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Old 08-02-2012, 03:10 AM   #61
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Do they not count the G450 as a BMW?
I think last year it was specifically excluded from the list of suitable bikes.

Strictly speaking the G450 is NOT a GS (GS stands for Gelände Straße or loosely translated road/offroad), but it's only a name. Unlike the 650 there is a higher maintenance requirement, therefore need to do oil changes every couple of days.

Had a good chat with Nick, the main concern is the fuel range. Bog stock the 450 is 8ltr, and that will only get about 120-150km. I do have the Safari tanks for the 450, which is the 12ltr front tank, 8 ltrs in the rear, giving 28 ltrs in total, that's more than my 1150. At conservative estimates, it should get about 400km.

I'm starting to hatch plan for next year already, but I'd have to either ship or trailer the bike to the start. No luggage and a long haul ride would kill the engine. I wouldn't be too surprised if someone is thinking of bringing one along this year... most of the 450s would be out of warranty now.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:46 AM   #62
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I think last year it was specifically excluded from the list of suitable bikes.

Strictly speaking the G450 is NOT a GS (GS stands for Gelände Straße or loosely translated road/offroad), but it's only a name.
I didn't know there was a list, so long as it had BMW on the tank and could make the distance.

So is that gonna kill my idea to build a PD replica from an old R80 or R100 for one of these rides? Think if I went to that effort it'd be a shame not to be allowed just cause its ''not'' a GS.

This would put a horn on a jellyfish....

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Old 08-03-2012, 04:40 AM   #63
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Surely they wouldn't / couldn't refuse such a beautiful thing.

Suspension is out of my beastie hopefully Aus/post can keep track of it all.
Can't wait to try the Wilbers set up out next week.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:52 PM   #64
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I didn't know there was a list, so long as it had BMW on the tank and could make the distance.

So is that gonna kill my idea to build a PD replica from an old R80 or R100 for one of these rides? Think if I went to that effort it'd be a shame not to be allowed just cause its ''not'' a GS.

This would put a horn on a jellyfish....

Actually that *IS* a GS... where the whole concept grew from. The list was on last years Safari, not on this years.
It's ok, like I said, I am doing some planning, mostly revolving around strengthening the rear subframe to support the 8ltr safari tank. As it is an enduro, the rear subframe is pretty light, and a few guys found it was broken carrying even a moderate load.
If you think about it, the standard 450 really only has a fuel range of 120-150km, and then it would be bone dry. It would have been a struggle to get through some of the days. Remembering there's really no luggage ability, carrying enough fuel would be a challenge.
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:34 AM   #65
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Booked in on Tuesday, accommodation paid!

Just picked up a 2011 R1200GSA and this will be my first safari.

Done a lot of dirt previously on 450/530's and currently have an S1000RR Tracky in the garage, so BMW is not new to me!

Getting excited now!!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:37 AM   #66
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Booked in on Tuesday, accommodation paid!

Just picked up a 2011 R1200GSA and this will be my first safari.

Done a lot of dirt previously on 450/530's and currently have an S1000RR Tracky in the garage, so BMW is not new to me!

Getting excited now!!!
good to hear... where ya heading from?
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:57 AM   #67
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Not to long now, really looking forward to heading off. Leaving Melb early on the Friday.
Which way are people going from Melbourne.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:12 AM   #68
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good to hear... where ya heading from?
Will be riding up from Five dock in the Inner West of Sydney on the Sunday, do the trip up tp Ballina in about 8 hours I would think?

I have to work on the Saturday, otherwise I would have gone up and done one of the pre-Safari rider skills courses.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #69
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Just received an email from BMW Safari about a Safety Inspection,

Being my first Safari I`m asking is this normal procedure? Does it involve a cost?

QUOTE: "it is also necessary to be eligible for the BMW Safari tech support by Allianz Roadside Assist."

This looks like it might be a smart thing to do...
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Old 08-12-2012, 07:15 PM   #70
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Just received an email from BMW Safari about a Safety Inspection,

Being my first Safari I`m asking is this normal procedure? Does it involve a cost?

QUOTE: "it is also necessary to be eligible for the BMW Safari tech support by Allianz Roadside Assist."

This looks like it might be a smart thing to do...
Haven't seen the email yet, but if this is the same as last year, the inspection is covered in the cost of the Safari. If they find issues, they would present you with a list of items and a quote to get them fixed. They won't do anything else but "inspect". The list I got last year included replacing swing arm bearings, but all that was needed was to just adjust them!
If your bike is ok, you'll get a little sticker and you would be covered by the roadside assist.

I've just put in new fork seals, grips and the speedo cable doovalacky (allegedly, this is a "safety" item) and I'll get my local mechanic to go over the bike before I take it into Southpark for the "inspection", as I don't like surprises
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Just received an email from BMW Safari about a Safety Inspection,

Being my first Safari I`m asking is this normal procedure? Does it involve a cost?

QUOTE: "it is also necessary to be eligible for the BMW Safari tech support by Allianz Roadside Assist."

This looks like it might be a smart thing to do...
No cost for the inspection, but it gives the dealers a way to point out other work they can charge you for and withhold your sticker until you pay for the repairs.

Did anyone else get the letter saying all GS owners get a free oil filter and Castrol Oil from BMW as part of a service? you have to pay for the rest of the service, but the oil and filter are free!... apparently... I saw a letter the other day, but i havent received one yet... mines only 4 months old!
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No cost for the inspection, but it gives the dealers a way to point out other work they can charge you for and withhold your sticker until you pay for the repairs.

Did anyone else get the letter saying all GS owners get a free oil filter and Castrol Oil from BMW as part of a service? you have to pay for the rest of the service, but the oil and filter are free!... apparently... I saw a letter the other day, but i havent received one yet... mines only 4 months old!
I guess that will save about $70-$100 per service, no idea how much genuine filter are!
I feel ripped off... I do the servicing on my own bike, ah the wonders of the 1150.

Also, if they find something, be aware of the lead times for parts, it was pretty much touch and go for me last year some pretty late nights fitting the new bits (yes they let me install the parts myself).
Atleast they gave me the sticker once I'd ordered the parts.
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I guess that will save about $70-$100 per service, no idea how much genuine filter are!
I feel ripped off... I do the servicing on my own bike, ah the wonders of the 1150.

Also, if they find something, be aware of the lead times for parts, it was pretty much touch and go for me last year some pretty late nights fitting the new bits (yes they let me install the parts myself).
Atleast they gave me the sticker once I'd ordered the parts.
Filters about $25 oil around $60-70 depending on your preference obviously.

It seems BMW have changed oil preference again, Now Castrol
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Filters about $25 oil around $60-70 depending on your preference obviously.

It seems BMW have changed oil preference again, Now Castrol
And THEN the cost of the actual service...
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Old 08-17-2012, 02:34 AM   #75
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Thumb Tyre ordering

Just booked my tyres on the webpage thinking someone will call me next week sometime... holy crap minutes later I get a call from Dave @ Tyres for Bikes! Now that is awesomely quick! Much easier than the process last year.

They had my choice of tyres in stock and (hopefully) they'll be on the truck in a few weeks time.
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