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What you did on or to your bike today......

Posted By: Firefight911

What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/11 06:16 AM

Thought this might be fun and runs along the picture thread we have had running for quite some time now (since 2007) - Monday S----

Many times we go out, have a great ride whether it be short or long, an afternoon or a week and we just don't do a full ride tale on it.

Well, how about we start this for just those times when you went out, had a great time and just want to throw it out that you rode, it was uneventful, it was fun, you had a great time, you did whatever. You can also just throw out a comment like, "I just went out to the garage and said hello.". or "I changed the pneumatic fluid from summer to winter version."

Post a pic or don't.

I'll start;

Today I hopped on and went about 250 miles to no where. I pulled up to an intersection and looked forward, left, and right and just rolled the dice and went.

Lockeford, Oakdale, Murphy's, Comanche Reservoir, Sonora California were all visited today and several other nondescript places.

Temps were as low as 42 with pea soup fog and as high as 73 with clear and sunny skies. Corners, straights, and braking and accelerating all took place.

Not a care in the world when I returned home, washed her (the bike), said thanks, and tucked her in for the night.

XM was on 'The Pulse' and 'The Blend' the whole way.

Aaaaahhhhh, and my new Gerbing Microwire (picked up a week ago at the IMS in San Mateo) worked flawlessly. It was good to finally retire the old Gerbing with the torn liner and my new one fits so much better!
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/11 08:20 AM

Hi
Today was very good. 547 Km's of great hills roads, see breezes, sunshine and a perfect RT. had a ball. Shrimp for lunch followed by ice cream.
And being a Monday here, no traffic and no performance awards.
No better way to have a Monday
Best regards
Paul
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/11 08:42 AM

I went over for lunch with some friends about 70 miles away.
Nothing to report until I hit the plains where was enveloped by a thick fog. Temperatures staid in the low 40's all the time. Despite the heated grips I was reminded it's finally time to dig out the winter gloves...
Only one of my friends arrived on his bike: he was cold and miserable as he had the brilliant idea of putting on his leather suit.
On return I was spared the fog (which was building up on the side of the highway). Upon return I checked the oil and that's about it.
If I had knew there was such a dense fog I would have taken my Shoei with its orange visor...
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/11 10:05 PM

Good timing for the question. Another nice one day ride. The day amazing! 60 at 6.30 am and 75 mid-afternoon. Average high supposed to be 50 something. Found some new roads - imagine! In a large triangle bordered by three major highways I just went following any double-yellow. For locals, the three sides rt. 29/522/211, three corners Warrenton, Culpepper, Sperryville, all in VA. Then extended into WV. Lunch at 2 pm at a Shoney's in Winchester. Total 440 miles. Just got home 30 minutes ago. Yeah, i like to ride...
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/11 10:59 PM

Cotton Pickin'

Took a little ride yesterday blowing out the GSA.



Found a few cotton bales.








Found a few curves.

















Nice SKY






Road Reflection.





All in all a nice day to end the holidays with freezing rain coming tonight.

Ride safely

Terry
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 12:32 AM

Friday: went to Williamsburg up to steel horse classics(MV augusta, motoguzzi, Vespa ). just for the ride, they were closed, about 80 miles round trip, today, went to work about 15 miles round trip. sun: pulled the wheels off the DR, after two trips to the hardware store for Appropriate bits/breaker bar. got my a$$ kicked by a tubed 90/90/21 front tire on the HF rig, took the front and rear to cycle gear and got new tube and tire mounted on front wheel; rear tire I had was wrong size, cycle gear didn't have one. waited for about a half an hour next door at sunrise Suzuki where one of the sales guys said " parts guy will be here in 15 minutes. ". none of the people in the front retail part of the place would tell me if they had a tire in the size I needed. Really? how hard is it guys? left and walked next door , ordered rear tire and left the rim with cycle gear for mounting, will pick up wed. came home, mounted front tire, took it off again and mounted it properly with the axle spacer, had a beer!
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 12:38 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Friday: went to Williamsburg up to steel horse classics(MV augusta, motoguzzi, Vespa ). just for the ride, they were closed, about 80 miles round trip, today, went to work about 15 miles round trip. sun: pulled the wheels off the DR, after two trips to the hardware store for Appropriate bits/breaker bar. got my a$$ kicked by a tubed 90/90/21 front tire on the HF rig, took the front and rear to cycle gear and got new tube and tire mounted on front wheel; rear tire I had was wrong size, cycle gear didn't have one. waited for about a half an hour next door at sunrise Suzuki where one of the sales guys said " parts guy will be here in 15 minutes. ". none of the people in the front retail part of the place would tell me if they had a tire in the size I needed. Really? how hard is it guys? left and walked next door , ordered rear tire and left the rim with cycle gear for mounting, will pick up wed. came home, mounted front tire, took it off again and mounted it properly with the axle spacer, had a beer!


Go have second beer!! You earned it!!
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 02:10 AM

I'm lucky, home with family, clean and dry, fed. oh yeah, noone is shooting at me either.
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 02:35 AM

I spent the day running errands on the bike. Good practice in dealing with scary parking lot drivers who back blindly out of spaces in oversized SUVs 'cause noone would dare hit them. Also good practice in determining which way the parking places slope.

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Posted By: BerndM

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 03:15 AM

I took a short little ride to my local boat launch ramp in Huntington Harbor, CA. last Saturday, and when I got there and parked my bike, I turned toward the boats and saw this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiVpfvo-f-g

I took about 230mb of pics and vids which have been requested by the Chief Fire Inspector to try to help determine what happened.
9 people on board and amazingly, nobody was killed.

Other than that, it was just another ride!


Posted By: ArmyGuy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 07:04 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
I'm lucky, home with family, clean and dry, fed. oh yeah, noone is shooting at me either.


