Hondo's BMW G310GS Build Thread

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Hondo, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    I needed to get a good all around motorcycle that I could carry on the back of my Roadtrek 210 Popular on it's modified Versaul carrier. I was trying to keep the weight under 400 lbs and wanted something that I could ride offroad, with a passenger and over a long distance if necessary.

    I considered many bikes but decided to buy a new 2018 G310GS. I will document my modifications and upgrades in this thread.

    Official G310GS web page HERE

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  2. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    I stopped at my dealer to pick up my R1200GSA after 2 recalls & some service items were completed and saw one of the new bikes on the showroom floor -

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    It came home with us-

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    The little thumper was obviously designed to resemble it's big brother-

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  3. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    To do Checklist

    Modifications & Upgrades
    • COMPLETE - install modified R1200GSA foot pegs
    • COMPLETE -taller windscreen
    • COMPLETE -Skeene aux brake lights & controller
    • Skeene front LED lights
    • COMPLETE - GPS mount for Garmin Montana
    • wiring to allow tank bag to be wired with 12V
    • COMPLETE - handlebar risers
    • COMPLETE - stronger handlebar
    • COMPLETE - heated grips (when available)
    • heavier shock spring
    • more aggressive tires
    • Seat Concepts saddle
    • COMPLETE - Highway Dirt Bikes Handguards
    • COMPLETE -adjustable clutch & brake levers
    • COMPLETE - voltmeter/USB ports
    • build a steel skidplate
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  4. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Before I did any mods I loaded the bike up onto the Versahaul carrier -

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    Like a glove!

    The swingarm does have gaps in it to secure it to the carrier if needed-

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    For now I can secure it to the carrier using these these hook from an older set of straps-

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    They fit nicely into the gaps on the handlebar-

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    I had to tie the front end down on the bars because there isn't space to go to the triple tree (how I would usually do that).

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    no rubbing-

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  5. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Also checked to see how the Wolfman gear works with the bike-

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  6. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    My 1st mod was to replace the small stock foot pegs.

    I had a set of Pivot Pegz to install on the 2016 R1200GSA so I removed a stock BMW peg and it looked like I could make it work-

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    The shifter had to be removed 1st -

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    You can clearly see that the shifter bolt will limit the ability of the peg to fold.

    In order to fit into the peg mount the peg boss needed to ground down a little bit-

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    It fit but the hole didn't line up-

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    I decided to grind down the peg box some in order to allow the GSA peg to fit. Area to grind off marked with tape after I removed the kick stand switch cover-

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    After grinding-

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    Now it fits-

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    I found that the end of the peg that rests upon the frame to be a bit too short and that caused the peg to fall downward and forward some. The best solution was to weld a few small pieces of steel inside the peg boxes so that the pegs pivoting would be limited. I cut a small piece, cleaned the area free of paint and then welded them in with my Miller 211.

    Here is the test fitting of the metal to be welded in-

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    And after- it was tough to get in there!

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    I did the other side and painted the area with some black paint.

    I found that the left peg itself needed to have some high spots removed in order to install the shifter bolt -

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    The right side needed some peg material removed so that it would be able to fold, easier because there isn't a shifter bolt in the way-

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    All done- I used the stock BMW R1200GSA springs and the G310GS peg pin with the GSA pegs.

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    Now the bike has a stable and comfortable peg that can be safely stood upon.
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  7. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Cool! Sounds silly, but doesn't a mod like grinding away some metal void the warranty?
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  8. Xbt2

    Xbt2 Been here awhile

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    Any suspension mods planned?
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  9. Ccceric

    Ccceric Been here awhile

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    Subscribed. I have dug these bikes since they first came out.
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  10. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Can't see why unless the frame or mounts broke there (which I don't think will happen).
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  11. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    probably just a heavier spring on the rear shock.
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  12. staticPort

    staticPort Meditrider

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    Subscribed -- I've got one of these coming to use as an RV companion too. A word of caution, back in the day I managed to bend the handlebars on an R80 by attaching straps in a similar position to haul the bike home in a pickup. I read somewhere recently that these G310GS bars are easily bent in a drop . . .
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  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Hmmm, might have to install a crossbar or Pro Taper handlebar....
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  14. staticPort

    staticPort Meditrider

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    Considering ProTaper fat bar and risers myself. Might be able to thread a "soft tie" strap around the fork tubes as an alternative hold down strap attach point though. Works on some other bikes.
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  15. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    I looked at lower tree and the straps would hit either the side panel plastics or be interfered with by stuff attached to the tree...need to look at it further.

    Also considering a fat or HD Protaper 7/8 bar and Rox Risers but want to wait until I can locate a heated grip kit from BMW. They show the controller in the European G310GS owners manual and once available I think that would be a great upgrade-

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  16. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    Note that the OEM bars are drilled for locating pins. You'll either have to drill the new bars or grind off the pins. Not a show stopper, but good to know in advance.

    Rally Raid out of the UK is making a bunch of stuff for this bike.
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  17. staticPort

    staticPort Meditrider

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    Yep, heated grips are essential. I'll wait till BMW makes them available before proceeding with other handlebar mods. Interesting that they seem to indicate that running them on high heat might exceed the alternator's output. It's around 300 watts, I think, so I would guess that high heat would be pretty warm. Hope there's enough output left over to run a heated vest along with the grips on low. Of course, can always ride back to the camper and turn on the furnace... :hmmmmm
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  18. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    An option is a taller & stronger 7/8 bar that might forego bar risers. With a crossbar the strength could be further increased too.

    But I'd really like to go with a fat bar with a taller rise and keep the center open. It will require a different solution for a center GPS mount, maybe one of these-

    http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php/product/landing/ram-handlebar-ball

    That's not me, he just swiped my name :lol3
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  19. MichaelJ

    MichaelJ Long timer

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    Like this?

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    I'll be mounting this shortly - a Givi part # FB5126. Mounts with the windscreen bolts and positions the bar above the instrument cluster so you can mount your favorite Touratech mount - thus doubling the cost of the bike.

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  20. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquanch?

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    Yep, that's the one, probably what I'll be doing to mine.

    In the meantime I'm going to look locally at a set of 30mm Tusk risers for 7/8 bars to hold me over until the new grips/bar/risers.
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