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Forum: Parallel Universe 08-01-2012, 01:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,599
Posted By reinerka
Owning a very similar set of bikes on what you...

Owning a very similar set of bikes on what you have (and want) let me chime in on what my personal impressions are:

- Freeway/Highway - R1200GSA wins hands down no matter how you improve the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 05-09-2012, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,697
Posted By reinerka
The dealer doesn't much apart from changing the...

The dealer doesn't much apart from changing the oil on the regular 6000 mile service anyways. I do my own service since post 12000 mile service (coming towards the 48000 mile service now) and don't...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-04-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,060
Posted By reinerka
Plus make sure it is legal where you ride. ...

Plus make sure it is legal where you ride.

Case in point in Germany the registration papers list legal tire combinations and tires not listed are illegal on the bike (voids the registration)....
Forum: Equipment 04-17-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,374
Posted By reinerka
If you look for longest lasting tire I would go...

If you look for longest lasting tire I would go with the Tourance (not the Tourance EXP). On our GSA it typically lasts about 12000 miles (give or take).

I'm now running Shinko E705 and the tires...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-26-2012, 09:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,808
Posted By reinerka
I find it easier to warm up the engine and cycle...

I find it easier to warm up the engine and cycle through the Rider Entertainment Center (called OSD by BMW) when stopped. One of the information points is "Oil Level". It seems to always say "OK" on...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-08-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,317
Posted By reinerka
I've replaced the oil a couple of times by now...

I've replaced the oil a couple of times by now (required every 18k miles) and do think the springs feels 'tighter' for a little while. But that might just be imagination. With your combination of...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-22-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,806
Posted By reinerka
Cupping of a motorcycle tire is complete normal...

Cupping of a motorcycle tire is complete normal occurance across all motorcycles and tire combinations.

The thread pattern plays a big part on how obvious this occurance is. I wouln't spend a...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-21-2011, 02:39 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 108,155
Posted By reinerka
There was a mass Iron Butt ride with >1000 miles...

There was a mass Iron Butt ride with >1000 miles on dirt roads - it can be done (haven't done it myself).

For road rides - each gas stop costs you 10+ minutes from the time you exit the freeway...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-14-2011, 09:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,139
Posted By reinerka
Trust me, there is :D. Got ASC and it as...

Trust me, there is :D.

Got ASC and it as well prevents lifting the front wheel unintentionally - really good if you have a passenger that won't appreciate the effort :deal.

To the TPM, I...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-13-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,384
Posted By reinerka
Can't find the picture or previous thread where I...

Can't find the picture or previous thread where I posted a picture of the bike with the tank. I had a friend paint the tank (and remaining plastic) Red (similar color as the 2009 R1200GSA).

The...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-13-2011, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,384
Posted By reinerka
If you have any questions on the TT tank - don't...

If you have any questions on the TT tank - don't hesitate to ask.

Reiner
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-13-2011, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,384
Posted By reinerka
First to the original poster: I always (40K...

First to the original poster:

I always (40K miles by now) ride with the TT tank and the valves always open and not an issue. Just don't park the bike on the side stand with the TT full as fuel...
Forum: Parallel Universe 12-01-2011, 01:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 13,128
Posted By reinerka
+1 nothing beats knowing where your problem might...

+1 nothing beats knowing where your problem might be when the next shop is 1000 miles away.

I'm not going to question your modifications/changes planned.

Reiner
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-28-2011, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,031
Posted By reinerka
Seems they changed the filters some time this...

Seems they changed the filters some time this year. I already went through 2 filters with the new shape. Time to get a new oil filter wrench as I constantly scrape the heat exchanger when trying to...
Forum: Thumpers 11-22-2011, 10:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,201
Posted By reinerka
Traded one of our KLRs against the F800GS. ...

Traded one of our KLRs against the F800GS.

I have one left that I need to sell as the F800GS and the R1200GSA take too much space in the garage already :-)

I think the KLR is the only...
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-22-2011, 10:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,807
Posted By reinerka
+2 Different bikes for different purposes....

+2

Different bikes for different purposes. Taking the F800 from CA to MA won't be fun - with the GSA it will :D.

Taking the GSA on a trail - different experience.....

Reiner
Forum: Parallel Universe 11-08-2011, 12:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,975
Posted By reinerka
Synthetic oil is not a problem in any engine. ...

Synthetic oil is not a problem in any engine.

Synthetic oils break down slower under high heat environments. This is why some manufacturers require synthetic oils for an engine. The manufacturer...
Forum: Equipment 11-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,907
Posted By reinerka
I've been using that all the time with no...

I've been using that all the time with no problems to report.

'00 GL1800 - 250K miles
'86 GL1200 - 100K miles
'05 ST1300 - 80K miles
'09 F800GS - 50K miles
'09 R1200GSA - next

None of the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-31-2011, 05:32 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 74,063
Posted By reinerka
I doubt the statement about crash damage -...

I doubt the statement about crash damage - pictures please as otherwise it is urban legend.... Gas tanks for cars (i.e. Porsche) are made from the same material and survive pretty extensive crash...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-28-2011, 09:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,562
Posted By reinerka
I've got a R1200GSA and KLR650 to complement the...

I've got a R1200GSA and KLR650 to complement the F800GS :D.

