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Old 04-16-2014, 06:25 AM   #1711
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Gee thanks! You recommend me a tank bag I can't buy. Want to sell me yours?

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They still have the Engage, just not the XL which is one big compartment. The ones they sell, still, have more individual pockets which would be ideal for phone, wallet, sunglasses, etc. Plus a compartment for the raincover which work well and stays on in rain and wind at high speeds.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:18 AM   #1712
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I do my own maintenance I am a mechanic. First you only have to check the valves. They may not need adjusting.

I did mine at 20 thousand miles. I set them and synced idle and TB cables. It runs better than it ever has.
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This is from several days ago but I have a quick follow-up question after watching JVB's camhead video. Is it necessary to check or set the rocker arm endplay/float/lash/clearance (terminology?) on camheads or was that only necessary for the 09 and older hexhead motors? If I recall, Jim only demonstrated checking the clearance on the valves in the video.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:52 AM   #1713
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This is from several days ago but I have a quick follow-up question after watching JVB's camhead video. Is it necessary to check or set the rocker arm endplay/float/lash/clearance (terminology?) on camheads or was that only necessary for the 09 and older hexhead motors? If I recall, Jim only demonstrated checking the clearance on the valves in the video.
I don't think end play can be adjusted or needs to on the camhead.

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:23 PM   #1714
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How does the map holder attach and when it is being use, can you still open the bag with out removing the map holder? Were you not able to mount the bag just a bit more forward to better match the slope of the tank?



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I'll take a few photos when I get home tonight, but if you look at the overhead view pic, you may be able to see the fastex 'loops' on the front on each side. The map bag has 2 cords that have cord locks on them. You thread the cord through the loop and then tighten the slack from the cord. The 'bottom' of the map bag has Velcro that attached to the tank bag proper. Keeps it tight and no flapping.
To open the bag you pull the Velcro then unzip the bag. The pocket is still attached at the top so it doesn't fall or move out of place.

As for the mounting options, you get a bit of leeway to beat match several brands of tanks ... But alas it is mounted as far backward (making the bag as far forward) as you can go.

On the plus side, this leaves room for the gps to be completely untouched by the bag and map pocket at full steering lock. Any closer to the tank profile would likely cover that space, possibly obscuring the view of the gauges.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:55 PM   #1715
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I'll take a few photos when I get home tonight, but if you look at the overhead view pic, you may be able to see the fastex 'loops' on the front on each side. The map bag has 2 cords that have cord locks on them. You thread the cord through the loop and then tighten the slack from the cord. The 'bottom' of the map bag has Velcro that attached to the tank bag proper. Keeps it tight and no flapping.
To open the bag you pull the Velcro then unzip the bag. The pocket is still attached at the top so it doesn't fall or move out of place.

As for the mounting options, you get a bit of leeway to beat match several brands of tanks ... But alas it is mounted as far backward (making the bag as far forward) as you can go.

On the plus side, this leaves room for the gps to be completely untouched by the bag and map pocket at full steering lock. Any closer to the tank profile would likely cover that space, possibly obscuring the view of the gauges.
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Patch,

Thanks! I really appreciate it. It sucks when there are no local dealers who carry this stuff. I don't mind spending the coin, I just hate the hassle of returns when the shit don't work right because you bought it from a picture.

I am starting to lean towards the Engage, but am still looking at that Givi bag shown a couple of posts before yours.

Another question about the Engage. Which year bike is yours? I know the caps have changed and mine is a 2011 so it is the one without the screws. If yours is the same, did the adapter fit easy without issue?

Thanks again,

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Old 04-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #1716
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This is from several days ago but I have a quick follow-up question after watching JVB's camhead video. Is it necessary to check or set the rocker arm endplay/float/lash/clearance (terminology?) on camheads or was that only necessary for the 09 and older hexhead motors? If I recall, Jim only demonstrated checking the clearance on the valves in the video.
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I don't think end play can be adjusted or needs to on the camhead.

Have fun
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This is correct.

The followers (rocker arms) fit loosely on the pivot shafts:




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Old 04-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #1717
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Thanks Jim and David. Almost seems too easy ;) (knocks on wood)
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:05 PM   #1718
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Rick, Here's another option, Bags Conn City bag



Thanks to Patch he convinced me the BC line was the way to go but I went the next size up and got the City. I mounted mine as far aft as I could to reduce the risk of contact with the tank. It can be mounted a little more forward to mirror the tank a little better. The thing about the mount if you're unaware is that it comes with the ring not mounted to the bag. Once you decide where you want it YOU drill the mounting holes in the bag. It is not provided with "multiple choice" factory supplied holes. I guess you could drill your own without much issue.

Yeah it sucks when you can't get your hands on one locally. I'm kind of lucky in that there's an indy shop close to one of my job sites that will order stuff for me and not charge me shipping to the shop. I try not to abuse that cause it's litterally a mom and pop outfit.
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:55 PM   #1719
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Thanks! Another question about the Engage. Which year bike is yours? I know the caps have changed and mine is a 2011 so it is the one without the screws. If yours is the same, did the adapter fit easy without issue?



Thanks again,



Rick G

You're welcome - my bike is an '11 as well, only one issue with the adapter. The original one didn't allow the gas cap to lock down properly. I shimmed it with a toothpick (under the unit) while I was on the road and got it exchanged for a new one straight away. Twisted was great about the exchange. Odd was that the old one and the new one were both identical to my eye and both sat flush once installed. No issue with the replacement, but for the first handfuls of fillies I needed to turn the key while pressing the cap into place. No problems now. Here is the part


Here's a shot of the bottom - see that there was no more room to move the mounting unit, but as Big Easy said you can play with it a bit before drilling your holes. I'm holding it by the back,


Here's the map attachments through the "D"rings



And the Velcro closure. The small tab works on the Engage and the longer one is to reach the Velcro on bigger ones (like Big Easys City bag)



And the map is one of my largest folded standard maps, Virginia , and it easily fits a double page view.

Hope that helps!
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Old 04-16-2014, 05:59 PM   #1720
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To access the bag, just undo the Velcro tab an lift, the cord locks hold everything in place.

And the white piping is actually a dark grey, reflecting off my flash makes it look white.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:40 PM   #1721
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Hmmm... So the R1200R has a fork stabilizer..

My 02 1150 doesn't...

Did BMW change the rake and trail?

or did the xtra HP make the front unstable...
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:20 AM   #1722
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Tank bag....

Not pretty but it works great:



Cockpit view:



Carries a good amount of stuff and doesn't block my GPS (old-school Magellan Meridian - works much better than the touch-screen GPS I tried several years back.)

I think it was ~$30 at Amazon. Sticks like glue, too, even at triple digit speeds
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Old 04-17-2014, 09:24 AM   #1723
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Good observation. The RnineT definitely wouldn't be a good long-distance bike, but I did wonder if people would consider it over the R1200R, as the 1200 isn't a GS/full touring setup. But you're right, the RnineT's setup probably would make it impractical for much beyond local cruising, canyons and hooliganism!
Getting new tires on my R1150R at Adventure BMW, I enjoyed getting to look over the 9T on their showroom floor. Who amongst us has not enjoyed a certain amount of naked hooliganism, either on or off a bike?

The next week, in SF, I saw this parked in the Financial District. Judging by the license plate, this was an early addition to the street scene in the City.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #1724
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:26 PM   #1725
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