That's a similar line I use on my troops when they are having a bad day and I want to cheer them up.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 05:45 PM

thank you for your service.
Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 07:44 PM

After eating all the pies our boys, their wives and children went home Sunday morning. What to do, what to do... Went for a ride of course. It was raining, rode anyway. There were places I might have stoped but the rain never let up so no photos. Just over a hundred miles on the beach in the rain. I thought it was a nice ride, guess that is all that matters.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/29/11 07:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Bruce H
I thought it was a nice ride, guess that is all that matters.


You hit the nail on the head right there.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/30/11 05:35 PM

This morning, tire time. The tires are already mounted on my spare wheels. Front tire: Remove the Metzeler ME880 (100/90x19 bias) that I mounted before Torrey in May. Now has 19K. Replace with the same type I took off before the trip with 10K. Rear tire: Remove Shinko E705. Good running handling tire, cheap, $65 - but it lasted only 4K, half of a Tourance or Anakee. So it is not a bargain. Replace with Michelin Pilot Road 3, first time. References are great handling and great mileage. We'll see.
Just in case, I like to do odd things picking tires, but I don't suggest you follow suit.

My fancy wheel balancer:



Now I'll have lunch with a Spaten. I deserve it.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/30/11 06:21 PM

Well, last night I went out to the garage and said hi to the Tenere. Lots of work has kept me off her this week. A few more days and then back at it on some exploring.

Hope to make it to Phil's Fish Market in a week or two. I'll post in Ride Planning if it materializes.

Ohh, and I hooked up the Battery Tender. Boo!!!
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/30/11 09:36 PM

New fork seals.
And finally, replaced the peg feelers that wore out following Ken, Chris & Joel around north Georgia last winter.
If I rode as well as they do I wouldn't have had to.
tongue
Posted By: dba

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/02/11 05:25 AM

It was a balmy 39 degrees so my brother and I were off to Granite Bay to pick up a friendís trike, (he followed in his car). Then along the Auburn-Folsom Road to Grass Valley, lunch at Humpty Dumptyís, up to Nevada City, SR 20 to I-80 to Truckee then down SR 89 and home. About 250 miles. A great day for the end of November.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/02/11 09:05 PM

85 miles out, Q at The Shack by the Track, 75 miles back. Great day but aren't they all...
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/02/11 10:13 PM

Took off for a short ride on the Yamaha, ran by the local Yamaha dealer to say hi and ran in to SPEED TVs Erin Bates.
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 12:22 AM

Oil Change, Tranny Fluid Change and Primary Gear lube change on the Fatboy. Removed the engine guard and lower legs.

Got the GS ready (pre ride inspection) for an off road ride on Sunday.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 12:54 AM

Rode the bike about 2 feet forward and 2 feet back so that I could make room for the engine hoist carrying the TR6 engine block for loading in the driveway.
I didn't want to take the chance of something leaky and British touching something dry and German.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 03:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
...ran in to SPEED TVs Erin Bates.



Better not make Jamie mad. DAMHIK. tongue
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 03:31 AM

Looked like a good day to ride to work. Nothing Mr. Gerbing couldn't handle.



Rather than the the usual 22 mile traffic infested commute, I decided to take the long & scenic route.

Yes Billy, there are curves in Florida.



A loverly view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Never mind my dodging traffic to get the shot. Damned commuters!



My kind of landscape.




If you can't make it out, that's a full on M/X track in his front yard. And this is a high end neighborhood.

So after rather than the usual 22 tedious mile commute, I reluctantly pull in to my lab after a pleasant 50+ miles, most of which have been traffic free.

And that's what I did with my bike today.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 04:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Yes Billy, there are curves in Florida.

Also, A bunch of giant free roaming Alligators! eek

And some pretty nice sunsets! thumbsup

Just spent a few days in south Florida, I think i'm beginning to get it. thumbsup I did get to put a few miles on the GT today, pretty good for December!

Pat

Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 05:43 PM

Actually rode today for first time since July.
Meds still making me pretty tired and weak, but I had to give it a try.
57 miles in about 50 minutes, all back roads, mostly rolling with some nice sweeping curves.
The GT is built for this and is so smooooooth.
Don't know how I'll feel later, but for now ...
Probably not going to be able to do it regularly, or very often, but I'll take it.
smile
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 06:40 PM

"Actually rode today for first time since July"

thumbsup clap wave
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 09:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
"Actually rode today for first time since July"

thumbsup clap wave

+1

Glad to hear! thumbsup "since July" That's something like eight years in a motorcyclists life! grin

Pat
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 10:27 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Actually rode today for first time since July.....
smile


Yay Tim. Hope to see you at Cedar Key.
Bill

PS - 3lbs rear, 2lbs front, cleaned the bug facing bits.
Posted By: Rafigso

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 10:40 PM

Rode a couple of miles to break in the new rear tire befor tomorrows ride.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/03/11 11:16 PM

Rode to work. It is 25 miles, but it was a nice morning so it was 70. Temp was high 20/low 30. I had a real bad minute: Narrow two-lane, no painted lines. Straight, going uphill. When it started going uphill, I had the low sun sitting directly on the road. I could see NOTHING! I was prepared for it, so I stopped and then inched forward on the clutch just looking down to the right edge of the road. All the time praying nobody comes from behind because guaranteed he would run into me. The rest was very nice.
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 12:14 AM

Fed Ex delivered the shift extender for the new 1150RT. Talked my neighbor into letting me store the 1100 in her garage for a while so I can park my car in our garage again.... Shoveled snow, and bought a new helmet and a Backoff brake light signal module at MotorGear Outlet's warehouse sale.
Posted By: mbelectric

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 12:47 AM

Changed oil on the 90S...Fired up the ol' girl, plugged in the Widder vest (39 at 7am), headed up to check the cabin as we've had high winds for a few days. All's good, but power out and it's been out for a few days. Cleaned up pine branches and needles for a few hours, then back on the bike for a return trip to the valley. Cool, clear and unreal visibilty...All the way from the Sierra foothills to Mt Diablo, prob 100 miles. We usually have fog this time of year, so a clear day is fine by me.

