R1200GS Cheap Farkling!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by JimVonBaden, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. 2712

    2712 Been here awhile

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    Jim,

    Sorry about my english, Im trying to refer to the windshieldbracket instaid of the gps mount:D
    It will set you back 240euro =300dollar?

    I talked about it with my dealer, i was thinking of re enforcing it by welding extra metal to it, but the dealer sait it would only cause something els to break. They gave me the advice to mount it to a diffrent place.

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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I understood what you meant, and was responing to it. That bracket is not that delicate. If yours broke that was not that common. The weight of the GPS and mount is about half a pound. I don't ride much washboard, so I am pretty confident that the mount and windshield bracket are going to be fine.

    By the way, what windscreen did you have attached to that frame?


    Jim :brow
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Preview of things to come:

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    USB Plugs.

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    Helmet Locks

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    Seat Concepts Seat cover and foam.

    Jim :brow
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  4. 2712

    2712 Been here awhile

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    Oeps, my bad, eum the stock windshield for a gsa.
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  5. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I'm really interested in seeing what you think of that seat. :nod
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  6. SloDon

    SloDon Hey...where am I?

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    Whoa! When did Seat Concepts start making the 1200 seat? I have one on my DRZ and love it!


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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Good info! I'll let you and Lobby know this weekend!:evil

    Jim :brow
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  8. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    I found my Seat Concepts seat for the GS to be a bit of a nut cruncher. Fit of the cover and the density of the foam were great. Shape, not so much. Wide in the thigh area when your feet are reaching for the ground, which is where you really don't need foam. The bun area is a bit high so you tend to roll forward, hence the nut crusher.

    I did like it better than the stock GSA foam it replaced, but ended up back with the sargent. I may try to trim the SC foam some time though. It is very nice foam. Denser than the GS foam, but not quite as firm as the Sargent.
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  9. mxbundy

    mxbundy Long timer

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    Wood,
    When did you get yours? The one above is a new design.

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  10. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher Long timer

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    Great news. It was back in April or so of 2012. Unfortunately when I got it from you it was almost two months before I had the stapler, staples and time to get it mounted up. It was as you described to me. Better than the GSA seat and great foam, but needed tweaking. Glad to hear you changed it up some. I like the one on my DR. I may have to try the new GS one.

    Oh, and for everyone else. Don't be afraid to put on your own foam and cover. The instructions from Seat Concepts were good and the fit was good. The only blemish on my install was that I let a scrap of something get between the cover and the foam on the side and I didn't notice it until I had the seat on the bike out in the sun. It was much easier than I expected.
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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I added a couple more farkles.

    Helmet lock off E-bay. Not particularly cheap, but necessary.

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    Cost $29.

    I also added a couple yellow conspicuity lights.

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    Cheap CREE 15 watt yellow lights.

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    I added a switch for temporary. I plan a better one when I do the Fuzeblock.

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    I know, but they are ridiculously light, and I am trying it out. I have some spare turn signal stalks.

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    They really put out. I doubt all that much down the road, but I bet people will see me, even if they don't see my turn signals!:lol3

    Alternate mounting locations are in the future when I add the driving lights.

    Cost $44.

    I also mounted and wired up, temporarily, my USB plug. Very nice Pieces, and should work great!

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    Cost $29

    Jim :brow
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  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    A couple more.

    Headlight protector, home made.

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    Why you need one!

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    Tape on a piece of clear plastic and trace the shape of the headlight. Notice I have it even with the support bar.

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    Trim it to size, then use it to trace it on a piece of Lexan, or similar. Make sure you leave the protective wrap on it.

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    Trim it out. I used a Dremmel with a stone wheel designed as a cut off wheel for metal. It made a clean easy cut, and left only melt behind That was easily cleaned off by hand.

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    Still with the protective plastic cover on, I sanded the edge with 400, then 600. If you want it clear, keep going to 2000 grit then polish. I like the opaque edge as it helps not to transmit light and reflection to the windshield.

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    Drill the holes to match up to the Adel clamp height. Use a soft plastic/rubber backing so you can drill through without cracking the plastic.

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    Bolted on.

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    Side view.

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    Flipped down to clean the headlight.

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    Clean!

    Cost, free to me since I had everything, but about $10 in parts.

    Jim :brow
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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    More on the seat recover:

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    Pan minus seat cover and pad.


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    Pads compared. The New pad is a bit taller both front and back, but dished more. It is also slightly taller i front. Hope this isn't an issue as I am short with a 28" inseam.

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    New pad on the pan. Good fit.

    I would have finished it, but I had the wrong length staples. So tomorrow instead.

    Jim :brow
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  14. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Installed the seat foam and cover today:

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    Heating the cover to make it pliable in my 40° garage.

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    Installed and stapled the foam, in front staples.

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    Used a bit of glue in the dished part of the seat to hold it down.
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    Great fit! Looks good.

    The seat is definitely taller than stock, but it feels like it will be more comfortable. I can still get my toes down! :lol3
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  15. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    that "looks" more comfy than my Sargent seat. let us know how it works out.
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  16. SeeRace

    SeeRace Been here awhile

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    Yes, curious about the seat comfort and nut crunching as others have mentioned. What kind of stapler did you use on it? Seat looks good though.

    Hey. this is my 100th post. I am catching up to you Jim!
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  17. Bighead

    Bighead Adventurer

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    I'm curious, do you normally use a standard or low seat on the GS?
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  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    I found that I didn't need to put the front in the high position like I do the Sarget and stock seat. Very short ride, but it was comfortable, and the foam was firm.

    Jim :brow

    PS I used a Cobra manual stapler from Walmart, IIRC. Worked well so long as you put good pressure on it. I purchased an electric one from HD and it sucked. I am taking it back.
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  19. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Last thing for today.

    I wanted both conspicuity lights (see above), and driving lights. I also wanted to move the conspicuity lights lower so they didn't wash out my turn signals.

    This was my cheap solution:

    Using 1" by 1/8" flat bar I formed this:

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    Checking for clearance I zip tied it in place.

    The center section is 11" long, with a 1.5" drop and 4" mounting surface for lights. It is quite stiff as is.

    Being cheap, I made my own "J" bolts from long bolts I had in the bin.

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    I wanted to bed liner paint it, but had run out, so I used Plastidip. It was really too thick, but should be OK for now. I have plans for a slightly improved unit in the future.

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    Mounted to the beak frame with J-bolts. As far forward as possible. This gives the forks about an inch of clearance at full lock.

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    The conspicuity lights are mounted low, and the driving lights high. (Yes, I would have prefered black light housings for both, but they were cheap.) I used the same bolt, loctited, for both lights.

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    Front view. Looks like this should work great!

    I will wire up the lights when I receive the fuse box next weekend.

    Jim :brow
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  20. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Jim, what did you use to cover the two "open screw holes" (one on each side of the tail section) belonging to GS luggage mounts/GSA pannier racks? They appear black and possibly plastic, i noticed them in one of your new bike pics that you posted recently.

    Thanks in advance,
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