r100gs shifter adjustment

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  1. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    for you guys that ride with offroad boots, or have big kicks...

    is there enough adjustment in the lever to fit an offroad boot under there, or do you have to buy a different lever?
    my street boots are pretty beat so i threw on my astars and went for a ride. upshifting was a challenge. i looked at the linkage and it doesn't seem that there's enough adjustment to make it work. thought i'd ask before i started fiddling.
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  2. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    I have fastway pootpegs, set in the "lowrider" position and can fit my Tech6's (new ones btw) in there to shift easily. It does require a different technique as I can't "feel" the shift lever at all, and did take a little getting used to.

    If you ride off-road at all, fastways are absoutely unbeatable!

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  3. Boojum

    Boojum I Miss the PartyBoss

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    +1 Solo!!!! If I ride in Tennis Shoes, I'd need to adjust it, or actually take my foot off the peg.:lol3 I guess it makes me wear boots!:lol3


    HiYa Blake!:wave

    Boojum!
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  4. Gringo

    Gringo simple by nature

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    has anyone else noticed that the adjustment mechanism, which is sort of like a turnbuckle, is threaded the same way on both sides? In order to adjust you have to actually release one end of it, then thread one or both of the threaded ends in or out to lengthen/shorten the throw. Yet there IS a locknut, as if it were a counter-threaded turnbuckle arrangement. I've always thought this was a bit strange, wondered if this has ever had any others scratching their heads...

    hijack off -
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  5. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    Yea "G"

    That exact fact has troubled me since I stripped, cleaned and reassembled the shifter linkage.... what was BMW thinking (insert head-scratching smiley here)

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  6. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    they weren´t:D

    Yes there is enough room to get a size 47 alpinstar tech 8 in there. I would still get a lowering kit though, but Im big, so I would say that.
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  7. summerinmaine

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    I have somewhat the opposite problem. My size 46 Discos are fine on the shifter side (where there is adjustment capability), but it's a tight fit between the rear brake lever (where there is apparently no adjustment capability) and the underside of the carb. Sometimes I need to fiddle around with my foot before I can apply the brake. I have Fastways set in the low position.

    Anyone else have this issue? :ear
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  8. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    thanks. i'm glad to see i have the option of adjusting or justification for guying some fastways. also glad to hear that the side are threaded the same. that's a time saver for sure.


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  9. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    You can adjust the rear brake height... pop off the plastic cover behind the right footpeg, and you can thread the bolt out the actuates the brake light... this allows you to lower the pedal height... make sure to slack the brake cable first, and then check that the brake light goes out!

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  10. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    Oh yeah.

    Apart from the up and down adjustment, I got a length of scaffold pole and bent the pedal out, got fed up fishing for it down there. worked perfectly. Not tried my pd with the frankenstein boots yet, but I am sure I will do the same. I´ll be putting the ttech loweres back on back on this one as well (they are 3cm lower, I think the fastways are 1 or 1.5?).

    bob
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  11. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    yep its a question of playing around, try the easy and cheap, then the difficult and cheap then the easy and expensive and dont bother with the hard and expensive cos you dont need anything that badly!:D
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  12. summerinmaine

    summerinmaine Hells Atheists MC

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    Thanks for the replies. I'll give them a try. It's kinda disconcerting to be searching for the pedal when you're running downhill on mixed pea gravel and ruts. :eek1
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  13. crarchitect

    crarchitect Master of Disaster

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    Yeah man! Spanish Bob, please install the fastways on your pd, then bend them down with the scaffold pole like your other bike. Tell us how it goes for you. I wish mine were flatter front to back. :lurk

    Isn't there enough airhead gs'ers to get fastways to do a production run with the perfect gs spindle angle- it is only a few degrees flatter! And after all, the gnarly shiny things appear to be machined anyway.

    Anyone Anyone?

    FWIW I have mine installed low, Long bolts in the back, short in the front, SIDI Combat Touring, no clearance problems. Super sticky platforms. Fastways are SWEET.
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  14. camgregus

    camgregus riding gently now

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    I would be interested in a modded fastway run.

    Especially since I was about to order them anyway.
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  15. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    I've cut some off the end of the shifter arm with the post on it and put a new one alittle further away. Works pretty good. JT
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  16. Firestorm

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    I have mine adjusted as much as it will go. Not much room, but I can manage. Works great with tennis shoes, but I want to wear the boots I bought to ride in.
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  17. Bernd Bauer

    Bernd Bauer Adventurer

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    Hi,

    I installed the Q-Tech shift lever roll and KTM LC8 footpegs on my GS:

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    It took me some time to get used to the roll but now I really love it.
    And of course the KTM pegs are fantastic for off-road riding.
    The rubber inserts are a very nice feature for LDR.

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    Regards

    Bernd
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  18. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i finally got around to retiring my old street boots and making the adjustment to the shifter.

    thanks for the advice on this looking like a turnbuckle but not exactly working like one.

    i loosened the top, removed the locking pin and then decided i'd just remove it from the bottom as well. this made it really easy to adjust it all the way out so that my tech6's fit nicely under the shifter now.

    15 minutes, and now i dont have to buy a new pair of boots. that's 200 bucks i can spend on some other bike related something or other. :clap
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