Saw 1 bike in 4 hrs riding, a squid blastin' up Hwy 4. No body out. Amazing. Did give 'em one of these wave though.

MB>
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 01:01 AM

Today was errands done on the bike. No better way to do errands than on a bike. Went to the other local Yamaha dealer to introduce myself and check things out. Picked up a new chin curtain for my helmet as the old one is torn. Went and got the glass repaired on my iPhone. A good day!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 01:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Went and got the glass repaired on my iPhone.


Real riders (ie, GS) use cracked glass on their cell phone as a testament to their off road prowess. How much time did you spend at the next door Starschmucks, hmmm? grin
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 01:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Went and got the glass repaired on my iPhone.


Real riders (ie, GS) use cracked glass on their cell phone as a testament to their off road prowess. How much time did you spend at the next door Starschmucks, hmmm? grin


This real rider has used phone with said cracked glass for so long he now has a permanent set of scars on face from glass cutting deeply in to skin. Phone was dropped off after crossing raging river, gnarly hill, and 6 lane road. During river crossing I leaned down and scooped water up in to my mouth so I could swish it around and mix it with the coffee grounds I had already in there. Just a bout one handful of grounds and a handful of river water or stagnant pool water makes a great cuppa at this ratio. No Starshmuck's necessary!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 01:44 AM

Blah blah blah.

wave
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Went and got the glass repaired on my iPhone.


Real riders (ie, GS) use cracked glass on their cell phone as a testament to their off road prowess. How much time did you spend at the next door Starschmucks, hmmm? grin


This real rider has used phone with said cracked glass for so long he now has a permanent set of scars on face from glass cutting deeply in to skin. Phone was dropped off after crossing raging river, gnarly hill, and 6 lane road. During river crossing I leaned down and scooped water up in to my mouth so I could swish it around and mix it with the coffee grounds I had already in there. Just a bout one handful of grounds and a handful of river water or stagnant pool water makes a great cuppa at this ratio. No Starshmuck's necessary!


..prolly should stay away from discussing water crossings with Danny....unless you sell carpet.


rofl
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 02:06 AM

Real off roaders use smoke signals, not eyefones.
wink
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Whip



..prolly should stay away from discussing water crossings with Danny....unless you sell carpet.


rofl






Har dee har.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 05:38 PM

just went looking for a little local dirt. settled for a couple of fields and a railroad byway...




DR is hard to beat for the money.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 06:52 PM

I didn't do anything with my bike today. frown Ok, I drooled on the seat if you must know, grin my boy's hockey game. Chris, how does the DR compare with the XC you had and what prompted the change?

Pat
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 09:12 PM

Just got back from a nice day ride. Loop into Virginia. For the locals, breakfast at "Old Salem" in Marshall VA, backroads past Luray and I81, Playing around to Front Royal, lunch, home.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/04/11 11:47 PM

Just got back from a 450 mile loop into east GA with Highway41 and George. Had lunch in downtown Savannah at B. Mathews Eatery. Nice back roads to get and slabed it home, running out of time. Perfect weather for a ride.
No pictures, but I got a GPS track.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/11 02:02 PM

Got out for a little less than two hours on Sunday afternoon. Nice back roads in northern MD and southern PA and then back home again.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/11 09:42 PM

theXC was fun, but TALL. I had a couple of episodes of falling over due to inseam deficiency, once involved fishing it out of a crick'. someone at work expressed interest at a good price and I let it go. Found the DR on Craigslist , already had after market suspension, Corbin seat, bark busters and heated grips. 20k miles, 2k$. MUCH easier to handle height wise, reliable, and service/dealers everywhere.
primary reason I parted with the XC was height, I just wasn't confident enough on it. the DR is a tractor, put it in first and you can just chug right through or over most of what I off road, nothing really technical, although the DR did great on hurricane creek road out in Maggie valley area in October . that road has some fairly interesting topography, water crossings, and challenges.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/11 11:11 PM

Thanks Chris.


Pat
Posted By: EffBee

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/11 12:04 AM

Didn't do anything today, but Saturday I went out testing some new products for my company. I got in about 110 miles. With all the work that's been going on, plus missing both Spring and Fall Torrey events for the first time in my life, I didn't realize that I probably only got about 1000 miles in for the whole year. And I've promised myself to do something about that.

So, I topped off the 26psi that was meekly hiding inside each tire, put a bit of fresh gas in the tank (not much as I only have enough Sta-Bil left to handle about 3 gallons this winter), and headed off in 34-degrees (it did hit 39 degrees at one point). The products worked fine, but some more development is needed before they're ready for market. Even more important, I didn't feel like a fish out of water. The time off didn't turn me into a complete boob. I recognized the possibility, so I was extra cautious. But with dry roads despite the cold, I found a fairly entertaining pace and good traction. My timing was good, corner entry good (I like to late apex on public roads, for a little added safety), lines fair to decent, and I'll admit to draggin a toe on a corner that was a bit tighter than I'd anticipated, although if pressed I'd have to admit that the toes sort of, uh, "reached" just to see how far away the asphalt was.

Good ride. Stayed warm (natch!). Only one mountie, and Mr. Valentine warned me way ahead of time. Even stopped at a restaurant for some homemade vegetable soup, which by all measures should have been called a stew, but either way it was goooood!. Homemade wheat rolls, too. Mmmmm.

Came home, took off the bags so she'd snuggle tight up against the garage wall, wiped her down, put in that Sta-Bil, hooked up the Battery Tender and put her undercover.
Posted By: Chip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/11 03:14 PM

It's been cold and rainy for the last week so the bike has stayed in the garage. For some, 39 degrees is not cold; but after the 100+ degree summer here in Houston, anything under 60 degrees seems pretty chilly. I wouldn't mind the cold and rain on a trip. However, bundling up for a 30 mile ride to work; well, it's a hassle. Plus, I kinda like the cage for listening to talk radio and having a cup of coffee...every once in a while.

