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Old 11-05-2007, 09:11 AM   #76
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It seems with each new model that comes out they just get more unreliable and with a higher price tag. Didn't hear much about major problems with the 1100s. I read about the number or rearend failures. Again, beautiful bike and looks very light.
The 1100 has one major gripe and thats the tranny, first years the 3rd tends to wear out quick, and the subframe tears itself out of the gearbox, but thats easily fixed with touratech hardparts (if you have a 11 without *get* them !)
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #77
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:39 PM   #78
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My '95 "FrankenGS" 113k and still going strong...

With original plastic tank refinished with bedliner:




With 1150GS tank after neighbor's kid decided to play with my nailgun:

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Old 11-05-2007, 02:49 PM   #79
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This is mine just after I painted the tank, beak, and tailfeather -- and just before the paint started bubbling and peeling back off the tank. This look lasted about two weeks. Maybe I will get in line at BeemerBoneyard for a metal tank when one shows up -- next winter's project.

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It just went through 60K miles. The seats are from Rick Mayer. Came with that Staintune exhaust, so now I am illegal in Denver. I mostly use this for looking around the beautiful contryside here in northern Colorado. Having a GS makes it all that much better, no need to stay on pavement. Better tires would help for that, but these Tourances are OK for now. Next problem to solve: air over that stock windscreen hits me about eye level -- wind noise driving me to tinnitus even with ear plugs under a helmet.

Always starts & runs fine. Everything works: ABS brakes, tranny, and no surging. The right TB rattles a bit, needs a new shaft but OK for now. Amazing how small problems seem as long as I can ride it.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:52 PM   #80
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Here is that same tank now. Don'cha just love plastic tanks?

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Old 11-11-2007, 07:59 PM   #81
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Here is that same tank now. Don'cha just love plastic tanks?

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It's nice patina. May I suggest coating the interior of the tank before repainting? It will seal the gas off.

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Old 11-11-2007, 08:07 PM   #82
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:03 AM   #83
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:46 AM   #84
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It's nice patina. May I suggest coating the interior of the tank before repainting? It will seal the gas off.

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Thanks for the thought Jim, but I did that. Used a phenol novolac 2-part epoxy tank sealer from Caswell. I wish that were the answer. The only thing I could figure is that some of the gas was trapped in the plastic by the sealer on the inside and the new paint on the outside. Between the two, the paint was the weaker. Tank works fine as a tank -- doesn't leak. I put a lot of hours into scraping/sanding that thing to bare plastic, plus several layers of "adhesion enhancer" primer for plastic auto bumpers followed by more layers of high-fill primer. The paint was $70/quart automotive urethane applied by a pro. The experience killed my ambition for doing it again. This winter I may get in line at the Boneyard for the next decent metal 1150 tank that shows up. Or . . . maybe I will get into stickers, or a wider version of the tank panniers like whitenuckle has on his. I just like to ride the thing. And I have to admit it gets a lot of looks. I like to imagine they are looks of envy because I have obvously been around the world on it. (not true!)
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:54 AM   #85
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Kongo, strip it & take it to the "Rhino lining" place and get it done in a color of your choice. At least it will look good and have a bit of protection for a low investment in T&M.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:04 AM   #86
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Get a vinyl cover.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:26 PM   #87
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Get a vinyl cover.
I've been thinking the same thing, but not finding it. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:45 AM   #88
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I've been thinking the same thing, but not finding it. Any suggestions?

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Bagster. Tank cover with clips so you can snap on a tank bag too.

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Old 11-13-2007, 07:35 AM   #89
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I put a lot of hours into scraping/sanding that thing to bare plastic, plus several layers of "adhesion enhancer" primer for plastic auto bumpers followed by more layers of high-fill primer.

My suggestion would be, do it again, but now in a Thin spread so the fumes can just evaporate through a thin skin, instead of being trapped under a thick unbreathable layer...
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:42 AM   #90
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I know a place in LA that will spray on a conductive paint then chrome it....
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