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Old 01-26-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
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Farkling the '12 GS Rally

I picked up my new GS on Monday and came to the realization I spent a LOT of money over the years on my '02 GS that, for the most part, I have to do on the new one!

I'm a Jesse guy and have used Al's bags on several bikes over the years and like 'em so that is what I'm getting for this one. What I'm looking for is opinions and pictures of the high vs low pipe versions. Because the '12 has the exhaust valve I think the extra length with the adapter is going to make it way ugly BUT a picture is worth... Anyone have a picture of their GS with the low pipe (without the bags mounted) so I can see what it looks like?

I'm leaning towards the high just because I pack too much stuff anyway but I had/have the low pipe on the 1150 GS and it's nice for the extra room.

The new bike

And I am going to have the mounting brackets power coated red


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Old 01-26-2012, 07:39 AM   #2
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Congrats and looking forward to seeing that beast farkled!

Enjoy!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Thanks...

The new Twin isn't your Father's BMW. I can't believe how much quicker this is than the 1150 it's replacing! Of course I had the 10 Gallon tank on the 1150 so the new bike feels MUCH lighter! But not to worry... bags and all the other crud I add should add another 50 lbs

I sure like it!
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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man that thing is nice!
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #5
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You pack too much shit. Keep the high pipe.


I'm really looking forward to seeing how the red Jesse mounts look, I suspect it'll be right sexy!
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:54 AM   #6
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Congrats,I love the look of the rally..............
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #7
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Congratulations! This is a beautiful bike. Saw one like that (Was it yours?) in Mountain View last weekend. Looks really, really nice.

I was going back and forth for weeks about luggage and finally settled on Micatech V-Pilot in combination with a Hattech exhaust:









The result is something that looks great when the panniers are off, can carry 74L volume (semi side-loading works pretty well, especially with a drybag strapped across the rear), and is just 32.5" wide.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:18 AM   #8
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Cug, Nice looking and simple but I just don't care for the Micatech bags.

Thanks for posting the pics!

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:23 AM   #9
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Gerg,nice bike !
Problably the Rallye is what they called "Last Edition" or "Classic" before...
I would keep it light.
Go with the stock GSA aluminum boxes instead of the heavy/ungainly looking aftermarket stuff.
Put on the BMW LED lights;very bright and much cheaper than the PIAA HID
And replace the stock exhaust with a full system from Akrapovic.You'll loose another 10lbs and it sounds just mean with a deep growl...
Oilcooler-screen,BMW LED blinker,aluminum valvecoverprotectors,Touratech GS benchseat,Touratech steering stop and maybe a set of Ohlins and you are ready to hit the road...
Enjoy!
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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Cug, Nice looking and simple but I just don't care for the Micatech bags.
I don't care much for the larger ones (the Pilot), they are plain too big for my taste. I like the ones I have, but I can see advantages for both, Jesse as well as Micatech.

One of the main decision points was the absolute abysmal pre-sale service experience I had with xplorermoto and Jesse.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:33 AM   #11
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Gerg is like me, a Jesse guy. I wish I had 'em on my current bike but it came with Happy Trails and the company Treasurer won't let me swap them out.


It's going to look sweet with the red racks and black bags. You should get a smaller slip-on exhaust though to give you a little extra room and loose a couple of pounds.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:45 AM   #12
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Gerg,nice bike !
Problably the Rallye is what they called "Last Edition" or "Classic" before...
I would keep it light.
Go with the stock GSA aluminum boxes instead of the heavy/ungainly looking aftermarket stuff.
Put on the BMW LED lights;very bright and much cheaper than the PIAA HID
And replace the stock exhaust with a full system from Akrapovic.You'll loose another 10lbs and it sounds just mean with a deep growl...
Oilcooler-screen,BMW LED blinker,aluminum valvecoverprotectors,Touratech GS benchseat,Touratech steering stop and maybe a set of Ohlins and you are ready to hit the road...
Enjoy!
Well, where do I start...

I biff... a lot, have you ever seen stock bags after a good biff?

LED lights ARE in the future

Yeah, doing something with the exhaust is probably in the mix but you're not in California, are you

Oil Screen is on the "to do list"

LED Blinkers? Why?? Bling?

I don't like the Bench Seats. I ride solo 99% of the time. A Bill Meyer Saddle is in my future.

Steering stop, probably.

The bike has ESA so until those go south I'll stick with stock. ESA Ohlins are $3279 for the complete set-up. Wilbers would be $1600 and a ride up to Scotts Valley.

I do have Touratech crash bars on order in-lieu of the covers.

You're pretty free with my money

Gerg

And Scott, I'll probably go with Silver bags. I think black would be too hot living in the desert.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:55 AM   #13
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And Scott, I'll probably go with Silver bags. I think black would be too hot living in the desert.
Hunh. My black bags never felt like they got hot. I can definitely see where you're coming from on that though.


The only downside to my black bags was that DSR only makes stickers in black and they wouldn't show up on my bags.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:00 AM   #14
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man that thing is nice!
+1

Damn I have GS lust all over again.

Congrats on the new ride
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
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Gerg,I do live in kalifornia and just did that to my new GSA in black...
The exhaust swap is no problem either;last year since from 2013 on our ex-governator signed into law to keep the stock exhaust...morepoweracing.com / $1100 for the full system that sounds awesome !
The Ohlins are too expensive for my taste too but I probably swap for W-ESA since the stock springs are a little too soft for my taste;even with my weight of only 185 lbs...
Why LED blinkers?Smaller and don't burn out...$200
If you plan to go off-road I would get me the rubber mounted BMW skidplate,too.
Adds 5 lbs...I won't need it since my bike will be my comfortable sportsbike...
I do like benchseat instead of those aftermarket or stock tractor seats that keep you locked in one position...
I forgot to mention to upgrade your stock "toolkit" which is a sad joke compared to what the R1100/1150GS used to have...
Enjoy your new beauty!
She for sure is purdy,but I went with black for the bigger tank,added windprotection,more legroom and benchseat of the GSA...
Either way,both great bikes!
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