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Forum: Parallel Universe 08-18-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 8,132
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Posted By dasher
F800GS in Puerto Rico

Just got my F800GS - 2012 Trophy Edition. Here it is in Lake Matrullas in Central Puerto Rico. Thousands of two-lane twisty road miles, hundreds of unpaved ones to explore, too, PR is rider heaven...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 624
Posted By dasher
Riding in Puerto Rico

I published this article in December's BMW Owner's News magazine, please follow the link and select page 85.
Most of you will be surprised as to the variety of riding available in this Caribbean...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-24-2009, 02:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Update

Spent several hours at the dealership this afternoon with the mechanic. Checked alignment: OK. Checked torques and looked for any play: OK. Checked suspension settings: OK. Checked suspension: OK....
Forum: GS Boxers 11-24-2009, 04:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
ROGER THAT! What a great group of replies to my...

ROGER THAT! What a great group of replies to my post. :clap

I am on my way this PM to the dealer with the bad tire installed before I put on the new ones on Friday. I WILL post back with any...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 07:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
The swingarm is new... but it could have been...

The swingarm is new... but it could have been installed off spec by the local BMW tech, who given it's a new dealership is probably not very experienced. So that's worth looking into.

The tire was...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
So my having more weight on the LEFT pannier...

So my having more weight on the LEFT pannier actually has HELPED to some degree. Ok.
Having had that rear bolt fail before, I AM very worried about it failing again...!

Thank you,
DA
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 06:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Great advice; the plan will be to leave the bike...

Great advice; the plan will be to leave the bike at the dealer so they can check the control arm, rear shock, etc., for proper operation. I would love to dismiss it as "aggressive riding" and thump...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 06:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
I WILL try to turn right more often - and faster!...

I WILL try to turn right more often - and faster! :D
The crowned road issue is unlikely to be the case, as roads usually don't have that kind of angle. Those of use who drive on the right DO spend...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 06:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
I use two gauges: My pencil-type one, AND the...

I use two gauges: My pencil-type one, AND the round dial gauge on my Cycle Pump, and they give the same readings. The dealer also questioned tire pressures right off the bat, but this is something I...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 05:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Hi again: > The bike tracks slightly right with...

Hi again:
> The bike tracks slightly right with hands off. However, every boxer I have ever owned tracked right when coasting hands off. Nothing not fixed with slight body English, though. I always...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 05:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Dunno. I will ask the dealer to check when I see...

Dunno. I will ask the dealer to check when I see them on Friday when my new Battlewings come in. I really wanted the BT-020/021, but it seems that Bridgestone no longer makes the front size for GS...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Nope. Not a lot of crosswinds, as I spend most of...

Nope. Not a lot of crosswinds, as I spend most of the time up in canyons, doing fairly spirited two-lane mountain riding. No 10/10ths Banzai stuff, mind you, but still fast enough to drag the odd...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
The Tourance was already about 2,500 miles into...

The Tourance was already about 2,500 miles into its life when I had the broken bolt, so the total miles on THIS Tourance (not EXP version) are about 5,500.

I came across a very interesting...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
It is a 2005 R1200GS Mileage on bolt failure:...

It is a 2005 R1200GS
Mileage on bolt failure: 15,000mi.
I have ridden about 3,000 mi. since then.
Same roads, speed etc. Different tire, though. Went from Dunlop 607 to
Tourance.
I noticed...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 02:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Fun is the keyword here in PR. Thousands of miles...

Fun is the keyword here in PR. Thousands of miles of mountain roads (yes, mountain roads in a Caribbean island)!. Watch my article in BMW MOA's Owners News coming out next month or the one after...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 02:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Rains a LOT. So yes, it could be road slope, or...

Rains a LOT. So yes, it could be road slope, or crown.
But the Dunlop 607s that came with the bike did NOT wear like that. Nor has the tire dealer seen anything like this.

My original question...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 02:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
I sent this pic to the tire dealer that I buy...

I sent this pic to the tire dealer that I buy from, and he said that (a) he had never seen rear tires wearing like this one (front: yes, mainly due to mismanaged pressures), and (b) that the tire...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 02:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
35 Front/40 Rear, unless 2 up, then I go up 2psi...

35 Front/40 Rear, unless 2 up, then I go up 2psi in each.
I am 195 lbs, so with gear I guess, what, 210?
The saddlebags carry toolbag/air pump/flat tire kit on the left, smaller bag, and first aid...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-23-2009, 12:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,327
Posted By dasher
Has ANYONE seen wear like this?

Greetings from sunny Puerto Rico (great riding here, btw! - lots of mountain roads, both paved and dirt).
Please see the attached pic of my R1200GS's rear Tourance. It has almost worn through on the...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-25-2009, 02:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,556
Posted By dasher
Ummm... Front shock recall? On the R12GS? Darn...

Ummm... Front shock recall? On the R12GS? Darn it, I hadn't heard of it! One more thing to worry about or a great excuse to upgrade to Ohlins...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2009, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,556
Posted By dasher
Good advice! Thank you, I will try to protect the...

Good advice! Thank you, I will try to protect the piece. The end piece will be bored out, or however they get it out of its deep, deep hole in the swingarm, so no hope there.

The bolt MAY have...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2009, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,556
Posted By dasher
Yep. Original and first owner. Nope. No-one else...

Yep. Original and first owner. Nope. No-one else has ridden my GS. Except maybe the mechanics at the dealer...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2009, 06:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,556
Posted By dasher
GS Broken rear suspension bottom bolt: anyone else seen anything like this?

Greetings, fellow GSers!
This weekend, washing my bike after a nice 180 mile ride through the twisties here in sunny Puerto Rico, I noticed the rear shock's bottom bolt, where it connects to the...
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