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

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

  1. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    If you are referring to Escondido BMW Motorcycles, I know exactly how you feel... The parts and sales people are great, but I've had similar issues with their service department people.
  2. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    I get along with all but two, but it's enough to keep me away.
    What's sad about it is, they have been great in the past when Scott and Eason were there.
  3. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    When I lived in San Clemente, it was the closest dealership to me... I can now say I was spoiled living where I did in California, the closest dealership to me here in Illinois is in Urbana, IL, over 90 miles away... I had Escondido BMW, Irv Seaver BMW in Orange, and Long Beach BMW, all within 50 miles...
  4. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    +1000 on the front brake problem update. It doesn't get much worse than a front brake lock up failure. Glad you were only doing 30 and not regular freeway speed. Could you have picked up rock in the rotor somehow?
  5. Lensgrinder

    Lensgrinder Long timer

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    It's nice to have choices like that.
  6. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Today I went out to go for a ride and my battery was completely flat... We are remodeling my mother's home and last week got a moving "pod" delivered to the driveway, causing me to have to move my GSA from where it was plugged in. I figured I'd just ride it more and charge the battery that way... Well, that idea did not pan out, so after a jump start, I rode the 95 miles to the dealership in Urbana, IL to make sure the battery checked out ok. (great excuse for a long ride...) They put the battery computer on it and it said the battery was good.

    After riding the 95 miles back, I put it back on the charger... Hopefully, no more flat batteries... :D

    Oh, and I got there just before 6pm when they were closing... I asked if they could check the battery and they said sure, no problem, and came out and did it in the parking lot... So far, so good for Sportland Motorsports... :wings
  7. Spaggy

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    Adjusted valves and set TB's in the never ending quest for low vibration. About a thousand miles ago, I put new plugs in {twin spark 1150}. The main plug was available but the secondary Bosch wasn't, not here anyway, so I got the recommended change up NGK super iridium blabla bullshit $26 each plugs. I don't understand how, but my bike vibrated way, way worse with these plugs in. I changed them with the Bosch ones I took out and it's back to normal. Weird shit, that's all I can say.
    Doing an oil change today and taking a sample for analysis. I've been running Mobil1 15W50 synthetic. I'm going to do a comparison changing to Castrol GTX 20W50 dino oil.
  8. BigDave75

    BigDave75 Will Work for Food!

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    Applied a fresh new coat of bugs on the fifty mile ride to work this morning, looks like there may be a thunderstorm any moment which will be the bath for the week!

    :freaky
  9. Ron from BC

    Ron from BC Long timer

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    Dick, what's the sweet spot v for your TPS?
  10. bobinaustin

    bobinaustin planning for the adv

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    i would LOVE to know details about whats under that lid! care to share?

  11. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    Your bike sits unplugged for 1 week, the battery dies, dealer says battery is ok and you shrug it off? What made your battery die in one weeks time? Seems to me that something's wrong here. What's drawing your battery down?
  12. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Agreed!

    I bet the battery is NOT good. I have seen dealers do this before. They pop the seat, test it at rest, get 13 volts and pronounce the battery good. No load test at all.

    Jim :brow
  13. Mr Head

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    What it says in the HOW.
    I've got to change the chain tensioners I think to smooth out the vibration I have. I just checked the TPS and re-set it since I was there, had the time and had not looked at it in a couple of years.
    I've been waffling on keeping the bike or selling it once I hit 200,000 miles. Today, this morning I'm leaning toward selling.
    (new, different problems, with a new, different motorcycle):lol3
    I aimed at .365 and got .360v I think. I wrote it down but that was way back on Sunday evening. Somewhere close to .370 usually works pretty well for me and how I ride.
    Lately I've been getting different fuel mileage. My low fuel light comes on at zero bars and about 295 to 300 miles.
    At that point I have almost exactly 1.0 gallon of fuel left. That's measuring with the pump, how much I fill and I fill/wiggle/fill-repeat, until I have fuel in the neck. It's a bit home from the station so there will be room.
    Maybe I'm slowing down in my old age? That is only 41 mpg, versus 40 which has been my normal for the nearly whole time I've ridden it.
    Twice I've hit 50 mpg. No idea what made that happen either time. Same gas as ever, similar speeds/loading and no real wind affects. I think it was just a teaser to suck me into the vortex.:lol3


