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Forum: Road warriors Today, 02:19 PM
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Posted By vtbob
Seems the WC r1200 get 50 mpg +\- A bit better...

Seems the WC r1200 get 50 mpg +\- A bit better than the old air oil cooled engine

200 mile between fills

How you twist you wrist makes a big difference
Forum: Road warriors Yesterday, 03:50 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
I'm going for the RS. I like the fairing but...

I'm going for the RS. I like the fairing but will likely put risers or the. R bar on it. Waiting!
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Yes just looked thru a bunch of RS pictures on...

Yes just looked thru a bunch of RS pictures on the web and it looks like the stock right bag mounts just above the muffle so it looks like it is a full sized bag
Forum: Road warriors 04-09-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Yep the new R1200R/RS is a "smaller" bike than...

Yep the new R1200R/RS is a "smaller" bike than the current generation of R1200GS/RT. That is exactly what I like...just a bit over 500lbs.

The ERGOs for an R are a bit more "rennsport" i.e....
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-07-2015, 05:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,363
Posted By vtbob
+1 on getting formal testing done

+1 on getting formal testing done
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-04-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,363
Posted By vtbob
If it is the head gasket, coolent might be...

If it is the head gasket, coolent might be leaking into the combustion chamber and being past out the exhaust, i.e. the gradual loss of coolant. Conversely the exhaust gases might be getting into...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-04-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,363
Posted By vtbob
First I really do not know what is going on. So...

First I really do not know what is going on. So FWIW...

Was the thermostat ever replaced? That sticking would cause anti freeze to "boil" and overflow. It would also cause the over temp...
Forum: Parallel Universe 04-01-2015, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By vtbob
I don't this 36000 miles is a problem. I have...

I don't this 36000 miles is a problem. I have 47000+ on my 2010 F650GS.
It has never failed me.

You check all the normal stuff..are the wheels round etc

The one flaw with that generation of...
Forum: Road warriors 03-31-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By vtbob
Your bike as it is will make it to Alaska and...

Your bike as it is will make it to Alaska and Purdue bay, or most anywhere else in the US and Canada just fine with NO mods...Just a bit of rider skill and taking your time.

Are you more interest...
Forum: Road warriors 03-30-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By vtbob
+1 KLR is far better on dirt and off...

+1

KLR is far better on dirt and off road....and still can take you cross country(if you body can stand riding it that far) but that is Connie territory.

if you are really serious about off...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-29-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,290
Posted By vtbob
Great looking bike! Have fun!

Great looking bike!

Have fun!
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-27-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By vtbob
The 21 inch front tire...is NOT a road tire size...

The 21 inch front tire...is NOT a road tire size so you are pretty limited.
My guess the Tourance Next is as close as you can get
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-27-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,333
Posted By vtbob
It really depends on where and how you want to...

It really depends on where and how you want to ride.

I had a KLR for several years. It a FAR better true off road bike than any BMW.
But as you well know not so great to do 3 or 400 mile days on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-25-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,290
Posted By vtbob
There was a big discussion about this, the...

There was a big discussion about this, the allegation that a lower F650GS had less cornering clearance that the std F650GS in another blog.

It turns out that is NOT true because both lowered and...
Forum: Road warriors 03-25-2015, 03:52 AM
Replies: 2,466
Views: 447,700
Posted By vtbob
These bike mods are meant to give them a retro...

These bike mods are meant to give them a retro look of 70s BMW tourers.
The large over sized tank was an option back in the day, note also the period bags and the period seat is most notable on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-24-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,290
Posted By vtbob
You concern about cruising all day at 75 or 85 or...

You concern about cruising all day at 75 or 85 or 90 is nothing to worry about.

It is a 70hp bike, which is only "small" by today's 130 or160hp distorted standards. It has more pound per hp than...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-24-2015, 04:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,290
Posted By vtbob
I would not worry about the low suspension...

I would not worry about the low suspension blowing out. This is the first I have heard of it happening at all. I have 47000 miles on my F650GS lowered and it has seen thousands of miles of dirt...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,550
Posted By vtbob
If you look back in time (i.e. are old) The whole...

If you look back in time (i.e. are old) The whole Adventure touring hype is largely marketing..very successful marketing. It goes back to the BMW R80ST then the first GS shortly after that..

Some...
Forum: Road warriors 03-18-2015, 02:57 AM
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Views: 241,094
Posted By vtbob
WoW.... REALLY NICE!

WoW....

REALLY NICE!
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-18-2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,815
Posted By vtbob
I strongly recommend you use the light oil Ricor...

I strongly recommend you use the light oil Ricor recommends. The whole point of putting more sophisticated shock valving is to increase compliance...increasing the oil viscosity will diminish that....
Forum: Road warriors 03-13-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
I don't think there is much new model risk to...

