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Forum: GS Boxers 10-19-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 70,626
Posted By brianstanfill
Failure with a view.

I call this... fuel strip failure, with a view!

After 51,000 miles, the fuel level sensor in my 2008 R1200 GS has failed. I'm going to give the DIY igniter device a try... especially since fuel...
Forum: Latin America 08-22-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By brianstanfill
Today was a day of ups and downs. The road... and...

Today was a day of ups and downs. The road... and then the bike. Gianmarco managed to connect with a moto-magician with a shop in Bucaramanga. They've disassembled the final drive and found a busted...
Forum: Latin America 08-22-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By brianstanfill
Two up on a Ural in Bucaramanga, Colombia need help

My friends Gianmarco and Katie are riding their 2010 Ural with sidecar from California to Buenos Aires. Today, on our way from Bucaramanga, Colombia to San Gil, the final drive on the Ural made a...
Forum: Latin America 04-14-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By brianstanfill
I had an excellent time today driving the city...

I had an excellent time today driving the city and looking for a tire. I visited two of the places pax maac recommended before finding the tire I needed.

First, Moto Carrasco on Dr Balmis deals in...
Forum: Latin America 04-12-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By brianstanfill
Thank you! Hainzer Supply looks promising. I'll...

Thank you! Hainzer Supply looks promising. I'll email/call/visit their store to see.
Forum: Latin America 04-12-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By brianstanfill
Moto House quoted $285 for an in-stock Metzeler...

Moto House quoted $285 for an in-stock Metzeler Karoo. Ordering any other tire is 10 days out at least, they say. What's the verdict? Is this the deal or should I look at other shops in the city? Any...
Forum: Latin America 04-10-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By brianstanfill
Fantastic!

Fantastic!
Forum: Latin America 04-10-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By brianstanfill
Hoping everyone leaves Mexico City... any chance...

Hoping everyone leaves Mexico City... any chance of that? Eta two days.
Forum: Latin America 04-06-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By brianstanfill
That's about the price I'm seeing poking around...

That's about the price I'm seeing poking around the dealers' websites. I can have friends box and ship the tire to me (and some other things I need) via UPS for about $100. So $150 for the tire and...
Forum: Latin America 04-06-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 949
Posted By brianstanfill
Cheapest way to get a new TKC80 rear tire to me in Mexico?

I'm going to need a new rear tire on my GS soon. I think a new tire can wait until Mexico City if that's a good place to find a tire.

Does anyone know what I'll play for a TKC80 150/70BQ-17...
Forum: Latin America 04-06-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 687
Posted By brianstanfill
I'm three weeks ahead of you. The beach is nice!...

I'm three weeks ahead of you. The beach is nice! West coast or east?

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/04/07/guha8a8y.jpg
Forum: Latin America 03-29-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,428
Posted By brianstanfill
I just rode from Creel to Alamos via Chinipias....

I just rode from Creel to Alamos via Chinipias. That road is newly paved for 50 miles from Creel and then it goes to dirt. Descent into Chinipias is fairly good. Armed cartel men in Chinipias are...
Forum: Latin America 03-25-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,428
Posted By brianstanfill
Still plenty of other unpaved roads around these...

Still plenty of other unpaved roads around these parts to risk your life on :D
Forum: Latin America 03-25-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,428
Posted By brianstanfill
Thumb MEXICO: An update on the (good) road into Copper Canyon and Batopilas

I rode into Batopilas from the north this week and found the road mostly paved (to my delight). Here's an update on the roadworks and road condition.

I keep hearing things about the road...
Forum: Equipment 03-19-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By brianstanfill
GPS tracking with a smartphone

In the search for an alternative to a satellite-driven GPS tracking device like SPOT, I came upon a smartphone app that does just this. It's essentially a spy app for tracking the people you don't...
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-14-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 521
Views: 91,313
Posted By brianstanfill
Thanks bross. Now I feel inept and old. :clap:

Thanks bross. Now I feel inept and old. :clap:
Forum: Parallel Universe 03-14-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 521
Views: 91,313
Posted By brianstanfill
What kind of battery for adventuring, is Lithium up to the challenge?

My stock BMW *Yuasa* AGM lasted five years. I opted for the Deka as a replacement.

Edit: brain fart; I'm turning 30 this week.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-11-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By brianstanfill
I'm going to leave the wheel like it is for now....

I'm going to leave the wheel like it is for now. I put on a new front tire to replace one with 20k+ miles on it and the front end feels so much better while riding and braking. Thanks for everyone's...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-08-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By brianstanfill
Thanks for the descriptive instructions. The tire...

Thanks for the descriptive instructions. The tire was off for a tire change. I decided to check the wheel spin for shits and grins. I'll give your pencil trick a try.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-08-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By brianstanfill
How bad is the wobble in my front wheel?

