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Forum: Americas 08-29-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By ThruTraffic
Cost of Hauling a Bike

Now that I have trust issues with my machine (2012 1200GS with a blown main seal at 7500 miles) I thought I'd do some checking on how I'd get the machine back home if it happens during my trip to...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-26-2012, 07:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,438
Posted By ThruTraffic
Dealers Suck

Dropped the bike off at the dealership Wednesday with a blown seal. Made the Service dept. I bought this machine with the main purpose of riding it to Prudhoe Bay and that my leave date was 1...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-23-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,349
Posted By ThruTraffic
Yep @7500 Miles

2012 R 1200 GS 7500 miles.

Oil is leaking from the center crack where the lower trans housing goes together.

Don't know which seal yet. They're breaking it down now.
Forum: GS Boxers 08-21-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 347
Posted By ThruTraffic
Smoke in the Airbox?

My assumtion is I'm seeing engine crankcase gases. That correct? Looks like smoke.

Was tracking down an oil leak (either overfill or maybe main seal). Yeah, you know which one I'm praying for....
Forum: GS Boxers 08-20-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,438
Posted By ThruTraffic
Damn Damn Damn

Hate I found this thread and happy I found this thread.
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I just now came in from the garage feeling like shit...
Forum: Alaska 08-01-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 116
Sticky: Alaska Primer
Views: 26,112
Posted By ThruTraffic
I may have to leave in the morning :-)

My schedule is set to leave NC September 1 but after reading the starting post of this thread I don't know if I can wait. I made it as far as Fairbanks in 2003 but time turned me back south. I got...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-02-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By ThruTraffic
Yeah, just rode to Long Island and back from...

Yeah, just rode to Long Island and back from Charlotte, NC. Every station I stopped at was 10% Ethanol.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-24-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By ThruTraffic
Testing fuel for ethanol

Found this handy test to determine if gas has ethanol in it:

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The following test can be performed to determine the presence of ethanol in gasoline.
On a test tube or olive...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2012, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,056
Posted By ThruTraffic
Thanks for the heads up. This is worth checking...

Thanks for the heads up. This is worth checking because since the last fillup the machine has been running much better!
Forum: Trip Planning 05-22-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,742
Posted By ThruTraffic
Working Out - Dual Sport Trips

Those of you who do so, what types of workout routines do you perform that you do specifically to enhance your endurance abilities riding off road?

I was thinking some examples might be:
-...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 11:16 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,958
Posted By ThruTraffic
I have 2012 1200GS and I can remove the valve...

I have 2012 1200GS and I can remove the valve covers and alternator belt cover without removing the bars. I only have the lower set. I made a video of this but am slower than christmas editing the...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 11:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,994
Posted By ThruTraffic
Where to mount the spare fuel ???

2012 1200GS
Odyssey II Saddle Bags
E52 Givi top case

With the mileage this thing gets I think it's a sure thing I'll have to take spare fuel for the Dalton Highway.

I like the profile of...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,985
Posted By ThruTraffic
Anyone know the 'class' of these bolts?

Class (mm) = Grade (sae)

ASA-Bolt M10X90 07129906205

ASA-Bolt M8X30 07129906204

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Replying to myself. :-)
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 10:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,034
Posted By ThruTraffic
Your right. Never fully tighten until all bolts...

Your right. Never fully tighten until all bolts are started. I learned that lesson well over ~25 years in the construction trades. The tolerance is off on the right side connector on the bars I...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By ThruTraffic
Couldn't be that much water waiting

Wish I could post the photo here. I sent the photo I took when it happened to the dealer and he said that was normal. I just don't think that's true although I haven't seen it happen again. After I...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,985
Posted By ThruTraffic
Why Not Hex Head Bolts?

Any particular reason no one (that I've seen) replaces these with hex head bolts? I want to replace mine to simplify adjusting the handlebars when transitioning from slab to playground. Off-road I...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,463
Posted By ThruTraffic
Try it

Buy a used KLR off Craigslist. Ride it 5/600 miles in one day.

My bet is you'll go buy a 1200GS when you get back. :D

You can probably sell the KLR for what you paid for it.

