JimVonBaden
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Program Manager

JimVonBaden

"Cool" Aid!, 52, from Alexandria, VA

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    1. marco polo
      marco polo
      Hi Jim, while we've never met, I'm also from Alexandria. I just picked up a new '15 GSA and I'm interested in a few farkles (Darlas/CanOpener/Billie etc.). My question is whether you install accessories as a sideline business and whether you'd be interested In in doing paid work like this.

      cheers,

      Mark (Mayhew)
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        Hi Mark,

        I don't sell services, but I do help for free. Let me know if you want a little help sometime.
        Nov 13, 2015
      2. marco polo
        marco polo
        Thanks, Jim. In that case, I'd better talk to George at Beemers Uber Alles, as I have no discernible mechanical skill. Best I've done is swap turn signal bulbs for LED bulbs!
        Nov 13, 2015
    2. Chagall
      Chagall
      My question to you is I want to buy a bike and have looked at a number of them on Bike Trader.com. I have seen some used ones that are almost new with very low miles and an affordable price. Does it make sense to buy a used bike or should I think about the new just off the showroom floor bike?
    3. Chagall
      Chagall
      Jim, I have seen your postings on several forum threads and you seem, to me a severe novice, to have some knowledge about these bikes. I haven't been on a motorcycle for 35 years or so. The BMW 1200GSA has caught my eye and have read a bunch of stuff about it.
    4. DustyNutz
      DustyNutz
      Jim, I have the opportunity to purchase a 2007 1200GS with very few miles and in meticulously clean condition at a very good price. My issue is that I have a 29" inseam and the bike seems really tall to me. I would plan on taking my wife on a lot of trips so I need to be "sure footed" on the bike. What I options do I have to lower this and what would the ball park cost be. Phreakingeek sent me your way. -Tom
    5. CorporateOffroader
      CorporateOffroader
      Jim, I purchased the Cruz tool roll for the BMW and it has a box wrench that has an E10 on one end an an E12 on the other, however no 14mm, I was thinking of switching it out for the 14mm. On my '15 GSA, are there any external torx fasteners that require that E10/E8 wrench? I will keep it in my regular tool box of course. I can't find any. Thanks!
    6. BikerBill
      BikerBill
      This fluid had been in the trans for 12k. Figured since I rode it to Alaska and back I'd change it when I changed engine oil. Strained it best I could and no metal.
    7. BikerBill
      BikerBill
      This bike has a ceramic clutch. Touratech I think. Makes some noise at idle if clutch is engaged and engine is cold. Not so much when it's warmed up. Not sure why the previous owner used a ceramic clutch. It shifts great. Do you change trans fluid every oil change or no?
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        Nah, every 24K. But in your case I would do it again in 6K and check for metal particles.
        Sep 15, 2015
    8. BikerBill
      BikerBill
      Jim, Sealed bearing seal? Input shaft bearing?
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        Internal bearings on the trans have sealed bearings packed with grease. If the seal leaks the grease con discolor the trans fluid. Could be any number of bearings, but often the input shaft bearing.
        Sep 15, 2015
    9. BikerBill
      BikerBill
      I couldn't find 75/90 last time so I used 75/110 Amsoil synthetic.
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        That is fine!
        Sep 15, 2015
    10. BikerBill
      BikerBill
      Jim, I just drained the transmission and the oil was darker than I recall from last change. It's a 2008GSA with 72k. Shifts fine and no noise. Kind of a charcol gray to be exact. Is this normal?
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        It is not that unusual, but it depends. It can be a sign that the sealed bearing seal is failing. Keep an eye on it.
        Sep 15, 2015
    11. jwawhite
      jwawhite
      Jim, is that a #20 Torx on the Front Brake master cylinder cover?
    12. DonAtlGa
      DonAtlGa
      Jim:
      Couldn't help but notice you have a bit of experience with Jesse bags. My 98 1100gs (22k miles) needs some. I can get a set of older ones at around $700 shipped, or a new set of Odyssey2s for ($1340?). Do you think the new mounting system and (?) other improvements are worth the 50%, or is the old setup good (leaving some $ to bank for a shiny new set of shocks)
      Thanks for your time!
      Don Bowen
    13. 100RT
      100RT
      I have no idea what is going on with that guy . "Rear pivot bearing" Wish a moderator would step in. Dont know if they have any here. I'm getting too old for the childish remarks.
    14. CONKSO
      CONKSO
      Hi Jim,

      I just bought my first bmw 15 gsa- love the bike so far and will buy your dvd to learn to do the basics and save service money. I just read that you advised a guy to "get a regular key made" from the one on the fob so that he can open his panniers. I want to do that- where do I go to get a key like that made? Thanks! John Ashley
    15. ST-ADV
      ST-ADV
      Jim,
      I am an ADVrider moving back into the 22308 neighborhood after a tour abroad. Trying to get my plate to match my alias, like yours. Former vanity license plate is no longer available in VDOT, but"ST-ADV" is. I want to change my ADV alias, but I don't know who / how to contact. Tried the "contact us" link at bottom of page to no avail. Have any advice?
      STrik
      1. 5x4
        5x4
        go to the ask baldy blame ralph forum,thread there to change the name
        Aug 5, 2015
      2. ST-ADV
        ST-ADV
        THX 5X4
        Aug 5, 2015
    16. longslowdistance
      longslowdistance
      Hi Jim,
      You might want to re-read my post on the 1300cc GS thread. I am wishing for a lighter, LESS powerful boxer, but still a boxer with the boxer chassis and engine characteristics. And so are many others, based on the subsequent posts. Thanks
      1. JimVonBaden
        JimVonBaden
        I didn't misread it, I stated that it would never happen. BMW will not be making a smaller boxer. Though some may want it, few would pay big boxer prices for a smaller boxer.
        Jul 13, 2015
      2. longslowdistance
        longslowdistance
        Sorry, I misunderstood. You wrote that smaller and MORE power wouldn't happen. I am wishing for smaller and less power, and based on the later posts, so are a lot of others.
        Jul 13, 2015
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    Birthday:
    Dec 10, 1963 (Age: 52)
    Home Page:
    http://www.jimvonbaden.com
    Location:
    Alexandria, VA
    Occupation:
    Program Manager
    Motorcycles owned past:
    Recently: 2005 R1200GS; 2007 Triumph Scrambler, 86/91 K75S/Standard, 94 R1100RS, 00 KLR650, R1100GS
    Dream bike:
    2015 R1200GS Living the Dream!
    Best ride ever taken:
    DC to Oregon, to Jasper, BC to Maine and home to DC. 7300 miles in 16 days!
    Dream ride:
    Alaska
    2015 R1200GS,

    Saturn Sky!