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Forum: Americas 10-14-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25,286
Views: 2,027,592
Posted By Highwood
Stupid Gringo: Up date

Sorry, off line for a few days.
Went to San Blas and Stoners Surf Camp and hung out with Pompeii, a beautiful French girl and a jolly American for a couple of days. Have the sandfly bites to prove...
Forum: Americas 10-11-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 25,286
Views: 2,027,592
Posted By Highwood
I'm a stupid gringo

So, I left Banff, AB, CDN on September 26 travelling solo on a R12GSA
I arrived in Hermosillo on Oct 9. Several local folks tell me I shouldn't be there and that I should head for the coast. I took...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-07-2014, 07:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,457
Posted By Highwood
All good

Excellent experience at San Diego BMW.
Seal replaced.
Some "tidy up" of the dent/scar/deep scratch.
All good.
Many thanks for the help and suggestions.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-06-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,457
Posted By Highwood
On a Truck

For clarity, I am in San Diego.
Bike just left my hotel on a truck bound for San Diego BMW.
Service Manager Brent was very nice on the phone and has given me an undertaking to assess and fix the...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-04-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,457
Posted By Highwood
Checking round?

Is there a way I can check the "round" of the case at the seal on the road side?
Worried the case has been whacked hard enough to pop the seal.
I guess what I'm saying is that I am very concerned...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-04-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,457
Posted By Highwood
Ouch - FD in San Diego

Smacked something today that, at a minimum, screwed the outer seal on the final drive.
I'm concerned the case may now be out of round and that is why the seal has failed.
I know oil is like...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-31-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,907
Posted By Highwood
Tennis Racket Wrap

Get some tennis racket grip stuff.
I've had my grips wrapped this way for 100,000 kms.
No tools required.
Cheap and effective and adds a little padding. Slows down the grip heaters a wee bit, but...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-31-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 844
Posted By Highwood
Bent Rotor?

Another cause can be a rotor that is out of true. (Firsthand experience.)
Put the bike on the centre stand, spin the wheel while holding a flashlight on the rotor near the brake pads and look for...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-25-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,382
Posted By Highwood
Stick Coil

I agree with the posters above.
Had similar symptoms on an 07 GSA.
Problem was intermittent and worse with heat.
Resolved by replacing the secondary coils (under the cylinder).
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,553
Posted By Highwood
Perhaps this?

Installed one on 08 R12GSA. Works great.
Forum: GS Boxers 04-03-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By Highwood
Front wheel true?

I have had two R12GSAs.
I am hard on equipment.
I hate vibration and am OCD about throttle body balance and valve adjustments.
On both bikes, inspection showed the front wheel was out of true,...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 647
Posted By Highwood
Don't Worry

Dropped the same nut into my '07 GSA.
Rode it another 25,000kms until it was written off in a flood.
No issues.
Forget about it.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-04-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By Highwood
Thanx Again

The pics were very helpful as were the comments. Thanks
Forum: GS Boxers 03-01-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By Highwood

I remain inclined to the elephant by wunderlich over the OEM.
My bike is an 08 R12GSA.
Thanks for the comments.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-28-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By Highwood
Wunderlich vs OEM TankBag

Before the flaming begins, I have searched like a madman for reviews on the Wunderlich Elephant tank bag and I have found very little.
I've owned an OEM bag, but I like some of the features...
Forum: Vendors 02-28-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 7,571
Posted By Highwood
Shipping Charges

Was just about to buy one with internationally shipping to Canada.
Invoice came up with an extra US$23 putting goal cost of plug tool and extra plugs at nearly US$70 at my door.
You just lost a...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-20-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 623
Posted By Highwood
stick coil x 2

If the hesitation / stumble is between 4k to 5k rpm, it is almost certainly a coil.
I say this from experience at about the same mileage. (Secondary coil on left side on my bike.) Very easily...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-10-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By Highwood
08 vs 07 throttle bodies & valves

I have just purchased a 2008 R12GSA to replace my 2007 R12GSA which was murdered by the floods in southern Alberta.
Are there any changes in the procedures to adjust valves and sync throttle bodies...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-12-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,610
Posted By Highwood
Dead too

Airhead is dead too. Corroded electrics and silt in motor, trans and final drive. needs a complete and total tear down. Just too much for me to consider
Forum: GS Boxers 07-04-2013, 07:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,610
Posted By Highwood

Written off today.
It carried me 100,000 kms east and west across all of Canada, north to Alaska, NWT and Yukon and south to Key West and through Copper Canyon to Cabos San Lucas and up Baja.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-22-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,610
Posted By Highwood
Flooded GSA - Restarting procedure