My intent is...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,056
Posted By ThruTraffic
Guess the tic isn't the valves

Right side:
.17 mm intake
.33 mm exhaust

Left side:
.17 mm intake
.33 mm exhaust (top may be .34)

I believe the spec'd tolerances are:
intake .13 to .23 mm
Forum: GS Boxers 05-19-2012, 12:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,056
Posted By ThruTraffic
CamHead Valve Shims Not Warrantied

I would not expect a wear item to be warrantied in the long run but when the bike only has ~1500 miles off the showroom floor? That's a little harsh for a dealer I think.
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Forum: GS Boxers 05-18-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,976
Posted By ThruTraffic
I think you missed a memo on the spark plugs. My...

I think you missed a memo on the spark plugs. My 2012 has four.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-18-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,976
Posted By ThruTraffic
Not so scary anymore

Now that I've seen y'all's comments and looked at a couple other links this looks to be cake. It's little bit different way of looking at things but this actually looks to be simpler than the older...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-17-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,976
Posted By ThruTraffic
What the heck is that under the valve covers? :-)

Got a 2012 1200GS a couple of months ago. Pulled the valve covers for the first time.

WTH??????????

I was expecting to see valve setups like I've looked at for the last who knows how many...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 05-12-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,164
Posted By ThruTraffic
Has anyone found any yet? :-)

I'm looking for gravel roads a short drive from Belmont, NC (across the river west of Charlotte).

I need some close to home where I can run out for an hour or two a few times a week. I'm going to...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-09-2012, 06:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,958
Posted By ThruTraffic
Yeah, that right side upper mount point is a...

Yeah, that right side upper mount point is a bear. It's off by about 1/4" on mine. I was cussing up a storm before I got the damn things on there. If I had to take them off on a trip I'd proabably...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-09-2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,958
Posted By ThruTraffic
Note: If you have a PIAA or other type light bar...

Note: If you have a PIAA or other type light bar mounted on your 1200GS You'll lose the light bar when you mount the new AltRider upper bar. You can then mount your lights to the bars if you want to...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-09-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 21,958
Posted By ThruTraffic
I put a set of these on my 2012 R1200GS (not...

I put a set of these on my 2012 R1200GS (not Adventure) and I CAN remove the valve covers without removing the crashbars. It's a little bit of a puzzle to get them turned the right way but they will...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2012, 12:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,034
Posted By ThruTraffic
Looks like PIAA Light Bar has to go

I called them and they really don't know. They pointed me to the instructions and it's hard to tell from the photos but I have serious doubts they're compatible.

Instructions:...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-03-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,034
Posted By ThruTraffic
Valve Covers Will Come Off - Bars On

I'm planning a Deadhorse ride for September. Last night I woke up frm a nightmare where I was on the Dalton Highway is nasty conditions and had to pull the valve covers for some reason. I was working...
Forum: Equipment 04-30-2012, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By ThruTraffic
Had to purchase new mounts and bags

Al sent me a new set of mounts but they don't fit the 2012 correctly.

I purchased a new set of bags and mounts and they do fit.

I'm seriously missing the old style spring loaded latches...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-28-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,034
Posted By ThruTraffic
OK, They do fit.

I bought a set and was successful in mounting them. However, I ran into the same problem as the person I quoted in my original post. The upper mounting attachment point on the right side is off by...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-19-2012, 03:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,034
Posted By ThruTraffic
AltRider Crash Bars - Fit 2012 1200 GS ??

I want a set of AltRider Crash Bars for my new 2012 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black. I went to their site and found the following review on their Web page.
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Forum: GS Boxers 03-05-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,339
Posted By ThruTraffic
2012 1200 GS Water in Fuel

Sorry for the HexHead post in the OilHead area but I didn't find a HexHead area.

I've had my 2012 1200 GS for about a week. I rode in the rain for two days and when I refueled I noticed there was...
Forum: Equipment 02-27-2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By ThruTraffic
Moving 2004 Odyssey Bags to 2012 GS

I want to move my Odyssey bags from a 2004 GS to my new 2012 GS I'm picking up Tuesday of next week.

Does anyone know if the GS frame has changed to where the 2004 style mount hardware will not...
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