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Forum: GS Boxers 08-11-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,994
Posted By CheckerdD
I tend to agree with this statement as the answer...

I tend to agree with this statement as the answer to the reliability part. I will tell you that the bikes with double overhead cams are quite a bit smoother than the single cams. I think that came...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-05-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 11,138
Posted By CheckerdD
I think these ask prices are fantasy world. But...

I think these ask prices are fantasy world. But if you think bikes are overpriced you ought to check out what art is going for. A decent Rothko or Kline is fetching 50 million. In 1950 Kline was...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-04-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,683
Posted By CheckerdD
Maybe a stupid question. Arn't you guys worried...

Maybe a stupid question. Arn't you guys worried about hacking?

Something like, wow man, my bike went to full throttle, and the kill switch would not work. Dave
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-25-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By CheckerdD
There is a FAQ and index top of the page. Your...

There is a FAQ and index top of the page. Your questions are answered there. If you did not get a comfort seat, start with the aftermarket seats. Your going to need one. Dave
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-25-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,802
Posted By CheckerdD
Do you know that lot's of Americans think 1/4 is...

Do you know that lot's of Americans think 1/4 is bigger than 1/3rd? Dave
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-23-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By CheckerdD
My experience is 800's never burn oil. Sorry I...

My experience is 800's never burn oil. Sorry I don't have part number on the fuel pump and I can't recall when they redesigned it but I think it was 2012. My guess is the new stator and flywheel...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-22-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By CheckerdD
Sounds good to me I don't think there are any...

Sounds good to me I don't think there are any issues with the 2011. The only thing that comes to mind is it may have the old part number fuel pump and filter. That might be a problem at around 50k...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-22-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,459
Posted By CheckerdD
A friend of mine accidentally put a couple of...

A friend of mine accidentally put a couple of gallons of diesel in his K75. After he realized what happened he stopped at every gas station along I-5 and topped op with real gas which diluted the...
Forum: Latin America 07-21-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By CheckerdD
My experience in Central and South America is you...

My experience in Central and South America is you can get whatever brand they have on the shelf, not whatever you think you want. Those Brazilian built Pirellies will get you quite a way even if...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-21-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By CheckerdD
First regarding tall. The 800 goes down farther...

First regarding tall. The 800 goes down farther than the 1200 when you sit on it, so it is not so tall when loaded. Secondly I am not a friend of ESA. It locks you into a very expensive system...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-21-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,585
Posted By CheckerdD
I am with the screw ESA and get Ohlins someday...

I am with the screw ESA and get Ohlins someday when the stock shocks wear out. 1) Your not out the big bucks till you have to get the Ohlins. 2) If you get the ESA now, they have you trapped like a...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-19-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,292
Posted By CheckerdD
I like the reply's that Jim VB occasionally makes...

I like the reply's that Jim VB occasionally makes to posts like this. He suggests one leave the bike on the side stand and look at the glass. If it is black, then there is oil in there and one can...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-18-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,652
Posted By CheckerdD
Yes you can ride the interstate all day and have...

Yes you can ride the interstate all day and have a fine dinner and a glass of wine to celebrate being happy. But I suspect you want to know how is it compared to something else. I own both a 800...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-17-2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 504
Posted By CheckerdD
BMW's go well over 100k miles without rebuilds...

BMW's go well over 100k miles without rebuilds etc. So I would not be scared off by the milage. I have almost the same mileage on my 2010 and I am taking it around the world in two weeks. The...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-13-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,871
Posted By CheckerdD
You have to watch what you say about asses on...

You have to watch what you say about asses on some lists.

I think if you find the Sargent so uncomfortable you need to go to an aftermarket seat. The best I think is www.day-long.com e.g....
Forum: GS Boxers 07-13-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By CheckerdD
If you want to spend big bucks for top of the...

If you want to spend big bucks for top of the line, Ohlins are fantastic. The best there is, but we are talking $1200 new. Dave Rankine
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-08-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,549
Posted By CheckerdD
I would be surprised if I found my bike with an...

I would be surprised if I found my bike with an orange ribbon and no rear wheel.
The fact I am a wise ass notwithstanding, one does need to repack the wheel bearings - by putting grease on them,...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-08-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,601
Posted By CheckerdD
My 05 drive shaft broke at about 60k miles. And...

My 05 drive shaft broke at about 60k miles. And the part was big bucks. I am now up to 100k miles. Since the drive shaft, all I have had to do is maintenance. I don't know if you should sell or...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-07-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 580
Posted By CheckerdD
I tried to sell my 05 with 100k miles and did not...

I tried to sell my 05 with 100k miles and did not find a buyer. Now I decided to keep it. So don't make an offer. I am thinking yours is worth around $5k. It's hard to say for sure, there is not...
Forum: Latin America 07-05-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By CheckerdD
If money is important to you, the volume of...

