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Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,932
Posted By HMarc
You and Tony have been Hosers since you first...

You and Tony have been Hosers since you first started hanging out with the WetLeather crowd. There is no membership, you're simply tainted by association...

:rofl
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,932
Posted By HMarc
Just a 100 meters or so to the right (logical...

Just a 100 meters or so to the right (logical west) of that "improved" hot springs is a much smaller, completely undeveloped one you can see part of in the photo below (taken in '06):
...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,028
Posted By HMarc
How to stop oil consumption

Try one of these:


Do the "motoman" break-in -- http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

Do a track day.


Either one will properly seat the rings and your oil consumption should...
Forum: Ride reports 01-16-2012, 11:16 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 103,906
Posted By HMarc
That photo is pretty similar to this one, taken...

That photo is pretty similar to this one, taken from the north end of Steen's Loop road in southeastern Oregon, USA. It's a little greener in Oregon, however, in spite of the 8,000' elevation where...
Forum: Ride reports 04-25-2011, 02:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,012
Posted By HMarc
Very nice, hoser! I must have missed your email...

Very nice, hoser! I must have missed your email message inviting me along. Next time I'll be more diligent about checking it...
:rofl
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-16-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,505
Posted By HMarc
Nope, Italian. Makes sense if the planes were...

Nope, Italian. Makes sense if the planes were built by Aermacchi.
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-13-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 19,117
Posted By HMarc
There are two issues, the main one we're...

There are two issues, the main one we're discussing here is the lean mapping issue. I, too, have acquired a "Booster" and will install it when the snow goes away. I expect it will solve a bunch of...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-13-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 19,117
Posted By HMarc
Finally, someone else who gets it. On pavement...

Finally, someone else who gets it. On pavement or fire roads or open desert it's fine. But my stock F800GS idles at 10-11mph (16kph+) in 1st gear, so when trying to ride at a fast walking pace,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-12-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 19,117
Posted By HMarc
Regarding the turn signal switch arrangement BMW...

Regarding the turn signal switch arrangement BMW has been using on some models for 25+ years and why it's a fucking stupid idea:

Factoring out that both hands normally have to hold the handlebars,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-09-2010, 02:33 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 19,117
Posted By HMarc
Stupid turn signal switches (BMW is discarding...

Stupid turn signal switches (BMW is discarding them on other models, why not the F800GS?)
Geared too tall in 1st -- 10 to 11mph at idle? Give me a break.
Overly sensitive throttle at idle...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-22-2010, 01:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,886
Posted By HMarc
Ditto what reinerka said. I've put 50k miles on...

Ditto what reinerka said. I've put 50k miles on an '05 R1200GS and 11k miles on an '09 F800GS. I loved the R12GS but came to not trust the final drive due to too many friends having BMW final drive...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-22-2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,950
Posted By HMarc
Good point. The Giant Loop is super secure, and...

Good point. The Giant Loop is super secure, and narrow, relative to other soft saddlebag options.



That doesn't work if you have a large tail bag -- the GL only really fits in one spot in that...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-20-2010, 04:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,950
Posted By HMarc
I disagree. I fully packed GL "wing" is very...

I disagree. I fully packed GL "wing" is very difficult to pull up, and has to be held up while you refuel. A tankbag can be removed, or moved to the side, leaving you with two hands to do the job....
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-18-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,950
Posted By HMarc
Three things wrong with the Giant Loop on an...

Three things wrong with the Giant Loop on an F800GS:

1) It leaks. I rode to Alaska and northern Canada this past summer, and spent quite a few days in the rain. I had to use duct tape to keep my...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-03-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,079
Posted By HMarc
An 8mm socket works well on the E10 handlebar...

An 8mm socket works well on the E10 handlebar bolts.

But my solution (which I also did on my R12GS) was to replace the E-Torx bolts with Allen-head bolts. Well, the shifter and handlebar bolts...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-30-2010, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,049
Posted By HMarc
Looking at the back of the headlight, from the...

Looking at the back of the headlight, from the rider's seat, there's a small connector in the lower right corner. On my USA model it appears to be hooked to a rubber place holder. I'm guessing that...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2010, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,049
Posted By HMarc
Yikes! I did not know that. Thanks, Joel -- I...

Yikes! I did not know that. Thanks, Joel -- I think I'll take your advice and tap into the small running light wire you suggest.

In my defense, I did use the equivalent wire on the diagnostic...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-29-2010, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,049
Posted By HMarc
DIY: F800GS Relay Installation

I wanted to add a relay to my F800GS so that my various powered accessories would see power only when the ignition was on. Experience has taught me that you need a relay, and can't rely upon yourself...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-25-2010, 10:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,809
Posted By HMarc
The problem with the green (actually, green with...

The problem with the green (actually, green with small white stripe) wire from that plug is that with the ignition on it only has +11.6v instead of +12.6v like the solid red wire. Problem with the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-19-2010, 04:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,102
Posted By HMarc
Most of us wish that numbers reliably indicated...

Most of us wish that numbers reliably indicated displacement, but that is quite often not the case. Even with BMW. The R11 series was 1085cc, close, but not 1100. The R12 series is 1170cc, again...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-18-2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,102
Posted By HMarc
I disagree. The R12GS and R12GS/ADV are the same...

I disagree. The R12GS and R12GS/ADV are the same bike, but with different options.

