Show us something that you MADE for your GS

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Ricardo Kuhn, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    Sweet Jeebus that's a fine tank! That being said, where in hell are you going where you would need such range?
    FP
  2. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    Thanks guys.

    FB - In reality the intent was to simply get a *dependable* 400 mile range. The theoretical 700+ mile range of this gets chewed up quick with poor fuel quality, headwind, bike full of gear, dirty O2 sensors, 75-mph speeds, etc.

    The past couple years I've been prepping to make an attempt at the record riding time from Prudhoe Bay, AK to Key West, FL (86 hrs, 31 mins), and that attempt with happen in the springtime of 2013, on a '13 GSA with a similar (but smaller) tank.

    Dan
  3. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    KK3AN...

    Good thing you'll be trying for the record in 2013...:clap

    In June 2012 there was a 3 day delay at Destruction Bay (aptly named?) due to a mud slide...then just a couple days later:huh
    a 4 day delay near Rancheria due to 2100 feet of the road missing!:huh

    <a href="http://s635.beta.photobucket.com/user/RMWBMW/library/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012" target="_blank"><img src="http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu73/RMWBMW/ONE%20WORLD%20Alaska%202012/DSC01280.jpg" border="0" alt="Just my luck..."/></a>

    Keep your EYE ON THE ROAD...you don't want to be the FIRST person to discover the missing road!

    So...study those charts carefully and know what your alternative routes are!:clap

    Otherwise...your record will fall WAY SHORT of acheivement.

    PS...MUD SLIDE trumps LOTS of FUEL...
    LAND SLIDE trumps LOTS of FUEL

    *******************CAN YOU ACTUALLY DO THIS?*****************
    Alaska Hwy E to Florida's Turnpike S
    108 hrs 51 mins / 5613.54 miles

    5613 MILES/ 86 hours - 65.26 MPH???????
  4. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Two things today:

    This and a rear wheel mounting stub. I've no pics of the stub, but its just a spare wheel bolt with the head cut off, burrs ground off and a slot for a screwdriver made with an air cutoff disc. I even tried it out, it works VERY well. Screw the stub into a hole, set to TDC and put the transmission in 1st. Place the washer on the wheel, line it all up and hang the wheel on the stub. Screw in the other three bolts, replace the stub with a bolt and tighten 'em all down. Cut the wheel change time down by at least 10 minutes.
  5. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

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    LaurelPerry, I'll be giving this ride an enormous effort, and then some.

    I didn't mean to hijack this fantastic thread with my trip info - this probably should have it's own separate thread.

    Thanks, Dan
  6. F.P.

    F.P. Clown who is sick

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    Makes sense, now. Good luck on the ride!
  7. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Bob, thanks for noticing.
    I cut may original stocks by hand with a hacksaw and then did the same with two "sacrificial" mirrors salvaged from wadded 1150. I don't remember if I found those in my dealer's junk pile or requested them on ADV Flea Market.
    Both had broken mirror/glass so they were most likely useless. As for other sources... for the first set (built for my long gone 1100) I used busted stocks from a Ducati Monster. I'm thinking there might be several bikes using the same size.

    Before I cut the "keeper" stocks I scribed them in order to properly line them back up with the extensions in place. I laid them out using a piece of light weight angle as a straightness jig.

    Once they were stitched together using a torch and rod, I hand filed them and filled the pin holes with bondo. Rattle-canned final finish.

    Took some patience but well worth the effort.
    I'm a pretty good sized boy at 6'6" and hovering around 300 lbs.
    It's a real trip looking at my mirrors and not seeing First Gear emblazoned
    shoulders.

    If you are a big guy don't hesitate to contact me.
    I have spent a lot of $$$ making my 1150 fit me.
    Longer shocks
    taller bars
    taller risers
    taller windshield plus extension
    lower/wider foot pegs
    taller wider seat
    side stand extension
    bla, bla, bla :eek1:eek1:eek1

    Fite
  8. Ua the Destroyer

    Ua the Destroyer Been here awhile

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    The crappy weather has given me plenty of time to mess with the gs.
    New seat recover, front and also the back now. I re-shaped the driver seat foam with better foam and a better shape. The pillion was just recovered to match the look and material, since my gf likes the shape as is.

    I also made the light bar in the picture.

