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Old 12-07-2012, 07:58 PM   #5866
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Tassels...........Its all in the Tassels!!!!

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Old 12-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #5867
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BMW 1200GS Lifting

Actually the 12GS was loaded pretty lightly, about the same amount of equipment as the guys on the 250s, in spite of the hard cases. Now it does weigh 200 lbs more and takes some effort to get the beast up. It can be lifted by one person with a level surface and good traction, following the "proper" technique.

It is interesting to note that BMW Motorcycle Owners Association seems to spend an inordinate amount of time and print on training people the "proper" technique. I don't think Honda does the same for the Gold Wing. The 12GS is right on the edge of being doable I guess...

Either way, much thanks to Dave and Scott for the assistance on getting the tires back on the sand...

Tassels, tassels, tassels, ....
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:12 AM   #5868
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How in soft sand

Question for all the Mobius riders - not just the big bike guy.

How were all of you handling the soft sand?

Lotza right hand into it and keep the speed up or some other method?

If you did it with speed about what speed did you attack sand like shown?
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:55 AM   #5869
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #5870
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Soos,
As one who's been riding and racing dirt bikes for 40 yrs, and own and love a GS piggly I gotta tell you the GS 12 hunny is the ABSOLUTE WORST THING I've ever had the "pleasure" to ride in deep sand, unless you have knobs, lower the air to about 20 psi, and keep up your speed UP it's truly grueling. Way too much weight on the front wheel and no way to really slide back on the seat. You CAN pick one up by yourself usually, by backing into it, squat and lift with your legs, bike behind yourself. The Jugs act as a low kickstand so the bike never actually flat onna ground. Not that I'VE ever dropped mine.

Lovin the Mobius trips...wish I could help Doc and LDF on the right coast.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:52 AM   #5871
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Question for all the Mobius riders - not just the big bike guy.

How were all of you handling the soft sand?

Lotza right hand into it and keep the speed up or some other method?

If you did it with speed about what speed did you attack sand like shown?

Lotza right hand!!....back on the seat.....Speed is good.....but more important is RPM!

Think of your back tire like a prop on a boat........More RPM keeps it up on "Plane" and steerable

Lower RPM.....not steerable!!!..............Just my 0.2

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:48 AM   #5872
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Lotza right hand!!....back on the seat.....Speed is good.....but more important is RPM!

Think of your back tire like a prop on a boat........More RPM keeps it up on "Plane" and steerable

Lower RPM.....not steerable!!!..............Just my 0.2

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Probably one of the best analogies that I have seen on sand. You just forgot one thing DingWeed......ignore the sound you have in your ear "your going to did" and ride on
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:04 PM   #5873
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Probably one of the best analogies that I have seen on sand. You just forgot one thing DingWeed......ignore the sound you have in your ear "your going to did" and ride on
Thats a FACT!!!!!!.......and that is the hardest part!!!

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:39 PM   #5874
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It is interesting to note that BMW Motorcycle Owners Association seems to spend an inordinate amount of time and print on training people the "proper" technique. I don't think Honda does the same for the Gold Wing...
That's probably because they know you can't lift those things off the ground with anything other than a crane.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #5875
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That's probably because they know you can't lift those things off the ground with anything other than a crane.
Lifting an 1800 Goldwing is actually pretty easy. Like the GS, the GL's cylinders stick out far enough to prevent the bike from laying on it's side. My wife who is 5 ft tall can right mine with a bit of effort.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:43 AM   #5876
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Lifting an 1800 Goldwing is actually pretty easy. Like the GS, the GL's cylinders stick out far enough to prevent the bike from laying on it's side. My wife who is 5 ft tall can right mine with a bit of effort.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:42 PM   #5877
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My daughter and I are enjoying your trips, this really is spectacular.

I'm sure you posted this information somewhere, just can't remember. What software are you using for the routing, mapping and elevation. Also, what GPS model.

Thanks and keep it up!

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #5878
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Wow

Thanks everyone for moving us forward with this ride report. Hope to catch up real soon.

Enjoying the photos and commentary.

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Old 12-13-2012, 01:02 PM   #5879
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Lifting an 1800 Goldwing is actually pretty easy. Like the GS, the GL's cylinders stick out far enough to prevent the bike from laying on it's side. My wife who is 5 ft tall can right mine with a bit of effort.

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Also, the fairing itself is designed to help the bike sort of roll back onto its wheels. I have picked one up without even bothering with the proper technique.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:54 PM   #5880
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