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Old 12-01-2013, 11:11 AM   #1321
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I forgot to ask about tankbags. Which on are you using?


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I don't run a tank bag full time but I did use a Wolfman Timber Wolf on a trip to Colorado last summer worked great, if a little wide




Last weekend I rigged up a Bags Connection City unit but haven't had the chance to ride with it due to weather and Thanksgiving dragging me to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. Mounts up nicely and seems well made.

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Old 12-01-2013, 01:19 PM   #1322
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Engine guards

Been shopping for engine guards since I got the bike in August.
The plastic ones just don't do it. Don't ask how I know this.
The metal covers are all silver colored, which don't match my 90th Ann. model.
This left only the tubular cages. The one I thought offered the most protection is the Givi. Mounting was straight forward difficult. They offer no instructions, and evidently the concept of a production jig is unknown to the Italians. With the help of a six ton jack and half inch drill it only took four hours to mount. This is from someone with a lot of experience.
But, I can't complain about the results. Protection appears excellent, and I now have a place to rest my feet on long rides. It also offers a good place to mount driving lights.








The price was not too bad either. IIRC it was $186.00



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Old 12-01-2013, 01:21 PM   #1323
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Jalopy, I ordered the factory lowered suspension and from my recollection, ESA was not offered.

I love the motorcycle shed idea. Post pictures, please :)

My previous bike was 2010 F650GS. I miss the knobbies, miss the foolproof engine, and I never had one issue with that bike. The chain lasted 20,000 miles. But alas, I wanted more power, more comfort for long distances. After the first 1000 miles, I don't notice the size in traffic or low speeds, anymore. I highly recommend this bike.

Currently, I'm thinking about something like gripper pegs (iliumworks.com) and maybe a tire that is better for rain in Northern CA winter.

Did you purchase a 12R


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Thanks again for the feedback, BluBeast.

Things have been a bit busy lately, so, no purchase yet and the 90th Yr Edition bike that I had my eye on has now gone!


Ironically, the guy who bought it then advertised his old bike (also DOHC) at a silly low price and I was a whisker off buying it, but someone got there first. So annoying.

I'll drop some pictures of the shed, once it's installed.

Meantime, I went on a longish journey yesterday on a cold day to collect a new jacket. I was frozen when I arrived at the warehouse, but the return journey was another story.. I reckon I now have the perfect gear for anything but extreme heat (I am talking British Isles, here!):

BMW Atlantis 4 trousers
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Daytona boots, Halvarssons gloves and Schuberth C3 helmet

Woops! Wrong forum, but.. all the gear, now waiting for the right bike... : )
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:36 AM   #1324
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My shopping quest begins!

Sold the Scrambler yesterday, now I'm shopping around. There are a couple of 1150R's in the local CL, one of them is a Rockster.

Any reason to prefer one over the other, except for looks? Not crazy about the "cyborg" headlight on the Rockster (I like a big, round headlight on a "classic" style bike.)

Also, looks like most of these bikes for sale are around 50k mileage-wise. Any reason to be concerned about that? I've heard BMW's are good for high miles. Any particular things to worry about?
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:18 PM   #1325
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... With the help of a six ton jack and half inch drill it only took four hours to mount. This is from someone with a lot of experience.
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The price was not too bad either. IIRC it was $186.00


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...jeez...that bad to mount?
Price is right though...who is ' IIRC'...?

I paid that same price for the Machineart guards today. I like the design.
...Had a little incident with the not so cheap old guards yesterday...

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #1326
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Sold the Scrambler yesterday, now I'm shopping around. There are a couple of 1150R's in the local CL, one of them is a Rockster.

Any reason to prefer one over the other, except for looks? Not crazy about the "cyborg" headlight on the Rockster (I like a big, round headlight on a "classic" style bike.)