Anybody looking for a hardly used KLR please let me know - it is no longer being used for anything.

Reiner
Forum: GS Boxers 10-25-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,893
Posted By reinerka
You can do it with pretty much any bike with...

You can do it with pretty much any bike with enough practice :D.

Done it with the GL1800, GL1200, ST1300, F800GS(A), R1200GSA without any issues so far - all in the SF Bay Area.

The only...
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-25-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 74,063
Posted By reinerka
Actually the width and weight haven't been a...

Actually the width and weight haven't been a problem - at least for me. The bike isn't a "real" off-road bike anyways as that would require some other major updates throughout.

Reiner
Forum: Parallel Universe 10-24-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 74,063
Posted By reinerka
The handling with a full TT tank is fantastic....

The handling with a full TT tank is fantastic. Puts just enough additional weight to the front to make the bike handle so much better.

Pricey, yes - but in my opinion well worth it (in comparison...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-13-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,796
Posted By reinerka
I've installed DDM Tuning HID Kits and they are...

I've installed DDM Tuning HID Kits and they are plug and play (once you find a location for the ballast).

When converting the High Beam remember that you loose the ability to flash due to start...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-06-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,819
Posted By reinerka
A lot depends on your pillion as not everyone has...

A lot depends on your pillion as not everyone has the same "comfort" level.

We've done 2up on the GSA and my wife loves it. She's been used to the GL1800 back seat before (including the IBR) and...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-22-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,577
Posted By reinerka
That is strange, unless they have yet to adjust a...

That is strange, unless they have yet to adjust a bike. Normally dealers would keep the old shims and use them on another bike when needed as the shims don't really wear out.

When I used to need...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-21-2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,577
Posted By reinerka
I'm now at 40K miles and have yet to adjust a...

I'm now at 40K miles and have yet to adjust a single valve.

Shim under bucket don't wear that easily (read adjustments are rare) but not unheared off. For piece of mind I would still have them do...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-15-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,333
Posted By reinerka
40K miles and it has done this from day one. I no...

40K miles and it has done this from day one. I no longer worry about it. I will however when it will do so when idling warm.......

Anybody know if there was a part change during the years for the...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-24-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,525
Posted By reinerka
It is not only the rear end breaking loose....

It is not only the rear end breaking loose. Getting on a short on ramp 2up the bike would have done a nice lift of the front tire which my passenger would have never appreciated......

Had one...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-24-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 8,525
Posted By reinerka
After having several experiences with ABS...

After having several experiences with ABS stopping power I would NEVER EVER buy a bike again without ABS - unless the non-ABS bike is given to me for free.

I was a bit skeptical about ASC in the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-19-2011, 02:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,350
Posted By reinerka
I would not worry about the cam chain that much. ...

I would not worry about the cam chain that much.

On our GL1800 (yes different engine) the cam chain tensioners disapeared after about 160,000 miles and had to be replaced (including chain). At...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-17-2011, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Posted By reinerka
From personal experience doing long trips....... ...

From personal experience doing long trips.......

NEVER leave with old tires. They never last as long as you think they would. You will need a new tire urgently in a place where none is available...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-17-2011, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,120
Posted By reinerka
That is if there is a place to cover :D. ...

That is if there is a place to cover :D.

Wife and I (GL1800 and GL1200) rode through a hail storm once in Utah with no place to cover when we stopped our arms had the markings to proove the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-16-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,765
Posted By reinerka
I don't have the serivce manual on the computere...

I don't have the serivce manual on the computere here but I remember somehow something similar being mentioned and it was the engine running hot at that time.

Check your cooleant level in the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-03-2011, 05:01 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 53,186
Posted By reinerka
Using the F800GS for a 57mile one way commute...

Using the F800GS for a 57mile one way commute daily (in CA with all the associated benefits) with the added benefit of the Touratech Tank there is no way I would switch to the 800XC.

Going back...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-28-2011, 05:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,503
Posted By reinerka
I've got both a F800GS and R1200GSA with the ABS...

I've got both a F800GS and R1200GSA with the ABS and don't have any issue with either of them in any condition.

The 800 ABS will kick in every time I break hard downhill (rear brakes) which is...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-20-2011, 11:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,922
Posted By reinerka
I take it completely off. Piece of cake after the...

I take it completely off. Piece of cake after the first time.

The mounting points are very strong. There is a huge bracket at the front mounting the tank to the frame/engine. I don't expect to...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,684
Posted By reinerka
Strange, I use the DDM (35W) on both low and high...

Strange, I use the DDM (35W) on both low and high beam and it works fine. I sometimes get a problem with the fault coming on but that is due to me doing stupid things :evil.

Reiner
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-19-2011, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,922
Posted By reinerka
Last fill the computer told me a total range of...

Last fill the computer told me a total range of 535 miles before walking :D. Normally I sit around the 500 mile mark when commuting (not at 55-65 mph on California freeways).

With this setup it...
Forum: Parallel Universe 07-19-2011, 01:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,922
Posted By reinerka
6 bolts to remove. Disconnet the fuel lines (the...

6 bolts to remove. Disconnet the fuel lines (the have convenient quick disconnects) and remove the vent tube. Takes me <5 minutes to remove AND install the tank. It is as fast as removing all the...
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