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Forum: GS Boxers 10-13-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 997
Views: 230,806
Posted By pb80403
Forum: The Garage 02-20-2010, 01:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,506
Posted By pb80403
Do Batteries Plus batteries suck?

After my first BMW OEM battery died (12GS) after three years I picked up a gel Batteries Plus unit (Xtreme Permaseal Battery). It died (bad cell and wouldn't hold a charge) at exactly one year. The...
Forum: The Garage 12-20-2009, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By pb80403
trickling the battery...

I may be moving into a condo complex where the garage spaces are not close to electrical outlets (they don't exist). As someone who trickle charges the bike battery every 2-3 weeks during non-riding...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-28-2009, 03:17 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 19,931
Posted By pb80403
'05 12gs

After 26K miles:

Third battery
Third set of headlights
Third set of tires

Purrs like a kitten, doesn't drink oil and keeps a smile on my face. I'd say this was dependable enough.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-22-2009, 01:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 866
Posted By pb80403
Thanks: problem solved

Thanks inmates.

I tested the battery and it read a healthy 12v which is what was confusing me. That and the inability of my car to jump it. So, I had it load tested at Checker Auto and, sure...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-21-2009, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 866
Posted By pb80403
Sick bike. Needs help

Gotta little problem w/ the '05 12GS that I hope someone can share some insight. It's been riding like a dream and has a one year old jell battery so all is (was) good. Yesterday upon turning the key...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-21-2009, 08:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,208
Posted By pb80403
Remember to signal though

Even though engine braking is useful and, from comments above, doesn't use much gas I'd recommend feathering the hand brake lever a bit just to activate the rear tail light. Anyone behind you just...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-09-2009, 05:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 507
Posted By pb80403
motorrad 2005 navigator II GPS

Need some GPS geek advice. I have a motorrad bmw 2005 navigator II for my '05 GS and it's starting to crap out. Sometimes it'll start showing just part of a screen and won't refresh and I can't get...
Forum: Equipment 09-23-2008, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By pb80403
Sealed F650GS Battery

BTW,

Batteries Plus didn't have a sealed battery for the F650GS. When I checked w/ the local BMW dealership they indicated that they only have an unsealed battery. In fact the parts guy had never...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-13-2008, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By pb80403
Extended warranty or no?

BMW just notified me that the warranty for my '05 12GS is about up and they're trying to sell me the extended one which supposedly goes for another six years or 140,000 miles. I typically never buy...
Forum: Equipment 09-12-2008, 05:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By pb80403
Verdict's pretty clear

I'll zip down to the nearest Batteries Plus shop and nab a few Odyssey batteries. Sounds like good advice from the asylum.

Thanks guys!
Forum: Equipment 09-11-2008, 02:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By pb80403
GS battery questions

The battery on my wife's F650GS seems to be dying which got me to thinking about the care and feeding (and retiring) of batteries. Somewhere on this site I've read that some folks replace their bike...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-12-2008, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1,497
Views: 625,094
Posted By pb80403
The "lip" works for me

I've gone through numerous gyrations (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4862020#post4862020) to find a workable solution to the horrid noise and buffeting issue. I finally tried the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2008, 09:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 925
Posted By pb80403
Thanks Zen Slug

When I saw your post I thought, "Grrrr, I know how to start the damn bike". Well, once I made sure to wait for the coolant temp light to go off (detailed below) before hitting the ignition it worked...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2008, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 925
Posted By pb80403
F650GS idle question

My better half's '02 F650GS was running like champ the other day and after 50 miles of moderate riding we stopped for about 30 minutes. Then, when starting the beast, the idle was low to the point...
Forum: Equipment 09-20-2007, 04:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,087
Posted By pb80403
Pissed Beware faulty ear plugs!

