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Forum: Parallel Universe 05-19-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 137,724
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
red Plastic-uip F800GS

Hi Guys, here is my 2008 F800-GS plasti-dipped. 3 cans of red and a can of Glossifier. The glossifier made a big difference, it looks much better with that on. I have included a picture of the red...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-17-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I think that engine technology and reliability has moved on from 1984. Rotax have been making reliable engines for a long time.
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-15-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Why would you want one?
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-01-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,195
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
by the numbers

It all comes down to physics. The tyre does not stretch to get over the rim. All you are doing is forcing the opposite edge into the low point of the rim. (Where the spokes join) So a stiff tyre will...
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 02-25-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,172
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Yea, sorry. My bad. I will read the post properly before commenting.
Forum: Mapping & Navigation 02-24-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,172
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
64S works well - Free does not mean Pirated

I upgraded my GPSMAP 62 to the 64S. So far so good. I have used it for hiking but have not yet tried it on the bike.
It is pretty much exactly the same as the 62. However it can charge the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-09-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,670
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

"it's a piece of shit wheel...blah blah.."
Just because you did not do your maintenance?

Mechanical devices require maintenance, Especially when ridden hard.

So bmw redesigned it. Isn't that...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-13-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

The real stanchions are only US$360 each. It might be worth biting the bullet and getting those.
How bent were the originals? If you managed to get them straitened without damaging the chrome then...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-10-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
why bother

Not many rocks will hit the exposed part of conventional forks. Waste of time putting gators on for most riders. If you are doing lots of dirt and feel you would benefit then buy some. Not very...
Forum: Parallel Universe 01-08-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Front - hagon Springs

front. Agree.
Hagon springs are very goo bang for your buck. They made a significant improvement to my bike on a twisty road. If money is no object then there are plenty of options as you spend...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-28-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,147
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
It's a heavy bike

It is a big heavy bike. It kind of makes sense that it would wear quickly. I look with interest on how you get on filling the headstock with grease. Will it hold in the heat? Not that there would be...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-19-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 763
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Have a look at the parts fiche
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-17-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 38,586
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Great fun

I rebuilt a crashed R1200gs. Slightly worse condition. It was great fun. I worked out a budget that mean't it was worth doing. Otherwise I would have sold it for parts. I used brand new forks (No...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-10-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 18,328
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
meter it

I did try measuring resistance. And both sides seemed to match but the LH would not reliably heat.
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-07-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,002
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Better than google

Or read the thread and find the same link. :-):evil
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-07-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
45mm is around 1 and 3/4 inches

You'd probably want it a bit bigger . Maybe 1 and 7/8, if there is such a size.
I made one out of pvc. Packed it out so that it fit perfectly and lined up with the outside edge of the seal. So it...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-03-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,002
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
dry joint - link to fix

The most common cause is a dry joint where the wire joins the heat pad. The fix is to peel back the rubber and re-solder the joint. You then re-glue the rubber back on or fit new rubber if the old...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-24-2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,943
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Nuda swaps

In answer to ZeTrailOut (

I guess it depends what your end goal is. If you want an F800gs with 105HP nuda engine. Then keep NUDA engine, main frame,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-23-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,943
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

That's first on my list for spending my lotto winnings. (Just above the Aston)
The Way to do it is buy a low mileage nuda and new/low mileage F00gs. Then swap the swing arm, panels, wheels and maybe...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-17-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 689
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
I have done that mod.

I purchased the tall seat concepts cover. Fitted to my existing BMW low seat pan. great improvement.
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-10-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,502
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
yep - same

According to the parts fiche for the 2008 and 2013+ model years the rear wheel part numbers and rear hub part numbers are the same.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-13-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,437
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Road rage

I got chased by a bloke who pulled out in front of me and got upset when I gave him the finger. 200kph indicated down a long rural road. Luckily faster than his rental car.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,658
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Oil consuption will improve

I had an ex rental R1200gs with 55,000km on it. It used no oil on a 2,000 trip.
Once they bed in the oil consumption drops.
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-07-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 969
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
hand job

It looks like the 1200gs wrench will fit the oil filter on the 800/650 twin.
Though you don't need it.

Tighten by hand.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-25-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,287
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Keep it

101,000km ex rental. Runs sweet. Keep up the maintenance.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-10-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

What you could have done is pull the rear of the bike down until the swingarm is in line with the swingarm pivot and the front sprocket. If you still had some slack then you were less likely to have...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-28-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,970
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
throttle bodies

I think the throttle bodies on the 650/700 are smaller than the 800
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

Stick a tube in it.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-27-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,858
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Hagon fork springs

Transformed the handling at relatively low cost. Best bang for buck so far.
Also fitted ricochet bash plate. Have not used it in anger. But looks good.
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-21-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,544
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

You are funny. But I do press them in properly. :-)
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-20-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,544
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I use a length of thick walled 1 inch square tube. and a hammer. Works a treat.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-30-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,958
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

I had the instrument panel replaced on my x-challenge twice under warranty. The first time was due to it leaking when I dunked the bike in a big mud puddle. (Learning) Then the LCD started to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-14-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,074
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

My F800gs came with the low seat. It wasn't much better than my x-challenge. I went for seat concepts. I was going to get the standard height, but went for the tall version for added comfort.

Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-09-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,544
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
for Bimmer

ditto. Not seen anything on touratech that would add enough protection to justify the cost and weight. Some people just like bling.

Actually 1 item: I did purchase a low profile sump plug for my...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-07-2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,735
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
wiring diagram

I am pretty sure that BMW publish wiring diagrams separately for their service staff. I tried to find one for my xchallenge. One dealer sent me some screen prints.
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-06-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,495
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer

IF you are using a clip link. A tip given to me by a race bike mechanic is to put a dob of rtv on the clip. It stops it rattling, wearing out(loosening) and less likely to fly off.
Personally, I use...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-28-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,335
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
head bearings

was the correct method used for tightening head bearings? i have had a helpful mechanic over tighten them without following the manual. feels like a flat.
loosen pinch bolt
tighten bearing to 25Nm...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-22-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,676
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
what they said

Yep, clean with white spirits when I can. Lube before/after every ride. I use renthal chain lube. Generous oiling, then whipe off excess. Chain's last very well if you look after them.

And YES,...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-16-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,085
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Scorpion mt90 A/T and Shinko 705

Scorpion mt90 A/T up front and and Shinko 705 on the rear.
Stable on rad up to high speeds. Good in the wet. Great on gravel and dirt roads. Ok in dry trails.
Not a miracle. So not as good as a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-08-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,789
Posted By Kiwi Tinkerer
Before and after

I completed a 2500km round trip with the boys last week. After a week of booze and pub meals there were signs of a significant increase in sag by the time I got home. Or are you talking about the...
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