New (to me) R1150 GS questions

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Qben, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Qben

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    Hey guys -
    I just bought a 2000 R1150GS and I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions. I'm going to fly and ride (about 1000 miles).
    The owner is selling her late husband's bike so there are some questions she couldn't answer. One of those is about tools. If the bike had a tool kit with it, where might it be? Is there somewhere I should I have her look for it? I don't feel comfortable riding that far without tools and I'll bring my own if I need to, but if it already has a kit somewhere, I won't have to. I searched for a suggested tool kit inventory for this bike, but didn't turn anything up. Can someone point me to the right thread or give an example of what they carry?
    Thanks,
    I'm sure I'll come up with more questions.
    Qben
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  2. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    Its behind the driver seat, UNDER the passenger seat.

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    might be hard for her to remove the rear seat, who knows, requires the key inserted just in front of the rear left hand blinker ( circled in yellow) , and then the seat has to sort of be lifted as the key is turned.


    but once the seat is off, its a black plastic dimpled panel, it lifts from the rear of the bike, latch is black plastic just in front of that silver metal grab bar. ( tool kit lid latch is circled in red, although the lid is upside down to the far left of the photo)




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  3. PETDOC

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    Tool kit is under the passenger seat. It's pretty spartan. I replaced mine with more and better tools; however, in nearly 50,000 miles of riding I've yet to have to use my tool kit on the road.
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  4. Qben

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    That's perfect! Thank you!
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  5. mcstark

    mcstark Living brappy...

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    Be careful about replacing the cover. You can break the plastic hinges. I've never had that problem, but just a word to the wise.

    Enjoy the ride home...and easy on the throttle. On my fly-n-ride I found myself going quite fast in 6th gear and the bike didn't seem to be struggling. These things are bred for the autobahn.
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  6. Mrmerlin

    Mrmerlin K1300S fast as shi..

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    before you set off with the bike on the centerstand check that there is oil in the sight glass on the left front of the block,
    NOTE this is done with the engine off and before you start it.

    Check the tire pressure set them at 36 front 42 rear, have a safe ride
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  7. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Check to see if the Co2 and plugs and stabber is in the tool kit and take an air pump.

    I like 40/42 in my tires....they last longer.

    Have a nice ride. If you are motel stopping you may want to take a lightweight bike cover too.
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  8. Qben

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    All good info, keep it coming. I'm making a list.
    By "Co2 and plugs and stabber," do you mean something like this?
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    Is it recommended to carry a kit like that and a pump? If so, is a small hand pump for a mountain bike sufficient?

    Petdoc, is there a couple of specific supplemental tools you feel are essential?

    Thanks again!
    Q
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  9. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Most important tool?

    Active AMEX card. Enjoy the ride....you'll be fine.
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  10. hootch

    hootch Been here awhile

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    I did a fly and buy for my 02 after spending 5 minutes in the saddle of one at a dealership. (Mostly to make sure my short legs would touch the ground!)I was expecting the BMW experience, smooth, sophisticated... Oh my God, this thing is a tank. It whines in first gear, is a heavy son of a bitch, first gear is too tall, the damn cylinders keep getting in the way, did I just make a very expensive mistake..... It liked to rev and was definitely faster than my F650, but the switch gear was funky, and the damn thing tried to throw itself to the ground every time I revved it at a stop. What the Hell? Once out of the heavy traffic, things started to get better. The switch gear started to make sense,but it still felt more like a Panzer than a Porsche. The first opportunity to get off the interstate and on a dirt road changed everything. It turned into a fat dirt bike that loved to sling dirt and haul ass around corners. It demands respect due to the sheer bulk, but by the time the dirt road changed back to tarmac, that big black bastard and I had a much better understanding of each other. Windy back roads.... Oh yeah. Have fun on your fly and buy!! They're great bikes.
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  11. PETDOC

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    Good question to which there is no simple answer. I do all of my own maintenance and repairs; therefore, when traveling I bring quite an assortment of parts and tools. if you are not inclined to work on your bike you only need a cell phone, credit card and emergency transport service. I highly recommend Allstate Motor Club RVROADHELP for the latter.
    Because of the year of your GS 2 issues you may want to address sooner than later are 1. Replace your rubber brake lines. There is a significant failure rate in earlier GS'. 2. Check and replace, if needed the Hall effect sensor.
    Less pressing is the issue of upgrading the left side cam chain tensioner if not done by prior owner. You can do a search in this forum on these issues or go to the Hall of Wisdom for detailed instructions on how to fix things.
    Let me say again all of the tools and spare parts I have taken on long trips have been for naught. I've certainly had problems with my GS, but never while on the road. A friend with a GS jokingly once stated he never caries any tools on his GS when he travels, he just travels with me.
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  12. Qben

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    Thanks!
    This bike was VERY well cared for by the PO. I will not be surprised if I find all of the issues you mentioned to have been addressed already. But I will certainly check them and put them at the top of my list for when I get back home if not done yet. I am very inclined to do my own maintenance, but since I'm not super familiar with the bike yet, the credit card, cell phone, and roadside assistance are all good ideas for this trip.
    Q
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  13. Qben

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    Anybody know what kind of saddle this is? It looks a little bit like a russel daylong, but I'm not sure.[​IMG]
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    Seat looks like a Rick Mayer seat.
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  15. Qben

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    So it does! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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    when I take my seat off it seems like I am pulling it slightly forward with my left hand & right hand on the key.

    first thing to do on a Y2K is get rid of the original rubber brake lines if they are still on the bike. there are quite a few failures on the lines. they can look good on the outside but be coming apart inside. mine did about 2 years ago (apx 27000 miles on a well kept bike). I got front brakes that would not let off and rear brakes that didn't work at all. also got hunks of rubber in the ABS module & killed it. other than that... love the bike.
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  17. Qben

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    Yikes!!! Sounds like a very expensive (ABS) and potentially catastrophic failure. That just went to the top of my list to do if it hasn't been done yet.
    Thanks!
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  18. Qben

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    Ok, got the bike and had a blast putting over 1000 on it (600 of which was fun twisties)! First order of business is replacing the rubber brake lines.

    I found a couple options and was wondering if anyone can advise.

    First link is a complete front and back kit for $170.
    http://www.solomotoparts.com/Galfer...d-Rear-5-Line-Kit-for-R1150GS-ABS-only-99-01/

    Touratech wants $230 just for the front.
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/205/PN-040-0324/PTFE-steel-Braid-Brake-Lines-R1150GS-ABS-FRONT

    Spriegler is $218 for the full set.
    http://www.spieglerusa.com/brake-line-kit-161.htm

    Goodridge $195
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Goodridge-B...02?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item3f20593d16

    Galfer brand is $180

    They look the same to me is there some reason the Speigler, and especially the TT are so much more? Anyone have good or bad experience with any of these brands of brake line?

    Pics of the bike to come later today, and also several more questions.
    Thanks!
    Q
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  19. PETDOC

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    Speigler was my choice. No regrets. If you intend on getting bar risers make sure to ask for the front line to be longer.
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  20. Qben

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    Can anyone tell me about this plug. Is it just a general purpose 12v outlet or for some special purpose? It's smaller than normal sockets.
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    There are 3 switch positions on the engine kill switch. The first 2 are obvious, but I can't figure the function of the 3rd (all the way left). Anyone?

    When I started my trip, the oil level was at the very top of the sight glass. Is this a normal amount of oil to burn over 1000 miles? No leaks.
    http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/...0D-A95E-B3620D250AE0-928-0000020E30765C0D.jpg

    Thanks again!
    Q
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