moving the turn signal controls

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  1. rchrds

    rchrds Head Doucher

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    Hello- first post, first week with my new F800GS. I have found the turn signals to be WAY too far back (towards the rear of the bike) when riding- I have to take most of my hand off the grip to actuate the levers (particularly the cancel button.) Do these assemblies rotate? I took the back cover off one of them, but couldn't see what was holding it in place- I assumed there would be a clamp of some sort, but there doesn't seem to be. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Jason
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  2. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    I am sure our hands are different but I felt very similar to how you feel now. But given time I don't have much trouble now with them. I'd say give it a solid couple of months of riding and you will be fine with them.
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  3. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    Yeah same here thought i couldn't reach them, took me a few weeks to get a feel for the indicators. I rode down the freeway with my thumbs resting on the indicators for a while to train myself to remeber where they were until it was second nature.
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  4. Hendo66

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    Hey Richard, new too, give it some time and you do get used to the indicators and the cancel function. Certainly feels strange at first!:eek1
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  5. JoelWisman

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    On the throttle side, remove the two little screws on the cover, then loosen the big screw inside, rotate, tighten big screw and replace cover.

    If it's just the cancel button that's hard to reach, at least that side is easy to rotate.


    Clutch side the controls are screwed to the grip and bars, hard to rotate unless you want to drill and tap new holes or glue it in place.
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  6. yellow zebra

    yellow zebra Been here awhile

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    Please do not make any changes until you've given it another week or three...

    On the 3rd ride on my 800, I returned home and striped the indicator switch housing to see how I could rotate them.

    Trick: there is a pin/screw that passes right thru' the handlebar, stopping the housing from being rotated.

    So I persevered, and within a week or so it felt like the most natural position!

    I came from a Dakar, with the left-mounted switch for left turn/right turn AND cancel, so I thought the 800 setup strange!

    But don't do anything yet, like hundeds of others, in a few weeks you will wonder what the fuss was about!

    Be sure to report back.................
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  7. rchrds

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    Okay- I will wait, thanks for the responses guys. I also came from another bike- a small suzuki with MUCH more ergonomic thumb controls.

    Thanks,

    Jason
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  8. machinebuilder

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    FWIW I rotated the bars forward, I kept hitting the horn instead of the signal buton. after adding the Rox risers all was even better
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  9. Rubber_Down

    Rubber_Down SF Rat...

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    Same experience here. Why would BMW take what is one button on most every bikes and make it three? Taking my thumb off the underside of the throttle just feels wrong, and it's been 1000+ miles. bitch bitch bitch moan moan, perhaps I'm just a little bit of a slow learner.
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  10. raider

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    Don't forget the turn signals are self-cancelling - if moving your thumb isn't convenient for your current throttle position, the indicators cancel after 15 seconds of motion. They will remain on indefinitely while the bike it stopped.
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  11. MoToad

    MoToad Been here awhile

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    I think it's a distance thing and not a time thing. And, myself, I quickly became used to the two buttons and would have trouble going back to a single now.
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  12. rchrds

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    Oohhhh- I didn't know that. Interesting.

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  13. raider

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    Might be. The sales brochure for the 2010 model says 15 seconds, but I have noticed on my regular commute, where there's a series of left-left-left turns I tend to leave the signal on for, I find myself thinking "was that really 15 seconds already?"

    I still swap regularly from the Wee to the BMW. It's mildly embarrassing getting on the Wee and honking the horn instead of indicating left, but much worse hitting the Wee's kill switch instead of cancelling the turn signal!
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  14. JoelWisman

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    I do that all the time LOL. I exercise our entire used fleet of BMW and non BMW used bikes. I get so confused I'll activate the ESA on one bike, hit the high beams on the next, honk the shit out of the horn for left turns, grind the starter for right, then lock up the back tire on a scooter thinking I'm pulling in the clutch!

    FYI the self cancel has different defaults in different markets. It's a time moving, or distance thing, whichever comes first.

    Both the time and distance cancel settings are independently settable for different values or either or both can be disabled.

    Using the GT1 scan tool.
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