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Old 07-26-2013, 02:44 AM   #1771
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I made a discovery today. I was getting ready for an upcoming trip and looking for my homemade axel tool. Then I figured this out.
The Hex end of a spark plug socket fits perfect
Well done Mate . Love it when someone discovers something on their own and is willing to share , even if it is "old news" for some . Its new news for me
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #1772
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what have you done to Tour adventure today?

Got home from trip to northern Alberta now working on cleaning all the bugs.
Anyone have any tricks?
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:33 PM   #1773
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Got home from trip to northern Alberta now working on cleaning all the bugs.
Anyone have any tricks?

Spray everything down with Plexus, let sit then wash/or wipe off.

http://www.plexusplasticcleaner.com/plexus.html

http://www.plexusplasticcleaner.com/frames.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/Continental-Plexus-Plastic-Cleaner/dp/B0024WX1K8
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:37 PM   #1774
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Got home from trip to northern Alberta now working on cleaning all the bugs.
Anyone have any tricks?
Lay some hot wet towels access the buggy areas for several minutes to soften them up and then wipe them off.
Works great on windshields and face shields also!

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Old 07-26-2013, 01:42 PM   #1775
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Got home from trip to northern Alberta now working on cleaning all the bugs.
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Yup, learned this trick on youtube. Wet a towel/old t shirt/paper towel with water and place on the bug covered area. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe them off. Turns out bugs are water soluble.
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:33 PM   #1776
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Modified a new K60 tire for some more bite. Plan on taking it on a 5,000 mile trip with over half being on dirt/gravel. I know the TKC80 would not do it and wanted a little more bite for soft stuff like sand and mud though I will be trying to stay out'a that stuff. Turned out pretty good, I'll be eager to see how it works.

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Old 07-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #1777
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Modified a new K60 tire for some more bite. Plan on taking it on a 5,000 mile trip with over half being on dirt/gravel. I know the TKC80 would not do it and wanted a little more bite for soft stuff like sand and mud though I will be trying to stay out'a that stuff. Turned out pretty good, I'll be eager to see how it works.
Looks good. Will be nice to hear how it works after you get back.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:09 PM   #1778
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Modified a new K60 tire for some more bite. Plan on taking it on a 5,000 mile trip with over half being on dirt/gravel. I know the TKC80 would not do it and wanted a little more bite for soft stuff like sand and mud though I will be trying to stay out'a that stuff. Turned out pretty good, I'll be eager to see how it works.

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Interesting! Keep an eye on the base of the tread blocks for cracking. You are now placing an unusual strain on places where there was none before.

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Old 07-26-2013, 04:32 PM   #1779
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I modified the rear brake system on my '13 GSA today.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:35 PM   #1780
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Interesting! Keep an eye on the base of the tread blocks for cracking. You are now placing an unusual strain on places where there was none before.
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:17 AM   #1781
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Old 07-28-2013, 09:58 AM   #1782
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12K mile service

Not today, but did the full 12k service on my 2011 GS last weekend. Compared to other bikes I have owned this thing is a piece of cake to do a basic service on!

The valves did not need any adjustment being pretty close to the middle of the range. I replaced the spark plugs though the old ones still looked good. The TBS is simple and waaaay easier than the 4 cylinder bikes I have done before. I used the GS911 and Morgan Carbtune pro I have had for a few years. After doing the sync the engine is definitely smoother. Even my wife commented how much quieter it is.

Thanks to JVB for the excellent service DVD!

It certainly made it easier for a BMW noob like me to get the work done.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:21 PM   #1783
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Not today, but did the full 12k service on my 2011 GS last weekend. Compared to other bikes I have owned this thing is a piece of cake to do a basic service on!

The valves did not need any adjustment being pretty close to the middle of the range. I replaced the spark plugs though the old ones still looked good. The TBS is simple and waaaay easier than the 4 cylinder bikes I have done before. I used the GS911 and Morgan Carbtune pro I have had for a few years. After doing the sync the engine is definitely smoother. Even my wife commented how much quieter it is.

Thanks to JVB for the excellent service DVD!

It certainly made it easier for a BMW noob like me to get the work done.


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Old 07-28-2013, 03:26 PM   #1784
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Noob here; what does the Hammond switch do?
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Old 07-28-2013, 04:09 PM   #1785
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I made mine (201 1150GS) obey all the speed limits on the way to work today.
See if I can do the same on the way home

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