R1200GS INFO

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Redback, Mar 14, 2018.

  1. Kiwirich

    Kiwirich Been here awhile

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    Hey @Redback
    Anakee 3 and wilbers
    Absolute transformation, you'll be shocked

    Kiwirich
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  2. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    Thanks Rich, I went for a run up Macquarie Pass yesterday and the GS was amazing, if there is an improvement over the way it is now, I will definitely be shocked.

    Baz.
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  3. motoxfox

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    Answers ....
    Front Axle - the 'other' end of the Plug spanner from your tool kit.
    Front Fork Staunchion...its not short. The inner tube top cap has a bolt cast / machined /?? IDFNR
    that is part of it & slips thru the top triple clamp and bolts on!
    In the top triple clamp is also a rubber mounted bush /eyelet that swivels.
    Tyres - The Pirelli Scorpian Rallye are very good, - 70% off/rd, 30%on/rd. Transforms the off road ability / stability / feedback, dramatically. Bonus - Sticks like s..t on the b/top as well.
    Overrider - Front tyre has an annoying harshness rumble between 25-45km/h. Mostly noticeable on over run / braking. due to the knob pattern.
    Wish the rear (85% gone at 6.5K) could of got to 10K. If so would of been as happy as a pig in mud.
    Other than these 2 issues they are pretty near spot on. (ps front only 45% worn at this same time)
    The Rallye STR's are my next test as maybe a bit more durable / mileage.
    As the reality is black top makes up 90% of use. And the dirt section is usually a 120k run out from the burb's
    before you get to use the dirtability... aaaarggggh!

    Things you didn't ask -
    - Flush your Brake Fluid / Clutch (Hydraulic Oil) Fluid at least 2 yearly ...preferably 12-18mths.
    Also change out G/Box, Rear Drive fluid despite factory stating as 'for life'
    - Watch for Moisture /Water getting in & sitting in and around the Fuel Tank Pressure Line / Quick Connect fitting,
    line out from the tank. I.e. the Piccy on page 2. These are Alloy and corrode easily. The fix is to water resist the cover without sealing it from cooling air circulation.
    - Replace Exhaust Headers ( removing Cat Converter) and preferably the OEM muffler as well.
    transforms the power delivery - weezy up to 2.2/2.3krevs....now pulls like a diesel from 1.5krevs.
    - Wilbers Shocks
    -* if your like me over 6ft....GSA Screen + 'Winglets' or Screen Extension, Air Hawk seat ...AND I wish I could reposition the pegs lower & slightly forward.

    Enjoy ...oh and don't giggle (having come off the F650) like a girl, too loudly....until your well out of the burbs.
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  4. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    No one mentions Hyperpro Shocks and Steering Dampers. FAR superior to Wilbers, and even Ohlins... And the price is right.

    I have a spare set of wheels, (mags) for proper dirt knobbies if that's what I'm doing, cause the so called dual purpose are all crap at both.
    On my road wheels I use Mich RP4 'Trail' front, (stiiiiiiicky!), and Road 5 rear. Would love to use the Trail 5 as well, but can't afford a new one every 4500ks... Stiiicky...

    And me and Hermie have been doin it for a while.
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  5. motoxfox

    motoxfox Been here awhile

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    edit to my prev post...as rightly pointed out by B/Lace...
    Yes the correct reference should have been - shocks are better than OEM.
    No offence inferred. And yes I hear of HyperPro as well....haven't seen a set in the flesh yet.
    And like you if only 10k from a rear tyre was achievable! with decent grip.
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  6. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    Thanks guys, I hear ya about the sealed for life rubbish, I've booked the bike in for a check over more so because I'm not yet familiar with the bike, I will change all the fluids as I did when I got the F650.

    The standard exhaust has been replaced with a Ztechnic and going on how well it goes I'd say it's tuned for it, didn't see a cat so I'm assuming it's gone also and it's definitely not weezy at any revs just, even better than than the DOHC GS I test road I reckon.

    I'm 5' 11" and even I wish I could move the pegs, i'll figure something out.

    The standard seat is a tad annoying, kinda pushes you towards the tank, the F650 was the same, I solved that with a Seat Concepts comfort seat, so I'll look into that soon too and all that's been mentioned as well.

    One thing I forgot to do last night was check the rear shock to see if it's OEM, mainly because of the mods the previous owner did a screen extension is on the way as are better foot pegs these standard pegs are terrible, hopefully they are a tad lower, I will be changing the hand grips too it has those fat foam things on it and they are a pain also I got the missus to make some inner canvas bags for the panniers, they look good too much easier than lugging the panniers around.

    Anyway thanks for all the advice and tips, it's much appreciated and will help immensely.

