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Forum: GS Boxers Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,305
Posted By atwoodtja
This topic is pretty much an annual occurrence...

This topic is pretty much an annual occurrence for the watercooled GS. Whether the grips are hot enough is too subjective. Unless you can get your dealer to whip out a pyrometer and compare your...
Forum: Road warriors 12-13-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 358
Views: 46,761
Posted By atwoodtja
Kind of sucks that the non-esa forks are not...

Kind of sucks that the non-esa forks are not adjustable, considering the prices BMW charges.
Forum: Road warriors 12-12-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,795
Posted By atwoodtja
I loved my '04 Ducati Multistrada 1000, but it...

I loved my '04 Ducati Multistrada 1000, but it was never all that reliable. Sure, it never stranded me in 50k miles, but: the front cylinder liner flaked off and needed replacement, the valve guides...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-12-2014, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 467
Posted By atwoodtja
Did they say whether they adjusted any valves or...

Did they say whether they adjusted any valves or changed the timing at all?
Not sure the bike would even run if they put a cam back on advanced or retarded one tooth.
Forum: Beasts 12-08-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,548
Posted By atwoodtja
If the dl650 is your first bike, you may want to...

If the dl650 is your first bike, you may want to get something a little lighter as your 2nd rather than jumping up close to 600 lbs. That can be a lot of weight to handle at low speeds or in dirt....
Forum: GS Boxers 12-07-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,955
Posted By atwoodtja
Have you tried adjusting the plunger for the...

Have you tried adjusting the plunger for the clutch master cylinder to bring the engagement point closer to the bar? That will give you more adjustment for the lever adjuster. The OEM position has...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-06-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2,812
Views: 386,258
Posted By atwoodtja
Assuming the techs are doing the basics like...

Assuming the techs are doing the basics like check/polish the gasket surfaces on the motor before sliding the new orings in. Maybe one of the holes is out of round?

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Forum: GS Boxers 12-05-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,955
Posted By atwoodtja
Every 12k miles. So far very few have needed...

Every 12k miles. So far very few have needed adjustment after initial 12k.


Takes 2 to 3 hrs to do the valve check when taking your time. If adjust is needed, probably another hour or two per...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-04-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,710
Posted By atwoodtja
So I'm assuming the Pachaug Big Bikes video was...

So I'm assuming the Pachaug Big Bikes video was taken from your GSA? If so, you're quite a bit braver and more skilled than I am offroad :) The trail in several places was a bit beyond the limits of...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By atwoodtja
900 miles when he got it? Was it also a demo? If...

900 miles when he got it? Was it also a demo? If not, it sounds a bit like someone else might have already returned the bike for the same problem, just a thought.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By atwoodtja
I wouldn't even go there with the dealer, it just...

I wouldn't even go there with the dealer, it just gives them another excuse to blow off your complaint and delay any action. If the vibration is excessive compared to other examples, best course of...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By atwoodtja
This has been discussed already at length in...

This has been discussed already at length in other threads if you care to look. Short summary: Packaging requirements for the radiators and no requirement for long-travel suspension are the likely...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-03-2014, 04:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,044
Posted By atwoodtja
Since he is sure the demo bike is smoother, it...

Since he is sure the demo bike is smoother, it sounds like there really is a problem, and its not just him being extra sensitive to vibes. Check the timing? If that doesn't fix it, he will have to...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-02-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 306
Views: 23,123
Posted By atwoodtja
"bike pulls harder" combined with the appearance...

"bike pulls harder" combined with the appearance of the destroyed clutch makes me think there was slipping happening in the OEM clutch pack all along.

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Forum: GS Boxers 11-27-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,049
Posted By atwoodtja
In my experience the Conti ta2 squares off much...

In my experience the Conti ta2 squares off much faster than the anakee 3. Weirdly though, it did not seem to affect handling much, and the tires still lasted 8k miles before I replaced them.

Sent...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,301
Posted By atwoodtja
IIRC the '13 bars don't fit the '14 either. So...

IIRC the '13 bars don't fit the '14 either. So each of the first 3 years 13/14/15 has unique mount points for the engine bars? That seems a bit ridiculous. I guess we should all be thankful they sell...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-21-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,710
Posted By atwoodtja
Problem is that when you show up for trail rides...

Problem is that when you show up for trail rides on a GSA (or GS), all your friends on their proper sized 250 to 400cc dirtbikes end up having to spend a lot of extra time and risk of back injury...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 11-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,177
Posted By atwoodtja
How someone could call themselves a dealer but...

How someone could call themselves a dealer but not have basic consumables like spark plugs, filters and the non-reusable gaskets for every single bike they sell (at least currently) is beyond me.
...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 11-17-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,299
Posted By atwoodtja
I'm torn between admiring your good taste and...

I'm torn between admiring your good taste and thinking "woah". Good taste to not just buy a big shiny slow Harley, like many seem to do after 20 years away from motorcycling. "Woah" is thinking about...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,216
Posted By atwoodtja
That's because Canadians are more polite. Every...

