800GS Care Package

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Douf, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Are there a set of spares that folks normally carry with them to replace parts that have a habit of breaking?
    The 950 Adv for instance merely requires a careful owner to carry: a spare fuel pump, spare clutch slave cylinder rebuild kit and a water pump rebuild kit (maybe a spare battery too if you're really paranoid!).
    Hopefully the beemer isn't that fickle. :lol3

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  2. Surfdog

    Surfdog Been here awhile

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    "They" called it part of the charm of owning an ADV. I called it a pain in the ass when the bike left me stranded & missed a trip of a life w/ my buds !!
    I'm looking into a F800GS for that reason...
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  3. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Douf, that's a good question. I haven't seen it answered here. As I am setting up for a Key West to Alaska run in 2010 I'm interested too. Can anyone with experience pony up? My list starts with:

    Spare Tubes

    :lurk
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  4. ericb67

    ericb67 Been here awhile

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    Spare spokes. I never would have thought about that until I broke some spokes on the Dalton Highway. Not a common problem, but one that can end the trip in a hurry. They're cheap and if you bring them with you, you'll never need them!

    Plus they can double as a short hot dog stick.
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  5. jessehere

    jessehere Ridin'

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    I would add spare brake pedal and shifter
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  6. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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  7. Douf

    Douf Limey Bitch

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    Yeah, I hear that: I bought my 950 for just that reason (Alaska) and although it got the mileage done (well most of it anyway), starting the thing became increasingly difficult due to the infamous starter clutch torque limiter + marginal battery combination.
    I'm doing a lap of South Africa on the GS next month, so should soon be in a position to give a fairly objective assessment of the pro and cons.

    Douf
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  8. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    I've heard of some problems with the ring antenna on the ignition in early GS12's, but nothing yet on the GS8's. It's only a $40 part, and you can't start the bike without it. Two masterlinks and a few links of chain will let you fix a broken drive chain.
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  9. tmex

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    I've put 2500 off road miles on my F8, and nothing has failed or fallen off yet. I carry spare tubes (tube patch kit, pump, tire irons), a master link, and a complete tool kit, but have not needed to touch the bike so far.

    I would recommend application of safety wire to the caliper bolts, radiator cap, and oil drain/fill plugs. A brake snake on the rear brake pedal, and a folding shifter should help preserve those parts, so I do not carry spares. The BMW handguards seem to do a good job of protecting the the clutch and brake levers, so I do not carry spares of those either.
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  10. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Tmex, I am trying to balance weight against level of need. I've got 12000 miles on mine (99% road miles) and have only had three non-critical bolts vibrate out. As I plan my spares and weight managment, I want to understand your concern for the radiator cap and fill plug. I get the drain plug, but the other two?
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  11. tmex

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    Safety wire is almost weightless. The oil fill plug seems to vibrate out with some regularity if you don't give it a final 30 degree twist with a pliers. So I just put a D-Clip through a 3/32" hole drilled in the tab, and safety wire the clip to the the closest point. Then I just need to unclip it to put in oil and I never have to worry about it. The radiator cap is just being anal on my part. I have never had one come loose, but if you take your bike to a track most tech inspectors will insist on it. I don't bother with exhaust system bolts, but I have had a few come out over the years. I just safety wire the catastrophic stuff.

    Kurveygirl.com (I think that is the spelling) sells a nice assortment of d-clips for $10 or so.
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  12. spoof

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    There have been Antenna Ring problems on GS8s. Probably remedied now, but at this early stage i would travel with a spare if I were leaving civilization for long or heading south of the border.
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  13. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    I bought one an carry it all the time. Looks like the problem has been solved with the newer antenna, but any part can fail at any time and for thirty somthing bucks it's good insurance so I don't get stranded by a part I wish the bike didn't have in the first place. If I could purchase a new CPU for $30 I'd carry one of those as well :D
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  14. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    tmex:
    Are you still running the BMW chain?
    If so, how'd you get a master link for it?
    Do you have a part number?

    I want one too!

    Jim
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  15. tmex

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    JR, I still have the OEM chain on the bike. I am carrying a master link from a DID chain, not a BMW specific master link. Is there some reason that it would not work? I never tried it.
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  16. RobTheRigger

    RobTheRigger Killing threads here since 2008

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    The BMW chain does not use a master link. It's a continuous link chain, so you need a rivet tool. Ask your service department to make sure I'm not talking out of my ass.

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  17. tmex

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    I agree it is a riveted chain. I also replace all my dirt bike chains with a riveted chain when the OEM chain wears out. However, the riveted link, and I use the Motion Pro tool, is still the weakest link and is the most likely point to fail. You can definitely replace any of the riveted links with a master link and clip on the DID chains. Not sure about the BMW chain. Perhaps I need to carry a chain tool with me as well, and those are heavy.
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  18. JRWooden

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    tmex:

    Based on my past experience, the DID master is not likely to fit.
    Although there is no good reason for it different manufacturers use slightly larger or smaller pin diameters and sometime slightly longer or shorter master pins ... I found my DID master links would not work on my Honda OEM chain nor some other brand chain I had ... I forget what it was ... but anyway, I would not have a lot of confidence that it would fit unless I had already tried it... :cry

    Jim
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  19. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    Tmex, no worries, that skinny kid you ride with can fix anything on the trail. He may even share the salami and cheese while he does the job.
    bobbyk
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  20. tmex

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    He is never around when you need him, and when he is he never lets me near his salami and cheese. He purposely buys cheese that neither one of us likes, but he manages to gag it down. Hey, why are you not coming up this weekend? You are Ami's favorite, and she always asks about you. I have to go to Korea next week, so I am very likely to be drinking heavily the entire weekend.

    JR,, thanks for the heads up. I must be leading a charmed life because I have never encountered a master link incompatibility between chains of the same type (but different manufacturers). Good catch.
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