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Old 03-11-2008, 08:25 PM   #31
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The Adv-rider-site is a great tool as a platform, a wonderful communication-tool, but lacks the sophistication I am looking for , as well as that the ones that have commented in this thread.

Ideally one would have a G/s thread, with subcategories, like suspension, parts suppliers for used and new items, g/s meets, motor with sub-categories, electrics,.... almost like a sophisticated manual. That would eliminate the need to purchase a $75 , 80 gs manual that was sold on ebay today. It would also eliminate the redundancy of topics. Less server space needed. Maybe one should talk to the designer of the website, if there is an easy way to implement a bike specific sticky thread they would approve of.
OK, it's an open forum so I am going to comment. I run a forum myself and it is more work than you know and cost more than you imagine, I can say this without question because I even run the same software program. The people running this forum are maintaining it or it would be a mass of spam and porn and I can promise you that theya re dealing with attacks every day. One Saturday I got 4000 emails to webmaster@*****.com before I could log inot the server and turn that address forwarding off. Another day I got 200 posts about child porn originating in Bulgaria!

In addition to the maintenance and spam issues is the issue of protecting the users. If you allow HTML or linking of things like youtube vids, you open those using your site to having thier emails stolen and getting 4000 child porn emails every day, you would likely not know this unless you ran a forum and were constantly being made aware of cracks, issues and risks. Personally I take my hat off to anyone willing to run such a forum open to the public. Doing so is not easy or cheap.

The issue with creating a new sub forum is that if you do so and few people use it, it is very labor intensive to move the threads that were posted to other areas but if you delete them, people are upset. Likewise making a sticky thread makes user participation go down because the top 20 posts are stickies and people get bored with scrolling down through them.

Personally I would love to see this particular sub-forum or sticky as I have just bought my second R80 GS. I am not trying to pick a fight just sharing my experiences...
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:27 PM   #32
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Upgrades:

Double plugging
Frame gussets, how to and diagrams.
Side stand modifications (These are unique tot he R80gs)
Bags and mounts

The other bits already mentioned like; charging system, suspension, etc.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:45 PM   #33
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SOMETHING LIKE G/STRING WON’T WORK, IT IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE, AS WE WANT TO FIND THE INFO NOT HIDE IT. NOBODY IS SEARCHING FOR G/S UPGRADES UNDER G/STRING.
Good point. I erred on the side of cleverness and memorability. I retract my potential name. (But I will save it for future use.)

All this talk about bags and the best mods for a G/S has me looking at my G/S differently. If I just put some work into it, the G/S will be able to replace my GSADventure.

This will be a great and useful thread however you set it up.

Thank you
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:48 PM   #34
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GSADV or G/S

Have been there, had the 2003 GS ADV, sold it and went shopping. It took two years to find the most suitable, than within 48 hours I found two G/S. Who would have thought that?
I bought the 81 G/S. As it is, I don't regret the step, especially as it is easier to enjoy the G/S when compared to the GS ADV. At least for my needs. Less weight ,which is the best of all, as it runs like a charm on my country roads. NOw it is just a matter to finetune it to my liking, which shall be resolved within the next year or two.Keeping the weight down is quintessential to maintain the great handling.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:36 PM   #35
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It would be a neat thread. As the G/S and GS are so closely related, would it not make sense to have cover both models ??
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:49 PM   #36
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It would be a neat thread. As the G/S and GS are so closely related, would it not make sense to have cover both models ??
There is one, it's called 'airhead dirtbikes'



If someone wanted to do something useful for the G/S'ers they could just put links to all the G/S specific threads in a sticky. Anything short of that and I'll just use the search function.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:31 AM   #37
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Update To Categories

UPDATE TO ORGANIZING the THREAD WITH CATEGORIES:

I ADDED YESTERDAYS SUGGESTIONS AS NEW CATEGORIES (SEE BELOW)

QUESTIONS:

ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WANT TO BE ADDED ?

WE STILL NEED A BETTER THREAD TITLE ? this shall allow anybody outside the adv rider site to find this thread when searching with google , etc.


The only thing I could add is:

G/S dedicated upgrades + modifications



How do we change the existing title with the improved title ?

DOES THIS IDENTIFCATION OF TOPIC MAKE SENSE OR NOT?

