AdamChandler's "Rosie Red" 2018 GS Adventure Build Thread

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by AdamChandler, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. Solo Moto

    Solo Moto Hands are bruised from breakin’ rocks all day

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    Giving serious consideration to the overpriced and out of stock MAM Handguards for my 17 GSA. Adam, you still recommend them? If I recall, you have snapped off the aluminum protection on two of them, right? I don't recall ever reading anywhere where the backbones of the BarkBuster guards actually broke. Talking about the metal here, not plastics. Thoughts?
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  2. Solo Moto

    Solo Moto Hands are bruised from breakin’ rocks all day

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    Subscribed. C.a.n.n.o.t. look away...

    Congrats on the new bloody red asphalt GSA!

    Appreciate your candid postings and videos. Personal fav is how not to break a tire bead.

    Seriously, though... Mucho helpful content as I have the same bike you... Had.
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  3. Dackrover

    Dackrover Been here awhile

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    Hi Bruce:

    Since I know for certain I have your attention in this thread, do you have any suggestions ...beyond removing them, for the decreased airflow and resultant higher running temps (more frequent cooling fan even while at speed) that I am experiencing with your radiator guards on my '16 GS? I thought it was just the summer heat in part...but it is continuing even with cooler fall temps. Zero fan while moving under either riding condition, once I take the guards off. Thanks.

    Eta: sorry to interject my own build issue, Adam...but I've mentioned this elsewhere a couple times and did not have the Altrider team take any apparent notice. In actuality, this applies to your new build as well and is indirectly on topic, since we both use Altrider radiator guards (or at least you did on your former steed).
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  4. Switchglide12

    Switchglide12 Long timer

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    I had Altrider radiator guards on my 2014GS and GSA fan was on constantly. Now on my 2017 GSA I have the OEM plastic $18 each radiator guards fan only comes on if I am stuck in heavy traffic.
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  5. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox! Supporter

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    This list has already cost me $16 (frame plugs) and I think it's going to cost me another $269 for MAM hand guards. You guys are dangerous.
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  6. JimVonBaden

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  7. Marshack70

    Marshack70 n00b

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    Hello Bruce, Did you make Radiator guards for the 2018? From what I understand the 2014-2017 do not fit the 2018?
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  8. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b Supporter

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    I've been doing nearly-daily videos on YouTube since 2015. For the first 9 months, every modification I did resulted in me cutting myself. It became a meme that luckily I've grown out of:

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    In this instance Jim, I was simply replacing my reverse bulbs on the Golf and cut my finger open pretty good.

    the MAM Handguards are really a touchy subject here. Barkbusters are cheaper and by some accounts, stronger. I still think the MAM hand guards are of a superior design, functionally very much superior and they look far more at home on the GSA than Barkbusters. As for resilience to crashing, I broke mine but that was after a few dozen drops and on my last crash, they were very scratched yet not broken. I'll have no issue buying them again.


    The only problem with Wild @ Heart Frame plugs is they skip 2 of the holes for some reason, those remain blank. Other than that, they are very cheap and especially on the upper crash bar holes that are just holes it's a great filler.


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    First orders of the Build thread are complete and unfortunately, it's just replacement gear.

    Shoei Neotec II replacing my 4 year old GT-Air
    Klim Badlands Pro jacket replacing my now destroyed Klim Adventure Rally (2011) (too old for Klim to replace under their guarantee so insurance to the rescue on that)
    Klim Badlands Pro Pants replacing my Badlands 2017 pants (replaced for free by Klim)
    Klim Klimate gloves ordered to replace the Adventure Gloves

    Next week the AltRider and Clearwater orders will likely be placed.
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  9. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Is this your T-Shirt?
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  10. nostatic

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    no, Incisor Attack didn't play Coachella this year. Maybe 2019...
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  11. roadrage

    roadrage Long timer Supporter

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    You made it sound like you aren't going to ride the new bike until next Spring. Weather is pretty nice now ain't it?
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  12. Solo Moto

    Solo Moto Hands are bruised from breakin’ rocks all day

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    Wild@Heart frame plugs:

    https://advdepot.com/collections/r1...art-crash-bar-frame-plugs-9-r1200gs-a-lc-2016

    Go crazy (like me) and also purchase this pricey kit to fill in the larger frame holes. It's only money, and you'll have spares to boot. They do provide a more finished look for a deserving machine:

    https://advdepot.com/collections/r1...yramid-plastics-frame-end-caps-r1200gs-gsa-lc

    BTW, I've been buying my oil and final drive fluid maintenance kits from ADVDepot online. Decent prices, frequent discounts, convenient as hell, and great customer service.
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  13. bowseruni

    bowseruni 2018 r1200 GSA

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    Can you get the new shocks to suit the D-ESA?
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  14. AdamChandler

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    Great question. Ted Porter at BeemerShop says with a GS-911 Calibration, the same model Touratech shocks on my 2017 will work with the 2018. If he's wrong though, we'll know pretty damn fast due to errors or the motor not responding to lift requests from the ECU.

    I'm on it but right now it's completely stock. I'm not making any changes until the snow flies which could be as early as next week. Winter tires are already on my winter wheels ready to put on the car.
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  15. m931a2

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    Looking forward to next year to see how this goes.

    I took off my bars and put on MAM covers so I'm glad to see that they hold up really well sliding down the road.
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  16. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I recently installed BDCW platform pegs on my 1150GS and love them. They came off a wet head, so the same as what you would order. Large and about 1/2” lower which what I was looking for.
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  17. Coma

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    Ditto. A whole new candy store! :yikes
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  18. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    I need a separate review on the Beta. I am quickly deciding that the GS off road isn’t a great idea. I know how well guys much better than I can ride a GS off road. I’m just getting tired of pulling 600 lbs out of a ditch.

    Looking at dual sport options.
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  19. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b Supporter

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    The thing is, @scfrank - I've never ridden another dirt bike so the Beta is great but my experience is so limited, my skills so amateur that I really can't be trusted to give a good review. I've ridden the GS and the Beta and more recently an S1000XR and Super Tenere on some demo rides but the beta is 350 pounds lighter than the GS with more suspension travel and only about 50 less horsepower so it's a screamer and a blast off road. Too much power off-road the 390 would be better for that I think but the 500 means I can keep up with traffic on-road and do it comfortably. This thing is pretty damn close to speed as the GS with the only slow-factor being how long it takes me to shift manually as there is no shift-assist.

    I think the Beta is a great bike if you're just anti-KTM :p
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  20. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler Ascending n00b Supporter

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    Rosie accompanied me to the cafe this morning and looked on as I wrote a lengthy post about my first experience with insurance. At 4500 words, I need an editor:

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