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Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by wyobohunter, Aug 24, 2013.
Tires - I'll prolly average 1,500 to 3,000 miles/year. At worst l'll have to buy new shoes every year (I hope). Likely 1-2k road and .5-1k dirt.
("k" = thousand miles, not kilometers ;-)
Sprockets - I will do very little super slabbing so I highly doubt I'll be adding a tooth to the front. Even the road miles will be mountain pass type stuff.
Input greatly appreciated. Picking her up tomorrow. Wish I could ride her home but She'll be trailered. I'm in Utah for work and had to take my truck down.
Dude... Daddy likes!
Trailered it home last night and rode to work this morning.
True pimps rock white. Good choice.
Thanks. Just came in from bolting on the SW-Motech engine guards (or crash bars or whatever they are called), Fastway pegs, BMW aluminum skid plate (not thrilled it has to be removed for oil change... At least it's pretty easy), and BMW hand guards.
My Cont TKC 80's weren't in when I picked it up. Dealer will ship them to me and let me keep the Pirelli Scorpion shoes at no charge which is a sweet deal because they were going to swap to the TKC at no charge.
I didn't intend do do much offroad until I get a good feel for this as it is obviously not the same bike as the WRR. Save street wear on the tires I want when I'm ready for the dirt.
When you're not bleeding oil from your filter in the middle of the woods, you'll appreciate the coverage that extra :10 mins worth of work every 6-8000 miles.
True. I just thought they could have designed it for access. Now that I think of it. If my tools could reach the plug and especially filter, so could rocks. I was comparing to the Flatland plate on the WRR. Filter is completely different. Flatland plate is also heavier duty and is made to actually support the weight of the bike/rider while the BMW plate appears to be designed mainly for protection from flying objects and doesn't appear it was built for supporting the bike repeatedly and on purpose. I don't think I'll be surmounting any logs with the new bike anyway.
Congrats!! I hope you enjoy it. I'm curious as to why you didn't consider the Tiger 800XC?
I did consider it. The BMW seemed to get a bit of a nod over the Triumph for offroad. Better clearance (though not by much) and the weight is carried a little lower IIRC. Don't remember all of the reasons. They were all minor but enough for me. I would have been happy to take a Tiger though. Definitely more sporty.
Got the first step off outta the way. I kept telling myself I wouldn't off road it until I have the TKC 80's on there. If for no other reason I figured it'd force me to get a feel for her before attempting anything stupid (fun).
I went for a ride this morning on a semi twistie section of road. Once back in my neighborhood I find myself riding next to a trail that I routinely took with my WRR. It has a fairly steep hill with a bit of rock outcropping to negotiate near the top. I couldn't help myself and took the trail. Only issue was I forgot to turn off ABS and the other thing (traction control). I still made it without incident although the bike was acting like a weirdo so... I turned that stuff off and tried again. Even better!
So now I figure "I got this" and head home on the trail... Still no problems until I'm put putting around the yard, hit soft sand at idle, stall the bike and jump out of the way as she goes "Tiiiiimber".
Hey, had to get the first one over with sometime right? No injury to me, no damage to bike (all the guards did their job) and I learned I can pick it up without blowing my O-ring out so... Good deal.
New tires showed up
Now I'm waiting on the tubes and Dynabeads to show up. I bought Moose Racing HD tubes and I'll keep the OEM tubes with the tool kit as spares.
Don't use the beads in a tube... Those little suckers will stick in the valve core and bleed off your air. Carry a good pump.
Negative BEADS required.
TKC are very round.
Rear went on dead nuts ZERO balance.
Front took a scant 15 grams, likely wouldnt have noticed without weight.
Congrats on your new BMW. Sounds like you got treated well by your dealer
I'm going to go trade my 2012 Multistrada on a 2013 800GS on Tues.
A dealer I've never met & I, spoke by phone a couple times today, and through conversation, and his You Tube videos illustrating
his enthusiastic involvement in BMW adventure, he sold me on his character.
Plus, he offered a very nice trade deal.
BTW, I think I'll be keeping my WRR, there are places I go on that, I won't be taking the GS!
Keep us posted!
the advice on Dynabeads. Too bad I already payed for them... Oh we'll, anyone need some beads?
Got thinking about it. Why would this be more apt to happen in a tubed tire than tubeless? Isn't the valve core the same either way?
Can't say... guy with tubeless seem to have no problems but I know a few with tubes and they all had the issue. Friction or forces unknown.
I think I'll spoon on the TKC 80's and take it for a spin on the interstate. If it needs a balance I'll try the beads. Otherwise I'll leave it be.