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Old 05-27-2011, 01:03 AM   #301
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Outstanding. Well done gentlemen.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:09 PM   #302
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WW Ronin, thanks for your insight. The BMW really is a more practical bike then the monster since it can go to other places where there are no asphalt roads & still be comfortable to ride. Are there low seats available? im only 5 7 & I think I will have a hard time on stops.
I'm 5'7 too and no problems at all with the tall seat.
I can almost plant my two feet.
More than enough !
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:49 PM   #303
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I'm 5'7 too and no problems at all with the tall seat.
I can almost plant my two feet.
More than enough !
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:57 PM   #304
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Okay; bike won't start!

Fired it up and let it run several times through the winter. Rode it a couple of miles a few weeks ago. Went to ride today and she wouldn't start.

Dials are twitching, lights are on and it's ticking but not firing up.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:41 PM   #305
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Okay; bike won't start!

Fired it up and let it run several times through the winter. Rode it a couple of miles a few weeks ago. Went to ride today and she wouldn't start.

Dials are twitching, lights are on and it's ticking but not firing up.

Thoughts?
. Ticking? As in not nomad wee wee wee wee wee starter motor sounds, but rather a combination of click and a clunk?

If so, your battery is toast, your battery is discharged, your battery terminals are loose, or the big brown ground wire near the oil filter is loose.

Could be a number of things, but the above are the usual ones, especially the battery being toast if the battery is black on the sides and branded "Exide"

Good luck.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:47 PM   #306
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. Ticking? As in not nomad wee wee wee wee wee starter motor sounds, but rather a combination of click and a clunk?

If so, your battery is toast, your battery is discharged, your battery terminals are loose, or the big brown ground wire near the oil filter is loose.

Could be a number of things, but the above are the usual ones, especially the battery being toast if the battery is black on the sides and branded "Exide"

Good luck.
Battery was my first thought too but the headlamp works. The needles on the tachometer and odometer flicker and flutter, there's lots of ticking from the instrument panel and there's something going on in the engine but no attempt to start.

Spark plugs maybe?
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:02 PM   #307
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Battery was my first thought too but the headlamp works. The needles on the tachometer and odometer flicker and flutter, there's lots of ticking from the instrument panel and there's something going on in the engine but no attempt to start.

Spark plugs maybe?
I'm sticking with battery, unless I hear that your engine is turning over normally and still not firing.

The starter motor takes an order of magnitude greater work from the battery then just running the headlights and instruments.

If the battery isn't up to it, or connections are loose, the lights will light as usual.

When u hit the start button the solenoid and starter will engage but just for a fraction of a second. The ZFE will detect voltage getting low, and canceling starting, the voltage will recover, and the cycle will repeat over and over.

It sounds like "clack (pause for half a second) clack (pause) clack....)
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:07 PM   #308
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Ooo, instrument needles fluttering. I'll bet u a buck off an oil filter it's the battery or connections. That's exactly what happens when system voltage is too low.

I'll bet u a crush washer your battery has smooth sides and is branded exide. Those batteries had a high failure rate.
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Old 05-30-2011, 12:37 AM   #309
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Front tyre choice for trails

Ok, a controversial choice of topic.

What front tyres are people using for mainly off road work?

What tyres are being used for the road/trail 50/50 mix?


I'm thinking the Mitas E07 for mainly off road (but still highway capable) and the more aggressive Pirelli for 50/50. Good reviews?



Any opinions appreciated.

I've tried most of the "dirt" tyres in 21 & 17 inch on my DR650, I'm just wondering how they faired on the F8 in the general experience of members.

The F800 doesn't seem to be as harsh on tyres....well...in my limited 5000 odd kms of experience with it anyway.

Maybe it's the way I rode the DR? Maybe it's having the wife on the back of the F8? Maybe it's the fact the F8 cost 3 times what the DR did?

Maybe it's because I haven't put dirt tyres on it and gone and played in the dirt yet?

Yeah, it's probably the last one.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:17 AM   #310
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After getting 10 different answers you will back to square one. I like the TKC. There are better tires on each side of the sprectrum, but this choice seems to be "just right"

I have a Michelin T63 on mine now and OK but not so good in the loose stuff.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:09 PM   #311
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:39 PM   #312
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I am very happy with my Michelin Anakee II tires. They are a dual sport tire; meaning acceptable off pavement and very good on pavement. I am taking them and the 800 to Argentina next fall. I agree that the TKC's are much better off road, and completely acceptable on pavement as well, but they wear out rapidly. Like 3000 miles on the rear. The front has to be replaced at about 5000 miles due to cupping on my 1200 with linked brakes. I gave up on them on my 1200 because I was having to plan my trips around replacing tires. I have 10k on the front Anakee II with about 1k to go. The rear needed replacing at 8000k again these were on the 800. Dave
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:01 AM   #313
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DVD manual - remove rear shock

I was looking through the manual yesterday for the step by step instructions to remove (and then install) the rear shock and couldn't find it.

Can someone point me in the right directions?
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:23 AM   #314
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I was looking through the manual yesterday for the step by step instructions to remove (and then install) the rear shock and couldn't find it.

Can someone point me in the right directions?
There's a good writeup here:
http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229263
Hope this helps!
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Old 06-02-2011, 05:57 PM   #315
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There's a good writeup here:
http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229263
Hope this helps!
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