TOPIC: which would be listed in the headline: together with CONTENT: what is specifically discussed AS AN UPGRADE:

EXAMPLE:

ELECTICAL SYSTEM: DIODE BOARD UPGRADE




WHO KNOWS HOW TO CREATE OR TRANSFER EXISTING THREADS, LIKE THE CURRENT HEINRICH TANK INTO THE FRONT POST OF THIS ONE SO A NEW USER CAN SCREEN ALL EXISTING THREADS EASILY?
Maybe C goodwin is our man, as he has the knowledge.



On the first post would be a list of all TOPICS dealt with ALLOWING FOR UPGRADES + MODIFCATIONS:

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
WHEELS, BRAKE, TIRES
FINAL DRIVE, REAR SUSPENSION
FRAME, FRONT SUSPENSION
FUEL, LUBRICATION
GEARBOX
CLUTCH
ENGINE
EXCELLENT MECHANICS
WINDSHIELDS FENDERS
LUGGAGE FOR TANK, PANNIERS
TANK
LIGHTING
SEATS
SIDE STAND AND CENTERSTAND MODIFICATION


ONE COULD GO FURTHER AND EXPLAIN WHAT IS PART OF EACH TOPIC
Electrical system: Alternator, Battery, Charging system, Diode Board, Horn, Starter motor , Switches, Voltage regulator, Double plugging



Those are just ideas. PLEASE ADD YOUR THOUGHTS.


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Old 03-12-2008, 05:18 PM   #38
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Found my .pdf of the BMW "Front Wheel Fork" rebuilding manual... anyone want to host it?
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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:37 PM   #39
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Found my .pdf of the BMW "Front Wheel Fork" rebuilding manual... anyone want to host it?
Sure - PM on the way. Don't forget to put that seat cover in your car tomorrow morning?
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:38 PM   #40
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Sure - PM on the way. Don't forget to put that seat cover in your car tomorrow morning?
It's in there right now!
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Old 03-12-2008, 05:58 PM   #41
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It's in there right now!
Hmmm, guess I better go to the bank then
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:07 PM   #42
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:38 PM   #43
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I don't get you guys: what are you putting in all those boxes and containers you're loading your bike with?




The tires were only there for a while, then I travelled light:




A setup for three weeks and 6000mls on the road.


So, what were you putting in those boxes again? How many pounds?

You could have bought that case of your favorite redwine at the next Wal-Mart, couldn't ya!

Stephen

HI Stephen:
THank you for your fast replies to my questions and the link to your website.
Wonderful website,lots of good info, great pics.

From your website:

October 22, 2006:
I did a two weeks trip down South to run part of the Transamerica Trail, Deal's Gap and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Overall, a 4179mls/6275km adventure that is described here.

Unfortuantely, I can't transfer the image you posted there, but what do you call those black boxes mounted to your bike, are those the original plastic bmw panniers?

No pun intended, but could it be you stopped by at Wallmart to pick up your redwine? If you ever come down here and decide to travel light(er) = without any aluminum boxes or plastic panniers, I 'll cover the redwine.
Would a Californian do or do you prefer a Bordeaux?
Again, I appreciate your website, sincerely, I mean it, no doublestandard.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:54 PM   #44
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OK, ok, admitted, the first year and first trip on the G/S I had to use the original right pannier (nearly empty), because I didn't have the Wolfman tailbag that I have now and carried a tent and a sleeping pack in the blue duffle bag ... which I never used.



But that is only one 30l bag (and you learn from your mistakes ;-), those huge aluminum boxes are what, 40l EACH!

I do Bordeaux, I do Californian, I do Chilenean ... as long as it is red! Nevada right ? ... Tough one from the other side of the continent ... but you never know.

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Old 03-12-2008, 09:59 PM   #45
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We never stop learning......

That's what trips are for, you look how things are working out, you change things that bug you and you stick to those that faired well.

As the pic shows, I used the beamer bags, but I am even using 46 liter on each side now. Tesch, bought from a great guy in your home country. Everything stays dry, no more things disappering and some extra protection if you go off-road and crash. We have been there, but we move on. Everybody at their own speed.Of course, "The wine" is placed on an extra shelf.
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