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Forum: Equipment 08-27-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 472
Posted By Thunderbird
Does anyone own Aerostich Protekt Khakis?

I recently bought a pair of these from Aerostich http://www.aerostich.com/clothing/clothing/jeans-and-pants/aerostich-protekt-riding-khakis.html. As pants, they're really nice. My wife didn't know...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-27-2013, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By Thunderbird
I ran for about a year with the muffler off, with...

I ran for about a year with the muffler off, with just a cheap turndown pipe. It's not very loud, it runs fine, and 'nothing' is even lighter than titanium. I upgraded to a MoonEyes turndown with an...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-22-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,000
Posted By Thunderbird
I have no experience with the TT, but I have no...

I have no experience with the TT, but I have no complaints with my Sargent. I've never been tempted to replace it, even after long riding days. I cover it with a sheepskin, which negates any concern...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-09-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 978
Posted By Thunderbird
The procedure, as I remember it, is 1) remove the...

The procedure, as I remember it, is 1) remove the thing from the bike 2) toss it somewhere 3) ride. Mine's been off for three years, no issues.

Originally it caused a problem when my rear shock...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-20-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
As for the crotch-rockets, perhaps the benefits...

As for the crotch-rockets, perhaps the benefits of stick coils outweigh the disadvantages when a) you're more interested in speed than reliability b) your cylinder head is elevated from the road and...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-20-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
I think that performance has to include...

I think that performance has to include reliability, especially when considering a bike like a GS. If the reliability, availability of replacement parts and cost of maintenance is improved, I see...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-19-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
This thread is starting to make me think of Zen...

This thread is starting to make me think of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The part where he fixes his Honda with a shim made of a beer can, and his buddy on the BMW won't have any part...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-14-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
I finally cleaned up my install. First I...

I finally cleaned up my install.
First I decided to get rid of the rubber boot on the Ford coils. I used a little piece of the boot, attached to the end of my plug wire, so it would seal nicely. I...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-10-2013, 02:04 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
Yes, it does. I saw your pics, but I don't have...

Yes, it does. I saw your pics, but I don't have that space behind the battery. I've also added a fuse panel in front of the battery that fills up a little space.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-10-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,864
Posted By Thunderbird
When I got my first bike - an old CB550 that was...

When I got my first bike - an old CB550 that was a whole lot lighter than a GS - I couldn't get it onto the center stand at all. I'm about 200lbs and relatively strong. In those days I was at the gym...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-10-2013, 11:05 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
You assume it was a lady. Actually, it was my...

You assume it was a lady. Actually, it was my father-in-law, who was glad to help me put the bike back together. Anyway, I didn't have my passenger seat on the bike. :)
Forum: GS Boxers 06-10-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
Test drive!!!!! This morning I rode my regular...

Test drive!!!!! This morning I rode my regular commute with the new coils crammed under the tank, in front of my seat. The bike was much smoother and more manageable at low speeds. At highway speeds,...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-09-2013, 07:34 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
I got it mostly done today. I replaced both coil...

I got it mostly done today. I replaced both coil sticks with the new coils test firing impressively outside the motor and the bike idly much more smoothly and starting quicker. I had to wrap up when...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-03-2013, 08:36 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
Everything showed up in the mail, and I'm...

Everything showed up in the mail, and I'm thinking I'll just cut off the BMW connectors and solder in the Ford (Pico) ones from summit. It seems like, with the BMW plug wires, I should leave the coil...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-03-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,015
Posted By Thunderbird
I just ordered oil and air filters, new spark...

I just ordered oil and air filters, new spark plugs etc. from them. I went the extra few bucks for two-day shipping to make sure I had the parts by the weekend. I got an email explaining that UPS...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-29-2013, 07:44 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 37,655
Posted By Thunderbird
I'm going for it! I ordered these cables:...

I'm going for it! I ordered these cables: http://www.euromotoelectrics.com/Ign...bmw-wsr641.htm

I ordered the plugs from Summit, and some really cheap coils off ebay, sold as part FD508, for $18...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-23-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,433
Posted By Thunderbird
I've actually been thinking about washing my...

I've actually been thinking about washing my bike. I've only had it three years, and I think it was washed when I got it.

What I'd really like to know is how to clean the stainless steel pipes....
Forum: GS Boxers 05-21-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By Thunderbird
I'm grateful for all of you sharing your...

I'm grateful for all of you sharing your experience and expertise. I think I'll give the ford coils a try - $260 buys a lot of gasoline. I'll follow up when I've implemented a solution.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By Thunderbird
I appreciate everyone's input. So now the...

I appreciate everyone's input. So now the question is, do I drop $260 at MAX for new coils, or do I try the Ford F150 coil mod described here:...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2013, 11:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By Thunderbird
SO does it sound feasible that the stick coils...

