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Forum: Equipment 09-22-2013, 10:31 AM
Replies: 2,055
Views: 654,743
Posted By Stopwatch
Motoport/Cycleport gear

I and my pillion-riding banker have been ATGATTed in Motoport Cordura Difi suits for over about 18 years and stilling increasing thousands of miles. A few years ago the gal on pillion moved over to...
Forum: GS Boxers 07-05-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,357
Posted By Stopwatch
Mounting your bike while its on its side stand

Thanks for asking this. I've seen it done by a rider who is about 6'4" and in good shape. He mounted his GS from its right side while it faced up hill in my driveway.

I've "toyed" with mounting...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-27-2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,817
Posted By Stopwatch
Time-lapse the old way

Gee. Riviting! But where were you a couple of years ago? I did this same thing, but the old-fashioned way: sitting on a freezingly cold garage floor for two hours watching the oil level sight glass...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-29-2011, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 958
Posted By Stopwatch
Emissions thingie

Good info to know. If I ever need one, I'll know where to look and which panel to borrow.
Forum: GS Boxers 01-29-2011, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,661
Posted By Stopwatch
GS Heads Protection

Welcome to the GS; a terrific bike. Enjoy!

I suggest Hepco-Becker engine protection bars as an excellent place to begin. If you ride off-road where there are rocks, then add the BMW cylinder...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-29-2011, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,065
Posted By Stopwatch
Headlight bulb

I'd be conservative and use the recommended bulb size and wattage. If more light is needed for conspicuty and/or night riding, I'd add appropriate lights.

I upper the watts on a BMW K75C and the...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-25-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,423
Posted By Stopwatch
Headlight eschewed or just screwed

Hi Mad Max. You know darn well you shouldn't be fiddling around in there with all those wires and things. Sheeesh. And more over, having a headlight that is too high is just Good Conspicuity! :clap
Forum: Thumpers 03-22-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50,005
Views: 10,634,636
Posted By Stopwatch


Very nice posting. I'm liking my new WRR very much ... although I could use less freezing weather, less snow, and more seat time.

For anyone with a WRR who may dream of getting...
Forum: Equipment 02-22-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,688
Posted By Stopwatch
Eyeglasses under full-face helmet

I now have eyeglass frames that were purchased with "library temples" so they just slip straight back into my Arai or Shoei or Schuberth. But originally, I wore RayBan frames with wire, wrap-around...
Forum: Equipment 02-22-2010, 02:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,169
Posted By Stopwatch
Sleepy bag liner

A sleepingbag liner does keep thje bag itself cleaner, whether you sleep in your clothes or au natural.

Liners can get all twisted up on you if you are a restless sleeper.

Liners are good for...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-16-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 9,164
Posted By Stopwatch
Final drive fails


I believe that Federal law states that guarantees must be honored as long as all required services were done. All you need are the receipts of those services ... either from your files or...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-07-2008, 03:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,135
Posted By Stopwatch
Thanks for lubing the thread

To everyone who kindly wrote in: THANKS!

First, let me say the when I prepared to change the oil in my FD (Final Drive) I did a lot of online and telephone research with BMW and its tech reps. ...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2008, 10:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,135
Posted By Stopwatch
What oil in GS Transmission

My 2006 R1200 GS at 12,000 miles recently was serviced by a BMW dealer. I asked that the transmission oil be changed despite the 24K interval not being reached. Okay, my anality gets the better of...
Forum: Equipment 02-01-2008, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,258
Posted By Stopwatch
12v battery charger

You could try running a DC to AC converter, then connect the AA and AAA battery charger to the AC side. Prices of the converters are reasonable.

I use Ray-O-Vac 15-minute rechargeable AA and...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-03-2007, 07:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,355
Posted By Stopwatch
12 vs. 24 hour times

Just look at the 24-hour clock as European and stop freakin'. And I bet when in Europe, Africa, Asia, you chances of finding 24-hour time used widely are ... well, pretty darn good.

Add 2 hours...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-21-2007, 11:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,270
Posted By Stopwatch
R1200 GS Fuel Filter--Yes or No

Just got through reading the post from the rider in Creel, Mexico, on a coughing GS. Don't know the model year, but folks suggest checking the fuel filter. So, here's my novice question:

Forum: GS Boxers 10-21-2007, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1,497
Views: 643,308
Posted By Stopwatch
GS Wind screens


Great info! Thank you.

I'd like to add that the AeroFlow, tried by me without lowers, did NOT stop the buffeting for anyone on the pillion seat. For the pilot, all was smoooooooth,...
Forum: The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths 04-29-2007, 07:57 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,905
Posted By Stopwatch
Flasher flash

The headlight flasher is a feature brought over from Europe where drivers actually DRIVE! (Imagine that.) Flashing to get a driver to move over recently was banned on Germany's Autobahn as fast...
Forum: Equipment 04-29-2007, 07:37 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 21,608
Posted By Stopwatch
Just whistle, deer

The best I've read was written by a forest ranger who spent his free time with an assortment of deer whistles, walking woods and savana (Nebraska) and blowing them at deer, caribou, moose, etc. He...
Forum: GS Boxers 04-13-2007, 01:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,368
Posted By Stopwatch
bag linings

Hmmmm. How heavy is the applied truck-bed liner spray?

