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Old 05-18-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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F700GS cross country road trip preparation

Hello everyone,

I am will take 16 days off vacation starts next weekend with F700GS for cross country road trip. I live in Hoboken, NJ, final destination is San Francisco, CA. A few major places I plan to visit are Bonneville salt flats, Monumental Valley, Death valley and CA route 1. Estimate about 4k miles

I bought my bike Sep last year, now it has 2.5k on it. done 600 miles service at dealer, plan to have 6k service at long beach BMW motorcycle in CA(Quote $205). I plan to take a can of BMW spray chain lube with me. probably apply a little bit every 1k. Is this necessary to carry this chain lube? What do you think?

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Old 05-19-2013, 04:08 AM   #2
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I think your but will be sore and you chain abused when you get back! GH
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:54 AM   #3
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What is the 6K service for? Oil? Why not do it yourself, save money and time. If that's not an option though, while going from Bonneville to Death Valley, it might be worth it to stop in Vegas or Reno depending on your route for the service, Long Beach BMW is really expensive.
And are you planning on staying in San Francisco, or going back to NJ? If going back to NJ you might want to up your mileage estimate a bit. Going straight through on the freeway is about 3K one way, add in detours and fun roads and it'll be more.
Not trying to discourage or anything of the sort, just trying to help out.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:39 AM   #4
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What is the 6K service for? Oil? Why not do it yourself, save money and time. If that's not an option though, while going from Bonneville to Death Valley, it might be worth it to stop in Vegas or Reno depending on your route for the service, Long Beach BMW is really expensive.
And are you planning on staying in San Francisco, or going back to NJ? If going back to NJ you might want to up your mileage estimate a bit. Going straight through on the freeway is about 3K one way, add in detours and fun roads and it'll be more.
Not trying to discourage or anything of the sort, just trying to help out.
Thanks Zeke. 6k service is impractical to do it by myself considering the amount of things I have to carry.

I thought $205 is really good price be because NJ dealer quote me $350-$400, which is totally rip off.

I am not going to ride back, will have it shipped back from San Francisco to Hoboken. You are right, maybe I should stop at Vegas for 6k service.

You got any suggestion on the chain maintenance on the road?

Thanks for your help
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:06 AM   #5
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I use Dupont's Teflon Chain Saver aerosol (http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/dupon...ain-lube-2012/) both at home and on the road. Typical travel day is 300 - 350 miles so I lube each day when the chain is warm. Can't keep a chain too lubed in my opinion.

Recently a can lasted 11 days & 3700 miles. This is clean stuff - doesn't fling off. Sometimes hard to find so in a pinch I'll get the Multi-Use Teflon at Lowe's or most hardware stores.

The little 4 ounce bottles are hard to use, wasteful & messy. Stick with the aerosol.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:16 AM   #6
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While on the road and racking up high mileage days I lube the chain every evening. I found I always made a mess with the spray, so with bike on center stand I use a travel toothbrush to apply a modest amount of 90W gear oil to the tops of links on the bottom run of chain. I have one link painted with white-out so I know when I've gone full-way round. It only takes a few cc of oil and chains whisper my name with reverence

PS: synthetic gear oil doesn't have the nasty smell of the regular stuff.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #7
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What is the 6K service for? Oil? Why not do it yourself, save money and time. If that's not an option though, while going from Bonneville to Death Valley, it might be worth it to stop in Vegas or Reno depending on your route for the service, Long Beach BMW is really expensive.
And are you planning on staying in San Francisco, or going back to NJ? If going back to NJ you might want to up your mileage estimate a bit. Going straight through on the freeway is about 3K one way, add in detours and fun roads and it'll be more.
Not trying to discourage or anything of the sort, just trying to help out.
Any idea how much the service in Vegas? $205 isnt too bad for CA, especially for a little piece of mind. Most BMW dealers seem to give a bit more attention to those traveling and passing through. Where would you dispose of oil and filter?

jmrobyou, if you need a contact in SoCal shoot me a PM.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:36 AM   #8
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Last year bought my '12 F650GS then did some short 1 day trips to figure out what needed to make the bike comfortable for my cross USA trip late last summer. These were modification I did just for the trip:

- BMW Touring windshield which helped blocking the wind
- BWM Hand Guard which help blocking the wind to my hands
- Kaoko throttle lock to help relieve my right hand from gripping the throttle
- BMW Adventure Aluminum luggage panniers
- ALT rear rack
- Rotopax 1 gallon and lock mounted on the ALT rear rack, this is to carry the extra gas crossing the Nevada desert, I almost needed to use the extra gas when I rode 190 miles between gas stations.
- Extra electric output to charge the Iphone and run air compressor
- Tank bag and large map bag

I plan to ride to Alaska, for this I am getting:

- BMW Aluminum engine skid plate
- BMW SW Motech crash bar
- Pelican 1440 case mounting on the rear rack store my back back from element and thief.
- GPS mount and Garmin Montana
- Got the center stand which should help fixing flats if needs to and lubing the chain

Had lots fun crossing the county from San Francisco Bay Area to New York City and rode down Skyline/Blue Ridge Parkway to Atlanta on my motorcyle as it was an experience of a lifetime. Go for it!!!

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Old 05-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #9
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A bag that can be used as a back pack is a good idea but zippers = leakage no matter what you do to them. Maybe a small Wolfman (waterproof - bombproof) might be a better bet. They have carry handles that would work as a back pack in a pinch.

