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Old 03-02-2010, 06:53 AM   #31
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Is anyone hooking up a Ctek 3300 to a Powerlet socket? If so, what charging cable are you using?

Is this the correct one:
http://www.powerletproducts.com/prod...ging-cable/262

It looks like it might work but I would love other opinions before I order it and wait for it to arrive.

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Edit: that is not the right connector

I'm going to put put together my own to go from the Ctek to Powerlet

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Old 03-02-2010, 08:05 AM   #32
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There was an issue with chains on bikes pre 5/2009. If you can go here: http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195682. You can read all about it. Cliff notes indicate that while BMW denied an issue the manufacturer is saying otherwise. In any event it appears the chains were respeced. I believe there is the equivalant of a NHTSA investigation going on to see if they need to be recalled. In spite of the number who complained on the website, BMW only found 5 occurances
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:30 AM   #33
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Gary:

So the chain mfg. is saying "our chains suck" but BMW is saying no, no, no, you don't know what you are talking about - you make great stuff?

For the record, I have 8K+ miles on my OEM chain and have only adjusted the tension twice - at the 600 mile inspection and once since then....
I do lube it at very regular intervals & inspect the side plates often.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:03 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by ba_
Is anyone hooking up a Ctek 3300 to a Powerlet socket? If so, what charging cable are you using?

Is this the correct one:
http://www.powerletproducts.com/prod...ging-cable/262

It looks like it might work but I would love other opinions before I order it and wait for it to arrive.

===

Edit: that is not the right connector

I'm going to put put together my own to go from the Ctek to Powerlet
I just removed the alligator clips from one of the cables that came with it, and added a Powerlet plug. 5 mins and it works just fine.
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:10 AM   #35
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I just removed the alligator clips from one of the cables that came with it, and added a Powerlet plug. 5 mins and it works just fine.
that's what I ended up doing. Thanks
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Old 03-10-2010, 06:08 PM   #36
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Gary:

So the chain mfg. is saying "our chains suck" but BMW is saying no, no, no, you don't know what you are talking about - you make great stuff?

For the record, I have 8K+ miles on my OEM chain and have only adjusted the tension twice - at the 600 mile inspection and once since then....
I do lube it at very regular intervals & inspect the side plates often.
I have virtually the same exact experience with mine. It is a CZ, and looks fine, but with 10k scheduled just for May, I am putting on a DID anyways. Call it insurance
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:52 AM   #37
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My (well maintained) chain snapped two links at 2500ks.

Replacement DID has done another 9000ks (hardly maintained) and is looking fine.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:44 PM   #38
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There was an issue with chains on bikes pre 5/2009. If you can go here: http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195682. You can read all about it. Cliff notes indicate that while BMW denied an issue the manufacturer is saying otherwise. In any event it appears the chains were respeced. I believe there is the equivalant of a NHTSA investigation going on to see if they need to be recalled. In spite of the number who complained on the website, BMW only found 5 occurances
I have my third chain now.

First lost a substantial part of the o-rings after 14-17 000km, the next original (BMW/CZ) one was replaced another 16 000 km later.

Now I have an DID 525 ZVM2 and it does look fine at least at the moment.
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Old 03-15-2010, 02:20 PM   #39
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It seems that all of us that have replaced the CZ with a DID VZM2 are happy! Too bad a new bike requires a near immediate chain replacement!
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:41 AM   #40
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Wal-mart Battery for the F800gs is a "in-stock" battery.- I noticed the motorcycle battery that fits the f800gs is a 14BS - the same as the R1200gs. Wally World battery has a "GS" logo on it. Exactly that same logo as the BMW "GS". The battery is a AGM...sealed Gas matt battery. You have to add the electrolite...let it sit for 1 hour then charge it for 3-7 hours at a 1 amp rate - not to exceed 2 amps or it will damage it.

The story of GS.....
GS Battery is the American subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation of Japan, which are formed after the merger of Japan Storage Battery and Yuasa Battery in 2004. GS Yuasa group is comprised of the company and 87 subsidiaries and 45 affiliates and with revenue exceeds US$2 billion.

I installed this one on my F800gs and will see how it works out. Price...$65.00 (9.00 core exchange fee)
I too am in need of a new battery. It's shot after 2 years of use. I think I'm going to give the GS battery a try. "GS" is the actual brand of the battery. Here's their website:

http://www.gsbattery.com/index.html

Called and spoke with a woman at GS. She confirmed that they are the sister company of Yuasa. Basically the "American Yuasa". And the ES-14BS is the exact same battery as OEM.
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #41
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BMW is recalling bikes for new chain and sprockets now. I got a recall in my mailbox today
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:30 AM   #42
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BMW is recalling bikes for new chain and sprockets now. I got a recall in my mailbox today
Are you serious?? Nice! So how do I go about getting my dealer to recognize this? I haven't received anything in the mail as of yet.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:34 AM   #43
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It is a Europe only thing.
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:35 AM   #44
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It is a Europe only thing.
Damn. Oh well I guess!
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Old 05-18-2010, 09:53 AM   #45
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I know that this is off the subject on the thread, but the Front Axle recall started as a Europe. It took BMW almost 2 years to send an official recall notice for the North American bikes.
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