After riding 19,000 miles on my 12GS and trying all sorts of crazy things (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=4862020#post4862020) to get rid of the howling wind noise I've finally...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2007, 01:51 PM
Replies: 1,497
Views: 625,094
Posted By pb80403
Windscreen saga

This is a twisted tale of my arduous journey to rid my 12GS of the horrid wind noise. The stock screen was, well, friggin noisy. So, before setting of on a long tour last year I invested in a Cee...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-21-2007, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,306
Posted By pb80403
What about touring though

When doing multi-day rides the only opportunity to de-bug the windshield is often at gas stops. There you find the usual collection of squeegees and dirty water. No warm and moist towels to loosen...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2007, 10:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 663
Posted By pb80403
Adjust the fairing

After almost dying a number of times in hellish cross winds in southern CA I adjusted the 12GS Cee Bailey 2+2 fairing from the most upright position (its normal position) to its most stream-lined...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-06-2007, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,785
Posted By pb80403
New pelican top case forthcoming

The good folks over at adventure-motorcycle.com currently have my 12GS
to use as a prototype for a new pelican topcase system. Once I get it back I'll post some pics.
Forum: Equipment 10-19-2006, 10:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,345
Posted By pb80403
Rain gear for tall guys?

I'm having no luck in finding rain gear, either one-piece or two-piece outfits, that is made for tall and skinny folks. If the pants are long enough they always seem wide enough to fit a barrel. I...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-01-2006, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4,095
Views: 991,862
Posted By pb80403
Wawa Canada

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Look closely at the Press The Button sign....
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-01-2006, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2,120
Views: 585,673
Posted By pb80403
Four Corners' finest

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Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2006, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,391
Posted By pb80403
Get you a healin'

Ride report by
Philip Baker
MOA #123966

Twenty-five states, six Canadian provinces and 11,300 miles. The tour is over but the journey continues. This is a bittersweet tale of self-discovery,...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-17-2006, 10:48 PM
Replies: 8,190
Views: 4,239,187
Posted By pb80403
I recognize those bags...

Yeah, that is my bike and the bags came from a Boulder, CO company named Adventure Motorcycle Equipment. (http://adventure-motorcycle.com/store/?name=Home) They've held up well and they are very easy...
Forum: Vendors 06-23-2006, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2,305
Views: 766,794
Posted By pb80403
System works flawlessly

I just completed a 25 state, six province, 11,000 miler with the Caribou (Pelican) side cases and they were great. Easy and quick to take on and off, adequate capacity, dry, tough, light, and...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-23-2006, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8,190
Views: 4,239,187
Posted By pb80403
The Moose

These are pics of "Moose", my '05 GS, just prior to an 11,300 miler through 25 states and six Canadian provinces. He was flawless throughout the trip.

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Forum: GS Boxers 06-23-2006, 03:23 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 38,097
Posted By pb80403
Self contained

Just completed an 11,000 miler through 25 states and six provinces. This arrangement worked quite well and included: three-man tent, thermarest and bag, chair, cooking gear, clothes, rain gear,...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 06-20-2006, 11:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,824
Posted By pb80403
Thumbs down Garmin GPS rebate offer a scam (y/n?)

In March '06 I purchased the '05 BMW Motorrad Navigator GPS system because, I needed one for a big tour, and the $100 rebate was compelling. I sent Garmin all the requested original documentation and...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-04-2006, 12:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,054
Posted By pb80403
'bout time

The old one really blew and the car site was even worse; even unusable at times. I thought BMW was trying for that if-you-don't-have-the-sophistication-to-use-our-Eurotrash-site-you-don't-belong-here...
Forum: Equipment 01-01-2006, 12:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,153
Posted By pb80403
Riding jacket, helmet and boots recommendations

Just wrote a check for a 12gs yesterday so I'll be joining the asylum in a few weeks. I need some recommendations for a few products (didn't see these via a site search) and suggested links for...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2005, 07:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,657
Posted By pb80403
Desertman, I'd like to hear more about your...

Desertman,

I'd like to hear more about your experience with the Foothills dealership. They are the closest to me and two times that I've dropped by they seemed to be a decent outfit. If their...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-08-2005, 04:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,657
Posted By pb80403
Dealer Negotiations?

I'm getting closer to pulling the trigger on a new 12GS which I'll likely get from a dealership in Colorado. What are GSers experiences in negotiating price with a dealer? Any useful tactics,...
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