The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Dorsicano, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    I have a rear tire in the correct size but can't find a 120/70 R19 front tire. Shop is telling me not to worry about it as the readily available 110 / 80 R 19 will work just dandy.

    Opinions before I buy it? Perfectly ok or bad idea?
  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    A 110/80 is a taller, narrower tire than a 120/70 and should make the bike steer more quickly, that is to say, be more responsive to steering input. Not by a lot, but some. Is that what you want?
  3. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    I'd expect it would work in a pinch, otherwise I'd keep looking for the correct size tire.
  4. pauljm

    pauljm R1200GS WC

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    For the record I regularly put the bike in cruise mode & let go of the bars to adjust gloves or whatever. Never had wobbles or anything the bike tracks perfectly at any speed unless your going ballistic & it lofts the front wheel then it's a good idea to hang on. :rofl
    I like a steering damper for sand & some off road situations & will probably add one eventually when a viable option come out. Not n issue for me if its OEM or rally moto or Scott or... The ralle moto worked great on my F800gs.
  5. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    It is my position (and the position of Honda, as detailed in a mechanics course) that operation of the motorcycle without holding the handlebars constitutes improper operation and that therefore anything that happens when operating the motorcycle improperly cannot be defined as a problem. I happen to agree.

    Another point is that motorcycle chassis are relatively stable as they accelerate or maintain speed, and inherently unstable as they decelerate. This explains why you can run without hands when cruise control is keeping the speed steady.
  6. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    >A 110/80 is a taller, narrower tire than a 120/70 and should make the bike steer more quickly, that is to say, be more responsive to steering input. Not by a lot, but some. Is that what you want?<

    I'm on Anakee lll's now and have 5700 miles on the bike. I live in AZ and have done one long trip through Nevada/CA/Death Valley, etc. The ties do have flat spots because I cannot avoid a lot of slab in high heat. The tires have been great and actually have a lot of life left in them. My home here in AZ is up a dirt road about a mile long so I ride "dirt" every day (easy road but dirt none the less). The Anakees do just fine.

    I am going to Sturgis this year and will take a detour though the Dinosaur Nat'l Monument on the way -- this will be maybe 50 miles or so of dirt and I suspect the roads will be iffy and more challenging than I am accustomed to. I am 65 years old and 5'8"/175lbs and don't want to drop my new $20K bike and I don't bounce like a 20 year old either. I'd like to cheat by using TKC-80s but the front tire is not available as yet seemingly anywhere.

    Kinda hate to put the "wrong" front tire size on the bike so I have been thinking about it...maybe just stick with the very good Anakees and ride slower? Dunno. That's why I asked for opinions. Thanks.
  7. iride4u

    iride4u Been here awhile

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    If you are going up to Dinosaur National Park why don't you call BMW of Grand Junction, Colorado it should be on your way. They were very good to me this spring when I needed a new rear tire on my K1600.
  8. pauljm

    pauljm R1200GS WC

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    Why not try the new karoo 3 or Anakee wild?
  9. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    The Karoo 3 is on backorder where I live and the TKC-80 is expected to be seen first. Dunno about the Wild though. I could also just use Heidenaus but I am one of the Heidi doubters.
  10. Bails

    Bails Been here awhile

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    I find it interesting when I am at the service centre for my European car and am listerning to the first time owners having a whinge becase the indicator switch is on the wrong side and for the price of entry it should have been perfect for them? I buy Euro for the engineering and design, not with any expectation it wil be perfect. I buy German engineering becuase it seems to be better than Austrian or Italian.
  11. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    Rox risers may help. They did for me.
  12. pauljm

    pauljm R1200GS WC

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    Why not order online then. I saw them both on Revzilla & I am sure there must be many other US sites that probably offer them. Just an idea.

    Can't get them in OZ at all yet, none have reached our shores yet.
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    It can also be argued that the RT is far better at LD superslab and, depending on how big the rider's stones are, can still go offroad... :deal

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  14. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Sure, I've taken the RT off road. It feels like the bike is taking a beating with all the plastic rattling around. Plus, if it goes down, it's going to costs hundreds of dollars to fix it. No thanks!
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    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Put a deposit on an inbound GSW today. Now to wait 2-3 weeks!! Ugh!! It's one of the most well designed bikes I've ever ridden. Amazing.
  16. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    >Why not order online then. I saw them both on Revzilla & I am sure there must be many other US sites that probably offer them. Just an idea.<

    The front TKC-80 120/70 R 19 is not in stock at Revzilla. I also checked A&S Cycles, Sierra BMW and GOAZ and no one has it yet.

    I am familiar with running TKC-80s on my bikes and love them (except for the mileage, of course). What I wondered about is whether the 110 /80 R19 that is available would be a problem on the highway on the '13 R12GSW. Seems that it will be okay off pavement even though it is not exactly the right size but I gotta do a lot of highway with a loaded bike to get to the off pavement part. Maybe I should just ride the Anakee lll's and not overthink this.
  17. pauljm

    pauljm R1200GS WC

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    They had the karoo 3s last time I looked. Probably a better option by the sound of them if your doing a lot of blacktop. I really liked the karoo T's on my f800gs.
  18. Tonopah

    Tonopah Been here awhile

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    Yep. Karoo 3's are there. My mistake -- gonna order them.
  19. CheesyRider

    CheesyRider Been here awhile

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    My wife took a GS out for a long demo ride today. She came back with a big smile on her face! She was quite impressed with how light it felt compared to her Bandit. She loved the brakes, the easy clutch pull, and the handling. Unfortunately, her long ride meant there was only time for me to take a short spin. The most surprising thing for me is how much I liked the engine. I loved the sound and was quite pleased with the power. The engine had just the right blend of character and refinement. After riding the GS, it's going to be hard for me to go back to the "whirly" sound of my FJR.

    I can tell this thing is a wheelie machine. I accidentally got the front end up a bit, so I held back a little after that. Does the GS have wheelie control? I forgot to ask the salesman when I got back.

    I'll need to take another demo ride, but I have a feeling a GS is in my future.
  20. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Traction control should do the trick.