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Forum: GS Boxers 07-24-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,240
Posted By longslowdistance
Eh? Summary of above posts: About 1/2: "ESA is...

Summary of above posts:
About 1/2: "ESA is great. Get it.":clap
About 1/3: "I have little or no experience with ESA, but I declare myself to be an expert based on what I read on the internet and my...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-22-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,199
Posted By longslowdistance
Most clever post I've seen in weeks, thanks for...

Most clever post I've seen in weeks, thanks for the laugh.
Forum: GS Boxers 07-17-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,314
Posted By longslowdistance
These responses are funny. But you're missing my...

These responses are funny. But you're missing my point. I'm not waiting for 2016 or later.
BMW builds GSs in batches. First 2015 build begins next month. They may learn something before the second...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-15-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,314
Posted By longslowdistance
If you were ordering a 2015 GS . . .

Would you get one from the first build, or would you wait a round because they may find and hopefully fix a problem for the second round?
This is no longer a new bike, but there are changes for 2015...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-10-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,300
Posted By longslowdistance
YMMV, but for me a large or rigid bag gets in the...

YMMV, but for me a large or rigid bag gets in the way when standing on pegs and going uphill. I tried a Wolfman softside, which solved this issue for me, just shove all the stuff to the front of the...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-10-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,284
Posted By longslowdistance
So the new bike has a powerful RF generator next...

So the new bike has a powerful RF generator next your your nuts? Yikes!
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,850
Posted By longslowdistance
LOL! As a non-lifetimer, non-true beliver, the...

LOL!
As a non-lifetimer, non-true beliver, the original quote is absolutely true. So many small minded posts, although to be fair this forum is better than most.

As to the original question, no...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-03-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By longslowdistance
With these, I don't think about my pegs any...

With these, I don't think about my pegs any more. Good product.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-29-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By longslowdistance
Anakees give improved gravel road performance,...

Anakees give improved gravel road performance, but wear faster than the Tourances and pilot roads and feel a little marshmallowy on the road - you get used to that. Wet pavement grip is good. My...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-23-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 935
Posted By longslowdistance
2nd hand info, but may be of interest: rented a...

2nd hand info, but may be of interest: rented a GS with these tires. The rental place loves them because they last so long. As for performance, can't really compare because my GS is an older model,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-22-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,073
Posted By longslowdistance
Not sure this has been mentioned, but here's...

Not sure this has been mentioned, but here's another reason to support your decision to go for the current GS:
Experienced riders may poo poo this, but the large electronic safety net on this bike...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 06-20-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 29,799
Views: 1,593,046
Posted By longslowdistance
Schuberth C3 for sale

Grey size L. bought less than 2 years ago at Morton's, used about 10 times, never crashed, dropped or abused. Stored in a cool, dry place, no fumes, etc.
$300. Includes the pinlock antifog insert....
Forum: GS Boxers 06-20-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,400
Posted By longslowdistance
They grey market option knocks about a quarter...

They grey market option knocks about a quarter off the price.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-19-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By longslowdistance
I tried the Sargent low seat on this bike. Lower...

I tried the Sargent low seat on this bike. Lower than the standard bmw seat but wider than the bmw low seat, which erases much of the advantage for those of us with short legs. It is more comfortable...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,152
Posted By longslowdistance
Good on you. My legs are a tad shorter and on...

Good on you. My legs are a tad shorter and on uneven or loose surfaces it gets exciting sometimes.
Forum: Vendors 06-17-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,458
Posted By longslowdistance
Just finished my 3rd rental with MotoVT, happy...

Just finished my 3rd rental with MotoVT, happy all 3 times. The process is easy and the communication is very good. Good gear, and good maps.
Be aware that they tend to get low suspension GS bikes,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,152
Posted By longslowdistance
ESA doesn't lower, just raise, as well as...

ESA doesn't lower, just raise, as well as changing spring rates and damping. You give up 30 mm of travel with lowered suspension which definitely firms up the ride, noticeable on rough roads. So...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-17-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,355
Posted By longslowdistance
Same issue for me. A flexible bag like the...

Same issue for me. A flexible bag like the wolfman works better, just shove all the contents forward.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-15-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,400
Posted By longslowdistance
Oh Puleeze, give it a break. Boxers do fry our...

Oh Puleeze, give it a break. Boxers do fry our feet compared to pretty much every other bike, and the new radiators make it worse. That's a fact.
At least the new bikes don't dump all that heat at...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-15-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,789
Posted By longslowdistance
The soft bag option has many advantages over hard...

The soft bag option has many advantages over hard cases. One potential advantage of hard cases is rapid and easy access to things used intermittently like maps and rain gear, and changing layers as...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,728
Posted By longslowdistance
Exactly. If I rode on consistently or just...