SO does it sound feasible that the stick coils have failed, even though they produce a visible spark? Is it reasonable to think they might have failed in such a way that they produce too weak a spark...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-20-2013, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By Thunderbird
Diagnosing Stick Coil Issues - R1150

I've read the many posts here about stick coils, but I'm still a little stumped at what my 2004 R1150GS is doing. It sounds rough at idle, and is a little inconsistent at speed, and gas mileage sucks...
Forum: Airheads 01-26-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,925
Posted By Thunderbird
Nice work. It looks great!

Nice work. It looks great!
Forum: GS Boxers 09-23-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 530,539
Posted By Thunderbird
Hey, I've been meaning to post for a while on...

Hey, I've been meaning to post for a while on this. I've got several hundred miles down now with this gizmo plugged into my bike. I like it. Parking lot speeds are definitely smoother, and throttle...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-23-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,882
Posted By Thunderbird
I've had the screen off my 1150 all summer. The...

I've had the screen off my 1150 all summer. The wind feels great, though it gets a little tiring, and rain is less fun. The screen will go back on in the fall. Long-term, I'll probably look for...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-27-2012, 08:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By Thunderbird
That's the 'Battery drain feature'. see this...

That's the 'Battery drain feature'. see this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=777008
Forum: GS Boxers 06-21-2012, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 753
Posted By Thunderbird
I keep a couple of MSR gas bottles in my side...

I keep a couple of MSR gas bottles in my side pannier. Each one holds about a quart, so I've got maybe 20 miles in reserve if I need it. It saved me once - ran out of gas right on the exit ramp, 1/4...
Forum: Equipment 06-19-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,220
Posted By Thunderbird
I got mine from http://www.blacksheeptrading.com/...

I got mine from http://www.blacksheeptrading.com/
It's just about identical to what Alaska Leather sells. The price is about the same. I suppose it's just a question of whether you want it from...
Forum: Vendors 06-13-2012, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1,056
Views: 141,557
Posted By Thunderbird
Poolside, any ETA on the latest batch?

Poolside, any ETA on the latest batch?
Forum: GS Boxers 06-04-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By Thunderbird
+1 on eztouring.com. I have the traveler half...

+1 on eztouring.com. I have the traveler half cover. I like the size because I don't have to wait for the pipes and engine to cool before it goes on. My impression of eztouring is that they're a...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-30-2012, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,431
Posted By Thunderbird
I find the Sargent comfortable regardless of...

I find the Sargent comfortable regardless of which position it's in.
Forum: GS Boxers 05-28-2012, 02:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,420
Posted By Thunderbird
Notice that no one is making fun of you. It's a...

Notice that no one is making fun of you. It's a tall, heavy bike. I suggest that you don't worry about the foot brake and put both feet down at a stop. I haven't touched the rear brake on a bike on...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-28-2012, 06:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,165
Posted By Thunderbird
Passenger seat acrobatics

I just spent two wonderful days on winding mountain roads riding my R1150GS two-up with my gal. It was a perfect ride. Amazing weather, great roads and the bike ran perfectly. The only complaint over...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-23-2012, 12:19 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 530,539
Posted By Thunderbird
Yeah, I get that. Does your bike ride perfectly...

Yeah, I get that. Does your bike ride perfectly smoothly at idle with the clutch engaged?
Forum: GS Boxers 05-23-2012, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 530,539
Posted By Thunderbird
Poolside- My 1150 runs pretty well, but it's hard...

Poolside- My 1150 runs pretty well, but it's hard to keep a steady speed below 10 mph without a lot of clutch. Here in Massachusetts, that's often necessary in traffic. At highway speeds I'm hoping...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-22-2012, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3,799
Views: 530,539
Posted By Thunderbird
Just got in on this, placed my order. Hope it...

Just got in on this, placed my order. Hope it evens out the throttle a bit.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-29-2012, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,426
Posted By Thunderbird
R1150GS Battery Drain Feature

Last Friday I parked my 2004 R1150GS for the weekend, as I was heading out of town by car.

I turned the bars to the left and turned the key all the way counterclockwise to the steering lock...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-27-2012, 09:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,544
Posted By Thunderbird
I've been looking into LEDs as well. Right now...

I've been looking into LEDs as well. Right now I've got stock high / low beans and a pair of 55w Hella fog lights on a sweet light bar that a friend made for me.

Just saw these:...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2012, 01:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,462
Posted By Thunderbird
Anytime I'm on my GS, I'm in a Vanson. After a...

Anytime I'm on my GS, I'm in a Vanson. After a dozen years my Comet model didn't really need replacement, but I couldn't resist buying a CHP last year. It's the best jacket I've ever owned -...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-26-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,357
Posted By Thunderbird
I recently changed gas stations on the advice of...

I recently changed gas stations on the advice of the folks at Max BMW. They told me about the site toptiergas.com and, based on that site and the local options, I started using ... insertdrumrollhere...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-07-2011, 06:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,379
Posted By Thunderbird
I wanted a black GS, but found a screaming deal...

I wanted a black GS, but found a screaming deal on a yellow one. I told myself I'd paint it matte black. It's a year later now and the bike is still yellow, but I've really grown to like it. An added...
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