What have you done to your GS or GS Adventure today?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by PWarren4, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. teomannaskali

    teomannaskali Long timer

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    My bike had developped lazy starts probaly due to my battery. Dont know why, it is only 1 year old (BOSCH) battery.

    So I slapped on my trusty old imax charger and I am now charging it at 0.5 amps (can go up to 5A)

    We will see how it goes.
  2. QCRider

    QCRider Been here awhile

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    Took my 2009 GSA with new Ohlins TTX ESA out for an offroad ride yesterday. Looks like they passed the test. On a more technical uphill portion, only 2 bikes out of 10 (incl a few LC) made it on the 1st attempt (including me :clap). Now since I'm no expect rider, I guess I'll have to give some credits to the new Ohlins for handling those loose rocks and ruts. :wink:

    It was a bit uneasy to see a friend crashing his new LC a few times while attempting the ascent. After a while, he was so exhausted that he asked me if I could take his bike up the hill. I gave it a shot, but the clutch is so darn different on the new LC that I ended up stalling the bike while trying to adjust speed and balance. Made me love my 2009 even more I think.. :deal
  3. a41capt

    a41capt Been here awhile

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    After she let me down one 30 degree night last week (spitting snow and freezing rain... Yuk!), I bought and installed a new LiFePo battery from Scorpion.

    Holy cow, this thing is small and LIGHT! Also 330 CCA with a 2 year full replacement and 1 year prorated warranty. For $134 US it's hard for me to pass it up, especially when a sealed lead acid is almost $100 with a 6 month warranty...

    John W
    Camp Verde, AZ
  4. SylvainB

    SylvainB Adventurer

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    I installed:

    Kenda Big block
    A set of SWMotech crash bars,
    LED light kit
    Wide pegs,
    Large rear LED brake light bar

    More coming.

    I guess when I'll be finished, it will be time to get a new 2014 GSA :lol3

    But meantime, I have lots of fun riding in the dirt.

    I'm wondering if i's worth it to fit a set of aftermarket shocks????
  5. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I rode through there yesterday and had to use my electric liner and hippo hands. I think it was in the mid 30's when I rode through Prescott and 70's when I left Phoenix.
  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    First thing you should have done and biggest bang for the buck...by the power of ten..
  7. Patagonian Fox

    Patagonian Fox nOOb, not any more

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    Hi Ron, you recognize the place in Neuquen, don't you?
    There was where I did the trade.
    Good people and nice place.
    Good to know you where around.

    Cheers

    Omar

  8. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    As part of my re-build over the last two weeks, I installed new throttle cables on my GSA. My bike's got 110,000 miles on it and I' not sure if they have ever been replaced before. :hmmmmm Tim?? Anyways, they did not feel bad or like they were dragging, but I could feel a difference between my throttle and my friend's bike that only has 30k miles. So, replace them I did . . .


    OH. MY. GOD. :eek1 :eek1


    I am not exaggerating when I say it feels like a whole new bike. Not one bit. I have an IICE Air and the XIED which both made improvements to the bike. But nothing like this.

    The throttle is now soooo much lighter. The bike actually revs easily now! Rev matching on downshifts is now a simple matter. Accelerating, it feels like somebody took 20% off the fly wheel. I've popped three little wheelies shifting into second gear just because I'm not yet used to how much faster the bike revs up. Dare I say it, it feels like the engine on my 1200GS did!

    Apparently, my throttle cables were a lot worse than I thought. :lol3 :fpalm It's sad to think that my throttle cables were actually making it harder for the bike to rev up.

    The moral of the story is, if your bike has over 50,000 miles, you might want to seriously consider replacing your throttle cables. The DIY in the Hall of Wisdom makes it a simple job. It took me about 2 1/2 hours over two sessions (an hour to remove the old, an hour and a half to install the new). Oh, and it was a TON easier to synch the TB's when I was done too.
  9. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    Made up a skid plate out of some scrap aluminum I had.

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  10. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    Installed the spare wheels that have the Anakees after removing the wheels with Heidenhau K60s - preparing for a for a paved road trip.
  11. Tiellswheels

    Tiellswheels Adventurer

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    Did the Cam Chain Tensioner upgrade on my old 1100GS. No more clatter at start up!:1drink
  12. kurtzinpa

    kurtzinpa KurtzInPA

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    I have a Sertao. What;s a blue filter? I use K&M.
  13. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Installed two powerlets...flushed brake system...that is all..
  14. kurtzinpa

    kurtzinpa KurtzInPA

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    leave dentures home. Kill two birds with one stone.
  15. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Changed oil, transmission and FD fluids, changed out spark plugs and gave it a half ass wash.
  16. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Removed the luggage rack

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  17. ACD

    ACD old nOOb

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    That plate looks very professional!! I wish my home made improvements looked half as good as yours :)


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  18. mefly2

    mefly2 Long timer

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    Rigid LED D2 duallies with amber covers ...
  19. SylvainB

    SylvainB Adventurer

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    Nice job, I'm planning to do the same, can you show the other side of the skid plate so the attachements are visible? What did you use to attach the plate? Did you use rubber inserts? Thanks
  20. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I appreciate that. Took a few metal jigsaw blades. Should have just used a carbide blade on my Skilsaw.


    Thanks.

    I will take a picture when I get home tonight. I used 1" Hillman Group steel clamps (from Lowes in their hardware section, likely the same for any other big box hardware store). The lower set of holes were drilled incorrectly. Measure twice, cut/drill once. I broke that rule this time.