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Forum: GS Boxers 01-26-2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,498
Posted By SocalRob
I like to redline it once every ride.

I like to redline it once every ride.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-09-2015, 02:37 AM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 156,633
Posted By SocalRob
Yes, I too noticed the subjective stuff was...

Yes, I too noticed the subjective stuff was tilted towards BMW, which is what really swayed the final score.

On the subject if the cylinders sticking out, that does give the advantage of having...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-01-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 156,633
Posted By SocalRob
True, so true. Grass is greener on the other...

True, so true. Grass is greener on the other side of the fence.:lol3

Also, I bet the weight difference between the GSA and the SA is in good part due to the shaft drive.

Personally, I have no...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-01-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 156,633
Posted By SocalRob
Very true. Of course the standard GS has cruise...

Very true. Of course the standard GS has cruise control like the SA, but also has a shaft drive, for better or worse.
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-01-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 156,633
Posted By SocalRob
I bought my 690 for more off-road excursions...

I bought my 690 for more off-road excursions including camping out in the west in for weekend or extended weekend rides from LA. If I buy an SA, it will be for winter commuting and longer road...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 01-01-2015, 02:32 AM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 156,633
Posted By SocalRob
Will be interesting. From KTM's site the SA will...

Will be interesting. From KTM's site the SA will weigh 504 lbs ready to ride without gas. A standard 2015 GS1200 per BMW weighs 496 lbs without gas, and a standard 2015 GSA1200 weighs 535 lbs...
Forum: The Garage 12-28-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,773
Posted By SocalRob
You do this kind of stuff for a living, right? ...

You do this kind of stuff for a living, right? I'd follow your advice.:lol3

I looked at the installation PDF for a two post model and they are recommending what looks like lead expansion type...
Forum: The Garage 12-27-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,773
Posted By SocalRob
My only concern would be the floor requirements. ...

My only concern would be the floor requirements. If you are at all concerned about condition of the concrete or concrete floor thickness, I would consider pouring some very thickened new slabs under...
Forum: Face plant 12-10-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,875
Posted By SocalRob
This thread is rough. RIP young rider. My...

This thread is rough. RIP young rider.

My 22yo son rides. When he was 20 I traded my Hypermotard in for a Husky 650 Strada with ABS. I near perfect bike to learn on. He now is a better canyon...
Forum: Face plant 12-04-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,716
Posted By SocalRob
Down on the freeway at 45 today

First street bike crash ever.

Entirely my fault.

It rained the last two days, but lanes all looked dry. Riding the GSA with all three cases, as I am carrying some stuff in one of them to meet...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,371
Posted By SocalRob
Exactly. Don't know what is wrong with Jim, I...

Exactly. Don't know what is wrong with Jim, I could easily do half of that.:lol3
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,254
Posted By SocalRob
Interesting. Of course, add in extra bars and...

Interesting. Of course, add in extra bars and make the whole thing super stiff, and the crash forces will likely be sent direct to fragile engine case mount points with disasterous results.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,112
Posted By SocalRob
The aftermarket sensors lately have specified...

The aftermarket sensors lately have specified they must be used with metal valve stems. Several years ago I had a rubber valve stem with a after market sensor cap experience a fast catastrophic...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,261
Posted By SocalRob
RLL, I think I saw you were at DeansBMW...

RLL,

I think I saw you were at DeansBMW place up in Show Low back when he had a K1600GT. Dean let me ride his GT and his 2010 camhead GS.

The GT was a rocket ship for sure, and felt fast and...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,261
Posted By SocalRob
Saw the new KTM 1290 Adventure at the MC show...

Saw the new KTM 1290 Adventure at the MC show last night. Worth a look.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-16-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,447
Posted By SocalRob
I had a perfectly good thread on this subject a...

I had a perfectly good thread on this subject a while back.:lol3

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1005501&highlight=Final+drive+failure
Forum: GS Boxers 11-15-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,836
Posted By SocalRob
Careful on the hand guards. I had one out of...

Careful on the hand guards. I had one out of alignment and maybe not allowing my front brake lever to return out the last sixteenth of an inch.

Riding down the freeway, slight drag caused the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-12-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,869
Posted By SocalRob
I agree, I am glad the guy is ok. I bet it is...

I agree, I am glad the guy is ok. I bet it is pretty damn exciting to slide under a moving truck.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-12-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,869
Posted By SocalRob
I think I would have had my brake covered and be...

I think I would have had my brake covered and be off the throttle the moment the truck was rolling, and by the time the front of the truck is 1/3 to 1/2 way into the slow lane I would have been...
Forum: Face plant 11-12-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,611
Posted By SocalRob
I take it you are talking about splitting lanes. ...

I take it you are talking about splitting lanes. I split traffic all the time in CA, sometimes at decent speeds. If I find myself behind a rolling road block on a highway with two lanes in the same...
Forum: Face plant 11-12-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,820
Posted By SocalRob
Extremely sorry for the loss of the 26yo young...

