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What have you done to your GS or GS Adventure today?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by PWarren4, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    Awesome :ricky

    Edit: Colorado is one of my favorite states for both MTB and MC riding and in the past I was able to spends weeks doing both..
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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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  3. Doug Fremder

    Doug Fremder 2017 BMW R1200GS Triple Black

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    I had a 1992 R1100RS if memory serves me correctly. Red, put about 32K on it in 2 Indiana riding seasons. Even did Reg Pridemore CLASS track days at Mid Ohio and Elkhart lake and yes I rode the bike to the tracks in addition to every Indy car race I could manage to get to. Great fun. Look forward to your builds JVB.
  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I have a garage full of MTB's as well :ricky

    If you know Colorado MTB trails at all my house is half way between Walker Ranch and Mountain Lion. :freaky

    Local trail called Centennial Cone:

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  5. clange95

    clange95 Adventurer

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    Installed some new-to-me SW Motech crash bars I got off of eBay. They have some scuffs and grime on them but seem to be 90% straight. The only exception is the left side mounting bolt, which is super bent and pulls the entire left side of the bars about 3/4" of an inch further back than the right. Also destroyed my skid plate mounts in the process, but luckily the bars came with some replacements so it's all good.
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  6. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    ^^ I don’t think we should be on speaking terms anymore :photog:imaposer
    I know where that is! Beautiful country up there for sure..:clap
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  7. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud Supporter

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    Actually 1994 was the first model year for the R1100RS in the US, the first BMW model with the Oilhead engine.
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  8. GSBruce

    GSBruce Been here awhile

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    Re. my 2018 BMW R1200GS - I've noticed on the UKGSer forum that they are keen to get protection on the cross brace of their center stand, which in the "up"/riding position is situated such that it receives a lot of rock strikes coming off of the front wheel. On Amazon, I found a a seller offering 14" by 3" strips of genuine 3M brand helicopter tape. I had to cut it down to 8-7/8" long. At 6,000 miles of 99% road / 1% dirt road riding I already had a few tiny impact scars, fortunately none of them seemed to penetrate down to bare metal. They don't sand roads around here unless there is significant snow/ice, and there hasn't been any since I bought this bike. I would assume this would be a greater issue for people riding where lots of sand is used on the roads during the winter.
  9. slow24

    slow24 Been here awhile Supporter

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    This was a few months back. Can’t wait for the future!
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  10. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    The Oilhead started in 1994. Great bikes.

    Edit: 205'd by @jdub
  11. Jshbrwr

    Jshbrwr Been here awhile

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    Today I got the last component needed to finish my winter maintenance - a new antigravity lithium-ion battery. I’ll go ahead and say what everyone else says...it’s light! And smaller than my old Odyssey PC680:

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    Didn’t realize the shortness would be an issue when installing
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    But the posts were just so low! So I rigged up some of the amazon box to make a platform for it
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  12. Jshbrwr

    Jshbrwr Been here awhile

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    Then wrapped it in duct tape
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    And it fit just right
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    So, new front tire, new front pads, spark plugs, oil change, a real good clean (especially the wheels, spokes and all), and a new battery all done, I went for a ride

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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  14. 177in70s

    177in70s Adventurer

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    Sag on my new to me '13 R1200GS LC: What is it? What should it be? What's the difference between the 3 electric rear preload settings?

    Took the measurements from my axle hole to a corner of a red sticker near the hand holds with all three preload settings, helmet, helmet + luggage and two helmets on stock GS. Travel is 200mm, sag suggested at 62mm, 30% or so. Me at 220 #(pounds) without my gear on the bike with the (helmet + luggage) setting gives 62mm of race or riding sag which is ideal.

    Based on this video:



    the sag between one and the two helmet setting is 46mm = 1.75"

    If I use one helmet setting, it sags more giving a more relaxed head tube angle. If I use the two helmet setting it sags less giving a slightly steeper head tube angle.

    Well, the wheelbase is 1507mm so the inverse tangent of 46/1507 is 1.75 degrees. So the stock 64.5 deg head tube angle becomes a more stable with the one helmet setting when I ride alone without camping gear.

    The bike will get a little easier to turn if I use the two helmet setting and the head tube angle gets steeper. Without a preload spanner nut setting I'm left with just the three settings. I see that the Touratech replacement uses the wiring to give 3 settings but it somehow lets you also turn a spanner to shift the settings all up or all down.

    When I camp two up, I'll use the two helmet setting and check the sag and guess I'll have a relaxed steering head tube angle.

    I've made a list of the effects of this helmet setting at this blog site:
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthrea...ne-helmet-vs-Two-Helmet-Setting-some-GSAs-too

    Since my '13 GS did not come with a steering damper and I haven't added one, being on the relaxed side of 64.5 should keep possible wobbles away.

    Picture is of numbers in cms. and millimiters. Middle column is static sag, un-used. The video listed above has more accurate measurement, use them. I had a tankbag with tools on and the Vario Top Case with a lock and some other stuff in it. 580#. With me in gear 820#. One up with camping gear 920#. Two up without camping gear 1000#. With camping gear will be about 1125#, a little over spec. of 992#.

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  15. side-burn

    side-burn Long timer

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  16. attila_66

    attila_66 Been here awhile

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  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Because lead acid batteries were all that existed for the bike back in the 1100 days. That said, AGM is fine. The charge capability of an R1100 should be high enough to handle an Li battery.
  18. handensco

    handensco Been here awhile Supporter

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    I used a Shorai battery on my 1100 and never had any problems with it. I also had to use the spacers to add height.
  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    We're getting snow at my house tomorrow.
    If you are riding you may wanna check the forecast :cry

    :freaky
  20. RoundTrip

    RoundTrip Unintentional deerslayer Supporter

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    You can charge a lithium battery with a lead acid battery charger. They will not charge as fast or get charged to their full capacity but they will not be harmed. Most lithium batteries float at 14.4v as opposed to lead acid at 13.6. Your alternator/regulator won't let it charge at that voltage.

    I honestly cannot find a significant advantage to them in a street bike.
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