Amazing how much junk (e.g., boxes, chairs, etc.) can accumulate around the bike when it's just sitting.

No worries though. Houston winters only last ~3 weeks.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/11 08:19 PM

Cleaned bike and added oil in preparation for Saturday's lunch ride to Hawkinsville, GA.
smile
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/11 01:38 AM

Tires & pressure- check

Oil- check

Gerbings- check

V1- double check

Riding with Bernie- priceless!!!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/11 02:22 AM

I forgot to mention, prepared for five hundred miles for a lunch ride tomorrow. thumbsup
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/11 02:55 AM

Hope I/the route can live up to your expectations. At least we are having a warming trent. wave
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/11 05:11 PM

Sorry I couldn't make it. I'll try again next month.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/11 11:35 PM

I put the battery charger on it.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/11/11 03:50 AM

Well Danny, I am sorry you couldn't make to the 2nd monthly GA/FL or FL/GA lunch meeting.
It turned into a great ride and good lunch meeting. Rode 560 miles in assorted weather. Had lunch with RightSpin and a few fellows from eastern GA, Kinsley from N-ATL, and us 4 from NE-FL (Highway 41, Taoman, Bil R and me).
I even got to play tanker bike, when one of the GS's ran out of fuel. The poor fellow would not believe, that riding/chasing with me is bad for your MPG's. rofl
Will do it again next month. smile
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/11/11 09:08 PM

A hundred mile BBQ run with temps in the thirties. Sorry, no proof of said BBQ but I do have a parking lot shot. Riding in December makes for a short winter! thumbsup


Pat

Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/12/11 02:25 AM

Yesterday: Nice commute ride to work, stretched it out to a hour instead of half.
Today: Again ride to the shop. We had the local BMW club's monthly meeting there. Stretched it to two hours. Beautiful clear day, twenties early, cozy forties later. Gerbings on 3/4. Life is good. The meeting in the morning, tech afternoon in the workshop assisted by one of our technicians. Good day with friends.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/12/11 03:29 AM

Nice, fun, relaxing 450 mile loop to Phil's Fish Market for lunch. Good day, good food, good friends.
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/12/11 04:12 AM

Took Mrs. Groanup for a ride down to Long Beach for the IMS.

Of course, we weren't the only ones... smile

Posted By: Bayou Red

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/13/11 02:58 AM

Checked to make sure the Mississippi river was still there. It was.



Tony
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 12:20 AM

Used it to go shopping. Yes, shopping.
A favorite ride is down to Micanopy where they have excellent Q


at the Pearl Country Store


and then to downtown Micanopy to shop the antique stores


Found an antique pendent watch that will do nicely for "The" Christmas present.
No photos of the ride down or back, too nice a day to do anything other than ride.
Bill
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 05:47 AM

Nuthin'. I didn't even go out to the garage and say "hi!"
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 06:15 AM

Went out and ran some errands. Picked up a new dual temp controller for my Gerbing since I now have heated gloves. It's been a while since I played around with the dual drive modes and traction control as well so I went and found some tasty road to do that with. Truly amazing how the different settings change the motor characteristics.

I also got a hold of Super Plush Suspension to start a dialog with them about upgrading the suspension spring rates for me along with adjusting the damping to get things dialed in properly.
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 07:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911

I also got a hold of Super Plush Suspension to start a dialog with them about upgrading the suspension spring rates for me...


Funny, I made an appointment with them just yesterday to drop of my GS at the shop for some suspension massaging!
They are on vacation all next week, the Monday after Christmas I'll take my bike there for setup + rear revalving.

In the mean time, goodies are arriving from Woody's wheel shop:

21" front wheel for the "dirt wheel set"


Rebuilt and trued 19" for the "street wheel set"


--
Mikko
Posted By: BMWRich58

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 01:16 PM

Exercised the springs on my bike...

Posted By: TracyMurphy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 08:31 PM

Went out and did a short ride on the Lincoln Highway.



Of course there has to be graffiti if there is somewhere to put it!!!





Not too much traffic.



Or any wind.






Good spot to stop. Sometimes it is pretty busy.



And sometimes not so busy.


Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 10:08 PM



The past several weeks we have had temperatures in the low 30's with frost/ice every morning. Couple that with an eighty percent humidity level and it sure feels cold. To tell the truth I am ready for a warm up and some rain.

Lyn got her bike out, a coffee stop was in order. About a hundred miles for the afternoon. Not real warm but sunny.






Posted By: Rocer

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 10:30 PM

Sorry, no pictures.

We experienced a record high temp yesterday +13C. Between the temp and rain, our snow, the second session of 5" falls, melted away. Normally I wouldn't get too excited about another ride, especially since the sanders and salters have been out for a couple of weeks now and evidence of their activity remains on the pavement. However, I fired up the RT and rode it to a B&B about 3 or 4 km's away.

The reason for my ride is related to a community review of a local rail trail that motorcycles are no longer allowed passage. In fact, there is mounting sentiment to close this trail to ATV and snowmobile traffic as well. I've been participating in a series of community workshops that are part of a review of how the community wants this trail to be used.

What has become apparent to me is that the general public doesn't really know what a dual sport bike really looks like / sounds like. Their experience has been irresponsible kids ripping up and down the trail on loud 2 stroke enduros. Nor is the community aware of the planning of TCAT, the Canadian version of the TAT, and that in its' planning stage was routed over this local trail until, when proofing the route, the planners discovered that it had recently been closed to motorcycle traffic.

