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Old 05-06-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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1100GS Praises!

I've had her for just a few weeks, had some learning issues, and am now just finishing up a shakedown adventure tour of Pa State Parks on her... Lots and lots of forest service trails and about 1000 miles on this trip... And she is just about flawless. So much better than my capabilities. I've had a DL1000 and a Caponord, but neither fit me like this GS. Been going to sleep with a grin on my face all week long :-)
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:16 PM   #3
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Steve, I haven't seen any pics of your bike yet but just wanted to make sure you know about the necessity for the Touratech Hard parts to protect the transmission case. Nearly every 1100GS already has them installed, but if not, you need to get them on there before riding on dirt.

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Old 05-07-2015, 06:04 AM   #4
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Unfortunately I am photo challenged. Took one shot on my phone, but really never stopped long enough (or in the right place) to snap more.... Im not on a a photo sharing site so don't think I can post it anyway.

As far as the transmission protection, I think I just have the OEM guards. Saw a relatively inexpensive guard that bolted up to the center stand on ebay, is that how the TT bolts up?
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:07 AM   #5
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Steeveboot, get the touratech transmission hard parts

or risk is this.




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Old 05-07-2015, 06:12 AM   #6
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Just checked the TT site and found out what the part is... And I haven't got it. But it will be my next addition. While the forest service roads were generally in good condition, there were some big potholes and washboard sections occasionally that shook/chattered the bike significantly.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:27 AM   #7
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What year? A few more details on the bike?
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Old 05-09-2015, 02:29 AM   #8
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Steve, I haven't seen any pics of your bike yet but just wanted to make sure you know about the necessity for the Touratech Hard parts to protect the transmission case. Nearly every 1100GS already has them installed, but if not, you need to get them on there before riding on dirt.

Ah yes, the first farkle I added to my 1100, even though it doesn't regularly see dirt. I wonder, is the front "hard part" also a must on these bikes?
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Old 05-09-2015, 05:14 AM   #9
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and the silver powder coat is out of stock at TT.... The yellow is cheaper ad in stock, but not sure I want that little canary flash on my red and black bike...

And good question about the other hard part; also needed to survive the rigors of dirt road blasting?
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:36 PM   #10
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When you turn the bars, they stop at a certain point and won't turn any farther. What stops them is a small cast nub or tab on the triple tree. In a hard fall these tabs can break off. This is not a bike-destroying injury. You can still steer, you can still get home. You can repair it. But . . .

If you buy the yellow steering stop from Touratech and the yellow transmission hard parts, THEY MATCH! And actually look kinda cool no matter what paint scheme you got.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:31 AM   #11
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R1100GS = best GS ever.






















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Old 05-10-2015, 09:13 AM   #12
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:05 PM   #13
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R1100GS = best GS ever.

Amen! 15 years on the 1100 and jumping on her every morning is the highlight of my day. Working on the 1100gs is joy. Easy, easy. Easy to get all replacement parts and loads of customization options.

Why would you need anything else? It does everything!!
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:48 AM   #14
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Just ordered the yellow hard parts, plus a roll chart holder.... The TT website is a dangerous place.....
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:54 PM   #15
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I'll add my kudos for R1100GS. I had one and loved it until I totaled it. I'm on a 1150GS now, and love it as well. The transmission mounts on the 1100GS broke even though I had the TT hard parts installed. The PA State Parks are wonderful and the forest roads many and delightful. There are also designated primitive campsites in most of the PA State Forests and they are free. You are supposed to register with the respective State Forest Headquarters before hand, but nobody ever checks. Campsite location maps are available online or at PA Forest headquarters. Many nice remote sites away from the Park campgrounds, most are accessible on the state forest gravel roads. Just don't tell anyone how great PA is for motorcycles. Lets keep it for ourselves...
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