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Old 11-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #16
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Where is the radiator cap on my GS?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:48 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand View Post
Scattered throughout the OILHEAD BOXERS forum is a wealth of knowledge focusing on INDIVIDUAL subjects. The same questions keep coming up...year after different thread after different thread.


This should be first!

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Old 11-09-2012, 02:51 AM   #18
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #19
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I am thinking that this should be a sticky.

Mods to the white phone please.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:38 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand View Post
Thanks for the kind comment.
Perhaps...when we complete the full "100"...we'll become STICKIFIED!
I'm not sure we should limit it to just 100... Once the new 1200 GS hits the dealers, many late model 1200 GS & 1200 GSA bikes will hit the used market. For people like me who have never had one and who are "forum search" challenged, this is a perfect one stop post to get started.

Thanks for doing this LPOL...
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #21
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How about: I just replaced my HAL sensor and my bike doesn't run or stops running when it gets warm. What is wrong?

$2000 spent at BMW dealer, bike still not running

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Okay, so here is the background. I have a 00 1150 GS with just over 63k. I was in Nova Scotia having a great vacation until my bike died on the side of the road on a rainy day. The bike lurched (correct term?) then would shut off. I restarted it and it did the same thing as before, died when given throttle. I pulled over on the side of the road, it would not start. The RPM gauage did bounce around (from 0 to 3) I had to tow it to nearest BMW dealer in Canada ($640 tow job )

They have spent 2 weeks lookng at the bike and i will be spending $2000 dollars and it still is not working. One of the coils was going bad (mechanic showed me the graph and it was bad) so that was replaced.

The bike would not start up fine but only when giving it throttle. If you continue to give it throttle it will run fine. As soon as you let the bike idle, it sputters and dies. The mechanic has spent a lot of time and is lost. Checked multiple sensors, fuel pump, throttle cable, throttle bodies, and i assume (hope) a lot more stuff. They are stumped.

The bike is still in Dieppe NB and I will not be able to go get it until the last week in September, but I am trying to gain some knowledge of any other possible reasons why this is happening.

Does anyone have any new ideas? different ideas?


Okay, so I contacted BMW North America and their response was a hearty "That is terrible, but we can not help you. Your bike is out of warranty so we can not help you."

What do I do now? Can I do something? Anyone have ideas for me? Keep e-mailing them? Face it that BMW has terrible customer service?

Any advice would be helpful.

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Well, it appears the guys up in Canada broke the tab on the sensor rotor causing the bike's timing to be off. So good news, it is fixed. Bad news, well damn near 5k to fix it.

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My belief is the hall sensor was bad. When they went to replace the sensor they broke the tab. The dealer said it can happen if one is not careful.

I already drove it for an hour and the bike rode smooth.

Originally Posted by AntonLargiader View Post
I had almost the exact same situation a few years ago. Someone brought me an 1150 that was dying unexpectedly. He had replaced the HES but the problem persisted. I rode the bike a bunch of times and sometimes it would die until it cooled down but usually it would be fine. Very time-consuming...

Turns out that during the HES replacement the rotor was installed crooked, and when it heated up I think it would pop into a different position and rub the HES. Then it would cool down and pop back. I replaced the rotor and the newly damaged HES, and everything was fine.

I think the total was $800-ish. I thought that was a lot for what I did but I just had SO much time in it (some of it sitting somewhere waiting for it to cool down again).
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:26 AM   #22
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Thank you, thank you....

...thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:01 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by wjherrick View Post
...thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This needs to be a sticky! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:26 AM   #24
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #25
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I'll give you props, Laurel and Hardy on Land, you actually did something worthwhile around here. Good idea!

Not sure if my coil debacle is "top 100" worthy but it does catch people out.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:40 AM   #26
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And here I thought I was young for a GS owner! 20's!??! Wow.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:43 AM   #27
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Since you actually shared this one in a recent post, I can't claim any responsibility for finding it, but it's so interesting and full of creative ideas, I think it should should be in the list!

Vario Case Modifications

Thanks for putting together an awesome resource!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:35 AM   #28
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How about the link I cant find with the part numbers for the updated Cam Chain Tensioners for an r1200gs(a)
I can't find the parts for anything but have needed for months now. My goggle-fu is weak.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:36 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by scooteraug02 View Post
Too bad we can't organize the threads based on category by BMW part category.

12-Engine Electrics
13-Fuel Preparation
16-Fuel Supply
18-Exhaust System
31-Front Suspension
33-Rear Axle & Suspension
46-Frame, Fairing, Cases
51-Vehicle Trim
61-Electrical System
62-Instruments Dash
65-GPS, Alarm & Radios
71-Equipment Parts

Aftermarket exhaust, What seat do I get, Panniers, Driveshaft, Spline lube, GPS wiring, Shift lever, foot pegs, How do I check my oil quantity. What car parts can I use. What color paint is my engine painted, Who is tagesk, What is a sticky, What is GSpot Frequently Asked Questions/LOOK HERE FOR FORUM CONTENTS GSpot FAQ
Good idea, but the list is too elaborate and incomplete at the same time. Considering that the total number of topics will be 100, only a few sections would be appropriate. Something along the lines of this:
1. Buying
2. Riding
3. Maintaining
4. Upgrading

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:52 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by LaurelPerryOnLand View Post
Like the idea of your categorizing...but..I think everyone should read/scan ALL the topics.
I try to read all Oilhead Boxer posts...thinking that SOMEDAY I might remember something that will save me either DOLLARS or PUSHING. I have few of the former and shun the latter.

The random listing as it's presently shown makes you go through the entire list.

Might reconsider after we reach 100,
I doubt there is anyone who will make use of all 100 topics. For example, as an owner of 07 bike I don't want to know "14. HOW DO I ADJUST THE VALVES ON MY 10+ DOHC." or "50. HOW DO I REPLACE THE FINAL DRIVE BEARING IN A R1100GS and R1150GS?".
And I hope it will be a while before I'll need to read "55. AM I TOO OLD TO OWN A GS? WHAT'S THE AVERAGE AGE OF A GS RIDER?"

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