I don't think there is much new model risk to worry about. The engine and rear drive is two years old now with lots of WC GS and RT sold. The front suspension is a derivation go the S1000R ( could...
Forum: The British Invasion: Triumph Tigers 03-10-2015, 11:43 AM
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Views: 6,882,270
Posted By vtbob
+1 on watching out for the wet pavement. I...

+1 on watching out for the wet pavement.

I would not recommend Heidenau unless Long milage is the most important criteria. The rubber is HARD...slipery..

Milage is great...over 10,000 miles on...
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 2,466
Views: 447,700
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=ARiderX;26313743]Great review, cug. Thanks...

[QUOTE=ARiderX;26313743]Great review, cug. Thanks for taking time out to do the write up.



When bringing up that subject in the other topic (new R and RS bikes are discussed there), I was told...
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 509
Views: 60,784
Posted By vtbob
Which Hagon shock is on your bike. I went to...

Which Hagon shock is on your bike. I went to the web site and did not find it.

+1 on the intimidators....I put those in my Triumph last winter with stock springs but about a .5 inch more preload...
Forum: Road warriors 03-02-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Yes it did have a low seat. It also was in a...

Yes it did have a low seat. It also was in a front wheel stand that raised the front a bit. Evan standing flat foot with my short 28" in seam I was off the seat so I know that I could flat foot the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-01-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
I finally got to see and sit on the new R1200RS...

I finally got to see and sit on the new R1200RS at the Motorcycle show in Montreal yesterday.

For the type of riding I like to do, I want relaxed upright seating, and legs not in a tight crouch. ...
Forum: Road warriors 02-24-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2,466
Views: 447,700
Posted By vtbob
[QUOTE=Weird Bug;26225888]That may be why my vest...

[QUOTE=Weird Bug;26225888]That may be why my vest was heating up and cooling off recently. Maybe it exceeded the BMW plug capacity and CANbus said get cold dude. Do you think that could be what...
Forum: Road warriors 02-24-2015, 05:25 AM
Replies: 2,466
Views: 447,700
Posted By vtbob
I think the R1200r/rs specs call 508W "nominal "...

I think the R1200r/rs specs call 508W "nominal " power. Which less than the RT.

Remember the BMW powerlet outlet which CAN bus controlled is limited to 5amp(60W) so if you add lights, other...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-23-2015, 03:21 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,593
Posted By vtbob
FWIW i went with Wilbers. Got the spring rate...

FWIW i went with Wilbers. Got the spring rate matched to my weight and riding style.....it did take me a while to get it adjusted right....two settings one for me solo and one for me with loaded...
Forum: Road warriors 02-22-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
There are 4 optional (seems to be no cost) seat...

There are 4 optional (seems to be no cost) seat options. Most pictures show the low seat. Pretty scouped out, bucket like. This is the seat that my dealer has on his in stock R1200R. I can flat...
Forum: Road warriors 02-20-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,191
Posted By vtbob
loved my CX500 back in 80,81 It got me...

loved my CX500 back in 80,81

It got me into what now is called Adventure Touring. About 5000 miles...Camping along the road, around the Gaspe, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia(meat cove) and...
Forum: Road warriors 02-18-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
I contacted Suburban Machinery. They said" A kit...

I contacted Suburban Machinery. They said" A kit for the new R1200R/RS wi be available in the spring. Shifter and brake will move with the pegs."
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2,466
Views: 447,700
Posted By vtbob
I came away thinking that wear rate and puncture...

I came away thinking that wear rate and puncture resistance on these roads is at least as important as traction. I keep hearing people say what kind of tires you "have to have" to ride it in rain. ...
Forum: Road warriors 02-17-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Just like you I want more touring Ergos on the...

Just like you I want more touring Ergos on the RS. It looks like the higher wider bar from the R will fit on the RS. I've contacted one of the aftermarket peg supplier for 1 inch forward and 1.5...
Forum: Road warriors 02-16-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 757
Posted By vtbob
I hope you have found the problem by now. ...

I hope you have found the problem by now.

FWIW When a battery goes bad...it does not hold a charge...you can charge it, trickle or high rate...and in a short time it will have not enough power to...
Forum: Road warriors 02-15-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 757
Posted By vtbob
The first thing I would check is the connections...

The first thing I would check is the connections to your battery. Are they tight and no corrosion under the connection.

The 2nd thing I would check is the battery itself...how old, in not new get...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-15-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By vtbob
+1 no problem at all

+1

no problem at all
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Another question for this group. Does any...

Another question for this group.

Does any one know the final drive ration of the R1200R and R1200RS.
The R1200RT has taller gearing than the R1200GS....which make sense.

Which drive ration...
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
Interesting Do you have any idea...how or...

Interesting

Do you have any idea...how or why these differences are realized?
Forum: Road warriors 02-11-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 619
Views: 94,173
Posted By vtbob
No I can not confirm From a some what...

No I can not confirm

From a some what cynical point of view, if BMW uses the manufacturing cost efficiencies of having cables a common length, part number...then it will be ok.

If they...
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