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Old 10-26-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Question What have you done to your GS or GS Adventure today?

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen -
Here at ADVRider I have noticed that there are many types of threads:
Threads for ride reports,
Threads for "How do I __________?",
An abundance of threads for voicing discontent for some aspect of the bikes failing or not living up to expectations and the owner feeling disappointed,
Threads about parts and accessories (tires, batteries, tank bags, etc.).

I wanted to start this thread about the shinier, happier side of GS and GS Adventure ownership. A place to check in and share a quick note along the lines of:
"I installed "X" accessory and it seems to be cool!"
"I washed mine today" (though some might think washing a GS potentially blasphemous. Personally, I wash mine)
"I rode it "X" (hundred?) miles/kms/yards today!" (but let's keep this simple, there are better places in the forum for detailed ride reports)
"I performed maintenance operation ______!"
and of course etc, etc, etc.

Now if one wants to include a link to elsewhere here at ADVRider to expand on the activity performed such as maintenance instructions, accessory installation instructions or review, that will be very much appreciated.

And as always, pictures are worth a thousand words.

I started this in the GSpot > Oilhead Boxers section because that's what I'm riding and can see benefits to this type of thread being flavored towards a specific model family. If the honorable administrator's here find this thread in the wrong place, please move.

Happy Posting!
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:38 PM   #2
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New air dams installed

To start this thread off I submit the following -

I got my new Touratech hand guard air dams installed today!

These are Touratech's part number 040-1701. I have not been for a ride yet, more info to follow on that. I hope these will help with the cooler temperatures now coming to us here in the northern hemisphere.

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From R1200GSA General


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Old 11-08-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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To start this thread off I submit the following -

I got my new Touratech hand guard air dams installed today!

These are Touratech's part number 040-1701. I have not been for a ride yet, more info to follow on that. I hope these will help with the cooler temperatures now coming to us here in the northern hemisphere.

Obligatory photos:
From R1200GSA General


From R1200GSA General


From R1200GSA General
Hey
I want those as well
If I have the original handguards would this Toura air dams fit?

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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I recently changed my oil and lost track of just how much fresh oil I put into the engine including filling the new oil filter with fresh oil, then using a couple of half full bottles of engine oil, then two full quarts of engine oil then....Oh boy, how much oil is in there? Who cares....I know there is at least 3 quarts of oil in the engine...maybe more...but, maybe less. So, should I ride it?

Screw it...I had errands to run and at $3.53/gallon and 20 MPG on the car, I decided to take the GS. I rode it a few miles to the store and back. Yesterday, I peeked at the site glass....it was over the top.

Oh well, maybe, I'll drain some out. Today, I had more errands to run and I checked oil about an hour after returning and parking on the center stand. Oil level is half glass.

So...what did I do wrong (if anything)?

Oh, and do you care what oil and filter I used?
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:39 PM   #5
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RomaDakota, which pattern of that bar light did you purchase? I've been checking it out.
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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How 'bout in the last week..

I have; replaced grips, changed oil (and, as an aside, am experimenting with a new oil weight (went from 20W-50 Amsoil Motorcycle to 15W-40 Amsoil Marine and Diesel)) Changed Final Drive Lube..Changed Tranny Lube (switched weights here as well..from 75W-140 to 75W-110), put new plugs in, balanced Throttle Bodies and put stock exhaust back on.

Changed oil weights since I live where it gets cold now..have to admit the tranny shifts better than ever..We'll see on engine oil..the time before I ran "non" motorcycle oil..it had a consumption problem versus the motorcycle oil..took the cool guy can off and went back to stock..it just needed richened back up looking at the plugs..

In all honesty, it runs better than ever..the can is just HEAVY..but..feh..it's the Bronco of the motorcycle world..

Oh..and installed ALT Rider crash Bars and skid Plate..and went to Seattle to pose for the new ALT Rider catolog..(Disclaimer, I am in no way connected to Alt Rider and didn't buy my product "from" them) Was just the first GSA to get the bars..
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:11 PM   #7
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Washed mine after doing 1,400 miles on Monday through Wednesday. Atlanta to Nashville to Run the Natchez Trace and back. Rode my k bike today for change of pace.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #8
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RomaDakota, which pattern of that bar light did you purchase? I've been checking it out.
Here is the datasheet - Rigid SR
The clamps/mounts are done by Black Dog Cycle Works. Both clamps and light can be ordered through Black Dog. The installation is neither perfect or simple. Initially, I was going to use a relay and activate whenever the high beams were activated. Now I have ordered the aux light switch assembly normally seen on GSAs therefore with said relay, I will have an additional switchable solution. Currently, it is installed with a temporary switch.
I wanted a very bright solution without hanging lights out to the side of the beak where a simple drop would damage the light and the bike. Mine gets dropped from time 2 time...
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Old 10-26-2012, 11:05 PM   #9
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Sorry that I wasn't clear: I meant the LED array when I said "light bar", wondering whether you ordered the driving light or the flood light,. I can see that I worded it poorly.

I'm thinking about getting that same mount and light combo, but as an amber flood.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #10
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I recently changed my oil and lost track of just how much fresh oil I put into the engine including filling the new oil filter with fresh oil, then using a couple of half full bottles of engine oil, then two full quarts of engine oil then....Oh boy, how much oil is in there? Who cares....I know there is at least 3 quarts of oil in the engine...maybe more...but, maybe less.
if you know that there are at least 3 quarts of oil (in the engine), why would there be less?

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Old 11-22-2013, 11:44 AM   #11
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Hit a trash can sized tumble weed doing around 75
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:38 PM   #12
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Hit a trash can sized tumble weed doing around 75
That's something I don't miss from South Dakota. Folks can dodge them and lose control, and I had the hard stem of one hit a headlight on my cage and shatter it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:54 AM   #13
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a typical tropical ride out of Darwin NT

had a great day out, about 350 k's, about 50/50 dirt and bitumen
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:42 AM   #14
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Put brand new injectors on my 100,000 miles 1150GSA. Engine used to start vibrating badly from 4k PM and as I felt the injectors got maxed out from being very dirty, I fitted brand new ones and now I go to the redline much easier. Engine is torquier too. Clean injectors is $30 each. New ones are $60.00 each. No brainer.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #15
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if you know that there are at least 3 quarts of oil (in the engine), why would there be less?

dizzying story!
Yeah, I'm still dizzy but I haven't added any oil since that last oil change...still on the red dot center glass.
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