My trip to the B&B was a continuance of a campaign I have taken on to inform the public and local businesses about an opportunity that is literally passing us by. And this in a community whose economy is largely based on tourism. Coincidently, as I was demonstrating how quiet my RT was and showing the owner of the B&B pictures of typical GS machines, one of her neighbours walked in the driveway. As it turned out he was also participating in this series of workshops and in fact was one of the people advocating for a non-motorized trail. After chatting him up and running the RT I think I made some inroads with both these folks that we, the motorized community, aren't such a bad lot after all. I came away feeling it was a productive morning.

Temps are plunging tonight to seasonal lows so I guess it's finally time to give up the ghost of one more ride and winterize. Of course there's always the option of trailering South! smile
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/16/11 10:42 PM

Originally Posted By: FlyingFinn
...the Monday after Christmas I'll take my bike there for setup + rear revalving.

--
Mikko


Hmmm, I sense a possible need/desire to ride west on that day too. Maybe, just maybe, I might bump in to you down there!! I wonder what time you might show up there. That would be such a coincidence to be there when you were there. Complete and total coincidence!
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 03:31 AM

No riding this weekend. 24 K service. Need to get the old girl fit for my future rides. :-)))
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 07:18 PM

I rode home from work.
Posted By: motorman587

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 07:54 PM

Not a darn freak'n thing.... One of the twins is sick, staying home playing daddy day care sick doctor........;(
Posted By: sebjones906

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 08:14 PM

replaced another head light blub on my r1200 rt. they are only lasting about 5 months. What is with them?????
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 08:43 PM

Originally Posted By: sebjones906
replaced another head light blub on my r1200 rt. they are only lasting about 5 months. What is with them?????


If you're buying them from Auto Zone or one of its clones, they have a full spectrum of choices. The brighter ones don't last as long as the standards. Had the same problem with the H7 low beam bulbs and ended up going to HID and ballast.

-----
Posted By: Skywagon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/11 10:12 PM

Rode 200 trouble free miles in the calm, clear, cool day in the country....then promptly dropped it in the driveway at 0 mph when I got home. Can't even find a scratch...but my pride is wounded and I forgot how gosh darn heavy these things are to lift with full fuel by yourself.
Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/19/11 06:03 PM

Rode the 650 thru the woods on Saturday, 58 degrees here, WAY nice. Sunday, Lyn and I again went to Florence for coffee. A hundred miles round trip. Cloudy with wet roads.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/20/11 02:51 AM

Rode to work. About 75 deg F, cloudless sky, so took the "long way" down the coast instead of straight on the Freeway.

Looked a whole lot like this (Wikimedia Commons image). You can actually see the road in front of the houses in the middleground:



Might go home tonight the same way. grin
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/20/11 08:54 PM

Originally Posted By: b o n e y
I rode home from work.


I did it again today.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/20/11 10:40 PM


Originally Posted By: boney
I rode home from work.



I like riddles, twenty-four hour shifts? wink Ready for this, I wiped some dust off my front rim. frown

Pat
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/21/11 01:58 AM

Long way home.
lurk
Posted By: mbelectric

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/21/11 03:41 AM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Long way home.
lurk



....coming soon to a theatre near you.

rofl

MB>
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/21/11 03:43 AM

Put the charger on the Ducati today.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/21/11 03:30 PM

Bench raced.
Finished second in a one bike race.
tongue
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/22/11 05:11 AM

Rode to work, and then home after a 10 hr day, which is shorter than what I have been working lately. For a glimpse at my work environment click on the link. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/655...-mail-at-night/
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/22/11 08:08 PM

work and back, 69 degrees.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/22/11 09:50 PM

Gone ridin'. A very nice day ride. Temps between 50 and 65! I love a heat wave in the winter.


Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/23/11 02:36 AM

Checked out of work early today, & rode up to Fernandina for some last minute Christmas shopping. I'd have pix if Smugmug would cooperate, but they aren't. tongue
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/25/11 10:06 PM

Just a short afternoon ride. It was too nice to stay indoors.
Posted By: Lmar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/25/11 11:33 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just a short afternoon ride. It was too nice to stay indoors.

Wish I had my bike here. It's beautiful day for riding, sunny, no wind and temperature around 60?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/26/11 12:51 AM

Originally Posted By: Lmar
Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just a short afternoon ride. It was too nice to stay indoors.

Wish I had my bike here. It's beautiful day for riding, sunny, no wind and temperature around 60?


Only around 50 grin
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/26/11 01:40 AM

I rode up to Morrow Bay. About 300 miles, up PCH, 33, out 58 to La Panza Road, then 41 thru' Atascadero into Morro Bay.
Tomorrow I hope to make it to Phil's Fish Market for lunch at Moss Landing, then on to Pacifica.
dc
Posted By: Der Kaptain

Re: What you did on or to your bike today......PLAN - 12/26/11 01:31 PM

Started the Wood stove in Garage, Planing to plan the plan of installing cases on the R75/6. Than I will plan getting more wood for the fire. I wont actually plan on commiting myself other than to Plan ahead. lurk
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today......PLAN - 12/27/11 12:28 AM

Not an epic ride by any means but it being Dec 26 and i'm riding and not shoveling is enough to put a smile on my face! smile
In and around Harold Parker SF.



Pat
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today......PLAN - 12/27/11 12:35 AM

Great pic, Pat!!!
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/27/11 01:05 AM

I went around my ass to get to my elbow.
Rode the barrier islands - Bird Key, St. Armands, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island - to get to a restaurant near the airport. A 10 mile drive turned into a 22 mile ride.
Gotta charge the battery somehow. smirk Too bad it was so cold, only 76F.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/27/11 02:07 AM

Morro Bay to Rockaway Beach, Pacifica on Hwy 1.
Some slow road, some fast road. Plenty of scenery.
dc

Posted By: mbelectric

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/27/11 02:18 AM

Xmas day, took a little ride to Yosemite. A few icy spots, no big deal. Nearing the Big Oak Flat ranger station saw a sign " Tioga Pass open"...asked the Ranger when the last time Tioga Pass was open on Xmas day. He stated "never in recorded history". eek

Temps near 34 degrees in the valley at 10am. Warmed to 50 degrees leaving at 1pm.