If money is important to you, the volume of freight shipped has an effect on how much you pay. There is not a lot of freight going up (or down) the Pacific coast. But from Buenos Aries lots of...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-05-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,354
Posted By CheckerdD
Gas, isn't that kinda flammable, even explosive? ...

Gas, isn't that kinda flammable, even explosive? I haven't run out since the 90's. That includes trips to SA and Alaska. The best way to deal with fuel shortage is add some cells of brain power to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-04-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,038
Posted By CheckerdD
TKC's are a good quality tire but they wear out...

TKC's are a good quality tire but they wear out really fast. Like 3000 miles on the rear maybe even less. Unless you really need a knobby tire check out the Heidenau K60. Dave
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-29-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By CheckerdD
Guy's from out of state do you know what is legal...

Guy's from out of state do you know what is legal in Colorado and is illegal in your state? Think about it. And yes I did mean to bump my own post. Dave
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 773
Posted By CheckerdD
Worth da wait IMHO. Dave

Worth da wait IMHO. Dave
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-29-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,560
Posted By CheckerdD
I am a former MSF instructor. It right in their...

I am a former MSF instructor. It right in their book. Sometimes you get a wobble because of the wind interacting with your clothing and arms. So was it windy. Do you have the windshield modified...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 920
Posted By CheckerdD
I under fill a bit then top up in 200 cc...

I under fill a bit then top up in 200 cc increments. The distance between the top and bottom of the glass is a half quart, so if your only slightly over don't worry. I think I am about 150 cc over...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-29-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,077
Posted By CheckerdD
I have had 2 800 ADV riders complain to me that...

I have had 2 800 ADV riders complain to me that their bikes are two heavy. I think my regular 800 is perfect and I never hear complaints from others. Do you really need that extra gas? Dave
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By CheckerdD
Platform shoes. I have an older pair of Gaerne...

Platform shoes. I have an older pair of Gaerne boots which have thicker soles. Those are what I wear on the 1200. They don't change the steering dynamics. I get the impression that if you took...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-27-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By CheckerdD
Yup. The most likely cause is the wind...

Yup. The most likely cause is the wind interacting with your arms to cause the bike to wobble because of unconscious steering inputs. Secondary causes include out of line forks, mal adjusted...
Forum: Airheads 06-26-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,536
Posted By CheckerdD
I think if we include the parts from Dead...

I think if we include the parts from Dead Airheads that we have on our bikes. You could justify the 95% figure. I went through this stage about 15 years ago with my VW Bus. One day I realized that...
Forum: Asia 06-26-2014, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By CheckerdD
I am taking the ferry from Dongha to Vladivostok...

I am taking the ferry from Dongha to Vladivostok 8/24. I know your supposed to take the other ferry, but I am in a group who want to do it. Hoping to see others from this site. Dave
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-26-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,147
Posted By CheckerdD
I have done it in a day on a GS and a different...

I have done it in a day on a GS and a different time in a Toyota Tacoma. Get the free map at the Visitors center in Moab. It will save you taking a wrong turn. The unpaved parts are about 100 miles...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-26-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,042
Posted By CheckerdD
I always try the easy things first. Like Techron...

I always try the easy things first. Like Techron with the next fill up. If there is still a lot of gas from the water crossing in the tank get as much out as you can before filling and treating the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-24-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,343
Posted By CheckerdD
Fred: It looks like you did not short out the...

Fred: It looks like you did not short out the battery. What else happened?
Forum: GS Boxers 06-24-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,576
Posted By CheckerdD
Of course the European speck is 10,000 KM which...

Of course the European speck is 10,000 KM which is 6200 and change miles. I have occasionally gone over the limit. When I have I have changed the oil myself at about the limit which is an estimate....
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 06-24-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By CheckerdD
Horizons Unlimited Rally Grant, CO 7/11-13

Greg Frazier, Chris Kelly, and I put on this rally at Grant CO. 7/11-13 2014 which benefits www.horizonsunlimited.com If you go to that site, scroll down the right hand page and click on the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-23-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By CheckerdD
If you have an 80 mile commute, then keep the...

If you have an 80 mile commute, then keep the 1200 for its greater wind protection, smoother operation at highway speeds. The 800 is for fun but a commute like that is for business. Dave.
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-23-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By CheckerdD
I just witnessed the same debate over at the 1200...

I just witnessed the same debate over at the 1200 GS forum. I own both a 1200 and an 800. If I had to have just one bike it would be the 800. Much better off pavement, much lighter feeling bike on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 06-21-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,343
Posted By CheckerdD
Even if I know the crossing I always come to...

Even if I know the crossing I always come to close to a complete stop before motoring slowly across. Surviving water crossings was not high on the list of design priorities. The 800 is better than...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-21-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 968
Posted By CheckerdD
Now that you know your tanks personality, just...

Now that you know your tanks personality, just try to get along with it.
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