New Owners - Stupid Questions Thread

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

  1. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Yah, that is crazy.

    Phone Ted - he will go through the whole thing with you and make sure you get the right gear.
  2. Pangia

    Pangia Been here awhile

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    I had Alex at Konflict motorsports do my front shocks on my F800GS and I am 100% happy with the process and results. Also, my forks are now adjustable. He has a link on the ADV vendor section: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=850957 Check him out - he is one of the best out there he knows all the options and will answer all your questions if you give him a call.
  3. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Just had mine done last week. They used 15W50 BMW Semi Synthetic. Says that's what they use in all the 650's now.

    Total was $146.
  4. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    One question:

    Just bought some new Forma Adventure boots for my F650 since I can no longer wear the race type boots due to a foot condition.
    I find it awkward to shift now. Have to point my foot down and then turn in to the shift lever. Never had to do that with the race Sidi's since the toe box is low. The Forma box is pretty high.
    Today, after a ride, I seem to be adapting pretty well, so it may be just an adjustment for me.

    I'm bring bike in tomorrow for installing a couple of farkles and wonder if I should let them raise the lever a tad.

    Is there any DISADVANTAGE to raising the shift lever?
  5. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    maxepr, I came across this thread. Thank you for the kind words regarding our suspension and services! Please consider giving us a shot at your BMW, we are quite familiar with them, particularly the 800. We offer shocks and even our own replacement cartridge setup for the forks.
  6. JRWooden

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    The splines on the shifter shaft are very "coarse" so if you take the lever off and move it one spline up or down I suspect you will be unhappy with the result as it will have moved it up A LOT ... but it's easy enough to try ...

    There are a couple of after-market shift levers that are adjustable in length and that worked for me.

    I had just won the lottery and got one of these:

    http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/motorcycle/F800GS/8500194-199.html

    Ok ... actually I did NOT win the lottery, but in a weak moment, got one anyway. :lol3
  7. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    JR, I really LIKE that adjustable lever!! And, WOW, it IS expensive....but it looks worth it.

    I'm going to try the boots for a month or so. They are brand new so are not broken in, so don't flex much. they may be better later (Or I may adapt!)

    Thanks for pointing those out! Lots of wonderful little farkles from them!
  8. JRWooden

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    I wouldn't rush into it ;-)

    Touratech sells two versions I think ... one is just adjustable in length, while the other is more like the Wunderlich...
  9. JGoody

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    I have the Wunderlich adjustable gear shift lever too and it's solved the tight fit/big foot issue. It's looks like cast aluminum or some such so I was worried about metal fracture but so far so good.
  10. Reaver

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    YES.

    When you raise the lever to make upshifting easier, people tend to use their whole foot to downshift. Usually with excessive force. I've seen two BMW's with destroyed shifter mechanisms denied warranty because of a repositioned shifter. If you do it, BE GENTLE on the downside!
  11. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Good point on the downshift!! Well, I've decided for now I'm going to leave it exactly as it is and get used to it.

    Each time I ride with the new boots I'm getting more and more "used" to it.

    I think everything else on the bike is working fine for me.....I'm liking the bike more and more.

    Went to the BMW shop today where all the guys "hang out" on Saturdays. Average age was about 60 and most had the big tourers. When I asked several what they were riding the answer most given was, "Well TODAY, I'm on such and such!" these guys had at least 2 BMW's. One for touring, one for tooling around, and a few of the new 1200 GS Adventures. My little F650 looked tiny!!
    Just got a GIVI Trekker 33l topcase yesterday, and am SO PLEASED with the look.
    And, hey! The dealership even gave me a FREE T-Shirt!! And donuts!
  12. Pangia

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    Macbethandbanquo:
    Have you removed the rubber inserts off of the stock foot pegs? If not, it makes it easier to shift with the boots you are wearing. They simply pull out.
  13. duffs

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    My 2¢ - got some lovely TCX X-Deserts earlier this year (blew the budget on them) and the first time I rode the bike I fumbled the gears so much it was as though I'd never ridden a manual bike. Couldn't find neutral, had trouble upshifting... Downright embarrassing. After wearing them for a couple days off the bike, suddenly everything clicked and they've worked great ever since. I put it down to the stiffness of the new boots.
  14. The Island

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    Can anyone here tell me whats going on with this plug—just below the light cluster there? What is it used for? I tried to unplug it to see if anything happened but nadda. Just curious.

    Oh, on a side note, I disconnected my battery to hook up a battery tender and then reconnected it. Now, when I turn the key on, I get a message on my cluster that says, "SERVICE" gives me some numbers and then says, "DATE". Never used to do this but it's interesting to say the least. The numbers don't even make sense — it's not a date or anything...

    2013 f800gs
    [​IMG]

    Thanks peoples! -g
  15. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    Not sure what that plug is, maybe the horn connector?

    What numbers are being shown? Mine shows mm.yyyy... Maybe removing the battery has reset the service date interval timer and it has defaulted to some random date or is displaying a code...?
  16. dpm

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    ambient temp sender.
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    The current time and date (as well as the service due mileage and date??) need to be reset when the battery has been disconnected. It's a pain.
  18. RexBuck

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    A GS911 will allow you to reset the service reminder by mileage and date. Also it is a handy dandy gadget to review faults and do a few other handy things when you service your bike.
  19. The Island

    The Island Im lost.

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    Heha, wouldn't you know it. It's the month & year — (it says, 07,2014), durp. I wonder why it's showing it all of a sudden now. I remember when I was putting the time back, I noticed, "Flash" and "Lap" I know what the lap does but perhaps flash needs to be off...

    The ambient temp, you say? Hmm. Could be.

    Thanks everyone!
  20. RexBuck

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    Yes, it is the ambiant temperature sensor