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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Veter, Nov 7, 2012.
A decent spares list for 1200gs (1yr trip) anyone?
Mileage is ~10k mi currently
head light bulb
jumper cables w/adapters and appropriate connectors (cell phone chargers etc.)
tools for routine maintenance
1st aid kit
gummy worms and install tool (for tires)
air pump and/or co2 cartridges and dispenser
spare oil container
What year bike,what countries and how far will you be from a dealer??
A spare fuel pump controller or a by-pass cable depending on the above.
-1 on the headlight bulb. H7 is pretty common everywhere. In a pinch, high and low beam bulbs can be swapped. I'd take a final drive seal.
Thanks guys, I had everything except for the alternator belt and fuel pump controller
bike is yr 2011. The plan is to get to all the Latin American countries and take some time in each of them, explore...So at some point I can be really far from civilization let's say in Bolivia or Peru, so that I'm better have all the crucial spares with me
1.Battery tender if you have the space...SAVED ME twice!
2. 4 Foot section of 1/4" clear tubing for transferring fuel from another bike...in case you run out!
Note: Not really SPARES...but may save you hind quarters.
What others have said:
Thanks, man! I have them and installed Shorai battery to be on the safe side Also as conversion to ADV tank is a pain I will have 5 jerrycans with overall capacity of 8 gallons so, hopefully, it will be hard to run out of gas :)
As to the link, I read those threads but it is always good to check what are the spares for this exact bike - year make, mileage and field of use
If it dies in the middle of BFNo-where, at night, you'll be glad it was there.
Realistically the chances of this happening is slim to none.
Once you have said lamp on the bike the chances of EVER needing it are nigh on incalculable.
Why? Murphies law
If your headed to the north east bring gas.Its all you will need
I spent a month in Peru and it's pretty hard to be "really far from civilization in Peru"....unless you consider the Peruvians uncivilized? Man, I found guys everywhere there, including the wilds. Seriously, you can get parts shipped to where you're going. Based on your info...
1. By pass cable for fuel pump controller failure. Mine failed this year (2010 GS) and the dealer recommended carrying a spare controller as this was a very common failure. A cable is much cheaper for a temp fix and easier to install on the side of the road.
2. Headlight and oil cooler guard for the flying rocks on dirt roads.
3. Tire plugs and an air compressor with a plug that by-passes the can-Bus.
4. Rubber boot that will seal the valve covers. When you drop your bike (and you will), if the valve cover is smashed, the boot slips on allowing you to continue riding without losing all your oil. Order new covers in the next town.
5. Gas filter/funnel. Off the beaten track, fuel is really shitty and if pumped from a drum, it can be contaminated with water and sediment. There is a neat litttle funnel that strains the fuel and separates water and silt. I don't have a link for it , but I'll try to get it.
Riding at night in these countries is suicide. Bandits, washouts, cattle, broken down vehicles, trucks in your lane on corners, all make night travel nutz, even if you run aircraft landing lights. Best to hole up in a casa with a cervesa and a chica 'til dawn
bildonna, thanks, that's really what I needed!
Will be looking for that rubber boot now. I had a special offroad training in Death Valley and dropped the bike like 25 times and each time I was wondering how oilhead survived an what to do when it doesn't :))
As to the filter I use metal MSR coffee filter and it's just fine for the job as no filter can filter out water from gas at least not the one you can carry in your pocket :)
Quote: no filter can filter out water from gas at least not the one you can carry in your pocket
Well, not exactly true. Here`s a link to a small water separator- filter. The F1 is 6`` high and 3.5`` dia. You are going into very wet areas that supply bad fuel. Look at the ad and rethink this a bit.
Here`s one place to get the rubber boot. Also includes a coil puller which I assumed was already in your toolkit.
Have a great ride you lucky bastard!!!
He-he damn I will, feel free to join :) And thanks for the links and info, buddy!
Throw in a flashlight too. I know, not a spare, but...could get missed.
How does the coffee taste after that?
On the trail...........probably about the same