New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by HighFive, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    I'm trying to figure out whether or not my old RAM mount U-bolt will fit on the F800GS. What's the diameter of the handlebars?
    I've seen the diameter listed online as 1", 1.25" and 1 1/8".
    Which one is it? :confused
    The majority of the websites/forum posts I've read seem to have it at 1.25". I just want to make sure.

    GREAT idea for a thread, btw.....:wings
    I will try not to abuse it. :evil
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  2. Lost Roadie

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    True, not all are the same, but at over 45,000 miles mine are still in spec and have never been adjusted.... not really something to lose sleep over at low miles IMO.
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  3. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    Hmmmm looks like I answered my own stupid question:

    1" in the middle of the 800 bars, tapering down to 7/8" at the handlebar ends.
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  4. Lost Roadie

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    Self reliance is part of growing up on ADV. :1drink


    Not too stupid, I didn't know with certainty myself....
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  5. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Stupid Question #12: Is anybody really using that "raise-the-front-fender-thingy" from Touratech?

    Its officially on the TT website as: "Mudguard riser kit w longer SS brake line BMW F800GS"

    I tried to copy the photo, but my Mac doesn't want to cooperate this evening.

    Its quite expensive, and appears to be very minimal in the "raising" department. Does it work in the mud? Is it necessary? Is it worth the expense? What is everybody doing about there low front fender clearance?

    HF :ear

    Edit....Super Thanks, ChiTown! I didn't know that uber secret snapshot trick. Where's the cheat sheet?

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  6. Lost Roadie

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    I can't help you with the TT fender thingy since I don't have one, but can help you with the Mac not doing what you want. (I have however been screwed by muddy roads packing up my front wheel to the point where driving wasn't possible, and could have used one. Once.)



    When you can't drap and drop a photo from a given website:

    To capture a portion of the desktop, press Command-Shift-4. A cross-hair cursor will appear where your pointer was and you can click and drag to select the area you wish to capture. When you release the mouse button, the screen shot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop.
    Then upload to display as you wish.
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  7. Bayner

    Bayner Long timer

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    Before a long trip this summer I got one, since I just wasn't interested at modding up my own kit at the time. It works fine. I can see how it would still be able to pack up with mud in some conditions, but it does add more clearance than it appears to. It was silly expensive: I think you could make one pretty easily with a few bent pieces of metal and a brake line made to spec...

    On a side note, has anybody with the TT riser packed the thing up with mud?
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  8. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Yes!!!!! Stopped the front wheel, dumped the bike, broke my ankle, burnt out the clutch trying to get the bike out (with a very painfully broken ankle), panicked the world sending for help with my SPOT tracker, had to get the bike hauled home in a truck, spent six weeks on crutches while we had the best weather we've had all year. :baldy

    I'm doing a complete front fenderectomy now.
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  9. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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  10. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Yes, mine are. I have an alignment tool....the kind that screws onto the rear sprocket and has a long skinny steel rod for assisting visual alignment. Simple, handy thing, really.

    I used it for alignment and confirmed the adjuster marks are very close (side to side) on my bike. I re-installed my chain 3 times (thru my bearing work) and re-confirmed this every time.

    HF :deal

    p.s. But maybe mine is "special" :norton
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  11. Gallowbraid

    Gallowbraid Been here awhile

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    Love this thread, here's my noob question:

    Have an 05 KLR, wasn't run for the last year, I've cleaned the carb, changed the oil, drained and put fresh gas in it...runs great now. Of course now winter has hit and I need to put her up for the season. So:

    Is it better to prep it for the winter and simply store her, or is it better to occasionally start her up and let her run for a bit through the winter?

    If it is better to store the bike, what are the things I need t do to prep it?
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  12. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Uhhmmm.....trade the KLR for an F800 like I did. :evil Call Honz at Gateway BMW in St. Louis. He loves to trade for KLR's. Then, you can spend the whole winter farkling it out.

    And while you're at it....if you can't ride....start it once a week and let her idle a while. Maybe shift her through the gears while on a lift stand. Keep it on a trickle charger too.

