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Old 08-22-2009, 11:36 AM   #1591
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:57 AM   #1592
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Old 08-26-2009, 03:24 AM   #1593
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nice pics Dopra! Nothing like shady dirt roads and summer flowers in the fields!


I've been working like a dog lately, 12-16 hour night shifts. I still find time for HP2 maintenance on Sunday, and between my naps during the week.

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:02 PM   #1594
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Nice! What wheel set are those? Are they tubeless front and back?
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:50 PM   #1595
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Nice! What wheel set are those? Are they tubeless front and back?
Looks like 17 / 19 combo off a GS, no?
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #1596
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:47 PM   #1597
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Dead battery, broken side stand switch, leaky rear and trans seals, no run.....how long's bmw been making twins? Time for a Yamaha TMax scooter....starting not to trust this pile...Bruce

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Old 08-27-2009, 03:52 PM   #1598
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Dead battery, broken side stand switch, leaky rear and trans seals, no run.....how long's bmw been making twins? Time for a Yamaha TMax scooter....starting not to trust this pile...Bruce

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C'mon Bruce - it can't be that bad ?!
...or maybe I just haven't done enough kms yet..
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:02 PM   #1599
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......maybe Hondas have spoiled me, but any bike with a suggested retail price of 20 large that can't click off 20,000 untroubled miles doesn't measure up....I've owned six of these twins, run a dealership and worked for the importer. I don't want to ride to La Paz or Alaska......an easy street ride to look at the Spruce Goose in Oregon is all I ask. If this load gives me any more trouble, it gets pushed to the back of the shop and replaced by something that works every day......Bruce
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:47 PM   #1600
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Hey Bruce there is a 1994 Honda Africa Twin in the flea market.
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:52 PM   #1601
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Drop it off at my place Bruce. I'll pay for your flight back. First Class even.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:23 PM   #1602
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Dead battery, broken side stand switch, leaky rear and trans seals, no run.....how long's bmw been making twins? Time for a Yamaha TMax scooter....starting not to trust this pile...Bruce
Dang man. Sorry to hear that.

The battery and side stand switch are known problems. Battery seems like a compromise to keep the weight down. For people who aren't only blasting around just using it as a bit dirt bike (myself included here), it's probably worth dropping in an Odyssey 535 or something. Seriously, aren't you on your eighth battery or something?? The wee battery that comes with it just doesn't have the amp hours of the R1200GS battery. As for the sidestand switch, jumper the damn thing and be done with it.

As for the seals ... that's harder. Are you sure that it's both, simultaneously? I had the input trans seal on my old 1150 fail. It let the input shaft vibrate enough that some of the gears got chewed up and the whole tranny needed replaced. I hope yours isn't so bad, and I hope it's under warranty. Mine wasn't....

Best of luck. It's still a great bike.


EDIT: And look on the bright side. That cheesy cast alu luggage bracket on the back of your bike didn't just break for the third time. (Mine did.) Eventually it will have been re-welded and gussetted enough times that it will be up to snuff. Or so I keep hoping....

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Old 08-27-2009, 11:55 PM   #1603
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......maybe Hondas have spoiled me,
You're at 13,000 miles? I'm just a little under that now. So far not much trouble. The 1st battery more-or-less died this summer. It holds a charge, but not enough to turn the engine over twice. The 2nd has battery has been fine, I haven't noticed it lose any charge yet. So no real issues with the bike but I haven't been pushing it terribly hard. I ride it up and down some staircases, take it on a few small jumps. But no real hard-core high-speed off-road stuff, at least, not with any sustain.

My 10,000km valve adjustment didn't go as well as I would have liked. I think maybe I have to do this rocker adjustment as I can't seem to get the valves quite right. Never bothered to do the rocker adjustment on my GS as it never seemed neccessary. Dunno exactly what the rocker adjustment DOES.. but I'll figure it out. After the 2nd valve adjustment on my GS the engine was totally smooth and pretty much fuss-free.
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Old 08-28-2009, 01:30 AM   #1604
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I think maybe I have to do this rocker adjustment as I can't seem to get the valves quite right. Never bothered to do the rocker adjustment on my GS as it never seemed neccessary. Dunno exactly what the rocker adjustment DOES.. but I'll figure it out. After the 2nd valve adjustment on my GS the engine was totally smooth and pretty much fuss-free.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:58 PM   #1605
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SIDESTAND HEAVEN!

Took the bike to the dealer after twisting the brown and white wires together to bypass the sidestand switch. While replacing the switch, they decided the stand and alloy bracket looked tweaked (I've never mounted the bike/sat on the bike with the stand down) so they replaced both with new parts.....and the black bracket is STEEL, not alloy. Ventura County had the parts in stock and warrantied the entire mess.......Happy camper here! Shouldn't'a been such a cry-baby yesterday. Bruce

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