Also, looks like most of these bikes for sale are around 50k mileage-wise. Any reason to be concerned about that? I've heard BMW's are good for high miles. Any particular things to worry about?
I realize that you are not very close to Illinois, but I do have my R1150R Rockster listed for sale in the flea market section. The bike only has ~20k miles.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:34 PM   #1327
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I paid that same price for the Machineart guards today. I like the design.
...Had a little incident with the not so cheap old guards yesterday...
I used to buy spare valve covers for my R1100R and R1150R and keep them on the shelf for such incidents, notwithstanding the OEM guards. But the new MachineArt Moto valve cover guards (ver. 3) for the R1200R are so good that I stopped hoarding spare valve covers! My opinion is that sliding on macadam with MachineArt Moto guards is going to cost as much to repair damage as it would if I bought crash bars. And bars make an R1200R too wide and goofy-looking.

What were your metal metal valve cover guards in the photo? Are they aluminum?

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:54 PM   #1328
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I realize that you are not very close to Illinois, but I do have my R1150R Rockster listed for sale in the flea market section. The bike only has ~20k miles.
Thanks for the tip, but unless you're selling it dirt cheap (and I assume you are not), it wouldn't be worth it given that there are two Rocksters on the local CL right now.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:02 PM   #1329
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What were your metal metal valve cover guards in the photo? Are they aluminum?

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Those are some Wudo or Wunderlich aluminum units. Not only expensive, but they're ugly too!
Actually got them on Ebay cheap, about $35. So you can see how well they protect...
Slide about 6-8 feet at under 30mph and they're toast.
No harm no foul....

Agreed on the crashbars. Too bad they don't make a simple and svelt tubular bar to mount lights on.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:42 PM   #1330
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...jeez...that bad to mount?
Price is right though...who is ' IIRC'...?
IIRC = If I Recall Correctly

The engine protectors that simply cover the heads are ok for parking lot tip overs or very low speed lay downs, but I've seen the valve covers holed with these. To keep from walking home from losing all your oil real crash bars are needed. And, as I said before, they provide a great place to rest your feet on a long trip.
I also like the slimmer appearance of just head covers, but the bars, being in black, are not as noticeable as you would first think.



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Old 12-02-2013, 03:12 PM   #1331
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I don't run a tank bag full time but I did use a Wolfman Timber Wolf on a trip to Colorado last summer worked great, if a little wide

Last weekend I rigged up a Bags Connection City unit but haven't had the chance to ride with it due to weather and Thanksgiving dragging me to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin. Mounts up nicely and seems well made.

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ALERT the Wolfman is for sale in the Parts section of the flea market
What hand guards are those?

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:03 PM   #1332
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The engine protectors that simply cover the heads are ok for parking lot tip overs or very low speed lay downs, but I've seen the valve covers holed with these. To keep from walking home from losing all your oil real crash bars are needed. And, as I said before, they provide a great place to rest your feet on a long trip.
I also like the slimmer appearance of just head covers, but the bars, being in black, are not as noticeable as you would first think.
This just simply isn't true. Several of the crash bars (Wunderlich, for example) don't even offer full protection—the valve cover still touches down. The MachineArt Moto guards (mentioned by others in this thread) are thick and sturdy as hell—I have no doubt there's less chance of mine wearing through in a slide versus one of the many poorly designed crash bars that just change the angle the valve cover is hitting the street. The crash bars that offer real coverage are just too much—too much crap on the bike, too much reduction of clearance, etc.

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What hand guards are those?
Those are Barkbuster Storms.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #1333
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Barkbusters

I've had my barkbusters on for a year now, maybe a bit more ... love 'em for keeping hands warmer and dryer. Plus, IMHO they are not too much of a distraction to the bikes lines. YMMV

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #1334
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Thanks for the info on the Barkbusters. Those are the ones I was looking at on Twisted Throttle's website. I like them.

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Old 12-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #1335
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...I've seen the valve covers holed with these.
Please post links to the photos of the "holed" MachineArt Moto valve cover guards you saw. How many bikes suffered these losses of oil?

Thank you!

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