The F800GS and F650GS are different bikes, with the same engine and frame, But different wheels, suspension,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-17-2010, 08:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,102
Posted By HMarc
IMHO BMW should have christened the new F650GS...

IMHO BMW should have christened the new F650GS (parallel twin) as the F750GS, to distinguish it from the on 649cc F650GS single, and the new F800GS parallel twin. Calling it the F750GS would make so...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-17-2010, 07:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,342
Posted By HMarc
I just mounted a SW-MOTECH centerstand on my...

I just mounted a SW-MOTECH centerstand on my F800GS. Very nice build quality, gorgeous thick powdercoating. The OEM centerstand looks cheap in comparison, even though it costs about 50% more than...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-17-2010, 06:59 AM
Replies: 272
Views: 42,978
Posted By HMarc
Or try SmugMug.com (http://www.smugmug.com/),...

Or try SmugMug.com (http://www.smugmug.com/), which if I recall correctly, is owned and operated by the same guy that owns/operates this forum, ADVrider.com (http://www.advrider.com/).
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-16-2010, 09:40 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 42,978
Posted By HMarc
Not trying to sound like your mother or anything,...

Not trying to sound like your mother or anything, but you really should have checked your tire pressure. I would never trust a dealer to inflate them appropriately. Not that I don't have high...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-16-2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 272
Views: 42,978
Posted By HMarc
Considering you were riding "off road" as you put...

Considering you were riding "off road" as you put it, what tire pressures were you using?

Normal 1-up riding calls for 32psi front, and 36psi rear. If I were riding offroad I'd probably drop...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,853
Posted By HMarc
Read this article, written almost 20 years ago...

Read this article, written almost 20 years ago when ABS systems were not nearly so sophisticated as they are today:

http://www.ibmwr.org/prodreview/abstests.html

Then buy an F800GS with ABS.
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 11-15-2008, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3,693
Views: 811,775
Posted By HMarc
http://www.hmarc.com/trips/Frenchglen/images/DSCN0...

http://www.hmarc.com/trips/Frenchglen/images/DSCN0415.JPG


Heading west into Hart Mt. Antelope Refuge, SE Oregon, USA
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2008, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,423
Posted By HMarc
That would be the Canadian Rockies. :D ...

That would be the Canadian Rockies. :D

Seriously, the "Going to the Sun" highway through Glacier National Park is pretty close to what you see in some of the Alps. Except for all the...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 09-06-2007, 02:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,193
Posted By HMarc
I'm a VME member...

I'm a VME member...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-12-2007, 10:39 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
Remember, the GS-911 is coming from South Africa....

Remember, the GS-911 is coming from South Africa. That's practically the other side of the planet for many of us. I'm not sure I'd want something shipped by GROUND from there, and by AIR is going...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-11-2007, 12:04 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
My ZFE controller reported "41722: Park Light...

My ZFE controller reported "41722: Park Light Malfunction" the first time I hooked up the GS-911. Strangely, the last couple times I hooked it up the "Park light" fault was gone! And the parking...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-11-2007, 10:09 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
Yes, it works. No, the only issue I found was...

Yes, it works.
No, the only issue I found was that the GS-911 blinked RED if I plugged it into my R12GS with the ignition off and the USB cable unconnected to my laptop. SP didn't initially see...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-07-2007, 08:23 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
Mine has an odd twist to that behavior. Follow...

Mine has an odd twist to that behavior. Follow this:

1) Plus GS-911 into diagnostic plug. LED flashes red.

2) Turn ON bike's ignition. LED turns solid green.

3) Turn OFF the bike's...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-07-2007, 10:15 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
Nope, I disconnected that tap, and no difference....

Nope, I disconnected that tap, and no difference. Besides, Stephan (of Hex Code) said that tapping that line to trigger the relay for my add-on electrical accessories was a good idea, and totally...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-06-2007, 08:22 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 30,160
Posted By HMarc
My friend Steve and I have been testing a couple...

My friend Steve and I have been testing a couple GS-911s and I just completed a Webpage describing our findings, with quite a few photos. The page is at http://www.r1200gs.info/misc/GS-911.html
Forum: GS Boxers 09-20-2006, 11:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,956
Posted By HMarc
I've tried Trailwings (OK), Tourances (better),...

I've tried Trailwings (OK), Tourances (better), Anakees (the worst), BT020 (quite good), and Pilot Roads (the absolute best). I probably do 10% of my riding on unpaved roads. The Pilot Roads work...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-19-2006, 03:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,459
Posted By HMarc
I just had the banjo bolt recall (and the ABS...

I just had the banjo bolt recall (and the ABS line clip, and the "battery charge" firmware change) and was pleasantly surprised to discover the brakes feel fine. I was worried about replacing the...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-28-2006, 12:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,009
Posted By HMarc
There's an excellent place to tap into for...

There's an excellent place to tap into for ignition-on 12v power right under the seat, as part of the diagnostic plug. See my page on Adding a Relay (http://www.r1200gs.info/howto/relay.html) for a...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-21-2006, 09:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,459
Posted By HMarc
I have a page with info about the recall, and a...

I have a page with info about the recall, and a link to the NHTSA site where you can research it yourself. According to the NHTSA, if you dig deep enough (they don't make it easy), there are two...
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