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Old 01-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #16
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its weird i am used to find out a lot of information about 'mods' and gear with bikes but with the GS(A) its really hard..is that cause you are all too busy out riding?!!

Is their another specific GS forum that people use as well? I would imagine ADV would be the main place but compared to Orange Crush you guys don't seem to post a lot..(see the 950 SM chronicles)
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:10 AM   #17
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I would plan on getting the bike and riding it for a time to see what your needs are. You may find it needs nothing for the way you use it. After all it's a great bike. I'd put good gear and comfort items first and then add other stuff as needed. Some Roc straps and a Dry Bag work well for that once a year big trip.
Shop for a bike that is well farkle, and remember these bikes will run for a long time if maintained (get the paperwork). So a bike with 25k or more miles is just starting to run in.
For me a non factory exhaust system would be very far down on any list I made, less mpg, more sound and less low end, but very cool looking !
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there have been several '10 to'12 models in the flea market, with a few farkles to boot for a good price. You can build the bike the way you want not the way somebody built it for themselves. Ergonomics was most important for me, you gotta be comfortable.
You will not need any stinking noisy exhaust as it sounds great/plenty loud with the newer motor and exhaust valve and has plenty of power as it is stock.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #18
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It looks like i will have about $1500 left after the purchase of the bike. Here is my priority list..

1) Touring Gear (incl. insulate stuff) Need Help..have no idea about this type of gear- jacket/pants/gloves $?
2) GpS (Nuvi 550 seems pretty affordable) $250
3) SeatConcepts to do some work on the fabrics of the seat..maybe padding $160
4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf8d2lhwmQA $?
5) BMW cases - $790 for sides or $439 for top alone..eek
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #19
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It looks like i will have about $1500 left after the purchase of the bike. Here is my priority list..

5) BMW cases - $790 for sides or $439 for top alone..eek
The mount for the top case is another $180!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:35 AM   #20
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Got an eBay sale pending..and a GSA on hold
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #21
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So are you buying a used GSA or new 2012/2013? Or are you saying the purchase is now on hold?
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:46 AM   #22
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Just buy and ride before spending on what others like. See how it fits you first.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:10 PM   #23
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Got the deposit on my previous bike today, the owner of a 2010 GSA is holding one for me..info to follow...dont want to jinx anything

VERY EXCITED

shippers recommendations welcome..I am signed up to uShip...
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #24
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The mount for the top case is another $180!
It says on the website it fits directly to the tail rack?
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #25
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Hi,

I am currently selling my motorbike and car so that i can make the transition to purchase a GSA.. I am VERY excited about it and feel that it is the right thing for me to do to get to experience more freedom of riding..

Some of the things i was hoping to be clear on prior to making a purchase..


2) What budget should i factor in for getting the gear necessary so that i will be happy to just ride the bike after purchasing

Regards, LukeinLA
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Helmet, jacket, pants gloves and boots can be had for under a grand to as much as you want to spend
There's a shop In Long Beach that sells used good condition gear (but not used helmets) She's got a bunch of textile kit in right now.

My kit has cost me about $1500 and that's the whole shebang including electric liner.

Common prices

Helmet $300-700
Jacket $150-700
Pants $100-500
Boots $100-500
Gloves $50-200

As for the rest of the fartels... Ride the bike for a little first get to know it, then get the stuff to fix the stuff that bothers you.
That way at least you don't spend money you don't need to spend.
You can spend as little as 8 bucks on a set of BMW valve stem covers or as much as you want on a rolling touratech deal.

I'm cheap, I'd get a used top box from Givi (about $100) with a generic mounting plate.
I'd also put on a decent used glide plate ($150-500)
Exhaust pipes, and remaps you don't need, an OBD reader would be helpful on a bike with such complicated electroinics.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #26
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whats the shop in Long Beach?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #27
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Take a look at the Garmin Montana. I like it more than the Zumo if you are going to go off the beaten path. Otherwise just get out there and ride!
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #28
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Alright..the bike is on its way to me!! Thanks guys, Ill be seeing you on the other pages..

Purchases so far

BMW Top Box
White Spoke Covers
Two Bros M5

in the works...

GPS..
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:33 PM   #29
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Congrats on your new purchase can't wait to see pictures of the bike. Got some "Adventure Gear" at Cycle Gear up on the 5 FWY they have a pretty good inventory at a reasonable price and a bunch of other goodies, I know what you mean about the BMW jackets, they are nice but very pricey .... As some of the other inmates mentioned, get the bike, ride it for a while and you'll see what you "really" need and what you could live without. When I was researching mine I had a bunch of stuff in mind, I was lucky enough to find a 2012 GSA from a local inmate, beautiful bike and very well taken care of, rode it for a couple of weeks and realized very quickly that the bike is so great "out of the box" that I did not have to go crazy with farkles. The new exhaust system sounds great and is "throaty", in terms of comfort, my bike came with a Bill Mayer Saddle which was great, rode up the coast up to Ojai where they are located, had them reshape it and have been real happy with it ever since, and it's a great ride to boot ... The only thing I "need" now is a BMW top case and I'll be happy.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:53 PM   #30
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Thanks Mr Mush, pm;ed you back. Care to post a pic of your seat setup?
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