Saw NO other bikes the entire trip. Saw few people in the valley, had lunch at the Ahwannee. Falls were just spitting a water/ice mixture. No snow anywhere, no even the tops of the big granite monsters surrounding the valley.

Even made a run back through the Hetch Hetchy turn off, Cherry Lake, Tuolumne River and City to 108. Clear, some ice on the bridge, no prob though.

Got pics, but had to buy a 1 time use camera. Maybe I can upload 'em once I get 'em on a CD.

BTW, anyone who is inclined to ride the next few days, Hwy 4 and 120 over the Sierra's are open. No snow, roads pretty clear, just don't hit it before 10am, Ice may get ya.

MB>
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/27/11 09:56 PM

What a great thread! Of course it is..it was started by a firefighter!

I added a sticker to my bike today, I'll have something better next time.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 01:07 AM

I rode from Pacifica over the big bridge to Sausalito, then back down the waterfront onto Skyline south, all the way to Santa Cruz. Then on to Watsonville.
That Skyline sure is a nice road.
I stopped at Alice's Restaurant for lunch and met two riders from another forum, as we had arranged.
Quite a nice ride really, tho' there was fog all over the bridge; I couldn't see the tops of the towers, but Skyline. I do not believe there is a more curvy or crooked road than Skyline.
dc
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 01:32 AM

I installed a heater cord connection for my wife's new jacket liner. The we went for a 1hr ride in the local twisties. I wish I could have done more but there is always other days.
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 01:43 AM

I rode from my house which is about 30 minutes east of Sacramento to Clear Lake for lunch and then home. About 285 miles round trip. Beautiful day, not too much traffic for most of the route. Temperatures ranging from 40-60 degrees. I needed a mental health day!
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 09:36 PM

Moved golf clubs around the GT.
Beth, daughter and I, played with Rich Edwards.
Second round this year.
tongue
Did par 5 of last 10 holes, but Rich won.
A great day to be outside.
Not riding, but enjoyable, temps 39-60, blue skies, great camaraderie.
Posted By: Lmar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 11:16 PM

Te wife and I have been sitting out on the patio having a glass of wine and enjoying the beautiful sunny day. We don't see a lot of sun during the winter time in Alberta. Temperature is around 67. Going to retire in a few months, next winter my RT will be here in Arizona.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 11:24 PM

Re -tire, the bike or you?
grin
Congrats.
Posted By: Lmar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/11 11:45 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Re -tire, the bike or you?
grin
Congrats.


One of my goals was to be able to ride 12 months a year and attend some of the great rallies that i have been reading about.

With our home in Arizona and retiring, I'm finally going to be able to do that. grin
Posted By: chrisolson

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 12:09 AM

Wired up my 12volt adaptor for the Kenwood 3101 b2b radio. Had it for years and finally got around to taking the time to lay in the wire. No more batteries to charge !! thumbsup
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 12:30 AM

Gerbing dual temp controller sorted with the extra lead wire so now I am all set with my heated gloves (G5s).

I do wish Gerbing came out with a "one wire" dual lead so I didn't have to make it.

Sure wish I could have gone camping instead!
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 12:33 AM

Loaded the bike for a pre-dawn launch chasing Bernie and George over to Stockton, AL and Stagecoach XV The Last Ride of The Year. Gonna be fun.
Bill
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 02:25 AM

I stopped by the Carmel Highlands General Store. Just because I like the look of the place. And I know it has been there forever.
dc

Posted By: plext

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 09:29 AM

Washed it.




Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 09:43 PM

Real nice Paul! thumbsup

Made mine a wee bit jealous today just by looking! tongue



Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/29/11 11:40 PM

Rode to work. Will do same tomorrow. Big whoop. tongue
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/30/11 12:56 AM

Rode out Hwy 16 to 49 to 88 and up almost to the 8000ft elevation about 5 miles from Silver Lake before bumping into some serious clouds and deciding to turn back. I was hoping to ride into Lake Tahoe and then back to Sacramento on Hwy 50 but it wasn't to be. I have been caught in a snow storm before around that same area of Silver Lake and thought better than to do that twice.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 01:11 AM

Rode to work & bagged a tag for Advrider. Kona skate park here in Jax. Dudes were all over the RT. Beats me why, I thought it was only cool to me. They wouldn't hang for the pic, maybe they're spooked about that whole Facebook face recognition thing.


Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 01:49 AM

Gone ridin'. Day ride. Western Maryland, corner of WV and VA. Stuck to old roads that got replaced by Interstates. Nice day. This time of year any day that stays over 30 and dry is a very nice day.

So many roads...


Posted By: Skywagon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 01:53 AM

Going to the TWTEX Pie Run tomorrow in Crockett. Hope to see some of you there..
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 03:44 AM

Put new tires on the Ducati.
Posted By: ryan_a1982

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 06:24 AM

As of today I have put over 15,000 miles on my RT in the last 13 months. I think today's 280 miles were the best, at least the most rewarding, miles yet. I left Folsom (Sacramento, California) and rode to Bodega Bay. I took the longest way I could think of. When I left it was wet and foggy. For the next 200 miles I had rain and fog and crappy conditions for most of the twisties...it was great! When I first saw the Pacific Ocean there was sun!!! I rode 40 miles down highway 1 with sunny skies and dry road. I took great sunset pics and rode down highway 1 for 50 miles in the dark and could see the waves crashing on the rocks off the cliffs with the moonlight. I got a great dinner and a great campsite and a couple of beers to go with the fire... What I did today is a dream come true...the reason I always wanted a motorcycle. I'll post pics when I get home tomorrow.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/31/11 06:52 AM

Way to rub it in Ryan!! Wish I could have joined ya. 6 years to retirement!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 01:08 AM

Rode to work and back. 55 degrees on Jan. 31!
Happy New Year!
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 04:35 AM

Installed barbacks but will wait to test ride until tomorrow. It's probably not the safest night to be out on a motorcycle.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 05:34 AM

Day two at the firehouse with one more to go so I was relegated to only being able to do research on suspension for my Super Tenere.