This video (http://vimeo.com/88533942) shows how the front wheel has looked for some time now -- at least 20,000 miles. I've watched it closely through the miles and years and haven't noticed any...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-15-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By brianstanfill
Eek Renewing flexible gaiters (gear boots) on drive shaft of 2008 R1200 GS

During a wash this week, I noticed these age marks. Both rubber boots covering the splines of my drive shaft are cracked. The bike is 39k miles and 6 years old. I wash it at self-serve car wash bays...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-07-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 91,313
Posted By brianstanfill
I'm on board for more regulation and/or...

I'm on board for more regulation and/or standardization and education. If these companies choose not to publish the nitty gritty details of their batteries for our edification, then regulatory bodies...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-07-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 91,313
Posted By brianstanfill
This is the first I'm reading about weight being...

This is the first I'm reading about weight being used to accurately measure Lithium power capacity. This can't be any less speculative than PBEQ. Given the overall lightness (mere pounds) of the...
Forum: Parallel Universe 02-06-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 91,313
Posted By brianstanfill
I'm in the market for a new battery and have...

I'm in the market for a new battery and have spent the better part of a week reading through this thread. It's a doozy, and it's taught me a lot! Thank you to Joel, _cy_, and everyone else for your...
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
let's see a picture of your camping setup and how it all fits on your bike......

Please do report back on the quilt's ability to keep you warm in a hammock in Alaska. Not having an insulator like a mat beneath you could get cold. Don't let "summer" fool you. Alaska south of the...
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
Inflation takes about two minutes and 100...

Inflation takes about two minutes and 100 compressions of the bellows. In the cold, it's enough to make you warm again. In the hot, it's enough to make you wish you were in the cold.

The regular...
Forum: Equipment 11-30-2013, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
I carry a HILLEBERG Tarp 10 XP...

I carry a HILLEBERG Tarp 10 XP (http://www.hilleberg.com/home/products/tarp/tarp.php). It folds into itself with eight variable length anchor lines and reinforced grommets, taking up as much space as...
Forum: Equipment 11-29-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
I swear by the Exped mats. I've slept comfortably...

I swear by the Exped mats. I've slept comfortably on the DownMat 9 in -30F and snow and the SynMat 7 on everything from rocks to asphalt. Always inside a tent -- don't be silly and think they're...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-28-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By brianstanfill
Yes, and yes. I'm 5'8" and also need the extra...

Yes, and yes. I'm 5'8" and also need the extra length for a comfortable ride. I can't say how many times I wished for extra... length... on the grip... okay I best stop there.

Watch out for rust...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-23-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By brianstanfill
As a follow-up, I'm now using a wax chain...

As a follow-up, I'm now using a wax chain lubricant for corrosion control all over the bike, including on the axle part shown in my original post. It sustains washings, rain, and sun, dries white,...
Forum: Equipment 08-14-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
Looks like the newer versions of the Alite chairs...

Looks like the newer versions of the Alite chairs (http://www.rei.com/search?query=alite).
Forum: Equipment 07-19-2013, 10:20 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
Hilleberg Tarp XP 10 ...

Hilleberg Tarp XP 10
http://hilleberg.se/product/tarp-xp-10
Forum: Equipment 07-18-2013, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 2,573,289
Posted By brianstanfill
Free, shaded camping at Lake Isabella

The perfect camp makes carrying *too much stuff* worth the struggle... and then there are days I would travel with only a towel. At least when it falls, it doesn't fall very far.
...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-12-2013, 10:24 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 17,971
Posted By brianstanfill
Puke My experience with Shinko 705 tires

I'm very pleased with the on-road longevity and performance of the Shinko e705 tires (for their price). To me, their performance off road is wanting. But as a rider who is inexperienced at riding off...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-30-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By brianstanfill
My 3-year warranty was out last March. I...

My 3-year warranty was out last March.

I bought a can of spray-on rust neutralizer. It says it goes on clear and turns rust black into a paintable surface. Of course I'd need to then also cover...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-30-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By brianstanfill
Rust and pitting on the chrome plated final drive axle

Has anyone experienced this? I've pecked at the rust and removed the big chunks and loose pieces of chrome plating. Looking for suggestions on how to neutralize the rust and effectively cover it and...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-28-2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,229
Posted By brianstanfill
As a followup: I took the caliper off the bike...

As a followup: I took the caliper off the bike and delivered it to the service department at Hap's Cycles in Sarasota, Florida (http://www.hapscycle.com).

Just $35 later, they drilled out the...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-11-2012, 08:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,229
Posted By brianstanfill
It is not, and I am. It mounts the LED...

It is not, and I am.

It mounts the LED module of the Photon Blaster (http://www.lights.skenedesign.com/PB_Features.shtml) to the front brake caliper. Mounting kit includes M8 x 60mm, hardened,...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-09-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,229
Posted By brianstanfill
I have to punt on the prospects of twisting this...

I have to punt on the prospects of twisting this screw out. As I said previously, I had already buggered up the threads before asking for help and can't use the welded nut suggestion.

How does...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-09-2012, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,229
Posted By brianstanfill
Oh that's an excellent idea! I guess two nuts...

Oh that's an excellent idea! I guess two nuts locking together if enough thread is available would work too (in the absence of a welder).

I buggered the threads with vice grips before posting......
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