GS-LC - problems

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by atg, May 5, 2013.

  1. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Find something besides WD 40..it turns to varnish and becomes gummy...:deal
  2. Dangerous hamster

    Dangerous hamster Adventurer

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    Cheers for the replies. I won't have switchgear nightmares tonight then :)

    I've had a couple of further issues with my bike.

    I have filled her up on several occasions and found a big pool of petrol underneath the bike. I haven't overfilled her and not sure why the petrol would be there but I have her booked in to be looked at. I opened the petrol cap to fill her and the petrol cap was in bits when I flipped it. Again bmw have ordered a replacement and will fix it


    My biggest concern with this bike is the ESA. It's not really what I expected. When I go over a slightly pitted road surface it just doesn't feel smooth to me

    I also made the mistake of leaving the preload set to pillion and not changing it back again after my pillion ride. I didn't realise what I'd done at first and thought the bike had gone faulty. I could feel and hear clunking, clacking and slipping whenever the clutch was pulled in or when I just rolled on or off the throttle. The bike was almost unrideable.

    I had a eureka moment and sure enough after changing to solo the bike was sorted. I tried this several times to confirm it and every time the same results.

    Has anyone else experienced this with the ESA.?
  3. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    No clue on your fuel issue..a vent line some where isn't terminated I'd guess..

    As to your ESA..If you left it on "two helmets"..when you were on your own..I'd venture a guess, it made noise because the shock was topping out..(Getting as long as it could)..so..between the shock and all the swingarm mass coming to an abrupt stop..yeah..it would be noisy and a bit disconcerting...

    I'd also guess you are on the lighter side of GS owners? :lol3 I doubt I'd notice..:lol3
  4. Dangerous hamster

    Dangerous hamster Adventurer

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    Ha ha I'm not as light as I used to be but imagine I'm not the heaviest on here:). I'm about 13 stone.....my pillion was about 7 stone (my daughter)

    The same issue also occurs when you change ESA but don't wait for helmets to stop flashing before you pull off. I made this mistake before I read the manual :)

    Thanks for the reply
  5. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    So did the loose screws cause the FD to fail? Not clear on why they are replacing it?
  6. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    No switchgear issues for me (yet :dunno :lol2). My only issue is a torn boot between swingarm and FD. Got a call earlier this week that the part is finally in and a warranty swap is scheduled.

    I will agree with others who comment that the switchgear feels flimsy. It would not surprise me to have issues at some time. If I do that's what the warranty is for.
  7. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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  8. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I haven't had any issues with the switch gear or the final drive yet... :clap
  9. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Check in at 150,000 miles..ya know..if the Yammie is still kickin'...






    :lol3
  10. GSMarc

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  11. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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  12. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Is the assumption of symmetry based on anything?
  13. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    Yeah why is this a problem?
  14. GSMarc

    GSMarc Long timer

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    well, the guy was upset with his bike going on the left side when no hand were put on the handlebar.

    After technical check, it was noticed a welding problem on the frame and he was proposed to have the frame replaced.

    Other LC owner can perhaps confirm if his bike is (isn't) not symetric as this one ? :ear
  15. Roadscum

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    Mile for mile I suspect it will be more trouble free the a BMW product, based on my experiences.

    Do you know something different?

    Regards, Paul
  16. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    No..I don't and you may be very right...at this point, I seriously doubt, there are any STen's with that sort of mileage..let alone the sheer number of total bikes with that sort of mileage..while we know the the problems of the Beemers..we musn't forget, the instances of major problems is still very low compared to bikes sold...final drive problems are really only 1-2%&#8230;driveshafts may be higher..

    Short of the big tourers..do Japanese bikes ever rack up mileage? I've never seen a Nighthawk for instance, with 100,000 on the clock...kinda weird now that I think about it..I'm sure the odd one is out there..but most are leaned up against the back of the garage at 6-8 years aren't they?? I'm sure it has to do with the demographics ultimately....

    What do you suppose the ratio of BMW to..all Japanese brands with excess of 100,000 miles is? 250,000? Would be interesting to know.. :dunno


    ps..Twinrider and I like to rib each other...
  17. snakebitten

    snakebitten Small Town Hick

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    There is one fella leading the charge with 100,000 on his Tenere.

    But he is far ahead of most. Quite a few in the 50,000+ in the countries that released it earlier. I rented one in Melbourne last year (May 2012) that had 74,000 kilometers on it. Other than the suspension was tired\shagged, it ran perfect.

    I'm not a brand basher. Mostly because I marvel at what our species has accomplished in manufacturing. Pick almost any current model from any major brand and then go back to the future with it. Say.......the 80's. In that context, both the new GSW and the Tenere would be bikes of science fiction.

    Having said all that, I still believe that if you fancy the BMW, you must know going in that it comes with a cost of ownership that exceeds the Tenere. And it is likely that cost might include some downtime, unscheduled dollars, and some aggravation.

    But after a GSW test drive, I can pretty well understand how reasonable it might seem to ante up!

    I work in private aviation. My office window looks out over the private jet parking lot. The vehicles that folks climb into after exiting a Lear Jet are amazing. I've been fortunate to ride\drive a few over the years. Many\most of them come with a few cost of ownership premiums over a Toyota Camry too. :)
  18. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Yeah..I marvel at Range Rovers..worked on them for years..I know first hand what garbage they really are..yet people love them..even while it's getting on the wrecker..lolol..

    In all honesty, the cost per mile and overall cost of ownership will be significantly lower on the S Ten..and it will probably be my next bike...
  19. Roadscum

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    +1... What he said.
    Bikes are just like ladies.
    Some ya wanta marry some ya just wanta date. There all good for the first few rides, then you find out which are high maintance and which are not. Then you decide if the price is worth the ride. :eek1 :lol3

    Regards, Paul
  20. snakebitten

    snakebitten Small Town Hick

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    Holy cow. Is that what I said? :)

    Been married 31 years. Good luck to you bro. (maybe get away with thinking it. Not sure I would document it)