  14. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    I did not just shrug it off... I believe my Dispatch 1 (mega farkle that I'm not very happy with...) crashed the last time I rode it and it stuck on, instead of powering down when the bike powers down, causing the drain on the battery. (This has happened to me before, but I noticed it right away and had to open the box under the seat and pull the main fuse to get it to shut down...) My GPS battery was also completely dead, as if it was on the whole time.

    As for the dealer, I watched him put the BMW battery tester on it with the bike off, run it through its test cycle, and say the battery was good. Then, I started the bike and the process was repeated, again saying it was good. Voltage on my Dispatch 1 display as well as the BMW battery tester was between 14.3V and 14.5V at idle, to which he stated was a bit high, but still good... With the bike off, battery voltage was in the low 13's, that is after I rode the 95 miles to get there.

    If the battery exhibits any more issues, I'll ask the dealer to replace it under warranty.
  15. lowsid3r

    lowsid3r Adventurer

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    Rewired my gps to the battery. Waiting on hids to come in the mail.

    And on another bike took apart the carbs cleane them as cleaned the old gas out.
  16. Mr Head

    Mr Head PowerPoint ADV

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    I installed a set of PIAA horns, a 400Hz and a 500Hz. 115db. Loud.:lol3

    Pictures to follow...
  17. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    My dealer wouldn't replace mine until their machine said it was bad. I had problems with mine for about a month, due to a suspected bad cell, but it tested ok at the dealer. They told me I would basically have to have the battery completely fail on me before it would be replaced. I eventually broke down out of town, but had jumper cables with me to get up and running. I rode straight to the dealer and they tested it (bad) and put a new one in. It was less than 2 years old. The replacement started doing the same thing about a month ago and I installed an Odyssey instead. I was riding the CDR so didn't want to be stranded. The AZ heat kills these batteries.



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  18. JM

    JM Been here awhile

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    I've never heard of the Dispatch 1 before. The link on your signature line sure is handy to find information on your farkles.

    That thing looks pretty amazing, as long as it works as advertised. You say you aren't very happy with it. Other than the crash it had on you what else makes you frown when you look at it?
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    RallyeX Been here awhile

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    Took some pictures after I installed my new Garmin 665 and Touratech windscreen frame bracket for the GPS.


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  20. macadamia

    macadamia XK Red 27 Technique

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    Thank you...

    As for the Dispatch 1, here is a brief summary I wrote some time back to another inmate who was asking about it... For reference, I have 2 other BMW motorcycles, one with the Centech AP-1 and automotive relay, the other with a terminal strip and automotive relay I bought at Radio Shack for less than $15... Both of these set-ups have done exactly what their intended function is since their installations. I cannot say the same for the Dispatch 1.

    "I actually do not like the D1... It is cumbersome, ill conceived, and buggy... I may replace it before my trip to Alaska, since I've been having trouble with battery life, fuses mysteriously blowing, crashing... The USB ports are useless to me, 3 of them beneath the seat is just stupid. The way you have to splice the plugs to anything you want to attach is another stupid idea... The only thing that it does that my other bike's setups don't do is modulate the aux LED light bar I have. The voltage display is nice...

    I have been contemplating a negative review of the product on advrider.com, but in a way feel compelled not to. I bought my D1 system from rocketmoto.com, at about 1/2 price. When I noticed it did not have any serial number stickers attached, I phoned Aboreal Systems and asked if I had bought a stolen or counterfeit. He told me it may have just been an early model and told me to send it back to him to have it verified. It turned out that it was one of the first systems produced, and needed to be updated. He then told me he could not update it because so many changes had been made and sent me an entirely new system. So, you see, I feel like I got the newest system for 1/2 price and therefore, can put up with some of the quirks. I still don't like it..."