    Baz.
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  7. Kiwirich

    Kiwirich Been here awhile

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    Hey @Redback
    If you want the seat sorted ...
    John Moorhouse in Brisbane is the bloke.

    Taller, shorter,wider, skinnier ...
    And stop that roll forward instantly

    Kiwirich
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  8. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    John Moorhouse seat on my old 1100GS. Raised and reprofiled flat, wider at the rear for long distance, narrower in the front for feet down. Along with Fastaway foot pegs, up and back bar risers, it was perfect for me. I'm 178cm and could stand up straight on the pegs, which was great for dirt road riding. I've had six or so seats done by John over the years and know exactly what I need, and he follows my instructions perfectly.
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  9. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    Just checked the shock, standard BMW unit.

    Just checked out the pegs you mentioned, they look like they might be good for straightening the legs a bit, just gotta find the money for what I need.

    Baz.
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  10. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Did you know you can adjust the seat at the back or the front to change the angle it sits at, may help your pushing forward bit if you put front up and back down

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  11. buzzd

    buzzd Adventurer

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    Cool an aussie GS thread. I have a 2017 GSA and it's the best 260kg trail bike I've ever had. Put a set of knobiies on it and it suprises me where my jo average skills can get it to go. I'd really like to sort out a lower seat to stop the near stationary oops moments. Suspension hasn't let me down yet but not many miles on the shocks.
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  12. mudmonster

    mudmonster Long timer

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    Try a Sargent seat when you’ve had enough of the below standard BMW seats and of course Wilber’s ESA compliant shocks I have and love it ...
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  13. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    No I didn't, that may help and might save me some money for other things I really need now, I'll look at this tonight, thanks.

    Yeah I think I'm just an average rider on these larger bikes when it comes to off road, I boofheaded my way around on the F650GS I had when offroad:uhoh
    I can recommend the Seat Concepts seats, the one I had on the F650 certainly fixed the slide forward and comfort, I think they do a low seat for the newer 1200GSA.

    Here ya go, on special at the moment.
    https://www.adventuremoto.com.au/14-1250-seat-concepts-bmw-r1200gs-r1200gsa-water-boxer-low

    No ESA on my povo pack, but I like the pricing on the Wilber shocks, certainly will look into those when the time comes to replace the shock.

    Sargent seats are a touch on the expensive side for me, I did inquire about them on the Aussie Sargent's site, Apparently you can't just buy the foam and cover and do it yourself, you have to send your seat to the US and they do it, he recommended I go to M J M Custom in Goulburn, which I will look into before I decide.

    Thanks guys,

    Baz.
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  14. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    Replaced the standard footpegs with some Ebay specials from Taiwan that turned up last night, look great and they look like good quality too and best of all they feel good too, only cost me $90 delivered.

    Bargain

    [​IMG]

    Baz.
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  15. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    I want to replace the hand grips on the GS as it has those large foam ones and it's a pain because they are to big of a diameter which makes it uncomfortable on longer rides.

    Because they are heated grips what is the go, is it just like replacing normal grips or do I need to replace the whole thing??

    Baz.
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  16. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Are you sure they arent just foam grip puppies that are slid on over top of standard grips
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  17. ozcruiser

    ozcruiser Been here awhile

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    I fitted a Wilber’s adventure shock on my 2006 GS lifted the front end around 1 inch. I also adjusted the seat to stop sliding forward this worked well for me. I was also sliding off the pegs when I had wet boots so just removing the rubber Bungs worked for me. I carry a couple spares when riding in the bush the ignition ring and jumper cable for the fuel pump hopefully won’t need them but beats walking home. I also brought the GS911 as I work on and service my own bike.
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  18. Redback

    Redback Average aussie bloke

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    Actually I'm not sure, just assumed they were a complete grip I'll look at them a little closely today, Thanks.

    OK you have me intrigued with the spare ignition ring and jumper cable for the fuel pump, I do carry a mini jump pack but don't have a spare ignition ring are these a necessary spare because they fail often or a just in case spare because they have been known to fail or is a rare failure??

    The diagnostic tool is on the list of things to get, I fixed the seat by adjusting the front up and it feels good now, no being pushed forward which is good, it will need replacing eventually as it has a slit right in the centre and on the front edges, the sheepskin will delay that so not a big priority.


    So far my list has come down.

    Front axle nut, tick

    Foot pegs, tick

    Air compressor, tick

    Screen extender, tick

    Inner pannier bags, tick

    To come

    Diagnostic tool

    Tyres, more off road orientated

    Taller wider screen

    Sheepskin for the seat

    Thanks everyone really appreciated all the advice it really helps.

    Baz.
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  19. ozcruiser

    ozcruiser Been here awhile

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  20. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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