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Forum: GS Boxers Today, 12:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 136
Posted By lkchris
Wow. Of course there's an advantage in...

Wow.

Of course there's an advantage in matching the thread length of the plug to the thread length in the head.

Different plugs only applies to R1150s (and R1200C) with dual plugs, as the...
Forum: GS Boxers Today, 11:50 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 38,145
Posted By lkchris
Just remember that it's now 2015 and this problem...

Just remember that it's now 2015 and this problem was identified in at least 2007, i.e. 8 years ago, and BMW changed to steel spiders by then (for sure by 2009).

There was certainly plenty of...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-23-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 904
Posted By lkchris
Why do you assume BMW has designed a restrictive...

Why do you assume BMW has designed a restrictive system?

Your engine will not "take in" more air unless you've changed camshafts, put in bigger valves, bored or stroked it, turbocharged it, or...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-23-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 3,890
Posted By lkchris
You're so silly. Go ahead and use your...

You're so silly.

Go ahead and use your centerstand if you don't mind putting your bike at risk. There's no law against it, but maybe there should be for poor humor. There are laws of physics,...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-20-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 3,890
Posted By lkchris
You were doing it wrong with your Airhead. ...

You were doing it wrong with your Airhead.

The centerstand is to be used ONLY for maintenance, including fueling. Any BMW, any time.

The bike is significantly more stable on the sidestand (and...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-14-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By lkchris
A great way to minimize height--and more...

A great way to minimize height--and more importantly lower center of gravity--is to fully compress the bike's suspension during transport.

It's how BMW recommends trailering its bikes.

Not a...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-14-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By lkchris
BMW Motorcycle Magazine appears to be way ahead...

BMW Motorcycle Magazine appears to be way ahead of any clubs or forums on reporting on issues with the new bikes and a recent article discusses this in detail. Recommend this magazine.

...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-02-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,439
Posted By lkchris
There is nothing to accomplish by fitting any...

There is nothing to accomplish by fitting any other than OE plugs to this engine.

BMW knows what it's doing.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-31-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,543
Posted By lkchris
Last August following MotoGP at Indy we rode in...

Last August following MotoGP at Indy we rode in pouring rain up the Interstate to Lafayette, IN, then took country roads west out of there. Coming into what must have been Pine Village, I got a...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-21-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,124
Posted By lkchris
BMW cars have been assembled in SA for some time...

BMW cars have been assembled in SA for some time now. Perhaps that's a connection to low bike prices somehow, maybe even political.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-19-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,173
Posted By lkchris
You need to be more patient. It will be a...

You need to be more patient.

It will be a few minutes before the charger wakes up the ZFE and begins to charge your battery. Same thing after it has gone to sleep after the battery is fully...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,132
Posted By lkchris
Good to remember that this site presents build...

Good to remember that this site presents build date in European format.

For my RT it says 03 01 12 and that's January 3.
Forum: GS Boxers 12-13-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,352
Posted By lkchris
If you use the specified (not same word as...

If you use the specified (not same word as recommended) SAF-XO fluid in final drive it will by definition be synthetic.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-26-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,980
Posted By lkchris
You can bet there's a cooling fan under that...

You can bet there's a cooling fan under that shroud.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,590
Posted By lkchris
Even the R80G/S is a heavy pig.

Even the R80G/S is a heavy pig.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-14-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,598
Posted By lkchris
Most vehicles with an ambient temperature display...

Most vehicles with an ambient temperature display also have a freeze warning feature.

On German cars since the 1980s.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-12-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,627
Posted By lkchris
Of course none of this means BMW spent any design...

Of course none of this means BMW spent any design effort in making their bikes DIY-friendly in the baling wire/Model T tradition.

If you break something it is NOT poor design and is instead poor...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-14-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 714
Posted By lkchris
Cruise control is overrated. If you ever...

Cruise control is overrated.

If you ever ride more than seconds with your hand off the right grip--even on an Interstate slog--I'd be surprised. I don't when I do.

