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Old 02-17-2012, 06:51 AM   #46
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Hey guys & gals.

Good to find a thread looking at the G.

I am in the process of getting off the Buell XB12R to a Tiger 800XC, but the smaller half is eyeing off the G to trade the Buell 9S in for. On road I would not want anything else, but we find that as we travel the tarmac, we tend to look sideways down the dirt tracks and start to yearn.

So change is a happening

CHAOS.
CHAOS, I'm in the same boat. I've ridden tens of thousands of miles on the Tarmac and finding the desire to explore the dirt roads stronger in recent years. I've taken the Harley down many jeep trails, and despite the thumbs up from the dual sport crowd I just don't think the ol' girl likes it, so I've been hunting for a GS as well and am anxious to hear what other folks are using for panniers!
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:58 AM   #47
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CHAOS, I'm in the same boat. I've ridden tens of thousands of miles on the Tarmac and finding the desire to explore the dirt roads stronger in recent years. I've taken the Harley down many jeep trails, and despite the thumbs up from the dual sport crowd I just don't think the ol' girl likes it, so I've been hunting for a GS as well and am anxious to hear what other folks are using for panniers!
For panniers I use Caribou cases (Storm/Pelican cases) mounted on Touratech racks. I have 36 litres now but have just ordered some 26 litres. Caibous are std Pelicans but with a few mods such as locks, lanyards for the opening lid and also stretchys inside to hold the gear in. I hope my 26 litres will arrive next week!

Also use a set of soft Wolfmans Tetons which are good for a small trip in drier weather.

Top box is also a caribou mounted on thier top rack and a Wolfman enduro tankbag. And a SW Motech Bags connection tent bag as a roll bag on the back seat if needed.

GS is excellent, love it, this is my 4th adventure bike and this one is the best !
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:42 AM   #48
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Larry,
Great question...Right now I'm kind of leaning toward a Giant Loop Coyote or Great Basin...Compared to hard boxes they're light weight and most importantly simple...I really dig the clean lines.

Jon
Have you seen these? A lot cheaper and, imho, more user friendly. Sold by aerostitch.


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Old 02-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #49
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BarkBusters, Touratech Shift Pedal & Foot Pegs

Added a few farkels today. Thought I would tell you my thoughts.

The BarkBusters went on pretty easy. The instructions were in english but the pictures to show you the details were too small and dark. I need to play with them a little more to see if I can adjust them upwards more. Problem is, there is not a lot of room to adjust before they hit the dash.





You have to remove the ABS switch housing in order to install the bar risers that come with the kit. You don't have to extend any of the cables. The kit also comes with it's own set of bar end weights.



Next up were the foot pegs. These come from Touratech and there are two models. One model retains the stock distance between footpeg and shifter. The other model moves it forward so the footpeg is closer to the shifter. I got the stock replacement. When standing on the pegs, I have to have my heel on the peg to reach the shifter. I wear a size 10 shoe. If I had to do it over again, I would get the one that moves your foot closer to the shifter. The foot peg should be in the middle of your foot when standing.

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Touratech




Finally, The shifter -- I had bent mine when I dropped it once. I was surprised at how soft the metal was. Additionally, the stock shifter toe part doesn't compress. So, if it hits the ground it bends. The Touratech toe part has a spring on it and folds in when it hits the ground.


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There you have it. Have fun farkeling !
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:11 PM   #50
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Gimmie Storage!

In prep for a TAT ride this summer I decided to 'find' some storage room for stuff like tubes, bead breaker, tire irons, tools, etc. Since I have Wolfman racks fitted the logical spot is something attached to the left side rack, under the left 'muffler'. The first thought was to use 4" PVC but since I have scrap aluminum and a TIG welder I decided to go that route. Just installed the final product:
You can see the 1" X 1/4" mild steel strap welded to the rack. This is primary support for the box, secondary support is through the plate on the left side. The plate will be bolted to the box and to the rack, using tabs I welded there.


This is clear of the swingarm arc as well as the possum scraper and will be mostly hidden by the Wolfman bags. Of course, no good idea survives the first road trip so an upcoming trip to FL will be the test.
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Old 02-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #51
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I run out of room in the garage so I park Her bike in living room.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:55 PM   #52
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In prep for a TAT ride this summer I decided to 'find' some storage room for stuff like tubes, bead breaker, tire irons, tools, etc. Since I have Wolfman racks fitted the logical spot is something attached to the left side rack, under the left 'muffler'. The first thought was to use 4" PVC but since I have scrap aluminum and a TIG welder I decided to go that route. Just installed the final product:
You can see the 1" X 1/4" mild steel strap welded to the rack. This is primary support for the box, secondary support is through the plate on the left side. The plate will be bolted to the box and to the rack, using tabs I welded there.


This is clear of the swingarm arc as well as the possum scraper and will be mostly hidden by the Wolfman bags. Of course, no good idea survives the first road trip so an upcoming trip to FL will be the test.
At first I thought this was going to be a how-to on how to turn the patio table into a tail rack
Really nice job on the alu box.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:27 PM   #53
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I run out of room in the garage so I park Her bike in living room.
Your choice of parking space is excellent.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #54
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same seat i assume
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:59 AM   #55
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Hi everyone

First post and first adventure bike. Recently got a G650GS and trying to squeeze some miles to get to know the bike. Im enjoying the ride, though must say that I would need a bit more time to get used to the riding style.

No modifications or accessories yet, and Im still trying to figure out what is actually needed, what fits, what works, and trying to not fall into the trap of getting inappropriate gear.

initial observations - I didnt expect that the seat can actually get noticeably hot while riding. Im not sure if its the heat of the engine or if its just our weather here (asia - start of summer). Front suspension also seems to be on the soft side. At the break-in maintenance check, Im considering having the fork oil replaced to something thicker (bit odd - when i checked the manual, i couldnt find the fork oil specs.)

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Old 02-29-2012, 02:55 AM   #56
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Hi everyone

First post and first adventure bike. Im considering having the fork oil replaced to something thicker (bit odd - when i checked the manual, i couldnt find the fork oil specs.)

cheers!
Welcome to the GS thread. You are smart to take your time to get to know the bike before spending you money on "stuff". I will tell you however, even with experience, you wants and needs are going to change over time....

Anyway, the fork oil in your GS is 7.5 wt. Some people say they notice a difference with 10 wt. If you really want to see a difference in your front end, consider changing out the shock springs. Good Luck.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:50 AM   #57
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Does anybody know if there is any precautions I need to take if I bleed the brakes on my ABS equipped 2009? Is there anything funky I need to worry about with the ABS system that would turn a simple bleed into a financial bloodbath?
I dont know of any precautions but I would get some speed bleeder screws to make it easier. Also it takes a long time to bleed them because the circuit is quite long in the ABS unit I suppose.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:51 AM   #58
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Does the 2011 version have the seat which can adjust to three different heights or is that a new feature only in the 2012 model? Thx!
No, the 2011 does not have an adjustable seat and I wasn't aware that the 20122 did.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:57 AM   #59
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I run out of room in the garage so I park Her bike in living room.
Ah yes, a fine piece of artwork indeed for the living room!
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:47 AM   #60
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Ah yes, a fine piece of artwork indeed for the living room!
Only one known US bike with red/black seat.
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