Farkles for the GS-W: Put 'em all in here

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Emoto, May 29, 2013.

  1. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Exactly what I thought too. I have lower and upper SW Motech bars on my LC and did not get the light bar included. Every pic on the SW Motech website shows the lights mounted onto the bars using the light bar.

    http://shop.sw-motech.com/cgi-bin/cosmoshop/lshop.cgi?action=showdetail&wkid=13710439522377&ls=en&nc=1371046268-29819&rubnum=brands.bmw.r1200gslc&artnum=SBL.07.788.10000/B&id=57&gesamt_zeilen=50Tshowrub--brands.bmw.r1200gslc&typid=101566129

    I think it is a reasonable expectation to get the fricken light bar!

    Gonna have words with the local distributor. PITA.
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  2. Bazgab

    Bazgab Been here awhile

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    I was pretty upset to put it mildly, everything I saw had the light bar on it as well on all the pre-production photos.
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  3. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    I have to say... riders have many different ideas how a motorcycle should be.

    :deal

    Lights on forks: Wouldn't survive a day on my bike. It is a dual-sport bike ain't it? Last time I checked.

    Sheepskin for 1000 mile days.
    20kg boxes to carry half a house.
    With quick release, although many never ever remove them even if they go to work two blocks from home (or for a coffee...).

    Anyway.

    Customization and taste are of course something subjective.
    Question is: Do you guys buy the right tool for the job really? Or just what you like more and then tweak it to become something else? (curious now - no insult intended or anything)
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  4. Bazgab

    Bazgab Been here awhile

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    Let me ask you a question, is there anything in this thread that you have seen to be out of the norm for these types of bikes? All I see is mostly protection pieces, luggage, and aux lighting, all of which are useful. Granted I am not one of those people who will be running around with large side panniers everywhere, but I do find that a tank bag and a top box are the minimum I need for commuting.

    People love to tweak/customize their vehicles, it is as simple as that.

    Update on light bar: I contacted the vendor I got my SW-MOTECH bars from and made them aware of the issue of the photos being misleading. I was given a discount on the light bar, so I am not totally SOL.
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  5. iride4u

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    Currently using the Fender mounting bolt hole but I have some T washers that I will be installing to relieve the stress on the plastic.
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  6. iride4u

    iride4u Been here awhile

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    Clearwater will be coming out with a two piece clamp that goes around the fork tube and allows you to mount the Darlas in front of the forks.
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  7. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    Well as I said it is subjective. What seems extreme for one, seems normal for someone else. I think I am in the wrong thread to take this further. :deal
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  8. GSAnderson

    GSAnderson Wandering Swede

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    This came yesterday. Just like Christmas!

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    First the brake covers.

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    Rear brake fluid reservior guard.

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    Radiator guards.

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    Cylinder head covers.

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    Hand guards. The color of the inserts actually match the paint better than the photo shows.

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    GPS mount and my old 276C.

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    iPod remote.

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    Tankbag.

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    That's it until the backordered stuff from Touratech arrives. :ddog
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  9. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Mmmm, a lot of preconception and generalisation in that post.

    Here is some generalisation right back at ya.


    What bike would you suggest is suitable luggage & lights or are you suggesting a 4WD truck?

    Last time I checked this bike is built to take a load, about 200Kg/440Lb incl rider. I think it is the perfect transport for loading up with shit and cruising. I am 120Kg and my daily luggage is about 30Kg. The bike runs and handles fine, I would not even know the luggage was fitted (or that I am an overweight pig).

    I see a lot of bikes with luggage mounts but no luggage fitted. I always remove excess luggage if I don't need it on the bike, it is no hassle and makes complete sense. I simply must have a tank bag & 46L top box fitted to ride to work everyday but the topbox comes off on the w/e and club rides.

    Nothing wrong with lights on forks if you need more light, derp. Inexpensive to replace and the least thing to be worrying about if they get bumped in a drop or accident which is unlikley for most riders, I would posit.
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  10. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    True. I also said that such things are subjective.
    I would say that some of the GS owners would be WAY better off with an RT or a GT though (or another brand altogether).

    Curious (if you can say in public) what kind of daily luggage is 30kg?
    (maybe it's your work tools or something, but I am curious)
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  11. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Sex toys, don't leave home without them...
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  12. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    Questions:

    Are there good mounting points on this bike for the Wolfman tank-bag?

    Are the straps soft enough to prevent painted parts abuse?

    (I ask because I'm considering the Wolfman expedition lite because the dealer hasn't seen the small GS tank bag I've ordered.)
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  13. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    Wow man, these must be some really heavy duty sh*t.
    Drills etc.

    :evil
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  14. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Got the Jesse Odyssey bags mounted up last night. The task was FAR easier than on the '05.

    Will snap some pics, if it ever stops raining.
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  15. wabtklr

    wabtklr Been here awhile

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    I mounted mine last night too.....
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    How did you feel about the forward mounting bolts under the passenger seat? Did they seem long enough to you, that is to say did they catch enough threads?
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  17. wabtklr

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    I think the bolts were just fine, for proper torque a coarse thread bolt has to have the same diameter in nut threads, so the nut for any given bolt has to be the same thickness as the bolt. The bolts that Al sent with the rack were longer than I thought they needed to be, I also used blue Loctite on everything. Why do you think the rack is offset on the left side? I am going to call Al on Monday and ask.
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  18. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Ok, it was length I was asking about. I thought my front ones were marginal in length. Did you have the little top hat shaped spacers at your front under-seat mounting points?

    I think the left bag is offset enough so the swingarm and FD don't hit it upon full suspension compression.

    Here's how mine looks now. :D

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  19. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    I received the guards earlier this week and installed them this morning. It took about 2 hours w/help and I'm reasonably handy. Pics below (w/highway pegs installed) and comments re installation:
    First, the good news. They look great and are really beefy. And I won’t need to remove them to check the valves every 12k mi. They’re also round, not oblong like the prior set I had on my 08 and 10 GSs. Makes mounting highway pegs much easier.

    Now the caveats. As usual, SW-Motech's installation instructions are pretty sparse. The drawings are detailed and correct but there are a couple issues that could use explaining.

    1. The front upper attachment points on each side bolt to a piece of angled metal that in turn bolts to the bike. They are asymetrical. There is a left and right side piece. The important thing to know is that the bracket bolts to the inside of the mounting point on the bike, not the outside closest to the guard. See pic 3 below
    2. You will need a 19mm socket to break loose the OEM bolt that is replaced by a long (380mm) bolt with spacers on the upper, aft mounting point. And the male star socket that you use to hold the bolt right side and keep it from spinning is large, T55. And that long bolt is really tight! I was wondering if I was going to break my rachet trying to loosen it up. And you really need a second, strong person on the other side holding onto the socket with the T55 star socket.
    3. You will need a long (7-8” extension) on your socket wrench to tighten some of the bolts down.

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  20. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    Well I've been using the prototype riser now for about 1500 mi. and couldn't be happier. (I'm their beta tester for the GS LC.)

    The 40mm risers really alter one's sitting position on the bike, giving me a much more upright and comfy position. This is going to be a must have farkle for tall riders. I'm stoked about them.

    The risers don't bind the cables but just barely on the left side. YMMV if BMW's cable lengths vary a bit.

    I would post pics but these are the prototype that's polished aluminum and black bolts. The production version will be brushed chrome with matching bolts.

    Chris, Pres. of Rox said the production version should be available July 1.
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