Extremely sorry for the loss of the 26yo young man. RIP young rider.

It's a difficult decision, kids and riding. We had dirt bikes as my son was growing up. I'm a daily rider. He had the bug. ...
Forum: Racing 11-11-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 434,855
Posted By SocalRob
Always checking your threads. Next season has...

Always checking your threads. Next season has incredible promise. Rossi poised for a comeback, wanting so much to prove he can still beat youth, MM poised to take Rossi's king of the playground...
Forum: Racing 11-11-2014, 05:14 AM
Replies: 350
Views: 35,747
Posted By SocalRob
Is it true, or does it just seem like Rossi and...

Is it true, or does it just seem like Rossi and MM have the most fun by far in MotoGP?
Forum: Racing 11-10-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 350
Views: 35,747
Posted By SocalRob
Yes, that is way cool indeed.

Yes, that is way cool indeed.
Forum: The Garage 11-09-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,560
Posted By SocalRob
I had one of those go out on a Chevy 8.1L gasser....

I had one of those go out on a Chevy 8.1L gasser. Exact same symptoms, would either run perfect or just be dead. Was intermittent, and took a dealer three tries to find it. There was finally a...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-21-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,275
Posted By SocalRob
I actually use to do this with a servo brake bike...

I actually use to do this with a servo brake bike just to learn more about the default brakes. Did not seem that they were any worse than brakes from 70's bikes - better than those old drums, maybe...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 10-05-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By SocalRob
Willow Springs Track Days

A local LA BMW is having a track day light this Wednesday out at Willow Springs. Anybody been out there during the week? Will there be cold drinks & lunch food and gas, or do I need to bring my...
Forum: Racing 09-29-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 12,223
Posted By SocalRob
Any word on Rossi's condition? Edit, Oops,...

Any word on Rossi's condition?

Edit, Oops, saw the update around post 114, thanks.
Forum: Day Trippin' 09-27-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By SocalRob
I've been up and down the crest hundreds and...

I've been up and down the crest hundreds and hundreds of times, and very rarely witnessed any undue mayhem. Ride sanely, stay on the correct side of the line, be polite to other riders and...
Forum: Racing 09-18-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 434,855
Posted By SocalRob
The brand that has big resources and would do...

The brand that has big resources and would do well to prove they are capable of high tech, is of course Harley Davidson. Now that would be interesting.
Forum: Racing 09-18-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4,056
Views: 434,855
Posted By SocalRob
Will these consessions be allowed up front for...

Will these consessions be allowed up front for KTM, or will they have to suck for a year or two to get them?

Any rumors on new factory efforts, such as BMW or Triumph?
Forum: GS Boxers 09-15-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 982
Posted By SocalRob
Who relies on a dealer for the truth? Edit...

Who relies on a dealer for the truth?

Edit -OP, look at the photo of the red GSA and how the tank fits with the GSA factory crash bars.
You pix is hard to see in that area.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By SocalRob
Years ago I put a Scott's damper on my 07 GSA. ...

Years ago I put a Scott's damper on my 07 GSA. In high wind conditions I crank it up to max and it's like the wind disappears, and the bike is Rock solid stable.

A non adjustable damper, maybe...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-10-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
That's not good. I was under the mistaken belief...

That's not good. I was under the mistaken belief that BMW had one final drive design across the line. For all we know the GS final drive has been made lighter and will be prone to failure.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-05-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
Are you saying the Wethead final drive is a...

Are you saying the Wethead final drive is a single part number? I hate to see things go that direction. What's next, a single part number for the engine? For the entire bike? Disposable culture...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-05-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 12,217
Posted By SocalRob
I'm 56. Solved my problem by buying a KTM690. ...

I'm 56. Solved my problem by buying a KTM690. Terrific bike that weighs about 325lbs and is much less stressful in the dirt. I am toying with trading the GSA for a new RT, or perhaps, a HD...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-04-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
I suspect the reliability difference is mostly 50...

I suspect the reliability difference is mostly 50 some horsepower and old school electrics and fueling v. 130hp and weight saving measures, and exotic electrics and EPA mandated fueling.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-04-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
I poked around a K1600 forum last week and could...

I poked around a K1600 forum last week and could not find a single complaint about a final drive failure. Those bikes have been out three years.

And no Wethead GS failures that I have read about....
Forum: GS Boxers 08-30-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
I poked around a K1600 forum and did not see any...

I poked around a K1600 forum and did not see any mention of failed final drives. The K bikes have been out three years now? Maybe looking good.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-28-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,842
Posted By SocalRob
Thanks for the link. Had not visited that thread...

Thanks for the link. Had not visited that thread in a long time.

But my question is Only about the WC series / K Bike series final drive, which, one would hope, has been made bullet proof.

I...
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