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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by macadamia, Dec 31, 2012.
I like that seat, especially the rear with the hoops!
I've been thinking about the Saddleman Adventure for my GSA as well. I've spent many a mile/hour on my mountain bike, which has a similar design, and it has always been very comfortable so I like the concept. Let us know how you like it once you get some miles on it.
Iron Butt much respect, what a long ride. Man, So much $$$$ goes into the aftermarket parts.
Hmmm..does that mean the sergeant seat is for sale???
Curious if that's a nice scrape under the protector on the left cylinder.
yeah, the scraped head cover I found when I took delivery of the bike. The PO swears the bike had never been down but someone definitely dropped the bike and tried to repair it with some bad rattle can black paint techniques.
I plan to replace the head cover some time in the future... right now, I'm kind of over it...
I have about 500 miles on the seat now and am very happy with it. Yesterday I was able to ride a full tank of gas without any issues with it.
The only thing that may be an issue is the cover is made out of a material that does not readily slide (suede leather like). I can see being an issue when riding off road and needing to correct my seated riding position, like when stopping and trying to put a foot down quickly.
I also cannot see myself ever using the D-rings on the pillion seat. On the GSA, there are so many places to tie off from, out wider than the pillion seat. I suppose if I were ever to take off the pannier rack, it may be of some use. I see it as a very narrow place to tie off to; therefore, IMO, not very useful... YMMV
I changed out the upper hand guards for the taller BMW ones...
Received my steering damper and mounting bracket in the mail yesterday. It is a Dutch built Yacugar damper. I ordered it from The Beemer Shop. In these photos, you can also see the Touratech steering hard part installed on the Telelever.
I'm prepping the bike for a ride to Death Valley so I replaced the tires with TKC-80 knobbies. I also replaced the stock valve stem with a billet 90 degree angled valve stem. I also installed Dyna-Beads within the tire for rotational balancing. Here are the photos from the front rim and tire...
Ode to a tire change
Hey Macadamia, its time to get ready for Death Valley
Lets put on some knobbies, traction for the rally
Started with the front, after studying up on the net
I can do this, you bet!
Its starting to get dark, I hope I finish before night
Wheel removed no problem, axle seemed a bit tight
Using my new bead breaker, I begin to replace
Im taking my time, but need to keep up the pace
Tire deflated, valve core removed
Using my titanium Tar Arns, the ones with the groove
Trying to bring the tire over the rim this stint
But I pull too hard and one of the titanium Tar Arns gets bent
I grab my huge tire lever to get more bite
This seems much harder than necessary, something isnt right
I finally get one side over the lip
I forgot my beer in the house, I need a sip
I then look at the rim and gasp in horror
Im scratching the rim in very short order
Realizing my error, I reach for the lube
I spray the WD-40 on the tire; Im such a nOOb
Old front tire off, not a minute too soon
I look up to see its dark and a full moon
I slather the lube on the new tire in preps for install
Lets see if I can get this replaced before the fall
New tire goes on without an issue
Not a tear in sight, no need for a tissue
New mini compressor unpacked and plugged in
Hope this one works well, else Ill get my other one out of the bin
The tire pops not once but twice
I need a drink; something cold, something with ice
The front tire bead is set, on the very first try
Im tired and hungry, I need a break before I die
I reinstall the front wheel and call it a night
I head to the house to get a bite
I sit down in my chair with my dinner dish
I fall asleep before I can finish
Next day I get up, raring to start
I need to change the rear tire before I depart
Rear comes off the bike, lickity split
This is going to be easy, I can feel it
Rear rim lubed up, bead breakers in hand
Old rear tire off in 7 minutes, Im the man
New tire on the rim in record time
I feel good about not having to pay someone, not a dime
30 minutes into the rear wheel, things start to go south
I just had to open my mouth
The bead will not set, it will not pop
My new mini compressor was so hot I had to stop
My neighbor came by to lend a hand
His name is Steve, he plays in a band
Nothing we tried worked, the bead will not set
I decide to take a break and check the net
I research motorcycle tire bead not seating
My hands are sore, theyve taken a beating
I send a text to a friend , BigTodd, for advice
He says what to try, not once but twice
Try different lube, he says
Otherwise, youll be at this for days
Use a strap and a tire spoon for twisting
Make that bead behave, make it stop resisting
I head back out after studying some more
Im way over the savings, this is such a bore
I try everything BigTodd suggests
I suck at this tire changing, but I digress
Nothing works, nothing at all
Im now 4 hours into this, Ive hit the wall
I grab my iPad to see if there is something Ive missed
By now, its inevitable, Im pissed
I see some youtube videos with fire, explosion, and such
I consider this as unsafe, but maybe not so much
So I squirt some electrical contact cleaner into the tire
I grab an aim-n-flame to light this fire
I see a flame, a flash, then hear a single pop
Where was the second one I wonder, why did it stop
I turn the tire over to reveal the other side
By now, Im fit to be tied
It is not seated, no not a bit
I take some deep breaths and try not to fit
I put the mini compressor back on the stem to inflate
But no matter, it does not turn out great
All but 4 inches of one side of the bead is seated
Im feeling like the tire has won, I am defeated
Now 5 hours into the rear tire replacement
Im desperately in need for some liquid refreshment
I run the new mini compressor until it is too hot again
I decide to try the old one, so I head to the bin
On the way there I see a device I had not thought of using
It is not on my list, not one of my choosing
It is a manual bicycle tire pump, but it cannot work, can it?
Nothing else has really worked , not one bit
I reinstall the valve core, back where it goes
I hope the air finally seats the bead, no body knows
I take some strokes with the pump, the pressure gauge shows air
This is taking way too long, it isnt fair
But lo and behold, I hear another pop
It startles me, enough to make me stop
I open my eyes to see spots on my safety glasses
Its WD-40, dish soap and water the lube of choice from my classes
I check the bead, it is now in place
Ive beaten this tire, finally a smile crosses my face
The notorious 4 inches of bead that would not seat...
The finally finished rear tire...
The added 90 degree angled valve stem...
Edited post #2 in this thread to have a list of farkles, add-ons, and other modifications I've done to the bike, along with a link...
You may be in the running for the "Farkler of the Year" award..
It is amazing how much stuff there is available for these machines...
An amazing amount of stulff available!!!
Just don't add up how much you've spent in farkles....no good will come of it!
I hear ya... That is why I did not start this list from the beginning because I did not want to know... I'm over it now...
$$$$$$$$$$$$ Yah can't take it with U.
Random question... Where did you find the sticker of America that you put on your bmw pannier?
from page one, post two... see above...