How to make a R1150GS faster??

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by afrikaanerdanie, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. afrikaanerdanie

    afrikaanerdanie n00b

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    I have a 2004 R1150GS and I would like to make it quicker. It's all stock and has just over 40,000 miles on it. I want to put an akrapovic exhuast on it and a K & N air filter but I just don't know if it will make a big difference. Does anyody have any advice?
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  2. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    If you want to go faster you have three options:
    1) spend money on track school and track days to learn ride faster
    3) spend money on better suspension
    2) trade in the GS and buy a faster bike

    Pretty much anyting else would be total waste of money.

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  3. dancy

    dancy Undescended Testicle

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    Push it off a cliff :deal
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  4. HighScore

    HighScore No More, all done.

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    Don't waste your cash.
    It won't go much faster with the filter and pipe.
    That's a lot of bread to only to never get it back.
    I've tried it all, it won't get you much more power.
    Love it as it is.:thumb
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  5. afrikaanerdanie

    afrikaanerdanie n00b

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    Okay. How do you guys think the F800GS compares to the 1150GS as far as ferformance?
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  6. Dirty Hippie

    Dirty Hippie Somewhere in a canyon

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    Have you considered something orange?
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  7. afrikaanerdanie

    afrikaanerdanie n00b

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    Yes actually I have the only reason why I want a new BMW is because it comes with good warranty. KTM's are pretty sick I've never riden one though :cry
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  8. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    to make the gs go faster you twist the right hand grippie thingy downward.
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  9. afrikaanerdanie

    afrikaanerdanie n00b

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    Really? I didn't think they can do that
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    MCP Been here awhile

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  11. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    +1 on the cliff action. I love my GS the way it is, but to make it significantly faster would require real re-engineering. I have contemplated (mental gymnastics only) a turbo, but in the end, I realized that there are more economical bikes that go faster.

    After searching the internet I'm surprised nobody has turbo'd a GS yet???:huh
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  12. slackmeyer

    slackmeyer Don't mean sheeit. .

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    They have, I'm surprised you didn't find it: rbracing They say a R1100 makes 225 hp at 22lbs boost. That sounds like a lot of boost. Buying a rashed up ducati or japanese liter bike makes way more financial sense, but I understand the desire.

    Don't test ride a KTM unless you want to end up buying one. . . . experience talking here.
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  13. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    Looks like quite a huge frame mod too...:yikes You'd think that allot of that plumbing could go more outboard. Specially the inter-cooler.
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  14. A.Vern

    A.Vern One Man Wolf Pack

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    Seems to fit....

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  15. Kiwirich

    Kiwirich Been here awhile Supporter

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    Learning to trust the huge GS takes some doing but once you learn it.......

    It takes a pretty determined roady to get past at anything like legal speeds...........

    You actually can drag the pegs quite comfortably & it does disturb others.
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  16. Steptoe

    Steptoe steptoe

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    They're heavy old buses, to make it faster you need to "Add lightness".
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  17. BMW-Houston

    BMW-Houston Adventurer

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    Years ago when I had a 97 R1100GS, I frequented some forum dedicated to that bike. I remember someone in Europe put a turbo in a stock 1100gs. He posted pictures and a couple of videos of the bike. In the beginning he had some issues, but for the most part I think he worked them out.

    I don't remember what his horsepower ended up being, but he had a couple of videos and the bike would really scream. It was a one of a kind deal, and I do remember that it was extremely expensive. He also had to do some modifications, but I don't remember if he had to do anything to the frame.

    I think I remember he was a mechanical engineer or something like that. It was a long time ago and I don't even remember the name of the forum.

    It's hell to get old and forget. Sure wished I would have saved some of those picks.

    Fred

    After typing this reply, I did a quick search and found this. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25465

    I don't know if this is the same guy or not, but he ended up with 130 hp and a bunch of torque.
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  18. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    1200 are lighter an more powerful...
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  19. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    You will be amazed by the difference in power and throtle response if you do all of the following:

    1) Y-piece and the remus open exhaust
    2) KN filter + open up the airbox a bit (more info upon request)
    3) bbpower chip
    4) airbox to throttle body tubes from the 1150RS (wider + shorter)

    Dont listen to people who say it cant be done. After these mods the bike goes like a stink.


    average consumption will stay the same, you will gain about 8-10hp on the back wheel, but also a much better throttle response. Only down side is a relative loss of torque below 3k which is only felt when riding 2up with the kitchen sink.
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  20. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    thats funny, this link says to do the opposite for the RS.

    http://members.macconnect.com/users/k/karl/bmwgstube.html
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