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    When I remade the light bar, I wanted a nice easy to reach and oem look switch for my aux lights. I got an 1150rt left switch control, and utilized the windshield switch. I had to pull each press to fit wire out of the connector under the tank since their different on the rt. I then split off the extra wires from the momentary switch and hooked them up through a mechanical latching relay to switch the lights on and off. Now I can turn them off or on with a click up or down on the switch.

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    I was gonna make a bracket for my RAM iphone mount, but I found out that the spacing on the iphone RAM mount screw holes line up perfectly with my ricky bar risers. So a couple of longer machine screws, and my iphone mount was solidly on my bike.

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  9. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    UA........

    did you have to do any cable work when you installed the risers? i was wamting to add about 2" riser but didn't wamt have to replace a bunch of wires and cables..
    :freaky
  10. Ua the Destroyer

    Ua the Destroyer Been here awhile

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    I didn't actually add the risers myself. The previous owner added them. They are one of the better built farkles on the bike. I think you would have to do a search using google for the Ricky bar install.
    This thread was started by the guy who made them I believe. You could always try to pm him.
  11. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Nice job w/the aux switch. Did you consider using an auto switch instead - a less invasive approach? This is the route I went with for like application which in my opinion takes less bother and expense. Here's a write up from another inmate:
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8669
  12. Ua the Destroyer

    Ua the Destroyer Been here awhile

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    I had heard of them but thought they were more expensive(just looked up the price again, DOH!). Oh well too late now. At least the rt controls only cost my $20.
  13. phubner

    phubner Adventurer

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    I had wanted to mount a removable 30mm ammo can behind the right pannier, but as my 06 GS bike came with nice Micatech panniers, it doesn't have the tubular mounting bracket like the BMW cases. So I resorted to getting a John Deere manual case (~4"x 12long tube) for $25 and bent a few 1/4" threaded rod into Us, and mounted them on a plate of duralon plastic that I had in the shop.
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    After several test fits and reshapings, I mounted the assembly to the two rear pannier bolts. Its a snug fit, but now I can travel without the panniers and still have my entire toolkit.

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    Next - Add some stickers to the panniers for some visibility!
    P
  14. pielet97

    pielet97 Adventurer

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    I wanted to be able to slide the top case off and slide on a bike rack with the OEM lock and rack. All metal is stainless and it works great!

    $116 for the OEM lock and cylinder
    $50 in stainless
    $160 for the bike rack

    Not the cheapest, but I bet it's one of the coolest out there.:D

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  15. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    Pielet97- Outstanding Work!!!! :clap


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  16. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Holy shit, that's awesome! I bet you could make some extra $$ selling those without the THULE rack. I need one bad, but I refuse to pay $300 for the only commercially made moto rack available right now.
  17. pielet97

    pielet97 Adventurer

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    I was of the same opinion, hence my solution. If I had to do it again, the only thing I would change would be to lower the back 1" and raise the front 1". This would lower the end of the bike rail by about 6", no real change.The fit and function is absolutely perfect, the latch pulls it in tight the last half inch.

    I agree, there's a market out there, but it's probably too small. Small isn't bad if you can have a decent profit, but the labor is significant without templates. Ideally, I'd have someone water-jet and bend the pieces in batches. Then I would just have to weld, grind and sandblast.

    I think if somebody bought the top case lock, keyed to their bike, and sent it to me with $250, I'd probably get in the business if I could get 4 or more..... And even with 4, I wouldn't consider it very profitable after about 12hrs and $250 in materials and consumables.
  18. Oggie

    Oggie Been here awhile

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    Made this with duel outdoor rated cig power plug and the BMW harness for the power plug in the beak of my GSA. Tried it out this morning and powered my phone perfectly.


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  19. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    I need the help of the gurus of this site... I remember that one night not more than a month ago I was reading
    about the problem with fuel pump. Then someone showed some pictures of adding a gauge so he could know
    the pressure of the fuel and based on that to understand if the fuel pump has failed. I cannot find that post
    and it would be a nice handmade alternation and very helpful.. I believe...

    BTW.. I really like the following idea. Did the capacity of the box reduced with the addition of the pad?
    and if yes by how much? keep the patrons...I believe that some people from over here they will need them..
  20. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    The best thing i have done for my GSs (i got 2 :wink: ) was to purchase a second garage dedicated to my GSs only ! :clap