New 1200GS-Adventure in the Garage

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JM, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I tried leaving the rear adjuster in the low position. It helped the sliding but it gave my right knee more grief.

    I'm looking forward to trying the Rox Risers. I'll be able to move the bars forward a little with those. That will open up the cockpit a little more for my mutantly long arms. I had 35mm risers and 2" lower foot pegs on the 1150. That gave me the near perfect standing posture. There don't seem to be as many options to lower the foot pegs on a 1200-Adventure. All I can find are pegs that lower your foot .8" to 1". I think moving the bushing on Pivot Pegz should give me close to 1" when you factor in how stupid high the stock pegs are. Why do the top of the stock pegs need to be 3/4" above the footpeg mounting pin on the frame of the bike?
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  2. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    You can move the bars forward and up (a little) by flipping the stock risers. Quick and easy if ya wanna do until your parts come in..
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  3. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip. I'll flip 'em before I hit the road this morning. I've already angled them up as much as I can for riding seated. Which adds another WTF comment about the bike.

    Why in Dogs name can't you pivot the left or right electronic control pods on the bars? You really need to rotate these things for the perfect custom fit for you hands and riding style. You can move the hand guards and the brake/clutch levers. But without being able to rotate the throttle cable up out of the way you can only move the front brake lever so much. :ddog
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  4. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Indeed. Sounds like they still have the same engineer working at the factory they pull measurements off of. He has been there since at least 1995.

    Glad you like it. Looking forward to more pictures.
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  5. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I'm taking the new ride in for it's 600 service tomorrow. The dealer is really helping me out with the scheduling. He said the first opening was for next Thursday 27/June. I told him I had hoped to be at the Touratech Rally in Plain Washington on the 27th. He told me to hang on a second then came back and said bring it in tomorrow. These folks are the best. :clap

    Being the nice guy that I am I decided I'd help the mechanic out a little and wash the first 550 miles worth of bugs off. I went out and gave it a high speed rain ride wash job. :lol3
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  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    The right side does I think..the left is pinned..you need to drill a new hole..

    :dunno..haven't moved my switch gear..juz the levers..
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  7. squatch.f22

    squatch.f22 Adventurer

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    JM,
    Agree with you on the seat... I have to do something different there but not sure what yet. I got risers for the bars and that helped. It would be nice to have a socket by the handlebars but I'll do that myself.

    I'm also fighting the windshield. In the highest position, the wind is directed right at the visor on my helmet. Anywhere else I get a full face of air.

    Love everything else!


    - Justin
    2013 1200 GSA
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  8. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I'm not getting a full face of air but I do plan on adding a windscreen spoiler. I had one on my 1150GS-Adventure and it made a world of difference.

    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/106/PN-044-0752/Locking-Windscreen-Spoiler-R1200GS-Adventure

    I should be adding a Russel Day Long to the bike tomorrow. I need to run down to UPS in the morning to pick it up. That should fix my seat issue.

    I picked up the 1200 this morning after getting a 600 mile service done. I don't like to see my bikes on trailers but sometimes you do what you gotta do. Kudos once again to the Service Department at my local dealer. They sure are treating me right!

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  9. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I hung a few trinkets of the 1200 this morning. I installed Pivot Pegz and a new to me Russell Day Long

    Out with the old

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    In with the new

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    Next up will be lower crash guard bars and Rox Risers.
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  10. squatch.f22

    squatch.f22 Adventurer

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    Touratech spoiler looks great... might have to give that a try. How do you like the seat?


    - Justin
    2013 1200 GSA
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  11. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I've been busy tweakin things on the bike. I did a quick couple laps around the block so I don't have enough time on it to tell. But I know I'm going to be happy with it. It feels just like the Day Long I have on my 1150.

    Lower crash guards.....Done
    GPS mount................Done

    Next up Rox Risers.
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  12. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I just gave the Russell a short test ride up Washougal River Road. Man that new leather is slick. It feels a lot better than the stock seat. As soon as I wear the slickness off it's gonna be a winner.

    The lower crash bars are impressive. High quality construction and pretty easy to install.

    A pic of the bike at the put in for the Washougal River white water run.

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    A close up of the lower crash bars and the Pivot Pegz.

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  13. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I got the Rox Risers installed this morning. It was really a pretty simple job once I got the right tool to tighten the bolt head that's hidden under the riser. A big thanks for those folks who have put the pictures of their install process on the forum. Now it's time for a test ride to see if I have the vibration problem.

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    Next up on the farkle list will be the Touratech XL luggage rack and a tank bag. That should get me set up to ride long! I'm looking forward to getting out and putting some miles on this thing instead of spending so much time in the garage.
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  14. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    After I installed the Rox Risers this morning I took it out for a quick test spin around the neighborhood. The Rox Risers are the most successful mod to date. With the Russell Day Long coming in a close second. The standing up position is now real close to what I am used to on the 1150 ADV. Man-O-Man did this thing feel good zipping around the city streets standing up throwing my weight in all directions. I'm sure the people who live in my test ride neighborhood though I was crazy, hammering the throttle then mashing the brakes while standing up throwing my weight all over the bike. I feel a lot better now about being able to control the extra HP compared to my 1150.

    A quick word about offroading with a Russell Day Long. I think it's a far superior off road saddle compared to the stock one. When you throw your weight back and squat down (think floating in deep sand) you can lock your legs on the side wings of the Russell. Doing this really keeps you locked in position. Knees locked to the tank in front and locked to the Russell in the rear. It works very well for me.

    After the test ride I started looking at the 1150 and then it hit me. If I cut some length off the quick adjust handle bar levers I could move them over to the 1200.

    With these two mods today I'm ready for a little off road action.

    Photo of the Rox Risers with the Quick Adjust Levers.

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  15. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    Since have issues with product liability lawyers telling me not to be stupid I made this minor mod this afternoon.

    Before....Do I really need someone to tell me to latch the lids and not exceed 111.6 MPH haulin my camping gear?

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    After.... Much cleaner look

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  16. EODMatt

    EODMatt Adventurer

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    What brand lower crash bars did you go with? Bike looks sharp!
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  17. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    The lower crash bar is made by Adventure Designs. After looking at all the bars on the market I felt this one had the best and stoutest clamp design.

    http://www.advdesigns.com/r1gsaenguex.html
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  18. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    My pals at Touratech and the local Big Brown Package Car Driver were very nice to me yesterday. I got home from work this morning and found more farkles on my porch.

    A tank bag and the one piece XL rear rack. The rack has to be the easiest farkle I've ever installed. VERY SLICK! It mounts to the stock rear seat mounts. Turn the key pop in the rack, screw in one allen head bolt and its on. It provides a great place to strap down my traveling gear.

    Apologies for the crummy inside the garage picture. I hope to have some actual travel pictures this weekend. On the road all geared up kind of stuff. :rofl

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    Next up I dive into wiring. Electrify the tank bag, add 4 accessory ports and one maybe 2 aftermarket lighting circuits.
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  19. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    A quick mod before heading to work.

    I've had the universal sign for nuclear disarmament, designed in 1958, on my rides for quite a while. Time to sticker up the 1200, just like the 1150. I also added a little DOT reflective tape to the bottom and top of each pannier.

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  20. Nitzo

    Nitzo Long timer

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    You are doing some really nice stuff. I like your ride.:deal
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