Exactly. If I rode on consistently or just frequently on really bad roads and really rough off pavement, I would really miss the full travel. If I rode on mostly buff pavement and well graded gravel...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,728
Posted By longslowdistance
Travel is reduced by 30mm front and rear. This is...

Travel is reduced by 30mm front and rear. This is from the current GS owners manual. Yes I do notice the difference. The low susp has a much firmer ride, which is less plush on rough roads and really...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-04-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 16,261
Posted By longslowdistance
Different recall in Canada?

Vancouver rider has his done. Here in the US we have to wait how long? My dealer does not know.
Canada 1, USA 0.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-02-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1,504
Views: 148,919
Posted By longslowdistance
News to me - at least some of the BRP is plowed

At least the part I live by at the northern end. Plowed after every storm, but that doesn't mean it's open.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-29-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 29,799
Views: 1,593,046
Posted By longslowdistance
Can you provide some directions for the...

Can you provide some directions for the "dirtway"? How rugged is it? Ok to do solo?
Found this link:
http://www.mapmyride.com/us/maryville-tn/dirty-cherohala-challenge-200k-route-78167020
Are...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-24-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By longslowdistance
The GS is a lot taller, and that is the problem...

The GS is a lot taller, and that is the problem or potential problem. The mirrors are 5 feet above the floor.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-23-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By longslowdistance
Will a 2011 R1200 GS fit in a "touring (large)" cycleshell?

This model is not listed at all on the compatibility chart on the cycleshell website
http://www.cycleshell.com/
I don't know if this is because the bike won't fit when fitted with rear luggage, or...
Forum: Equipment 02-21-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 739
Posted By longslowdistance
Question good camera for "fly-by" shooting

I see lots of fine pics on this site taken with one hand, presumably the left hand, while riding. Seems tricky to me. Maybe some cameras are easier to handle this way. Any experience/advice?
Forum: GS Boxers 02-21-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,762
Posted By longslowdistance
Anyone know how much of BMW's problems are...

Anyone know how much of BMW's problems are electronics like ESA that the reliable japanese bikes don't have?
Forum: Equipment 02-05-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,185
Posted By longslowdistance
Progressive + USAA

I think I am paying about $350/year for an '11 1200GS, max deductable (1k), good record. This is a lot less than the original poster and I hope is a good rate. I wish I could deal directly with USAA,...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-06-2013, 03:29 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,360
Posted By longslowdistance
Ditto for me. My local BMW dealer recommended the...

Ditto for me. My local BMW dealer recommended the pilot 2 road over the 3 for this reason, as well as lower price. But that recommendation was made fairly shortly after the 3s came out and I don't...
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-30-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 95,082
Posted By longslowdistance
Rainy, rainy, rainy summer here in the southeast...

Rainy, rainy, rainy summer here in the southeast = poor leaf color in the fall. Really cold nights in the early fall could have salvaged a good leaf season, but that didn't happen.
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-29-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 500
Views: 95,082
Posted By longslowdistance
Speed traps on the BRP

I hope it's OK to add a practical side thread here for BRP riders
I am seeing more BRP speedtraps every year. For whatever reason we could speculate, doesn't really matter, you just don't want a...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By longslowdistance
Cover for R1200GS

Garage option gone. Need good weather protection for the bike. Security not an issue, but the winds can be high. I see lots of tent-like enclosures, but most probably are more for cruisers, not a...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,750
Posted By longslowdistance
You didn't miss anything, radar detectors are...

You didn't miss anything, radar detectors are still illegal in VA.
Anyone know about the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, which are Federal, not VA?
Forum: GS Boxers 07-06-2013, 05:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,965
Posted By longslowdistance
[QUOTE=JimVonBaden;21798233]This can be a...

[QUOTE=JimVonBaden;21798233]This can be a challenge, especially for short GS riders:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b238/JimVonBaden2000/Misc/BadParking2.jpg...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 797
Posted By longslowdistance
I had the same cam loosening problem with my...

I had the same cam loosening problem with my Wunderlich Vario when riding on rough gravel roads. Fixed with a rubber band looped around the frame to hold the little lever down, and a popsicle stick...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-16-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,544
Posted By longslowdistance
An even lighter option?

The new, well reviewed fuel injected 330 lb. Honda 250cc dual sport. This bike has been highly recommended to me as a second bike, but clearly a day tripper, not an adventure bike.
...
Forum: Thumpers 12-14-2012, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9,534
Views: 1,651,011
Posted By longslowdistance
Sorry if this is in this 100 page thread already . . .

. . . but I didn't find it yet.

Should I buy this bike?

I've been riding motorcycles less than 3 years but thanks to lots of mountain bike experience I can read a trail surface pretty well. I...
Forum: Day Trippin' 12-03-2012, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 881
Posted By longslowdistance
Need photos!

Need photos!
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