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Old 08-29-2013, 07:56 AM   #10621
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I still don't get the weird US model date descriptions.
Anyway 5-6 weeks is still far from someone already having one.

The announcement about the changes was like 20 days ago or something.
So they changed all these things in less than a year than the bikes intro?
Someone called us the other day for a Bags-Connection quick lock tankring for his 2014..... Strange. Maybe it is someone from BMW. Not sure.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:07 AM   #10622
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Someone called us the other day for a Bags-Connection quick lock tankring for his 2014..... Strange. Maybe it is someone from BMW. Not sure.
Or maybe it's someone that has a 2014 on the way. I've ordered parts for mine, and it's not here for another 3 weeks.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:15 AM   #10623
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Or maybe it's someone that has a 2014 on the way. I've ordered parts for mine, and it's not here for another 3 weeks.
Good point. I would go with that assumption in this case.

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Old 08-29-2013, 11:46 AM   #10624
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Someone called us the other day for a Bags-Connection quick lock tankring for his 2014..... Strange. Maybe it is someone from BMW. Not sure.
So this part is not any different I guess.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #10625
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Ahhhh, good point!

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:17 PM   #10626
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BTW, I recently completed a ride from AZ to Sturgis and back on my '13 R1200GSW.

I think some time ago NLS recommended vacuum cellophane bags for packing (specifically the ones you just roll up to squeeze the air out). I used several of them on that trip and they do work really well. Reduces volume, they are clear so you can see what's in them easily, and they keep everything clean. Just sayin'.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:32 AM   #10627
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Ahhhh, good point!

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The point is shit happens so don't assume all is in order. Better to check the bolts securing the handlebars are tight especially if doing lots of off road riding.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:22 AM   #10628
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The point is shit happens so don't assume all is in order. Better to check the bolts securing the handlebars are tight especially if doing lots of off road riding.
AND, make sure that you used the correct bolts and torques in the first place.

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Old 08-30-2013, 07:31 PM   #10629
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AND, make sure that you used the correct bolts and torques in the first place.

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Are you sure Jim no Loctite is being used on those screws? What is the reason some screws use Loctite but not others?
Only really safety relevant?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:07 PM   #10630
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Are you sure Jim no Loctite is being used on those screws? What is the reason some screws use Loctite but not others?
Only really safety relevant?
I can only tell you what the manual says. I have not taken one apart yet.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:38 AM   #10631
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Question for you GS-W owners with the non-LED halogen headlights:

Have you tried any higher wattage bulbs in there yet? I see that 65, 70, and 100 watt bulbs are readily available. Might be nice in the high-beam lamp, but it would suck if the canbus shuts off your headlight circuit.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #10632
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More wattage translates to more heat. My preference is to go for more lumens at the same wattage. Except you don't get all that many more lumens at the same wattage and you usually get reduced bulb life.

55W H7 about 1500 lumens
55W H7 "plus-50" about 1580 lumens (but half the life)

If you want to experiment try the Osram 65 watt H7 rallye+65. I don't think (haven't tried one, yet) the extra 10 watts will hurt anything. That bulb gives you 2100 lumens at about the same life of a stock H7.

http://store.candlepower.com/osraulhiouh7.html

It's what I'll try when I finally use up my supply of "plus-50" bulbs.
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #10633
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If you want to experiment try the Osram 65 watt H7 rallye+65. I don't think (haven't tried one, yet) the extra 10 watts will hurt anything.
I had these in my 2010 GS and I really, really liked them. They are about 60% of overall light output of a HID installation, with much better light distribution.

One night we were out with two GSs - one with HID install and mine. The HID light was all over the place, blinding oncoming traffic, scattering everywhere. The light in places where you needed it was actually very similar, but for my eyes it was better usable with the Osram bulbs. Less scatter and distraction, better use of the reflector. Better light temperature.

I would definitely recommend them.
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Old 09-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #10634
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Thanks for that link, and the recommendations, guys!

Yes, I realize more wattage = more heat. Am wondering how much our GS-Ws can take.

It also remains to be seen how tolerant of a larger draw the canbus will be. It may be that anything more than 55w and it shuts off the circuit. We won't know until someone tests with a bulb. Same thing for the high beam. A 10w high beam would be very nice indeed, but will the bike tolerate it?

I should check my box of electrical odds and ends, but I don't think I have any H7s rated at more than 55w to try. I kind of hate to buy bulbs that might not work...
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:23 PM   #10635
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Had them as well, didn't like them to be honest. I could not see a big output change. 35W 4300K HID is way better, at least during the day for passive safety.

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I had these in my 2010 GS and I really, really liked them. They are about 60% of overall light output of a HID installation, with much better light distribution.

One night we were out with two GSs - one with HID install and mine. The HID light was all over the place, blinding oncoming traffic, scattering everywhere. The light in places where you needed it was actually very similar, but for my eyes it was better usable with the Osram bulbs. Less scatter and distraction, better use of the reflector. Better light temperature.

I would definitely recommend them.
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