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Forum: GS Boxers 04-08-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By Ken Fritz

That self tapper works, but be careful: get it straight (not cross threaded) and and don't over torque it. Last week I repaired a FD drain on a friend's 1200GS that was cross threaded with this type...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,749
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb Wheatwhacker +1

Do contact Wheatwhacker ( - see his Facebook site as Motofeirme. He knows Ireland.

I bought a bike with his help 3 yrs ago and it was one of the best things I've ever done. I...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb what he said

Skip the UK. Go to Ireland. Contact Martin at (motofeirme means motorcycle farm in Gaelic).

I got a bike with his help 3 years ago and have ridden most of Europe. Best thing I ever...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 532
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb two museums in Paris and

Check them out. The first one is very interesting.
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,068
Posted By Ken Fritz
Paris most polluted city in the world? NOT!

Hey Johann,

Ever heard of Delhi, India? or Beijing, China? Or Sao Paulo, Brazil?

Check it out.
Forum: Trip Planning 02-06-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,156
Posted By Ken Fritz
small important correction

It's not

They do great tours - you'll be surprised and elated at every turn.:clap
Forum: EMEA 01-25-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,945
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb OK - enough of the stories - well stated Wheat'

Yep - so you want to ride in Europe and have a bike of your own and... however you do it, you take your chances as you minimize your costs and risks. BUT not until you have done your research and...
Forum: EMEA 01-25-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb +3 Adriatic MotoTours

You can't go wrong with this company: AdriaticMotoTours
Matej and the folks there know their business. Hands down the BEST, offering
honesty, integrity and friendliness -- an unbeatable...
Forum: EMEA 01-25-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 588
Posted By Ken Fritz
Question why do you need Internet on a nice ride?

Just curious: Why do you need the Internet while on a nice ride/holiday/vacation? :huh
Forum: EMEA 01-25-2015, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 780
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb Via Michelin

For Europe, try It's very accurate and very easy. Google sucks in comparison.
Forum: EMEA 01-17-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By Ken Fritz
the Balkans

Check out Adriatic Moto Tours for great bikes, customer service and superb advice. Matej is the expert in the area and you will NOT be disappointed. Every turn will be a surprise and a new experience...
Forum: EMEA 01-17-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,945
Posted By Ken Fritz
answers for Brian

1. Among other shippers, I looked at the same airfreight company. They seemed pretty good, but the whole trip became costly: the ride to Vancouver or other Canadian city for shipment, the overnight...
Forum: EMEA 01-15-2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,945
Posted By Ken Fritz
been there...

Pm'd you. I went over all the same things you are looking at. Wheatwhacker's spot on regarding the choices. Shipping from the west coast is currently FUBAR with the stevedores slowing things down....
Forum: GS Boxers 12-09-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,056
Posted By Ken Fritz
Hagon is fine

I have custom Wilbers on the 1150GS and custom Hagons on my Honda Veradero. The Varadero has Hagon because they are less expensive and work very well.

Both are good and both offer service.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-15-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,556
Posted By Ken Fritz
Wicked jugs

No, not Those jugs.

slices of plastic milk jugs work great.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-05-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,508
Posted By Ken Fritz
Question Hmmm...

So because dealers have an auction that's not open to the public (you), they and the state are screwing you?

And all bikes that are out of your price range are overpriced?

Everybody's screwed...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-05-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,400
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb Best ratio 3:1

I changed my stock 2.82:1 for a 3:1 about 40,000 miles ago and won't go back. Yes, fuel economy is down a bit and it's not quite as fast on the top end, but the acceleration is greater and the 6th...
Forum: GS Boxers 09-30-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,327
Posted By Ken Fritz
vacuum leaks?

Check the rubber hoses that fit on the brass nipples on lower sides of TBs where you connect the Twinmax. Stuck high speed cable or one throttle cable stuck? Most call it the choke, but it isn't a...
Forum: Airheads 09-28-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 468
Posted By Ken Fritz
Question R65 with loose fitting gas cap

Mine is sloppy when screwed in, almost like the threads are worn down. Any remedies out there? BTW, just got it and new to airheads.