Lots learned as to why it's got such a harsh front end.

Progressive spring that goes from a .85 kg/mm to a 1.15 kg/mm after 75 mm of travel. Linear spring is looking mighty nice. I spec out to a .976 kg/mm linear spring.

Hmmmm, that explains the harshness!!!!!!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 04:02 PM

Downtime at the firehouse can get quite expensive! grin Ice on the roads this morning but there will be riding on the first day of 2012. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 06:17 PM

Yesterday I Pulled the Tranny for input seal replacement and Change the Clutch. Went to remove the flywheel(sic) to check Crank shaft seal for leakage and rounded one of the five bolts. No Matter what I did yesterday, The edges got worse. Went to Napa, Lowes, Pep Boy and Finally Harbor freight where they were the only ones with a 17MM Bolt extractor in a set of 9 Today. Wish Me luck in Getting it out. Used a special 25% on line coupon for the Purchase. Looks as though it will dig deep into the flats for a good hold. If that goes well, I will be well on my way for reassembly!
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 08:02 PM

Bleed brakes.
dc
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 09:56 PM

Took the red one out for a New Years Day spin.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 10:52 PM

Met a few of my local BMWBMW (BMW Bikers of Metropolitan Washington) friends for breakfast. After that, guess what? Went riding...


Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 11:33 PM

A little spooky in Billerica, Ma. today.




Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/12 11:38 PM





Pat
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/02/12 12:48 AM

Went for a little "recon" ride to check out some roads I've been meaning to see. I took one picture, and it turns out that it's very fitting for the first day of the new year.


Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/02/12 12:53 AM

Mission accomplished- seal replaced, Bolt removed and reassembly underway!
Posted By: norah

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/02/12 02:28 AM

Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
Took the red one out for a New Years Day spin.


thumbsup me too 'cept mine is white...had an awesome time. What a way to bring in the new year!!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:33 AM

Just another nice 300 mile day ride. Sorry, no picture this time... Still 50 in January!
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:38 AM

I spent a few minutes trying to decide which bike to bring to AZ. Both are serviced with new rubber.

Does that count?




Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:40 AM

Hey, the title says "on or to your bike" - you think just thinking about it counts? smile
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:40 AM

445 miles to Point Arena and back yesterday. Everything from ice to water to pot holes to racetrack type roads with temps from 34 to 65 degrees.

Perfect day!
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Hey, the title says "on or to your bike" - you think just thinking about it counts? smile



That question is above my pay grade. I must defer to a higher power.


Phil?







Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 01:44 AM

Florida trail riding on New Years Eve.

Caution: 11 minute video with partly loud, raucous music and some goofy commentary. Plenty of bike naps though. smile

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Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 01:52 AM

I got a lot of respect for the GSA rider.

thumbsup
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 02:22 AM

Boy, me too. That was part of the afternoon session which finally took a toll on him and he said uncle (partly because he had the wrong jacket and was overheating), we'd done a couple hours before lunch too. He knew what we'd be doing though and said he wanted the practice.

At the MOA this summer he came within a gnat's hair of winning the GS Challenge and the 800GS grand prize.
Posted By: dhanson

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 12:56 PM

I like the mount position on your Roam. I am trying the GoPro, don't like it on top of the helmet at speed.

Ride New Year's day, from Grand Saline Tx to Edom, "Pie Run".

Pie Run
Ride
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/12 09:44 PM

The bird's eye view from the GoPro is pretty cool tho', I think Dean has a contour on the left side. Did you reach up there and turn it off at the end?
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 03:02 AM

Rode to work the last three days. Last night I wiped down what was earlier a weep from the FD, but it's now a full on leak. It's from the right side, & I have the new seal. I'll fix it this weekend.

Zip it, Phil, I don't need to hear it. smirk
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 03:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Rode to work the last three days.......

Zip it, Phil, I don't need to hear it. smirk


What? Geez, why would I give you grief for only riding to work three out of the available five? Man, tough crowd!

rofl rofl
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 03:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Rode to work the last three days.......

Zip it, Phil, I don't need to hear it. smirk


What? Geez, why would I give you grief for only riding to work three out of the available five? Man, tough crowd!

rofl rofl


Maybe you could fill in for Jay Leno with that line. cool
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 03:28 AM

Checked air pressure in tires today. cry
Maybe get some riding in tomorrow. clap
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 05:09 PM

Rode 300 miles to Moultrie, GA, to Three Crazy Bakers to have lunch.
Posted By: philbytx

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 10:46 PM

Beautiful day, middle sixties, sunny Texas skies....
So, I tried out the Garmin for the first time on the bike. I mounted it on an RCU parcel shelf, using a Velcro strap to keep it angled upward due to vibration moving it forward when riding. It all worked perfectly clap

Deb and I rode out to Fort McKavett State Monument, home of the 8th and 9th Cavalry, the famous Buffalo Soldiers. A very nice place, well done and an interesting tour. If you go, reckon 1.5 hours to get around the place. We then plugged Side Oats Cafe in Menard into the 2720 and headed off for a fabulous "Black and Blue" Burger followed by home made Key Lime Pie!

Beautiful day, beautiful 200 mile ride, God Bless Texas !
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/12 11:13 PM

For amusement purposes only. smile



Pat
Posted By: dhanson

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/12 01:57 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Did you reach up there and turn it off at the end?


