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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by PWarren4, Oct 26, 2012.
Brooks panniers on my new to me 2016 GSA.. I think I like them...
Those look nearly factory.
The main advantage to the Bumots is the locking system. Key lock right onto the frame. Literally on and off in seconds like the factory panniers.
thanks, looks to be the same manufacturer and even better Brooks is in CA
I've been "pinned down" in my trucks a few times by a bison gang crossing en masse (with no "Bison Crossing" sign, the cads!). My '92 Toyota even sported a nice scar on the back from their less-than-graceful meanderings. My hat's off to you, Sir, for doing it on a bike (even a Big bike!)
I have done boatloads of maintenance over the last 1 1/2 months on my 08 GS
1.) New brake pads, front and rear.
2.) 4 NGK iriduim plugs
3.) Valve adjustment
4.) Installed helicoil in right cylinder where valve cover attaches
5.) Bridgestone Adventurecross AX 41s, front and rear, new valve stems
6. Replace front and rear drive shaft rubber boots, lube bearings and splines.
7.) Replace telelever rubber boot
8.) Bleed brakes
9.) Engine synchronization
10.) Replace leaking fuel injector connector.
11.) Powder coated upper lower crash bars, skid plate, and pipe guards
12.) Replace alternator belt
13.) Ran a bottle of BMW fuel injector cleaner through one tank of fuel
14.) Cleaned air filter
15.) Changed final drive fluid
16.) Cleaned and washed
17.) Replaced fuel strip (dealer warranty)
52, 500 miles and running strong :)
Since we've discussed our skid plates and other products here from time to time we wanted to mention that we've now got two fitments for the 1250GS/GSA:
Fitment A - Designed to fit with the GSA and BMW OEM engine guards
Fitment B - Same designs as our R1200 GSLC skid plate which will work with aftermarket engine guards for the BMW R1250GS models
If interested you can check them out HERE.
Thanks for the continued support and hope you're out on your new 1250 exploring some dirt!
-Black Dog Cycle Works
Rode it! And both bikes needed a little nap for some reason.
I did not ride mine today...but SOMEBODY ELSE was riding their GS southbound on the Taconic Parkway in New York, a bit south of Chatham this afternoon.
Thank you very, very much for flashing your high beams rhythmically at me as I sped by you going north in my Rover...if you should hopefully use this forum and read this note!
I slowed just in time to avoid being ticketed by the State Trooper just over the next rise...could not see him hidden in his viciously camouflaged little nook until right on top of him -- traffic volume was extremely low so his instant-on radar or laser never tripped my detector at all, he wasn't indiscriminately blasting away constantly or even at every passerby, but was in selective stealth-predator hunting mode!
Suffice to say, it would have been a significant ticket for me...was already running late for an appointment and attempting to make up time -- the further delay and stern tongue lashing I'd have otherwise had to sit through, would have just compounded the financial injury.
I took some pride that it was a fellow GS rider who gave the warning...frankly haven't seen that sort of "us-against-the-man" highwayman behavior on the roads in my area in some years...though I still do warn oncoming vehicles of speed traps whenever I can.
Most folks seem to just drive more angrily, selfishly and/or hypocritically these days to ever have empathy for other drivers who may be speeding toward the ball-smash of such a trap -- as if THEY'VE never ever exceeded the limit themselves, so anyone else doing so "deserves" it <rolls eyes>.
Anyway...thanks so very much again, should you read this!
While I think American police should not waste time issuing speed violations and we should adopt the European model of speed cameras, I also don’t think people should be excessively exceeding the limit. While it’s good you weren’t fined, you should also consider not speeding. No offense but I don’t warn speeders of police ahead. The roads are safer when drivers are obeying posted limits within the 6-10MPH over most cops allow.
Speed plus distracted drivers are causing a lot of problems. If you were going fast enough to get a heavy fine, I don’t want to share a road with you. That goes for cagers and bikes both. Sorry to be so direct. Truly.
Speeding literally shaves seconds off your eta. I know because I’ve modeled it with live and historical traffic data at my job. The risk reward is slim when someone is doing 15-20 over.
Adam, you're probably not gonna like my eta from the other day.
Adam, since you work at Tom Tom, how the hell does this happen?
That’s Waze. You should call google and ask. But they don’t allow you to call them since their customers are advertisers not the users.
That looks like a bug. Your speed at tomtom isn’t used for eta. The speed limit is. We don’t calculate based on current or average speed. Either way. I think waze just had a brain fart.