'79 R65 with less than 72,000 miles and real cherry except for...
Forum: Ride reports 08-17-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 15,091
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumbs down thief

So what will you steal next?
Forum: GS Boxers 08-14-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,538
Posted By Ken Fritz
System cases are fine

I never had problem with BMW system cases - 2001 1150 GS
Forum: GS Boxers 08-07-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 717
Posted By Ken Fritz
Question comparisons

Most anything you see will be from a satisfied user or a dissatisfied user. Abuse of the bike is often in the hands of the rider and you may be more careful or less careful.

The stock bash...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-15-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 6,640
Views: 1,190,154
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumb 1150GS ready to go

Changed f/filter, oil, o/filter, cleaned K&N a/filter, took off Heidenhau K60 wheel/tires to put on Anakee wheel/tires (I have wheels with brake rotors and ABS speed rings for each set of tires), set...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-05-2014, 01:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,888
Posted By Ken Fritz
welcome to a great 2-up bike

I bought my my '01 1150 GS new. About 57,000 miles 2-up and another 20,000+ solo miles and it runs like new. Mods? SS brake lines, Wilbers shocks, Bill Mayer saddles, Hepco & Becker ALU Std cases...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-05-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 672
Posted By Ken Fritz
+1 on what Drone says

Same experience on my 1150GS. I like the extra fuel, but eat before topping up. Don't top up unless you need to or will be riding to burn off that extra fuel.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-05-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By Ken Fritz
boat dive

Aaron's Dive shop. Kailua. Small shop, good people, ez to dive with. Reasonable prices. They'll pick you up in Waikiki. The windward side is great. Across the street from Aaron's is Maui fish tacos....
Forum: EMEA 07-05-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,788
Posted By Ken Fritz
Pissed another delay

2015 for us. Don't ask. :becca
Forum: Americas 07-05-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By Ken Fritz
done it

Sacramento to Philadelphia to DC to Outer Banks to Key West to Sacramento. Solo.

If you want to document the cultural diversity of America, please visit as many places as possible: back roads...
Forum: Americas 07-04-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By Ken Fritz

Put a 3x5 card with shorthand instructions in the tank bag pocket. Example:
Hwy 381N , 41 miles - LT Hwy 4, 11 miles
RT RD 104E , 7 Miles - LT RD 23NE, 23 miles
RT RD 24NE, 4 miles - LT RD 99N, 2...
Forum: EMEA 06-27-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,048
Posted By Ken Fritz
full stomach

Thanks. I dislike arguments on a full stomach. Was it expensive or just a hassle?
Forum: EMEA 06-27-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,788
Posted By Ken Fritz

The trip has been delayed until 1 NOV southbound from Malaga.
Forum: EMEA 06-26-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,048
Posted By Ken Fritz
Question Green card/insurance for Morocco?

HI Doug, It looks like we'll be riding from Paris down through Spain and Portugal for a couple of weeks in Morocco. Trip duration expected to be 30-40 days. Have you any insurance or recommendations...
Forum: EMEA 06-23-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,788
Posted By Ken Fritz
2-up Morocco in 2014

We're looking at a 2-up ride in late SEP/early OCT '14 on our Varadero. We plan to depart Paris for Mallorca for a couple of days before riding down to ferry from Tarifa or Algeciras to Tanger. Then...
Forum: EMEA 06-14-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 650
Posted By Ken Fritz
+1 imt

Excellent people!
Forum: Americas 05-24-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,391
Posted By Ken Fritz
fuel stops - plan them out

Fuel is available in most towns, but you have a 223 mile stretch between El Rosario and Guerero Negro. That said, you can usually get it for $5/gallon from a guy at the roadside pouring it from 5...
Forum: EMEA 05-23-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By Ken Fritz
+1 on Wheatwhacker (

Countries ridden on a bike he helped me buy in IE, which is still in EU.
POL • SK...
Forum: Europe 03-19-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,169
Posted By Ken Fritz

What is the size of the matte background onto which the countries are affixed?

Good idea!
Forum: Americas 03-18-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 843
Posted By Ken Fritz
Thumbs down skip Boise

If you are in hurry - which it sure sounds like it with 8 hr days planned - go south out of Twin Falls on Hwy 93 to I80W.

Take more time and have a great ride instead of just a blast on the...
Forum: Americas 03-13-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 749
Posted By Ken Fritz
That's correct about the weather and the layered...

That's correct about the weather and the layered clothing. Don't waste money on heated gear for this trip if you can just do a few layers. You'll need to get off the bike to pee, eat and stretch...
Forum: EMEA 03-13-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,790
Posted By Ken Fritz

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