High mileage GSsssesss

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by oldbeer, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Hasn't been out of the garage!!
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    Get a GS!

    no, wait...
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    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Currently that stands for Generally Stationary.
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    I just bought duct-tape to fix mine. Good times!
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    HA!
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  6. oldbeer

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    Looking good mate. Hope to catch up in person soon. Spent today picking up some pannier frames and bolting them on the new beast. Had to take the muffler off so some spannering and torxing was done. However, pales in comparison to your effort so no pics. Yet.
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    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    I also bought myself a bike lift in anticipation of much future maintenance work. (Kind of like taking your umbrella or putting on rainsuits to ward off the rain.)

    So i got the bike up on the lift after a couple of tries. Then what? The wheel clamp at the front didn't feel like it was going to support the bike enough for me to let go and put the tie downs on. Its a bitch to get on the centre stand at the best of times but with nowhere to stand on the lift. The side stand misses completely. I foresaw disaster in the shape of me beneath 250kg of bike so decided to leave that until i had help:-). Would all have looked quite humorous but luckily my 5 year old grandson who was "helping Grandad" doesnt yet know how to work a video camera so, naturally, none of this actually happened.
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    I find this one easier to put on the mainstand than the Transalp was. Thou, after I swapped the AT suspension on it, it was super easy to put on the stand as it wouldn’t reach the ground anymore... ;)

    Yup, let’s have GS meeting! Starbucks sounds good!
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  9. oldbeer

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    You're on, as long as I don't have to drink their coffee.

    After fitting the racks it was essential I ride the bike for an hour to make sure they were secure. They were still on there when I came home so on the Neppi scale of success, that's all good. So as to make doubly sure this was an essential ride no more than 5kms from home I used the opportunity to play with the quick shifter.

    I concluded I am doing something wrong. I can upshift smoother than that on my vstrom without using the clutch. (Admittedly not while pinning the throttle at the same time). Shifting down is pretty good I'll admit. I'm struggling to see the point of it. Do others have this feature on their GSeeesssess and if so do you use it much? Feedback welcome. Have to say for big bike the clutch is very light and nice to use. Apart from the Richter magnitude 3 clunk from neutral into anything I can almost make smooth changes most of the time. I'm learning.

    And there's a lot of clatter from somewhere sounds like around my feet at 4000 revs or more. Is that just the motor showing its age or do they all do that?

    Anyway, roll on next week when I can go for a proper ride. Sounds like i might be heading Tauranga way.
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    I know nothing about speed shifters as I don’t need one. My first gear is so high it covers everything.
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  11. eri

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    on my previous clunky beemers

    it's always been a bit of fun to learn how to match revs-speed-gear

    and just kick-it!

    on this 'awkward' 2013 it is no different

    if you can 'sense' when the gearbox is unloaded and learn how to unload the box

    a quick-shifter hardly seems necessary

    like hill-start assist or even the 'rain' mode

    am not sure they are needed

    but they are there
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    sometimes i don't believe you

    the other times i know you lie!
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    Thanks again to @eri for the filter wrench, oils were changed today. All looked due for a change as might be expected. The FD filler plug is munted. It works but might not next time. Let the purchase of expensive beemer parts commence!!

    Everything else seemed OK. Will need to test drive it tomorrow of course.

    Went to buy some copper crush washers for the sump plug. Repco wanted $75.00 for six. No thanks. The existing aluminium one was fine so it went back on. Onwards and upwards.
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    I can sell you a filler plug! $4000, comes with a free bike.

    I got my crusher washers from BNT a few weeks back. They were quite a bit cheaper than $ 75 / 6... ;)
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    Might be cheaper than a new one....let me get back to you on that.
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    Combined these add up to 230,000kms.
    So far, so good!!
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    Have added my first 1000kms to the total. Might wait a bit longer before doing the long term review:)
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    Do you still try to start her with the right turn signal?
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    The penny finally dropped... Nope cos my one has normal indicators and normal starter button. Although have to add that the kill switch is integrated with the starter button/rocker. That makes sense. Start. Stop. Same button.

    Having said that it was getting a bit sticky so inspired by neppi's heroic i decided to pull the switch block off and put some fancy pants dielectric grease in there.
    So who has a T8 torx driver/key in their set???. Me neither so then began the hunt for one. Yay for Mitre10 and youtoob. Switch lubricated and back on and works.
    Result.
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