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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by idea man, Aug 20, 2008.
I'm planning to be in Salem for the rally and looking forward to seeing all the '06s!
Hey, any of you have to replace the chain tensioner on the left side? There's some clicking coming from over there after the bike warms up, sounds like noisy valves, but I've adjusted them three times, and they're perfect.
I've done it on my bike and two others. I can help you with it but I'm gone every weekend until April 26/27. If it can wait til then, I'd be happy to show you.
I'm not so concerned about doing the job as I am about diagnosing it. What kind of noises was the bike making before you did it?
Ah, . Pretty much like you described, my valves were dialed in but there was a noise coming form the left side of the bike. I'm not sure I would describe it as clicking, more of a tapping. When I pictured in my mind that the cam chain might be loose, that was the sound I pictured in my mind.
I took me about two hours to do the job, but 75% of the time was spent on one step, hooking the spring. For whatever reason, I had difficulties. The two subsequent times I helped friends do it, I had no problem and did the job in an hour.
1. Is it possible to off load an 1150 from an F150 solo? I'm pretty sure I could ride it up the ramp I made from 3 : 2x4's , but going down backward seems a bit hairy. Tips/videos/sordid tales of similar events???
2. Is there a "test" to tell if you shocks are done? I have 38k on the originals and I guess the problem for me is they wear out so gradually, you might not realize they really suck. Also, am looking for a "nudge" to spring for some Ohlins.
thank you for your clever, measured responses to my queries
From personal experience - DO NOT!
Bones healed, broken parts replaced but the memory lingers years later - and the damned bike was just a 250cc dirt bike. But laying on top of me it was still heavy. :eek1
Strongly suggest this: folding aluminum ramp - The 'Big Boy' MF-12038 lightweight, full size motorcycle loading ramp.
IMO and IME it is worth every penny spent if you are going to be loading/unloading bikes from a pickup on a frequent basis.
It's a 3 piece ramp for ease of handling, but once assembled and the long pin inserted, it is a stable, wide loading ramp.
My only continuing fear is the tailgate cables will fail and one (or both) sides will collapse when the majority of the bike weight is on/over the tailgate. Don't know / haven't come up with a suitable alternative or fail safe.
One thing - your legs will not be long enough to reach the ground when the front wheel is 1 meter onto the ramp. I'd suggest that many (most?) fools just take a run at it, but I prefer a more controlled approach. I bought two 8' 2x8's and position them at the bottom - about 1/3 the way up and extending back to the ground. This way I can 'walk' the bike up at just a bit more than idle by slipping the clutch a wee bit. IMO much safer than the alternative.
1. You're a damned fool if you try it alone.
2. Try Dan Kyle in the Vendors' Forum: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=846354&highlight=Ohlins
I don't know if this audio is worth a damn, but there's a distinct tapping on the left hand side.
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Try this. Start bike when the noise is audible put your finger on the left side throttle body at the bell crank where the cable hooks to. If the noise go's away the throttle shaft is worn. If it doesn't go away good luck.
On 4/21 I will be flying to Portland, Or to pick up my new (to me) 2006 BMW R1150GSA SE. Can't wait.
Well done that man enjoy
Glad it is not mine being sold Enjoy the bike!! Love mine!
One less on the road boys
Two weeks ago, a woman tuned left in front of me and I broadsided her. The car wasn't drivable either. Fortunately, I flew over everything so only suffered a broken right tibia and a few sore limbs. The bike was a total loss, but they're treating me well as far as valuation goes.
Glad you are OK. That is the most important thing. Any chance she can be rebuilt? Cannot tell from the shots if it is just front end damage or more extreme than that.
Nope, no rebuild option. I could buy it back for parts, but I'm happy with their offer.
There are probably a lot of good parts on her. Hopefully someone close to you will swoop them up. Shame if they go to waste. Again, glad you are OK.
Aw, that's a shame, Scott.
Scott, So sorry to read about the accident Heal quickly!
+1 Sounds like Someone is looking out for you. We all need all we can get.
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