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. Do it....you know you want one. Or, you wouldn't be hanging around in here. :lol3
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  13. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Hey HF,
    The 2010 and 2011 F800 GS have a wider gap between front fender and front tire than the 08 and 09 bikes. Not sure if you need this or not.
    Lion
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  14. Hardroad

    Hardroad Been here awhile

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    I hear what your saying, Gallowbraid is in a area that does have warm days in the winter where he could ride if wanted.
    Keep the bike ready to ride.
    Hardroad
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  15. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Well....I didn't call it "Stupid Thread" without reason. :D

    While I don't disagree with any of your measures....especially if they help you sleep better all winter. Those steps all seem sound precautions, but I'm not sure they are really necessary in every case. I think its hogwash to say running your bike ever so often will harm it. Letting it come up to temp should minimize or eliminate any potential condensation. Working thru the gears to splash some oil around ain't a bad idea either.....load or no load. the motor doesn't care if it has a load or not. All the parts are moving just the same. But what do I know?

    I've seen many a bike "ready to ride" sitting on a dealer's showroom floor for 6 months to a year, and they don't have it bubble wrapped. And it doesn't seem to be harmful to it. Granted its indoors. But there are plenty of them out in the warehouse too. Like those hostages in the BMW repair shop for several months.....they don't take extra storage precautions on them.

    But let's compromise. If your beautiful F800 is going to sit idle all winter, why not bring it into the living room and keep it on display? Give it the honor it deserves, keep it in a nice climatized enviro, and have a great conversation piece for the guests!

    Otherwise, keep it ready to ride! Like Hardroad said. :deal And ride the Mother...

    HF :thumbup

    p.s. I've let a bike sit over 6 months, with fuel in the tank, and then fired it up and rode the dog snot out of it that same day....and for several more years. Never had a problem with it. But that was a 2-stroke with premix in the fuel. Maybe they are tougher than these 4T's. I donno...

    And, I don't live in the Northern Hemisphere, either. So, I respectfully pass judgement to those who live in much colder climates than me....for their conditions.
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  16. machinebuilder

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    the simple solution for N GA

    buy some warm gear and ride it there are plenty of days that it is not that cold.


    With the KLR if you are really concerned turn the gas off and run it till it dies, look in thumpers or the garage there are countless theory's on how to store a bike.

    GO test ride a F8, IMHO it's everything the KLR wants to be
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  17. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    Are the Steering Bearings as greaseless as my rear wheel bearings were?

    I haven't taken a looksee yet. But I will soon, when I receive my Scott's Damper and do the install. Anyway, for those who've looked, what kind of shape were your Steering Bearings in? What manner of evil is hiding in there?

    HF :ear

    p.s. FWIW...lousy, worn, or bad steering bearings can cause the front end to shake, rattle, & roll. Its one of many possible sources for shimmy up front (for those who may be troubled by that). As far as my front end, she's rock solid at any speed. No shaking, no drifting, no light feeling. Runs on "rails" with the stock Scorpion tires. Knobs are still waiting on deck....
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  18. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    This is good to know. Thanks.
    So much of the f800gs is so well thought out!
    I'm very impressed! Can't wait to finally take my new bike home....:clap
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  19. Gallowbraid

    Gallowbraid Been here awhile

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    Looked at the F800's...could buy 11 KLR's (at least at what I paid) for the price of one F800. Maybe on down the road...

    I'm thinking the "dress warm" idea along with riding the hell out of it might be the way to go. :evil
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  20. HighFive

    HighFive Never Tap-Out

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    I understand completely, Gallow. Where you are, I once was.

    I loved my KLR. Put 17,000 hard miles on my '05. Covered half the continent. Even rode it in a 200 mile Enduro against a field of orange! :deal (Ozark200).

    It was extremely modified and near bulletproof. I actually never intended to get rid of it. Then, I rode the F800 demo at Falling Leaf Rally in Potosi, MO in October. And....well....it was kind of like this:

    :eek2

    :evil

    :raabia

    :pope

    My 30 minute test ride kind of turned into a 3 hour test ride. :dunno

    I ran it through the paces in the twisties, dirt roads, & some hardcore 2-track with rocks and logs. She just ate it up and spit it out...begging for more. I took my KLR back thru the same paths later that day, and it was a slam dunk, no contest. The F8 was better performing in every category!

    At the least, its equal to what a KLR can do off-road (which is a lot more than most people think), and WAY better on the road. Comfort, wind protection, 85 HP, and superior handling geometry. Last but not least: REAL BRAKES!

    THIS is the bike I will ride to Alaska and back. :deal

    I thought it would be on my KTM 950.....nope.

    I thought it would be on my KLR.....nope.

    Even considered it on my Goldwing.....nada.

    All sold (and KLR traded) for the F800. She's got some rough edges to sand and some ergo adjustments to make, but I think this is The One. I may have finally found IT.

    Probably doesn't push everybody's button. But it sure engages mine. :D

    HF :thumbup
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