Protect that very expensive headlight lens - not available separately so figure $400 - $500 for the whole assembly. I like this from ZTechnik: http://shop.nationalcycle.com/perl/cycle/Z5410 Light weight, inconspicuous, easy on & off if needed and durable. Mine has a few pits on it which means it is doing its job.

Even on pavement it's a good idea to have a bash plate that is large enough to protect that vulnerable oil filter and oil cooler.

If you are in Southern California with money jingling in your pocket, do a ride in to Bill Mayer and get a real seat made. http://billmayer-saddles.com/BMS/ After riding cross country on the OEM board you will really understand the need for this type of luxury.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Protect that very expensive headlight lens - not available separately so figure $400 - $500 for the whole assembly. I like this from ZTechnik: http://shop.nationalcycle.com/perl/cycle/Z5410 Light weight, inconspicuous, easy on & off if needed and durable. Mine has a few pits on it which means it is doing its job.
No way, Jose! Had one on my GS Adventure, and for some reason -- probably because it fit so damn tight -- the headlamp lens cracked anyway, and not from impact. Rather have a stick-on from AeroFlow. Paige is a great guy, too!

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If you are in Southern California with money jingling in your pocket, do a ride in to Bill Mayer and get a real seat made. http://billmayer-saddles.com/BMS/ After riding cross country on the OEM board you will really understand the need for this type of luxury.
One of my buddies drank the Mayer Kool-Aid and has been back numerous times for seat tweaks on his Concours. Another has 100,000 miles on his Mayer seat on his R1200GS Adventure.

I'm okay with stock seats plus Alaska Leather sheepskins when necessary. Did a Saddlesore 1,000 on a stock R1200GS Adventure seat so I guess I really do have an iron butt.

P.S. I'm one of those guys who downsized from an R1200GS Adventure to a BMW parallel twin. Sometimes bigger is simply bigger. Better for 500+ mile days, but who wants to do them anyway?
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #11
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Last year bought my '12 F650GS then did some short 1 day trips to figure out what needed to make the bike comfortable for my cross USA trip late last summer. These were modification I did just for the trip:

- BMW Touring windshield which helped blocking the wind
- BWM Hand Guard which help blocking the wind to my hands
- Kaoko throttle lock to help relieve my right hand from gripping the throttle
- BMW Adventure Aluminum luggage panniers
- ALT rear rack
- Rotopax 1 gallon and lock mounted on the ALT rear rack, this is to carry the extra gas crossing the Nevada desert, I almost needed to use the extra gas when I rode 190 miles between gas stations.
- Extra electric output to charge the Iphone and run air compressor
- Tank bag and large map bag

I plan to ride to Alaska, for this I am getting:

- BMW Aluminum engine skid plate
- BMW SW Motech crash bar
- Pelican 1440 case mounting on the rear rack store my back back from element and thief.
- GPS mount and Garmin Montana
- Got the center stand which should help fixing flats if needs to and lubing the chain

Had lots fun crossing the county from San Francisco Bay Area to New York City and rode down Skyline/Blue Ridge Parkway to Atlanta on my motorcyle as it was an experience of a lifetime. Go for it!!!
Nice. how do you like the skyline and BRP? I went there last fall and just couldn't finish all BRP. After 120 miles on skyline in the morning, BPR was just too crowd. Had a bunch of RV ahead of me slow down the traffic a lot. So, I headed back to NJ after 300 miles on BRP. But the view in fall was totally worth it.
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Geoffster - Sorry to hear about your experience with the ZTechnik light guard! I ran an acrylic light guard on a KLR for a while and kept popping the bulb - air couldn't circulate behind it, too hot. Changed to a screen type and all was well. YMMV. Had a screen type on an R1200GS. No lens breaking but plenty of fine pitting.

I also downsized from an R1200GS to the F650GS twin and couldn't be happier. Lighter, great gas mileage, etc. While loaded for traveling I've ridden a few 500 mile days on fast roads and it was fine for me. Didn't seem that much different than same on the R1200GS. Being able to fuel on the side stand is a real plus on high mileage days with the bike fully loaded.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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Nice. how do you like the skyline and BRP? I went there last fall and just couldn't finish all BRP. After 120 miles on skyline in the morning, BPR was just too crowd. Had a bunch of RV ahead of me slow down the traffic a lot. So, I headed back to NJ after 300 miles on BRP. But the view in fall was totally worth it.
I like the ride on Skyline and BRP, the speed limit was only 40 mph, but the views were beautiful and I wasn't in hurry getting back home :). Every time I got stuck behind a slow vehicle, I simply pullover to one of vista points taking a small break and enjoyed surrounding and chit chat with fellow bikers who love to share their riding stories and wondered how I rode all the way California to BRP.

The only thing I missed were riding the Tail of the Dragon because of big storm.
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Any idea how much the service in Vegas? $205 isnt too bad for CA, especially for a little piece of mind. Most BMW dealers seem to give a bit more attention to those traveling and passing through. Where would you dispose of oil and filter?

jmrobyou, if you need a contact in SoCal shoot me a PM.
I'm not sure how much it would be in Vegas, but they are pretty fair. After what Long Beach quoted me for a clutch replacement, I won't go there.
What is the 6K other than an oil change?
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I'm not sure how much it would be in Vegas, but they are pretty fair. After what Long Beach quoted me for a clutch replacement, I won't go there.
What is the 6K other than an oil change?
I think 6k they will change the brake fluid as well. I might actually need to have the service in Vegas based on my planning work today. So you recommend BMW motorcycle Las Vegas?
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