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Old 10-16-2005, 07:35 PM   #1
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R1200GS Accessories and Penny Tech Mods

OK, so I have had my 12GS for a few days, and have a few questions I couldn't seem to find through the search functions, so here goes:

1. I like to leave my GPS power on all the time in case I want to use it without the bike turned on. I just wired it directly to the battery with an inline fuse.

I will be adding a fuse box for accessories that will use the parking lite, per BMW, to activate a relay for my lights, and have a hot side as well. ALL accessories will run off the fuse box connected directly to the battery.

Anyone have any idea where to put this fuse box? Pics?

2. The grips are smaller and harder than the 11GS. Is there an aftermarket solution to thicken and soften the grips while keeping the heated grips functional?

3. The Dunlop D607 tires kinda suck! I had Avon Distanzias on my 11GS and really liked them. Comments?


And most important,

4. I am interested in any mods, either penny tech or purchased done to your 12GS, with pics. Post away!


So far I have added, in the 3 days since purchase, Garmin 2610 with Ram mount, Jesse bags, and Fastway pegs.




On order are: Corbin Seat, SWMototech tank bag with fuel cap adapter, H&B crash bars and fuel OIL filter wrench.


I am thrilled with the bike, and very interested in adding accessories to enhance my bike since I will have it for a long time. So share your secrets and farkles!

Thanks,

Jim

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Old 10-16-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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How much did you have to pay for your fuel filter wrench?
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Old 10-16-2005, 07:53 PM   #3
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How much did you have to pay for your fuel filter wrench?
, OIL filter wrench, $35 from Adventurer's Workshop.

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Old 10-16-2005, 08:54 PM   #4
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Jim,

Why the HB bars over the Touratech? I was looking at the Tourtech and was told the fit was much better than the HBs. However, I have also learned that the TT bars need to come off or be loosened to get the valve covers off.

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2005, 09:12 PM   #5
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The one reason you hit on, I don't want to have to remove or loosen them to work on the bike. Another is cost, the TT bars are $100 more, and backordered.


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Old 10-17-2005, 04:13 AM   #6
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Which fuse box is everybody using? I've seen the Centech and the one from Touratech. Thanks.

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Old 10-17-2005, 05:14 AM   #7
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Jim,

Why the HB bars over the Touratech? I was looking at the Tourtech and was told the fit was much better than the HBs. However, I have also learned that the TT bars need to come off or be loosened to get the valve covers off.

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
I have the TT bars on my 1200GS. You do indeed have to deal with them when you check valve clearances. This probably adds 15 minutes to the job. Not a huge deal, but I'd rather not have it be that way. On the other hand, the part of the TT bars that goes over the valve cover (necessitating removal) serves to protect those fragile valve covers better than bars that don't have anything there, so this is the price for additional protection.

I am thinking about a modification to them that will change this. If anything comes of it, I will make a new thread here with pictures and a write-up.

The thing about the TT bars is they are stainless steel, so if you do drop the bike and scrape the bars, they will not rust like the other bars o n the market that are regular mild carbon steel.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:41 AM   #8
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This is a cheap mod: http://www.r1200gs.info/howto/ccremoval.html Did it in under 15min.

I like small mods and add-ons that aren’t really visible, but they do their job. Like a magnetic drain plug from Wunderlich ($8.95), or head light and oil cooler guards (I have TT and love ‘em).
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:46 AM   #9
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Nice choice of ride.

As for the grips, check out:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ight=slip+grip
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:31 AM   #10
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I took off my handguards. Result = less buffeting with stock windscreen.


Cost: $0.00
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:37 AM   #11
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I also sawed off the reflectors on the license plate frame for 2 reasons, 1) they look 2) had to make room for the H&B case crossbar.


And I removed the reflectors from the front fork, see 1) above. Likewise for the rear wheel "spade."

Made a pennytech mapcase out of a Sealine map case and some nylon parachute cord. Worked okay... flapped at high speed, but I could put my Etrex GPS in it. Abraided the paint on my tank, but I am going to repaint this winter anyway (and get a TT bag w/removeable mapcase).

Cost of pennytech mapcase: $11.00

I plan to upgrade it with some clamps from the local hardware store so it won't flap around.
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:59 AM   #12
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I have seen some folks with the Blue Seas fuse block. It is a marine item, slick compact package, with or without fuse protection. Have not done it myself, but it looks to be the way to go. I think they have them at West Marine.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...0001/295/124/9

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Old 10-22-2005, 04:47 AM   #13
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Here's a link to the actual Bluesea Fuse Block (with ground):
http://dogbytecomputer.com/xcart/cat..._6_Circui.html
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Old 10-22-2005, 05:01 AM   #14
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Blue Seas fuse block location; underneath the seat


More information here..re: Starcom install
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Old 10-22-2005, 07:10 AM   #15
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A few additional pictures highlighting options and cool stuff!





New Hepco & Becker Crash bars, so I no longer fear the tip-over.


Cool Instrument Cluster.



Custom reflective stickers. They are black and near invisable during the day, but glow when struck by light.


Foam grips to make the hard rubber more compliant, and larger.


On the BRP. See the GPS? LOL

I love this bike, all 1300 miles in 6 days of it. I've been traveling for several days now without my bike!

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