. I only feel a slight shake from 80km when riding in a straight line. Thanks for the tip though I will check that. Cheers AB
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:01 AM   #9015
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I loaded my bike up with some luggage in the 3 cases and noticed the bike was a little lower. I could almost flatfoot the ground. So I pressed the button for ESA 1+ luggage and it rose about 2 cm I think.
Now the question. I weigh about 65 kg (144 lbs) and give or take about 25 kg of luggage (paniers included). Should I really use the 1+luggage or just stick to solo rider? While riding I don't really notice a difference. (I put it in rain since it is pouring with rain here).
I am 6 ft 120 kg, short legs long body. I run my GS LC in single helmet setting and can flatfoot both feet, love this. The bike seems to ride perfectly in Soft setting. I also carry about 20Kg of luggage on my daily commute.

I don't think u have anything to worry about!
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