That's because Canadians are more polite. Every time Emoto shows up at our rides with his paltry halogen, we laugh at him and kick sand in his face. :D
Forum: GS Boxers 11-13-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,243
Posted By atwoodtja
Assuming the LED lasts the good long time its...

Assuming the LED lasts the good long time its predicted to, it is worth the money. If mine dies after 50k miles, I'm going to be pissed despite the additional brightness it gives over the halogen...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,165
Posted By atwoodtja
Your 1198 only has about 4" of suspension travel,...

Your 1198 only has about 4" of suspension travel, so brake dive doesn't upset the chassis like it would on a bike with 6" or more. If you want a bike that can deliver a comfortable ride on really...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,165
Posted By atwoodtja
When they can get 7" of suspension travel out of...

When they can get 7" of suspension travel out of cartridge forks without brake dive, BMW can go back to forks on the GS.
Forum: Road warriors 11-10-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 26,361
Posted By atwoodtja
An inline4 is not going to have the off-idle...

An inline4 is not going to have the off-idle torque of the twin. You have to spin 4's to make power. The power band is broad, but it starts higher and ends higher.

I've ridden the s1000 back to...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-04-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 32,540
Posted By atwoodtja
It seemed dependent on particular tires, fwiw....

It seemed dependent on particular tires, fwiw. The Next I have on now are noisier (rhythmic pulsing rather than continuous hum) than the previous set of Anakee3's were, actually, though I haven't...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-04-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 971
Posted By atwoodtja
The Next is the only one of the 3 OEM tires I've...

The Next is the only one of the 3 OEM tires I've found to have any head shake, and that is only under deceleration with the bars unweighted. Other than the slight head shake, the tires seem pretty...
Forum: Road warriors 11-04-2014, 05:34 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 26,361
Posted By atwoodtja
If I wanted an FZ-1, I would have bought one in...

If I wanted an FZ-1, I would have bought one in the first place.

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Forum: GS Boxers 11-03-2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,190
Posted By atwoodtja
But if you have no interest in a slower-revving...

But if you have no interest in a slower-revving engine, and your gearbox is works fine, and you don't want GSAP, and you've tested the 2014 with the steering damper and found virtually no difference...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-01-2014, 07:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,190
Posted By atwoodtja
Glad you were happy with the bike so far. Are you...

Glad you were happy with the bike so far. Are you selling it because the warranty is expired due to mileage?

Do you know if there were any valve shim replacements needed during the 3 valve checks...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-01-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By atwoodtja
So far the only way to swap is to source some...

So far the only way to swap is to source some shims so you can put a 1 1/8" fatbar into the stock 1 1/4" clamps.

I am also in the "ride it for a while and see" camp. I disliked the wide bars at...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-01-2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,017
Posted By atwoodtja
The Service Manual Spec for the adjustment is ESA...

The Service Manual Spec for the adjustment is ESA at one rider, no luggage, 85 kg on front seat, cutoff should drop 10 cm at 10 m distance. None of the bikes are adjusted even close to this from the...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-30-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 882
Posted By atwoodtja
Fingerprint oil left on your keyboard as you...

Fingerprint oil left on your keyboard as you actually exercise the search engine would be the best place to start.

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Forum: Beasts 10-29-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5,523
Views: 980,939
Posted By atwoodtja
I'm told by a Triumph-owning friend that Great...

I'm told by a Triumph-owning friend that Great Bay in North Hampton, NH has a few mechanics who are pretty good. Not really that far north, but within day's ride of rest of NE.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-25-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,179
Posted By atwoodtja
Ducs shift very slick but can be prone to false...

Ducs shift very slick but can be prone to false neutrals in my experience.

Dyna should have felt quite different than road, so I don't think the modes were working correctly on your rental, fwiw....
Forum: GS Boxers 10-24-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,818
Posted By atwoodtja
2 years is really not that old for tires or...

2 years is really not that old for tires or seals, I wouldn't worry about them unless they show evidence of dry rot due to very poor storage (not expected at a BMW dealership, but who knows?).
...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-16-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 306
Views: 23,123
Posted By atwoodtja
If it were just burned out friction plates, I'd...

If it were just burned out friction plates, I'd likely agree on the abuse. Abuse should not fracture the tabs, however. That looks like a manufacturing flaw to me.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-15-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 274
Posted By atwoodtja
I have the motech light guard and a non-factory...

I have the motech light guard and a non-factory (DSBP) light bar mounted below it using spools threaded onto the screws, works fine. I left out one of the washers to give the screws a few more...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-15-2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 306
Views: 23,123
Posted By atwoodtja
Crap, this is going to trigger 10 pages of "I...

Crap, this is going to trigger 10 pages of "I told you so" from the single-disk-dry-clutch fans. Everyone prepare yourselves...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,479
Posted By atwoodtja
If you have a ram ball clamp, you can use it to...

If you have a ram ball clamp, you can use it to pull the coil. Easy peasy.

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Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,163
Posted By atwoodtja
Imho, if you're braking to the apex to the point...

Imho, if you're braking to the apex to the point where it's somewhat common, you are being too aggressive and not balancing your front/rear weight distribution early enough in the turn. It's also...
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