Why do i so much like my R1150GSA!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Scapadu, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    I spent some hours today in the garage for replacing the speedo cable and the Hall Effect Sensor ( has some engine cut recently) of my 8 years old and 115000 km R1150GSA.
    As the tank was removed i also spent some time for some checking, just enough to see how much this bike is a good one.
    Tomorrow i will change the engine oil, as the bike is ready for that, will also change the brake and clutch oils. As the rest has been done less than 5K earlier, i will be ready to riding it for a 10k more and still do not really know why i so much like it, but i really do !
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  2. madleemark

    madleemark Restless

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    good bikes, both easy to ride and work on, i to like the r1150gsa.
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  3. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    I miss my 1150 GSA badly. Should have never traded it for the 1200. You love it because its a great bike.
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  4. cobrags

    cobrags Lost ADVR

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    My 1150 has 55000 miles on it and love it. I just traded a 1200gs for a Can-am Spyder. I just like the ride best on the 1150.
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  5. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    I've always had one bike and wanted another. Lustful wandering motorcycle eye I guess. Since I got my '04 1150 GSA, I just love it more every time I ride it. It's going to be the one I keep and pass on to my grand kids when I'm too old and decrepite to throw a leg over it any more. Now I just have a lustful wandering farkle eye.
    Here's Donk.
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  6. otto

    otto UAW

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    I've been loving mine for 10 years and over 100,000 miles with no problems except my heated grip on the left side quit. I test drove the 1200's they just didn't do it for me.

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  7. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I fell into a deal on mine 2 years ago with only 10,000kms on it. More neglected than abused but the brake lines has been replaced with SS so the PO must have had some clue. Rode it 1300 km to home in freezing temps and have been developing a good relationship (40,000km) with it since.
    Only bad thing about it is trying to pick it up when i dumped it on sheet ice twice one morning on the way to work. Had to chase the damn thing across the road with it halfway up my thighs.:roflTourances suck on ice.
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  8. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    It is now done and a short test ride too! I will do a quick synchro adjust/check tomorrow as well, just to be sure it is running like a Swiss clock before going for a true day ride :ricky
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  9. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    Did the test ride today: Works like a charm :clap
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  10. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Why do i so much like my R1150GSA!

    Because it is paid for?

    Your photo reminds me of my time in the US Navy when we would visit Nice, Cannes, Golfe Juan, Villefranche...
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  11. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Because it just works !!!
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  12. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    Nice is nice ! :rofl
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  13. everycredit

    everycredit Been here awhile

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    I had to look at this picture twice--the tail bags and the sign make it look like a headless rider.
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  14. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    Right, wrong or otherwise....we like what we like.
    My wife can't figure out why I like motorcycles at all after having had so many broken bones and surgeries from racing....she will NEVER get it.

    I get it....you like it....I like the 1100s and 1150s.
    Just keep riding it.
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  15. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    It had to be my turn!
    Since some days i noticed some new noises coming from somewhere between clutch and gearbox. After riding a 500km more it seems much obvious that some of the bearings are about to desintegrate themself.
    So i have carefully ride the bike back to the garage and have now plan to rebuild that gearbox in order to continue that love story for the next 100K miles! :wink:
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  16. Corroded

    Corroded Been here awhile

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    Does the noise go away when you pull the clutch lever in? if it does do that, does it also occasionally go away when you let the lever out? just curious
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  17. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    Noise always goes away when the clutch lever is pulled in. (this is the only condition that makes the noise going away).
    But never goes away when out.
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  18. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    Gearbox input shaft damaged (splines were out) due to innput shaft's bearing failing.
    So, replaced: input shaft and bearings, clutch plate and pressure plate (it was not worn out but while open...), also replaced clutch slave + rod (wanted to do that since some time).

    It is now back up and running without any strange noises anymore! :clap
    See how silent it is!
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  19. MaxSeven

    MaxSeven Been here awhile

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    The one and ONLY thing I dislike on my 1150GSA is the gearing. In sixth gear at highway speeds (around 75mph), 4K rpm - too high. I wish the bike had a 7th gear for highway cruising. I could complain about the smoothness of clutch engagement through the gears, but that's just something the rider adjusts for. :D
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  20. cele0001

    cele0001 Instigator

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    Just to make sure I understand, transmission input shaft splines were worn, and the bike has over 100k km. Correct?
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