Another R1200GS Adv. 100,000 Miler

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by jdub, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Fortunately, the only bikes I've owned so far that have had bolts (or other parts) fall off were my '78 Triumph Bonneville, 2 out of my 3 1973 Kawasaki H-1D 500 triples and my DRZ400S. :lol3 I've loved them all, but none as much as the GSA! :clap (Just shy of 115k miles on the GSA at the moment....)
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    2005 with 120K miles on it.

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    Jim :brow
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  3. Britome

    Britome Get Free

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    Interesting. I have a 2006 GSA with 61k that is having major repairs done after a wreck. Was contemplating checking the clutch but hasn't considered a spline lube. I didn't think that was required maintenance unless changing the clutch.

    Other input?
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  4. strsout

    strsout Banned Camp

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    Congrats!!!!!
    So far I did not own a bike long enough to see that happening on my trips. But I'm sure it's something unforgeable.
    BTW, I like your cardboard sign!!!
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  5. Gelasios

    Gelasios n00b

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    Congrats!!!!!:clap
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  6. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    Hey, I go first class all the way! :D
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  7. prince_ruben

    prince_ruben Long timer

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    That's awesome dude. Keep inspiring us! I agree with you and your opinion that the GS is the best bike owned; my experience is the same.
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  8. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Nice to see a good news post...not that I mind the real complaints but this is nice to see and I believe it to be the norm and not the exception.

    BRAVO...:clap
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  9. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    If anyone is interested, a maintenance update of miscellaneous items performed during some winter downtime with 115k miles on the bike.

    1. Pulled the starter to check clutch friction disc thickness (original disc), and using vernier calipers which fit perfectly into the starter port the disc measured 4.8mm. With new disc thickness being 6mm, the friction material has worn approximately .1mm per 10,000 miles so I should still have another year of riding before meeting minimum thickness. Unless I encounter any clutch slippage requiring me to go in and replace the clutch assembly early, it looks like I already have next winter's project lined up.

    2. I pulled the driveshaft to check both u-joints (original) for smoothness as I've done a few times before, and for the first time I found stiffness in one rotational arc on the rear joint. After reading lots of info here on GSpot about options I called and spoke to both Mitch at Machine Service Inc. in Green Bay, WI, and with Bruno Sax at Bruno's Repair & Machine in Ontario. While MSI was less expensive ($260) and quicker (1 week in-house turn time), Mitch said their u-joint with zerk fittings (tack welded into the driveshaft adapters) required greasing every 6k miles. I went with Bruno ($390 and two weeks in-house turn time plus longer in transit) because his recommended greasing intervals will line up nicely with my 12k mile final drive oil changes and with therefore require less repetitive downtime and work. Bruno machines a grooves into each driveshaft adapter which locates and secures each u-joint cap with a snap ring. He told me as long as I grease the u-joints every 12k to 15k miles the driveshaft and u-joints will last the life of the bike. He also said he's never had a report of failure on any of the u-joint replacements he's done (probably dependent on keeping them greased). Sorry I didn't take any pictures before installation.

    I thought briefly about just buying a new OEM driveshaft ($767, best on-line price I found) but since the u-joints are sealed for life with questionable service life there was no logic in that.

    3. I'd been reading the posts here about some bikes having issues with the plastic fuel quick disconnects on R12GS/GSAs, so I bought the metal QD replacement kit from Beemer Boneyard and installed that as preventive maintenance.

    4. No issues with them at all, but with my bike's miles I also installed new throttle cables as preventive maintenance. All three of the removed cables still move smooth as can be and I can see no wear or damage on them. They were never lubed by me due to the housing's inner coating and BMW doesn't recommend lube for that reason.

    5. I measured the thickness of both front brake discs (original) and found them just below their service limit, so I bought a new pair from Beemer Boneyard to match the rear I replaced some time ago.

    All ready for another riding season now!
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  10. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer

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    Thanks for the update! I've enjoyed reading the record. :clap
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  11. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    Based on that pic, you're overchicked by about a factor of ten.

    I'm glad to hear about the bike. Bruno must be making a killing on these things.
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  12. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    :lol3 I'm not arguing Jim, and I owe her big time for getting me out of the barracks by marrying me back when I was in the Marine Corps. :clap

    Reading about your past u-joint experiences was another factor in my decision to go with Bruno.
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  13. Tigrou

    Tigrou Been here awhile

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    hi Jdub,

    thanks for your Feedback on this awesome bike :D
    Mine, a GSA from 2006, just turn 80.000 miles and is still running perfectly.
    I bought this bike in November 2009 with 30.000 miles on it and it's hard to say (especially when i see brand new other bikes on roads, or in dealers:wink:) but you could do everything and no need to change: comuting to work or traveling with wife on and off road is not a problem.

    I've already have a 6 digit oddometer in front of me ( 100.000 kms is about 60.000 miles for you) but no need to change. first time a bike done that to me.

    tomorrow we leave for a 6 day ride from Paris to south of France using little gravel roads :clap and i would like to leave now.

    I use to say that my GS is my "abeille flandre" ( name of a boat created to realize hard duty in huge storms) because of his capability.
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  14. The Other JC

    The Other JC Lurking since 2004..

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    <br>You make a beautiful <s>threesome</s> couple:clap<br><br>
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  15. a.c.s.

    a.c.s. Complaining less

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    Awesome to see a 100k mile GSA. 23k on the clock of my '11 and I hope to be making a post similar to this in about two years.

    Your wife is a trooper. My wife also doesn't like being in the saddle for much more that 200 miles, even with the Airhawk. I don't think it's quite as comfy being a passenger. Unfortunately I couldn't get my wife to wear a Darien - she said we'd be too "matchy-matchy..."

    -acs
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  16. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    I have no earthly idea how you're getting those kind of tire mileages. I'm lucky to do half that. I run close to the factory recommended inflations and do primarily 2-up riding.

    Do you and the missus weigh about 60 lbs each?
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  17. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    The majority of my riding is solo, and believe me that I'm much closer to three times that weight by myself. Most of my riding friends can't believe my tire mileage either, and I can only answer by saying I've been accused by many I ride with of being very smooth. While I ride a spirited pace in the twisties, I've not yet seen the need for traction control as I sure don't whack the throttle WFO coming out of corners.

    Normal pressures: 38F/40R solo, 40F/42R two-up on Tourances, Anakees, and my new 80/20 favorite - Conti Trail Attacks. TKC-80 pressure is maintained at 34F/36R.

    How ever I get the mileage I do (consistent with about every bike I've ever owned), I'm sure not complaining!

    BTW, over 127k miles on the bike now and counting......
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  18. EKIN

    EKIN Just Do It

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    Great thread and congratulations on 100k.:freaky

    I just turned 36K on my 2008 & have absolutely loved every mile ridden on my GS.
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  19. JimVonBaden

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    Road surface, riding style, temps, etc. A lot depends on the variables.

    Jim :brow
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  20. Effervescent

    Effervescent Sexiest ADVrider '14

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    Great stuff!
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