If you ride in any kind of...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,925
Posted By lkchris
I agree. IMHO aftermarket throttle locks...

I agree.

IMHO aftermarket throttle locks are simply overthinking the problem, require a learning period, and are potentially dangerous.

With the o-ring, all you have to do to decrease...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,273
Posted By lkchris
The kill switch is a little piece of plastic...

The kill switch is a little piece of plastic designed only for emergency use and never designed for frequent use.

It's frequent use was never an issue until the ego maniacs at MSF decided...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By lkchris
This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to...

This encompasses the change from ABS 1 to Integral ABS (whizzy) and would think you should keep them matched.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,273
Posted By lkchris
A great idea and much more intelligent than using...

A great idea and much more intelligent than using kill switch.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-18-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,559
Posted By lkchris
Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. ...

Faster your motor runs the more heat it creates. If temp gauge doesn't show it simply means system is efficiently dumping the heat.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-17-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,655
Posted By lkchris
For RTs at least the first couple years was 5...

For RTs at least the first couple years was 5 amps. Now it's 10 amps.
Forum: GS Boxers 09-15-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,655
Posted By lkchris
Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from...

Had a flat in Indiana last month returning from MotoGP. Used my Slime pump with bike motor running off the rear CANBus socket and it worked fine. The chuck fit the TPMS valve fine, although it was...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,370
Posted By lkchris
Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with...

Most of the pre-water cooled R1200RT came with headlight aimed too high.

Clearly headlight adjustment check is not listed in dealer uncrate/setup instructions.

Forum advice would be for...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-12-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,007
Posted By lkchris
The auto industry is obsessed with reducing...

The auto industry is obsessed with reducing vehicle weight.

This is one of the reasons for CANBus wiring.

This sort of electrical system really doesn't need heavy switches with big contacts.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-14-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,752
Posted By lkchris
If the manufacturer advertises long tread life,...

If the manufacturer advertises long tread life, that's not a winter tire.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,540
Posted By lkchris
Every tire change. How hard is that?

Every tire change.

How hard is that?
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,996
Posted By lkchris
Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced,...

Bike came from the factory with wheels balanced, didn't it?

Decades of hype from aftermarket ticky tacky marketers has "proven" manufacturers are "cheapskates," right?

If the factory thought...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-20-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,737
Posted By lkchris
The same tool is used to both install and remove...

The same tool is used to both install and remove Oetiker clamps, and it's really easy to use, but it appears a major stumbling block to so many to purchase one. These clamps are far superior to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-07-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By lkchris
Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW...

Well, you could own a Porsche, a Mercedes, a BMW car, a VW/Audi, or any other BMW bike going back 30 or more years and most of them would retain the main halogen bulb the same way with a similar clip...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-02-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,137
Posted By lkchris
Great source for TORX tools ...

Great source for TORX tools
http://wihatools.com/indexes/indxtorx.htm
Forum: GS Boxers 07-01-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,137
Posted By lkchris
M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded...

M6 and M8 describe the diameter of the threaded shaft and do NOT indicate the wrench size.
Forum: Road warriors 06-05-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,944
Posted By lkchris
Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested...

Although 10K miles past the commonly suggested spline lube interval.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,724
Posted By lkchris
Well, if there's an airbag, this period will...

Well, if there's an airbag, this period will serve to eliminate stored charge in the capacitor.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,091
Posted By lkchris
BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making...

BMWs have had skinny grips forever. ... making "poor design" comments laughable.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,371
Posted By lkchris
Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new...

Since not watercooled and no water jackets, new motor oil will make the engine run quieter than it was just before you changed it. Less likely to hear this with watercooled motor, I'd think.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,371
Posted By lkchris
BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been...

BMW boxer twin valve cover gaskets have been designed to be reusable for years and years, even Airheads. Just remember, no adhesive or other goop.
Forum: Equipment 05-19-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By lkchris
What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW...

What is your Bluetooth receiver? BMW communicator or ??
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