New to me Triple Black 2012 GS Adventure

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by macadamia, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I like that seat, especially the rear with the hoops!

    Jim :brow
  2. VincitOmnia

    VincitOmnia Flyover Adventurer

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    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.

    VO
  3. evilman

    evilman Been here awhile

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    Iron Butt much respect, what a long ride. Man, So much $$$$ goes into the aftermarket parts.
  4. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Hmmm..does that mean the sergeant seat is for sale???
  5. hillbillypolack

    hillbillypolack Grumpy Old Goat

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    Curious if that's a nice scrape under the protector on the left cylinder.
  6. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    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...
  7. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    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
  8. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I changed out the upper hand guards for the taller BMW ones...

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  9. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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  10. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    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...

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  11. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Ode to a tire change…

    Hey Macadamia, it’s time to get ready for Death Valley
    Let’s put on some knobbies, traction for the rally
    Started with the front, after studying up on the net
    I can do this, you bet!

    It’s 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
    I’m 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 isn’t 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
    I’m scratching the rim in very short order
    Realizing my error, I reach for the lube
    I spray the WD-40 on the tire; I’m such a nOOb…

    Old front tire off, not a minute too soon
    I look up to see it’s dark and a full moon
    I slather the lube on the new tire in preps for install
    Let’s 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 I’ll 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
    I’m 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, I’m 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, they’ve 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, you’ll 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
    I’m 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
    I’m now 4 hours into this, I’ve hit the wall
    I grab my iPad to see if there is something I’ve missed
    By now, it’s inevitable, I’m 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, I’m 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
    I’m feeling like the tire has won, I am defeated
    Now 5 hours into the rear tire replacement
    I’m 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 isn’t 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
    It’s WD-40, dish soap and water – the lube of choice from my classes
    I check the bead, it is now in place
    I’ve beaten this tire, finally – a smile crosses my face
  12. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    The notorious 4 inches of bead that would not seat...

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    The finally finished rear tire...

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    The added 90 degree angled valve stem...

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  13. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    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...
  14. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    You may be in the running for the "Farkler of the Year" award..:clap
  15. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    It is amazing how much stuff there is available for these machines...
  16. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    An amazing amount of stulff available!!!

    Just don't add up how much you've spent in farkles....no good will come of it! :freaky
  17. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    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... :lol3
  18. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    $$$$$$$$$$$$ Yah can't take it with U. :1drink
  19. GhostriderADV

    GhostriderADV Adventurer

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    Random question... Where did you find the sticker of America that you put on your bmw pannier?
  20. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    from page one, post two... see above...