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Old 03-31-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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Just bought my first dual sport!!!!!

I just bought my first dual sport. A 2000 R1150GS. I have been riding it for three weeks now and I am in love. Being in the Reno/Tahoe area, there are plenty of places to ride, but I feel that I am ill equipped to ride some on the trails. The biggest thing I cannot get a straight answer on is the crash bars. I want full protection, meaning I want the tank and motor covered. Also, are highway pegs all that important? I had them on my Honda VTX and they were needed, but with how straight you sit on the GS, are they useful?
The next thing is that I am a large fella. I am 6'3" and 260lbs. Should I upgrade my suspension?
And finally, I have the standard system bags. Should I upgrade to aluminum?
Any and all insight and info is greatly appreciated.

And if anyone is in the Reno/Tahoe area and is looking to ride, I am always looking for someone to ride with.

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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welcome, and congrats to the new ride. Lots of fun to ride and with a addicting side affect, which is the overwhelming necessity to ride even more.

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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must've been a hell of a diet, you don't look that big!
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:12 PM   #4
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congrats
beautiful bike
welcome to the greatest forum anywhere
i hope that you'll be an active member... please post more pictures and a few ride reports when you can

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Old 03-31-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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Aren't you a little young to be on a big boys bike? Do your parents know you're on the internet son?

Welcome, I'd definitely look into suspension mods, it is in my opinion money well spent on virtually any vehicle in terms of it increasing performance and comfort. Highway pegs you may not need with your height, they may just bind up your knees too much depending on placement, but you can always experiment with some cheapie pegs after you install crash guards. I'd keep the bags until an occasion necessitates replacement. My 2 cents.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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I would look at Hepco Becker cylinder guards before anything else. They make the difference between: "Dang" and Oh my God, What have I done?"
You do not have to remove them to do the valve checks. Nice bike, Have fun!!
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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Beaut looking machine. IMO crash bars-yes, suspension-yes, hway pegs-nah, metal bags-nah, i see the plastic ones as excellent and under rated. In a tumble metal boxes can easily break the subframe, whereas the plastic bags have an amount of "give" and would absorb a lot of bang.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:09 AM   #8
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Please don't tell my '09 1200GS, but damn I love the look of those 11fiddy's. Not that I would want to trade my 09 for one, but I'd love to add an 1150 to the family. Say an 06 1150 ADV.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:41 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of the replies. I took a picture yesterday of my mirror that I need to replace, and I accidentally caught my bikes older brother in the shot. I know the quality isn't there, but the accidental art is priceless. I hope you all get a kick out of it.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:43 PM   #10
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Please don't tell my '09 1200GS, but damn I love the look of those 11fiddy's. Not that I would want to trade my 09 for one, but I'd love to add an 1150 to the family. Say an 06 1150 ADV.
You are more than welcome to switch with me from time to time. I wont argue.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:45 PM   #11
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Did you buy the boy, I'm pretty sure that is illegal, but since you have him, what sports does he dual around with.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:34 PM   #12
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I just bought my first dual sport. A 2000 R1150GS. The biggest thing I cannot get a straight answer on is the crash bars. I want full protection, meaning I want the tank and motor covered. Also, are highway pegs all that important?
The next thing is that I am a large fella. I am 6'3" and 260lbs. Should I upgrade my suspension?
And finally, I have the standard system bags. Should I upgrade to aluminum?

Cheers
I'm guessing your a lot taller in person

You're gonna freakin love this bike but you will have to put up with a lust for parts and tinkering t get it right.

I'm 6'2" -210 and 34"seam. Modified 12gsa pegs, 2" blocks under the seat, and it gets the knees in about the right position for a comfy cruise or a dirt mission. 2" bar riser on stock bars makes the transition to standing quite easy. Jesse side cases and an BMW top case. Ohlins at full preload when 2 up touring, less when solo. Very versatile motorcycle for its size.

As for crash bars I can't say what has tank coverage, not certain it's necessary. I do have Wunderlich bars and Stanton full head covers(scratched to shite). Tried highway pegs and didn't find them useful so I pitched them.

After 3 years and countless maintenance and repairs, I can't think of a bike i'd rather ride



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Old 04-01-2011, 06:11 PM   #13
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I just bought my first dual sport. A 2000 R1150GS. I have been riding it for three weeks now and I am in love.
Nice. Silver like mine, but I have an '04.

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Being in the Reno/Tahoe area, there are plenty of places to ride, but I feel that I am ill equipped to ride some on the trails. The biggest thing I cannot get a straight answer on is the crash bars. I want full protection, meaning I want the tank and motor covered.
Honestly I don't know of any crash bars for the 1150 that cover the tank. The tank protection bars started popping up with the 1200s because they had plastic side lobes. I have the Adventure version so it has the factory bars, but if I replaced them it would be for these:

http://shop.ztechnik.com/cgi-bin/zte...h_model=bm-031


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Also, are highway pegs all that important? I had them on my Honda VTX and they were needed, but with how straight you sit on the GS, are they useful?
I have no need of them, but I'm also only 5' 9".

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The next thing is that I am a large fella. I am 6'3" and 260lbs. Should I upgrade my suspension?
Absolutely. I went with Ohlins that were set up by Kyle Racing in Monterey, CA. They spring them for your weight and riding style. I wish I had done it earlier. Another friend went with one of the other big name brands (drawing a blank right now) and he loves his too. Definitely do it.

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And finally, I have the standard system bags. Should I upgrade to aluminum?
Maybe. If you plan on your dirt road adventures being just day trips without luggage and your multi-day road trips with luggage largely on pavement then no. But if you plan on needing luggage and hitting some dirt while away then I would recommend it. The standard system cases and/or brackets will snap on the first decent fall, trust me.

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Any and all insight and info is greatly appreciated.

And if anyone is in the Reno/Tahoe area and is looking to ride, I am always looking for someone to ride with.

Cheers
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:16 PM   #14
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FWIW I have a set of highway pegs made from some old nylon frame sliders that I hook my heels on, or more accurately, rest my Achilles tendon on. They attach to my Hepco-becker crash bars. A note on crash bars: To me, it's more important to have oil change access than valve adj access. A bar that has both would be nice.

Above all(which this or that you need/want) ENJOY your GS!!!
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:29 PM   #15
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Did you buy the boy, I'm pretty sure that is illegal, but since you have him, what sports does he dual around with.
Believe it or not, I actually made him. Although I am sure it would have been cheaper to buy one. One more year and its time for a 50.
Right now, the picture below is his idea of adventure riding. Black Rock Desert 2010.
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