This happened on the way home from Michigan. The weird thing is, it happened on the way up to Michigan as well. Both instances it occurred almost halfway through the trip and only lasted for 30-45 minutes then corrected itself. I use Waze quite a bit and have never noticed this before.
I won't argue much of your sentiments in a general sense, but this common over-generalization is just not accurate.
One hundred and twenty miles on a parkway (about the length of the Taconic running from White Plains to Albany), which has two lanes in each direction and dividers between oncoming lanes, zero lights and very well-known (to me after driving it for 25 years) areas where genuine caution is required and taken to accommodate for blindly incoming or outgoing traffic...literally takes around 40 minutes longer to traverse at the posted 55mph than it does when running up to ~ 75mph, slowing when it is prudent to do so.
This absolutely can, does and HAS made the difference in being on time for appointments...many, many times. I know because I have offices in both cities and have been driving north or south at least once a week for over twenty years for genuine business purposes. I don't text (ever) nor even talk on a phone while driving and on such a mission.
I don't and wasn't advocating driving 80 mph weaving in and out of slow moving or heavy traffic, cutting people off, etc., through school zones, while texting...nor doing so unmindful of any other road conditions and/or when unfamiliar with a roadway. I didn't deserve or warrant being indirectly painted with such a brush by you.
The traffic tickets in NY are quite significantly priced ($155 mandatory state surcharge on top of $100 to $300 fine set depending on speed) -- so my saying I appreciated NOT taking such a financial hit, did not provide a genuine basis for you to ASSUME I was being reckless.
Relax that sphincter a tad...you likely won't live to be 50 clamped up quite so tightly, brah!
Traffic tickets are about revenue raising for local municipalities, not health and safety nor designated to actually necessary/appropriate speed limitation in very many posted areas. Meanwhile, a posted sign is a very poor substitute for good judgment and general intelligence of the folks licensed to use a roadway...but alas, this IS America, so must concede that expecting such consistently from our citizens is a bit of a stretch.
As for "distracted" drivers...I agree whole-heartedly and have my own concerns in reverse, reminded of that saying about "glass houses" -- i.e., when I see, for one example, a bike like yours (at times in past videos) ...with literally five and six devices running: gps, another gps, phone, satellite tracker, multiple cameras, heated seat slider, cup holder jutting out and swinging from crash bars, etc.....plus, helmet with doodads off at perpendicular angles, all with screens, knobs and attachments to fidgit with and adjust.
But hey, I am sure you pull over and stop each and every time you adjust one of the electronic distractions you simultaneously run.
Petty nitpicking all around...or co-equally legitimate critcisms...I guess we will all judge for ourselves. Trading sanctimony is fun, no?
Eta: Again...back to my actual point in posting - THANK YOU - THANK YOU -THANK YOU
to the GS rider who yesterday was considerate to an unknown fellow driver (of a cage, at that)!
I have a Cousin in Powell, that's some nice country up there.
Adam, not all of us living where you live, lets see you keeping speed limit in NJ area. And how about slow driving morons on left lane? I'm doing all possible not to stay too long side by side with others, which is by definition way more danger than "speeding" only.
Last place I bought a bike one of the techs was laughing that he was finally getting his license back after a year of probation. He said, it’s just too fun to speed. This moron has the idea that the streets we drive are his personal race track.
<gets on soap box>
Go the speed of traffic around you, don’t be a moron and weave incessantly to eek your way along to shave off a few minutes (minutes if you’re lucky). If you’re late, get your ass up earlier. Honestly I have no tolerance for anyone divining in excess of those around you. I can only hope that insurance becomes prohibitively expensive that they have to Uber.
All of this applies to cars and trucks but ESPECIALLY motorcycle because it’s just too damn easy to speed and too damn easy to perish.
Depends on where and how far the ride happens to be:
If you plan on attending the MOA rally in Great Falls next year you could possibly take I94/MT200 - According to Google 738 miles and just over 11 hours in the saddle from my home. I have done this exact ride in one day. Doing 15 mph over gets you a couple of hours closer - not a small difference in one day of riding.
I've had friendly waves from the local constabulary on Montana 200 at 90 MPH - and the risk is pretty limited as visibility isn't. I believe that 10 over is still at $20 in North Dakota.
You can ride your ride and I'll ride mine.
Cool photo! Just goes to show the extremes of our sport!