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Old 10-23-2007, 08:13 PM   #31
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What has been the secret to the long life? I think it's as some earlier said, you just have to ride the bike. I don't tend to babe the bike at all but these days I don't try to reach redline. I'll buzz 80-90 if I can but my normal speed is around 75 mph. I tend to change gears around 5 or 6k rpms.
I do ride everyday, most of the miles come from my going to work and back.
When I can I like to ride to Mexico to rediscover the country side. Back in feb I took a trip to Panama with some friends. I heard over and over " Your not taking your old GS?" I've also been over 3/4 of the USA. I'm lucky that my work lets me take time of to recharge my batteries- refresh my brain, most of the time its a bike trip somewhere. I'm never out to set a ironbutt record run but somehow the miles just keep adding up. Its ways about enjoying the trip.
Thanks for the kind words, here is a picture I took of my GS in Tulum back when I only had 200k

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:33 PM   #32
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:28 AM   #33
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Beautiful Hank!

I have recently gone to a really clean '98 R11GS (it only had 12k miles on it!) and am already rackin up the miles. I really like the simple sturdiness of this bike.

I know you have some experience with Rhinewest, so here's a question: What are your thoughts on the simplest most reliable exhaust/EFI tuning. I put on a cheap Ebay Remus to get rid of the stock cat which cooks the tranny and am now sorting out the fueling. I'm not really after adding performance, but rather making the bike run well. Does your '95 have a cat code plug, CO Pot, or Rhinewest chip?

Your thoughts please?
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:51 AM   #34
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Awesome Hank! I'll be there in another 350,000 miles.

I too am curious what, if any, major chnges you've made to your bike.
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Old 10-24-2007, 10:59 AM   #35
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Geez, that's 34 sets of tires! Congrats.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:14 AM   #36
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Congratulations Hank!

Your story and your manner are tremendously inspiring, so much so that I put the picture of you and your girl as the background on my pc. It offers a richer story than a picture of my new K12R and also speaks volumes about what it means to be a true "motorcyclist." I'm a rider of only three years and am doing about 25,000 miles a year. Your story gives me confidence in my bikes and inspiration for my own riding future.

Thank you so much for sharing this momentous occasion with us and my you have many hundreds of thousand more miles in front of you!

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Old 10-31-2007, 03:16 PM   #37
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But I did a little search and found a thread from 2002 where you said that your odometer stopped working just before turning 250,000 miles. So, how much did you let it go before you got it fixed? For all we know you may have 500,000 miles on that bike!
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:03 PM   #38
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Almost 5,000 miles/post.
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:39 PM   #39
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How time flies

Thanks Mistercindy for looking that up.

Wow, it's amazing how time just moves along. Back in 2002 I made a trip to Guatemala on this bike and back then everybody was betting I was going to have bike troubles because of the miles...
I did replace the speedo, with a new one that I had the miles added as the old one. I may have gone a thousand or two with out the oddometer working.
right now I'm at 402k, so only 98k to go for the 500!!!

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Old 11-01-2007, 10:50 AM   #40
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I mean, just Wow.
I'm picking up my first GS tomorrow and can only DREAM of that much saddle time.

Looks like I may have just put money down on my last bike.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:05 AM   #41
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Congratulations Hank, that makes me feel better about my measly 90, thou. looks like im going to have to ride a long way to catch up
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:31 AM   #42
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A quick calculation using the math of the panty whipped whiners will factor a minimum of 10 drive shafts and at least 100 dealer visits. Because they must. However I must beg your pardon for not shouting accolades for your bike but 400k is what is expected from my corner. There are others in my camp with similar sentiment. But we all commend you for the time in the saddle. All of us scheme and conspire to manage the time and money to live the same dream. Congratulations.
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Old 11-02-2007, 12:50 PM   #43
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Hank, I forgot to ask, do you perform regular spline lubes?
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:26 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by Hank
What has been the secret to the long life? I think it's as some earlier said, you just have to ride the bike.[...] I'm never out to set a ironbutt record run but somehow the miles just keep adding up. Its ways about enjoying the trip. Hank
i've been floored with how the miles on my '96 "just keep adding up." Picked mine up in Oregon in late March 07 and rode it back to FL. Daily commuter service as soon as i got back. It was not until i re-sealed the FD at 78K in September that the mileage dawned on me: 10K miles in 5 and a half months.

What's amusing is that my original motivation to get the longer-legged oilhead was my realization in February 07 that i'd put 13k on the airhead G/S in one year. I thought that was getting excessive for a 26-year old museum piece (66K currently). Now I'm headed for just shy of twice that anually on the 1100. Amazing. I'm also stoked at how these Tourances are lasting: 11K+ on front and rear as i write this. Front needs renewal in a few months, but the rear is still good. I or it must be doing something right.

I've found that the biggest bitch about the 11GS is that it's so enjoyable i have difficulty actually parking it so i can perform service on it. It's due a valve adjust, fuel filter replacement, TB sync, oil change, replacing the PO's K&N for stock, etc. The airhead G/S is ever ready to go as my 'second bike', but i just keep jumping on the 1100 day in/day out.

Guess we should all have such problems

(then too, there could just be some very special mojo going on with the 1100GS series....)

Thanks, Hank.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:07 AM   #45
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Originally Posted by Hank
I wanted to share this milestone my 95 GS hit this weekend on a ride in Mexico's mountains....Hank
congratulation Hank
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