I used that black waffle mat stuff used for tool and shelf lining. It's held with black gaffer's tape, which won't melt or leave sticky...
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2007, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 661
Posted By Stopwatch
Jumper cables

Try DelTran that makes BatteryTender Plus. Or the company that makes the Slime air pump used by some riders. Both have solid alligator jaws-type battery terminal clips and you should be able to...
Forum: Equipment 01-18-2007, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,557
Posted By Stopwatch
Caribou cases

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Forum: Equipment 01-18-2007, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,557
Posted By Stopwatch
Caribou cases

No worries fitting a jacket and pants in the standard Caribou cases. Plus, they are tougher than aluminum panniers and have a slicker (not ugly) mounting system, as well.

Ride well,
Forum: Equipment 12-31-2006, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,526
Posted By Stopwatch
Battery Charger

True. You SHOULD NOT use a charger that uses amperages *over* 1.5 A. The regular BatteryTender Plus puts forth no higher than 1.25 A when it is doing its initial charge, then drops back.

Forum: Equipment 12-30-2006, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,526
Posted By Stopwatch
Battery charges

FWIW, my 2: I *still* use my BatteryTender Plus on my R1200 GS with the chee-chee BMW gel battery and it hasn't crippled the battery or burned the bike up yet.

Just DO NOT charge via the...
Forum: Equipment 12-30-2006, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,521
Posted By Stopwatch
Bluhduh Waterproofness

The answer to your question, and probably all questions about waterproofness, is in the new (January 2007) edition of CityBike. In a word: Nik Wax is probably the easiest, real solution that is...
Forum: Equipment 12-07-2006, 07:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,184
Posted By Stopwatch
Busted BMW GS cases

If you decide to replace them with another brand of pannier, go to two Web sites and take a good look: (

Forum: Equipment 12-04-2006, 08:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,698
Posted By Stopwatch
What panniers

I've had BMW System bags on two K-bikes. When I bought a GS, I did a lot of research and I'll recommend to you two different manufacturers:

For *price*, durability in any circumstances, I'd go...
Forum: Equipment 12-04-2006, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By Stopwatch
Grip sleeves

I think one brand is Hippo. I do know that many of the hard-riding motorcycle delivery riders in Britian use them, so my guess is, Yes, they work.

// Stopwatch //
Forum: Equipment 11-10-2006, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,309
Posted By Stopwatch
They changed the form

Hope this isn't too late. My wife, with an oval head, loved her Shoei RF800 as it was snugly comfortable right off the shelf. She of course headed straight for the new RF1000, but the form has been...
Forum: Equipment 10-31-2006, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,442
Posted By Stopwatch
Motolight bright


After a couple of hundred miles in front as you rode sweep, you sold *me*! Never lost sight of you in my mirrors and I know even the dullest cager had to notice.

Motolights are my...
Forum: Equipment 10-18-2006, 01:54 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,598
Posted By Stopwatch
Portable electric power

Let me add to the list. If you use AA and/or AAA batteries for cameras, flashlights, shortwave radio, etc., may I recommend the Rayovac brand "15-minute rechargeable" NiMH 2000 mAh kind. Wal-Mart...
Forum: Equipment 10-18-2006, 01:39 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 23,598
Posted By Stopwatch
Go, man


Ah, the things of dreams! Excellent. Go, you'll have a wonderful time.

My only suggestion is: steel nets and cables. To secure all your essentials to the bike as you travel.
Forum: Equipment 10-18-2006, 01:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,464
Posted By Stopwatch
Pin-on Compass

I've had ball compasses, etc., and getting them to work in a car or on a bike is a right p.i.t.a.

My current solution, now going on 12 years and four bikes, is a Coghlan's "pin On Compass." ...
Forum: Equipment 10-18-2006, 01:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,122
Posted By Stopwatch
The MSR Whisperlite Internationale that uses...

The MSR Whisperlite Internationale that uses every kind of liquid fuel you can find is the most versital cooking implement if you're traveling "out there" for an extended period. It is loud, and...
Forum: Equipment 09-04-2006, 11:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 777
Posted By Stopwatch
Power outlet polarity

On the mini "cigar lighter" BMW power outlets, the center is the positive while the outer wall is the ground.

If you have a multi-meter, put it to DC and read the two points, say, at the stock...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2006, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,108
Posted By Stopwatch
R1200GS Wind Management

Anyone conquered the buffetting, snapping, popping and head banging that comes with riding a stock 1200 GS? And I'm asking for *both* the pilot and pillion rider, here.

I've tried a Laminar Lip...
Forum: Equipment 08-06-2006, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,628
Posted By Stopwatch
Any word from the pillion?

MisterCindy or anyone, have you input from the pillion/passenger side of the seat with the effect of Aeroflow and other shields, including the GS Adventure with those side gizmos on the side fairing?...
Forum: The Rockies It's all downhill from here... 04-23-2006, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 987
Posted By Stopwatch
Moving to Denver

Congrats! 'Tis a priveledge to live in Colorado, as The Denver Post used to proclaim.

There are thousands of miles of great paved and graded roads in Colorado. You'll *never& get bored.

Forum: Road Warriors 04-22-2006, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By Stopwatch
K vs. R oil filters

I'm not at all sure that the oil filters for the R bikes are functionally the same as those for the K bikes.

I have here an oil filters my dealer sold to me for my new R1200 GS: part nr 11 42 7...
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