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Old 03-12-2013, 06:22 PM   #121
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I like that seat, especially the rear with the hoops!

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Old 03-12-2013, 06:49 PM   #122
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Saddleman seat

I've been thinking about the Saddleman Adventure for my GSA as well. I've spent many a mile/hour on my mountain bike, which has a similar design, and it has always been very comfortable so I like the concept. Let us know how you like it once you get some miles on it.

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Old 03-12-2013, 07:32 PM   #123
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Iron Butt much respect, what a long ride. Man, So much $$$$ goes into the aftermarket parts.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:38 PM   #124
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Hmmm..does that mean the sergeant seat is for sale???
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #125
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added some new farkles...

Carbon Fiber head covers from Leo Vince...
Curious if that's a nice scrape under the protector on the left cylinder.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:29 PM   #126
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Curious if that's a nice scrape under the protector on the left cylinder.
yeah, the scraped head cover I found when I took delivery of the bike. The PO swears the bike had never been down but someone definitely dropped the bike and tried to repair it with some bad rattle can black paint techniques.

I plan to replace the head cover some time in the future... right now, I'm kind of over it...
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:46 PM   #127
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I've been thinking about the Saddleman Adventure for my GSA as well. I've spent many a mile/hour on my mountain bike, which has a similar design, and it has always been very comfortable so I like the concept. Let us know how you like it once you get some miles on it.

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I have about 500 miles on the seat now and am very happy with it. Yesterday I was able to ride a full tank of gas without any issues with it.

The only thing that may be an issue is the cover is made out of a material that does not readily slide (suede leather like). I can see being an issue when riding off road and needing to correct my seated riding position, like when stopping and trying to put a foot down quickly.

I also cannot see myself ever using the D-rings on the pillion seat. On the GSA, there are so many places to tie off from, out wider than the pillion seat. I suppose if I were ever to take off the pannier rack, it may be of some use. I see it as a very narrow place to tie off to; therefore, IMO, not very useful... YMMV
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:00 AM   #128
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I changed out the upper hand guards for the taller BMW ones...





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Old 03-27-2013, 12:04 AM   #129
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Received my steering damper and mounting bracket in the mail yesterday. It is a Dutch built Yacugar damper. I ordered it from The Beemer Shop. In these photos, you can also see the Touratech steering hard part installed on the Telelever.







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Old 03-27-2013, 12:09 AM   #130
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I'm prepping the bike for a ride to Death Valley so I replaced the tires with TKC-80 knobbies. I also replaced the stock valve stem with a billet 90 degree angled valve stem. I also installed Dyna-Beads within the tire for rotational balancing. Here are the photos from the front rim and tire...





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Old 03-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #131
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Ode to a tire changeÖ

Hey Macadamia, itís time to get ready for Death Valley
Letís put on some knobbies, traction for the rally
Started with the front, after studying up on the net
I can do this, you bet!

Itís starting to get dark, I hope I finish before night
Wheel removed no problem, axle seemed a bit tight
Using my new bead breaker, I begin to replace
Iím taking my time, but need to keep up the pace

Tire deflated, valve core removed
Using my titanium Tar Arns, the ones with the groove
Trying to bring the tire over the rim this stint
But I pull too hard and one of the titanium Tar Arns gets bent

I grab my huge tire lever to get more bite
This seems much harder than necessary, something isnít right
I finally get one side over the lip
I forgot my beer in the house, I need a sip

I then look at the rim and gasp in horror
Iím scratching the rim in very short order
Realizing my error, I reach for the lube
I spray the WD-40 on the tire; Iím such a nOObÖ

Old front tire off, not a minute too soon
I look up to see itís dark and a full moon
I slather the lube on the new tire in preps for install
Letís see if I can get this replaced before the fallÖ

New tire goes on without an issue
Not a tear in sight, no need for a tissue
New mini compressor unpacked and plugged in
Hope this one works well, else Iíll get my other one out of the bin

The tire pops not once but twice
I need a drink; something cold, something with ice
The front tire bead is set, on the very first try
Iím tired and hungry, I need a break before I die

I reinstall the front wheel and call it a night
I head to the house to get a bite
I sit down in my chair with my dinner dish
I fall asleep before I can finish

Next day I get up, raring to start
I need to change the rear tire before I depart
Rear comes off the bike, lickity split
This is going to be easy, I can feel itÖ

Rear rim lubed up, bead breakers in hand
Old rear tire off in 7 minutes, Iím the man
New tire on the rim in record time
I feel good about not having to pay someone, not a dime

30 minutes into the rear wheel, things start to go south
I just had to open my mouthÖ
The bead will not set, it will not pop
My new mini compressor was so hot I had to stop

My neighbor came by to lend a hand
His name is Steve, he plays in a band
Nothing we tried worked, the bead will not set
I decide to take a break and check the net

I research ďmotorcycle tire bead not seatingĒ
My hands are sore, theyíve taken a beating
I send a text to a friend , BigTodd, for advice
He says what to try, not once but twice

Try different lube, he says
Otherwise, youíll be at this for days
Use a strap and a tire spoon for twisting
Make that bead behave, make it stop resisting

I head back out after studying some more
Iím way over the savings, this is such a bore
I try everything BigTodd suggests
I suck at this tire changing, but I digress

Nothing works, nothing at all
Iím now 4 hours into this, Iíve hit the wall
I grab my iPad to see if there is something Iíve missed
By now, itís inevitable, Iím pissedÖ

I see some youtube videos with fire, explosion, and such
I consider this as unsafe, but maybe not so much
So I squirt some electrical contact cleaner into the tire
I grab an aim-n-flame to light this fire

I see a flame, a flash, then hear a single pop
Where was the second one I wonder, why did it stop
I turn the tire over to reveal the other side
By now, Iím fit to be tied

It is not seated, no not a bit
I take some deep breaths and try not to fit
I put the mini compressor back on the stem to inflate
But no matter, it does not turn out great

All but 4 inches of one side of the bead is seated
Iím feeling like the tire has won, I am defeated
Now 5 hours into the rear tire replacement
Iím desperately in need for some liquid refreshment

I run the new mini compressor until it is too hot again
I decide to try the old one, so I head to the bin
On the way there I see a device I had not thought of using
It is not on my list, not one of my choosing

It is a manual bicycle tire pump, but it cannot work, can it?
Nothing else has really worked , not one bit
I reinstall the valve core, back where it goes
I hope the air finally seats the bead, no body knows

I take some strokes with the pump, the pressure gauge shows air
This is taking way too long, it isnít fair
But lo and behold, I hear another pop
It startles me, enough to make me stop

I open my eyes to see spots on my safety glasses
Itís WD-40, dish soap and water Ė the lube of choice from my classes
I check the bead, it is now in place
Iíve beaten this tire, finally Ė a smile crosses my face
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:18 PM   #132
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The notorious 4 inches of bead that would not seat...





The finally finished rear tire...



The added 90 degree angled valve stem...

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #133
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Edited post #2 in this thread to have a list of farkles, add-ons, and other modifications I've done to the bike, along with a link...
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #134
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Edited post #2 in this thread to have a list of farkles, add-ons, and other modifications I've done to the bike, along with a link...
You may be in the running for the "Farkler of the Year" award..
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:07 PM   #135
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You may be in the running for the "Farkler of the Year" award..
It is amazing how much stuff there is available for these machines...
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