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

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

  1. grantsdad

    grantsdad Been here awhile

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    I searched and read many posts regarding handlebar replacement on the R12. At the end of the day, I did it my own way for my own reasons.

    3 years ago I purchased my bike second-hand equipped with Renthal 997 TwinWalls already installed. They were a psuedo-platinum color that didn't match any other color on the bike. I liked the rise/sweep profile of the 997's. The color bugged me but never enough to replace the bars for only a color change.

    4-weeks ago I low-sided through a spill of ATF (transmission fluid) bending the left-side handle bar. The crash was minor; only damaging the bars and the LF plastic corner piece of the ADV pannier.

    The bars were bent, but I road on 600 miles determined to enjoy the fall colors of the Sierra Nevada as planned.

    Along the route I made plans to replace the platinum 997's with black 609's. When I rolled in the driveway after an 820-mile weekend my bill-of-materials was in place.

    I wanted to use end-bolts which were as colse to the OEM M12-1.5 as I could find readily available. M12-1.75 were easy to find at McMaster-Carr.

    I did not want the bars to be wider than the factory bars. The PO had cut-off the bar end extensions wich worked well for me.

    Get on with it.

    The first operation was to thru-drill the bars 3.5mm (9/64) to locate the left-side grip flush with the end of the bar. I did this with a drill press.

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    I then tapped both ends of the bars 5/8-11. No pics of the process but here's the finished product after the grips have been installed.

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    Afterwich I installed thread inserts 5/8-11 OD x M12-1.75 ID.

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    Screw the insert flush with the bar with a drop of blue Loctite to keep it secure.

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    Line-up all the parts for a portrait shot.

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    Assemble the parts

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    snug it up

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  2. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    @17009 miles... (yesterday)

    Replaced the rear brake pads... (front brake pads look great still)

    Replaced the front & rear tires... replaced the Heidenau K-60 set with a Continental Trail Attack 2 set

    Added the IICE Air doo-dad from poolside...

    Broke off the left side of the center stand... :eek1
    (I sure hope it is covered by my warranty...)

    Still need to perform an oil change this week after work. Now that the center stand is broken, this will be a bit more challenging than before...
  3. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    grantsdad, thanks a lot, excellent pictures and write-up. It deserves its own topic. I probably have long arms, and unlike most of the people I wanted to move the bars away from me and maybe even down a bit. I ended up simply rotating the handlebar up, which moved it away and raised it. I got used to the higher bars, it actually helps when riding standing up, but my switches also rotated and their position is not optimal. I'm thinking either about upgrading the handlebars or drilling another set of holes to reposition the switches. Renthal advises against drilling any holes, but I see that you were not concerned about it. What did you use for the clamp? Would the stock one still work?
  4. Pruhusky

    Pruhusky Adventurer

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    Mid 30's in VT. So, with 18K and change on the '12 GSA, it was time to check the valves (haven't moved) and change the oil. That was today. Tomorrow I'll pull the drive shaft to have a looksie, clean the bike, then put it away. So sad. Now I'm hearing 50 or so on Friday. Maybe I'll get another week.
  5. genka

    genka SUV hater

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    There is no need to take the driveshaft out that early. Wait until at least 50k. The driveshaft is easy to take off, reinstalling it may not be pleasant.
  6. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Put a nwew slave cylinder on..going to go ahead and pull the swingarm and final..grease all the bearings..seein' ad the dang shock blew up and is back in New Jersey anyway...
  7. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot

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    Added a Ztechnik carbon fiber tank protector today. I thought it would be a quick install but it took me an hour to position the protector precisely. I guess I'm just fussy for symmetry but, geez, it was a pain to accurately stick something onto compound curved surface. Looks great, though.
  8. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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  9. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    New cover.

    Nelson-Rigg Falcon Defender 2000, size XL.

    Bike is '05 R1200GS with Aeroflow Sport screen, 60L Shad topcase and Jesse Odyssey I bags.

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  10. Snowbound

    Snowbound Been here awhile

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    Got my four Wolfman fuel bottle holsters modified so that the Primus bottle slips in and out .
    If you have tried to fill a liter bottle out of a gas pump ,you know what it is like . Now I can set the containers on the concrete to fill .
  11. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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  12. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I'm very happy too with mine. Excellent fit, finish, and protection! I also recommend the gas filler trim. It protects the tank from small nicks and scratches around the filler by keeping the nozzle elevated above the filler... I see you have to deal with the vapor recovery nozzles as I do in California.
  13. Friz Freleng

    Friz Freleng Religious zealot

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    I'll have to check that out. Yes! The big nozzles in CA are a pain in the a**.
  14. Ólsari

    Ólsari Been here awhile

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  15. stickman1432

    stickman1432 Crusty Adventurer

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    Front and rear Tourance tires for the 1200GS and then an oil and filter change. It might be fall soon to be winter but out here on the "leftcoast" we can still ride year round......Today it was 79 degrees tomorrow over 80. Hell it is tough to take though...:wink::wink:
  16. gofargogo

    gofargogo Lurker, mostly

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    Did a bunch of little things to try and finish up my motor swap:
    • Replaced rubber mount for the skidplate
    • reattached the skidplate
    • double checked a bunch of torque values for shocks/frame bolts,
    • tried to troubleshoot why my fog lights no longer work,
    • reset motronic in a simple attempt to recover my mpg which has dived badly since the swap (150mi per tank!).
    • Replaced the gear-indicator switch I broke when I tried to remove it 4 months ago (that job is a PITA!).
    • Replaced one of my plastic quick-disconnects with a chrome-brass one.
    And then rode it to work!
  17. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    yeah... I got spoiled down in San Clemente for the past 11 years... now up here in Bakersfield, it actually gets cold overnight and it makes the ride into work a bit brisk. But, I must say, my 77 mile one way commute out Highway 58 each day is awesome, even when I'm all bundled up! :lol3
  18. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    yes they are! I also use this that I got from riderwearhouse.com... it holds the huge nozzle back so I don't have to shove it into the tank to get it to start gas flow.
  19. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    :cry Did winter oil and filter change and baby is gone to sleep for winter....Damn I hate the cold. See yah in April!!
  20. Gruesome

    Gruesome Alter Heizer

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    Verified that the Atlantis is still waterproof, and that it's still T-shirt weather here in Illinois. Also, stop-and-go traffic in the rain still sucks, but at least I stayed dry.