I'm in Calgary. My 07 GSA and 77 Airhead are in my garage, as is five feet of water. House inaccessible so I can't get them out for at least another 48 hours.
Once the water recedes and I get them...
Forum: Airheads 06-03-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,837
Posted By Highwood

Have you checked the timing thoroughly, particularly at full advance?
My bike (78 r100/7) had a terrible high idle problem. I assumed the timing was right and tried everything I could with the...
Forum: Airheads 06-03-2013, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,534
Posted By Highwood

I chased a very similar problem.
Be methodical.
First: Points, Condensor, plugs and timing. It won't idle right without these settings and physical bits being in proper setting and good repair....
Forum: GS Boxers 04-22-2013, 03:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Highwood
Drive Shaft?

You can get some horrible sounds from a failing driveshaft.
Put the pig on the centre stand. With the bike in neutral, slowly spin the rear wheel with your ear on the swing arm. If you hear clunks...
Forum: Airheads 04-18-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
Thumb Success!!!!

Weather got to 8C and that was good enough for me.
Took a 30 minute ride throughout the rpm range, even breaking a few laws with pulls up over 140kph..
Took a screw driver and did a final tweak on...
Forum: Airheads 04-17-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
More Data - Winning, I think

So, got the new points and condenser. After a short swearing session getting the points gapped correctly, including sacrificing a .38mm feeler gauge to a length I could work with, I fired the bike up...
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2013, 03:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
More Thanks

Thanks for the link to a description of "plug chopping." I'll give that some thought. There's lots of wide open prairie to the east.

Before I do anything else, I need to get properly-gapped,...
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
Yes, I do know what you mean. It DOES NOT sound...

Yes, I do know what you mean. It DOES NOT sound like a V twin. The ghosting at idle is less than a 1/4". There is no ghosting at full advance.

From Duane A. "How much error is too much? That is...
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
I believe the pitting is too severe to be...

I believe the pitting is too severe to be addressed with a points file. Just ordered points and condenser for arrival late next week.

I'm uncertain what you mean by "do plug chops to evaluate the...
Forum: Airheads 04-10-2013, 08:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
Thanks - More Data

Thanks for the suggestions and links.
More twiddiling in the garage last night revealed the following:

Timing: There is a "ghost image" at the s mark (idle timing mark) giving me two lines and...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood

Just ran my induction timing light.
At idle is seems to be a few degrees below "OT" There is a wee paint fleck and a line in the inspection window.
At high revs, it seems to advance to another...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
Ran with Cover off

Just disconnected the battery, removed the front cover, reconnected the battery and fired it up.
The advance weights seem to my eye to be moving correctly (spin out at higher revs, retract as revs...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood

Diaphrams were replaced with carb rebuild, a year ago in February.
I have not inspected the advance while running with the cover off. I feel like I'd be tempting fate if I rode around for half an...
Forum: Airheads 04-09-2013, 04:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,124
Posted By Highwood
R100/7 High Idle after long warm up

Bike:1977 r100/7 43K Kms (no bean can, no electrics, mechanical advance)
Bike starts well with choke, idles at 900
After 2-3 km warm up, choke off, idles about 1100
After 20-30 minutes of...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-01-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,104
Posted By Highwood
Many Many Thanks

Gentlemen, thank you.
Off to get a new nut and a sharpie so I can write on the wall of my garage "DID YOU TORQUE EVERYTHING?"
Forum: GS Boxers 04-01-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,104
Posted By Highwood
Valve Lock Nut Gone. How far up the creek?

2007 R1200 GSA with 98K kms.
Investigation after a ticking sound on the right side shows that the valve adjuster lock nut on the upper intake valve is gone. (I'm a fool and must not have torqued it...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-20-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,878
Posted By Highwood

As others have said, if some one really wants to steal your stuff, they will.
100,000 kms ago I put a reasonably nice watch on the cross bar of my handlebars. (I like analog time pieces.) Since then...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-19-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,791
Posted By Highwood
My Guess

I'm no super wrencher but ....
There are very limited places for that noise to come from: either the driveshaft or the final drive.
My driveshaft made similar noises prior to it's demise. (front...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 5,087
Views: 817,550
Posted By Highwood
Changed the alternator belt

2007 R1200GSA with Ohlins.
Changed the belt without removing or loosening the crash bars, the front shock or the Touratech skid plate.
Minimal swearing and no wrenches were hurled across the...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 530
Posted By Highwood
Alternator Cover, Ohlins & Crashbars

Bike: 2007 R1200GSA with Ohlins 100k kms (63k miles)
The Task: Change the alternator belt
The discoveries:
1) You can remove the alternator cover on a 2007 R12GSA without removing the crash bars...
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