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Old 06-21-2009, 10:13 PM   #616
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Have the Adventure Bars installed with a Utah Sport Bash plate. Great combination. (Maybe not as nice as that Wunderlich bash plate though)
The bars have done thier job several times.
Thanks!

I went with the BMW bash plate since it seemed to cover much more up front, and the SW-Motech crash bars. Seemed stout to me after installing them, but haven't "tested" them yet.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:07 PM   #617
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Hi All,
Question about dropping/adding tooth on front/rear sprocket.
The idea is to drop bottom speed to make the bike smoother on low speed. Donít really like that I canít go with ďcomfortableĒ speed (less than 20km) on difficult terrains.
Concerns are:
What is a difference to change front (to 15) or rear (to 42)?
By how much would it drop the top speed (in 6 gear)?
Do I need to change the chain as well?
Does dropping front 1 tooth increase strain on the chain?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:05 PM   #618
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Anyone think they'd be able to get an 800GS under 2300mm long for shipping purposes, without removing the front wheel.?
Im going overseas and would like to just roll the bike into the cradle when i get to the depot if possible.
Ideas...?
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:39 PM   #619
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Anyone think they'd be able to get an 800GS under 2300mm long for shipping purposes, without removing the front wheel.?
Im going overseas and would like to just roll the bike into the cradle when i get to the depot if possible.
Ideas...?
What is turn steering wheel as much as possible and remove plastic thing with license plate and reflector?
/Just an idea/
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Old 06-24-2009, 07:32 PM   #620
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Does anybody know torque for front sprocket bolt/nut?
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:46 AM   #621
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Engine break in and high revin' motor

Just started driving new my 800 GS .
I live in the city and make frequent trips into Rural Minnesota. (3 to 4 times per week)

This machine handles supurbly on dirt and gravel roads, and seems to corner nicely on any surface.
However she seems to be a high rev'er on the freeway.

Dealer did not specify any break in RPM limits even though I asked specificly this question.

The few posts I have read discuss going to a 15 or 14 tooth drive sprocket, heavy dirt riders I suppose.
A San Diego Advrider club post seemed to support all day slab riding noting only that fuel economy takes a dive. eh?

Any hard won knowledge or (heaven forbid) Opinions out there?
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:22 AM   #622
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Just started driving new my 800 GS .
I live in the city and make frequent trips into Rural Minnesota. (3 to 4 times per week)

This machine handles supurbly on dirt and gravel roads, and seems to corner nicely on any surface.
However she seems to be a high rev'er on the freeway.

Dealer did not specify any break in RPM limits even though I asked specificly this question.

The few posts I have read discuss going to a 15 or 14 tooth drive sprocket, heavy dirt riders I suppose.
A San Diego Advrider club post seemed to support all day slab riding noting only that fuel economy takes a dive. eh?

Any hard won knowledge or (heaven forbid) Opinions out there?
Did the owners manual specify any break in RPM limits? That's the place to check.

I just ordered a 15 tooth sprocket last week -- even doing figure eights in a parking lot I find that off-idle speed is just too fast. It'll be here Wednesday along with my first set of new tires for the F800GS -- the battlewings lasted for 11,000 miles (and counting).

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Old 07-12-2009, 09:40 AM   #623
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F800 manual?

Does anyone who has a manual know the procedure for the timing chain adjuster on the F8. Is it like the Japanese motors? My KLR is easy, and wondering if it's like that. I have what I think sounds like a timing chain slap when it gets warm and wanted to check this before I have to drive it 1200 +kms to the nearest dealer for a look....

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Old 07-12-2009, 10:19 AM   #624
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Wunderlich- purveyors of nice quality stuff (frequently made by someone else; sometimes noted by wonderdickyou, sometimes not) at stupidly expensive prices.
Forexample: for about $100 more than Wonderdicks bash plate, i got AdventureSpec's bash plate http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/b...8/prod_81.html and crashbars http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/b.../prod_121.html, shipped from England to CO in 3 days.
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:03 PM   #625
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Wunderlich- purveyors of nice quality stuff (frequently made by someone else; sometimes noted by wonderdickyou, sometimes not) at stupidly expensive prices.
Forexample: for about $100 more than Wonderdicks bash plate, i got AdventureSpec's bash plate http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/b...8/prod_81.html and crashbars http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/b.../prod_121.html, shipped from England to CO in 3 days.
+1 except mine were shipped to Texas.

And I had them throw in the Barkbusters which did not increase my shipping and got them for about $40-50 cheaper than I could get them in the states.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:57 AM   #626
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Just started driving new my 800 GS .
I live in the city and make frequent trips into Rural Minnesota. (3 to 4 times per week)

This machine handles supurbly on dirt and gravel roads, and seems to corner nicely on any surface.
However she seems to be a high rev'er on the freeway.

Dealer did not specify any break in RPM limits even though I asked specificly this question.

The few posts I have read discuss going to a 15 or 14 tooth drive sprocket, heavy dirt riders I suppose.
A San Diego Advrider club post seemed to support all day slab riding noting only that fuel economy takes a dive. eh?

Any hard won knowledge or (heaven forbid) Opinions out there?
Iím finding that first gear is to fast for slow traffic, off road terrains (such as going down hill etc.) Canít go les that 15mph. Planning to drop 1 tooth.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:36 AM   #627
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Iím finding that first gear is to fast for slow traffic, off road terrains (such as going down hill etc.) Canít go les that 15mph. Planning to drop 1 tooth.
Let me get this right because a mechanic really messed with my head last week when talking about this. Is that one tooth on the front i.e. from 16 to 15?
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:51 AM   #628
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Let me get this right because a mechanic really messed with my head last week when talking about this. Is that one tooth on the front i.e. from 16 to 15?
Yes. Reducing a tooth on the front means that the sprocket will turn fewer chain links per revolution, so groundspeed will be slower for a given engine speed.

Similar effect can be had from increasing the size of the rear sprocket, in which case the same links are turned by the engine, but the rear wheel does less with them. Based on the gear ratio moving a tooth on the front sprocket is roughly equivalent to a three-tooth change in the opposite direction on the rear sprocket.

Front sprockets are also easier to pack if you want the option of swapping back and forth on a trip with long highway punctuated by off-road riding. Don't forget your torque wrench.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:59 AM   #629
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Let me get this right because a mechanic really messed with my head last week when talking about this. Is that one tooth on the front i.e. from 16 to 15?
Right, front from 16 to 15
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:45 PM   #630
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Right, front from 16 to 15
Excellent. I guess going up on the back from 42 to 47 would take it even further.
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