Yes, I did.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/12 02:40 AM

Rode to work. In the plan was some bike maintenance by our shop technician. Full brake fluid flush. Replace 150K throttle cables with 20K mile cables from ebay. Replace well worn rear brake disk with close to new disk from ebay. New EBC rear brake pads. Found rear drive flange where the disk mounts with cracked attachment points. Ordered new flange. Got a ride home. Grrrrrrrrr
Posted By: dhanson

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/12 12:08 PM

I love ebay, the flea market of the internet!

We rode into town yesterday for our monthly club meeting. Lots of video, which meant I had to learn how to edit and cut it down to a lots smaller size.

Some of Jean on her Monster.

Jean's Duc
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/12 07:39 PM

Yesterday hooked up my new Battery Tender.

Today, 110 miles up into PA and back. Temps in the 30's and 40's.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 03:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Last night I wiped down what was earlier a weep from the FD, but it's now a full on leak. It's from the right side, & I have the new seal. I'll fix it this weekend.


Seal NOT replaced today. Whilst back there I checked it for play. 12-6 revealed a couple of mm of thunk. Still close enough to earlier replacement warranty to garner me another one. I hope. 23k on the first, 20k on this one. tongue

The day wasn't a total loss, though, I replaced the brake pads. At 43k on the oems, with a sixteenth left on the fronts, I think I maximized my moneys worth. thumbsup

And Matt was kind enough to feel sorry for me. As for Phil... well, you know Phil. smirk
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
As for Phil... well, you know Phil. smirk


Dude, seriously, I'm crushed! CRUSHED, I tell you!!!! You can't ride the thing at all now. Man, first it was only three days in a week. Now, zero. Too bad!

Time to dust off the Huffy!
Posted By: Ron-M

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 12:57 PM

Went to Pensicola, Fl. from Tallahassee with three friends, this past Saturday, to visit the new BMW dealership. While there we test drove a K1600GT. Although it is an amazing motorcycle, I still love my RT. 400 mile round trip. Despite it being all highway miles, it was a great day.

FYI. The guys at the Pensicola dealership informed us that a new dealership is opening in Jacksonville, Fl. very soon.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 01:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband
As for Phil... well, you know Phil. smirk


Dude, seriously, I'm crushed! CRUSHED, I tell you!!!! You can't ride the thing at all now. Man, first it was only three days in a week. Now, zero. Too bad!

Time to dust off the Huffy!


Har dee har grin
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 04:37 PM

I thought about them locked up in my garage 400 miles away while I am experiencing some of the renown Southern California winter. It's the best riding weather ever.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 06:39 PM

Well..this story starts last thursday night. Riding home from work and OIL GOES EVERYWHERE!! The entire oil fill cap assembly came off the bike spraying oil all over the left side of the bike, up my pants leg, jacket, inside and outside my helmet! What a PITA! The pants (just a cheap pair of canvas overalls) RUINED, Olympia Airglide jacket RUINED (unless someone knows how to get oil out of it without ruining it), First Gear gloves RUINED, Boots SAVED, Helmet..I'm not sure yet. Used an entire bottle of degreaser and a bottle of S100 and the bike is still not clean. So, still working on getting it all cleaned up. A $10 part purchased and installed in less than 15seconds but oh the collateral damage!!!!
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 08:28 PM

Must have been regular oil, would never happen with special German synthetic oil. smile
Try Simple Green, soak the clothes in a bucket or tub with it. You may have to do several soakings. The pants, if not armoured riding pants can be drycleaned, which will remove oil. But they can't have any plastic trim or armour. The gloves can be cleaned in a bucket with soap(dish washing soap) and then treated with mink oil or a similar product.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 09:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Must have been regular oil, would never happen with special German synthetic oil. smile
Try Simple Green, soak the clothes in a bucket or tub with it. You may have to do several soakings. The pants, if not armoured riding pants can be drycleaned, which will remove oil. But they can't have any plastic trim or armour. The gloves can be cleaned in a bucket with soap(dish washing soap) and then treated with mink oil or a similar product.


I've tried another degreaser similar to simple green on the clothes with no luck. I'll give simple green a shot.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/12 11:21 PM

Do not dilute it to much, you may have to use 50/50.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 01:48 AM

Lovely day ... went out to start the bike to ride to work.

Urururur
... click-click-click ...

What absolute clown left the GPS on and running off the bike's battery for the past 48 hours?

Oh! dopeslap

Glad I live on a hill, 'cause the battery tender would have taken forever to belt some charge into it.

Oh well, battery's a bit long in the tooth, might be time for a new one anyway.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 01:56 AM

I rode it 265 miles back home from a fun weekend supervising Longjohns tech experience. wave
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 02:39 AM

Rode over to the Golden Gate Bridge. Parked on the Marin (north) side, walked accross the bridge to the San Francisco side then back. Temps in the mid-60's but a bit hazy, not too crowded. 225 miles round trip, 67 mpg. Not a bad way to spend a Monday!
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 03:31 AM

Rode to work after taking three weeks off. Hand only slightly tender after getting Trigger Finger Release.

Plan on riding the rest of the week and further until it starts raining so, that should be until March.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 08:02 AM

Quote:
Hand only slightly tender after getting Trigger Finger Release.


Not to hijack the thread, but what did you have done? I have stenosing tenosynovitis in both hands; particularly bad first thing in the morning.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 02:41 PM

Quote:
but what did you have done? I


Trigger Finger Release

Combination of a PITA finger and end of year insurance concerns so I had it done. Much better.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 07:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Do not dilute it to much, you may have to use 50/50.


Well..Simple Green to the rescue. After 2 soakings of a couple hours in hot water with simple green and 1 soaking with laundry detergent. You can still see the staining on the jacket but it appears that the actual oil is gone. It is no longer slippery and has a nice smell of Licorice from the simple green. The gloves and pants went thru the same plus 2 trips thru the washing machine. So, besides the cosmetic blemish of the stain I think all is salvagable! ...on a side note Bernie, I will no longer be purchasing the other "degreaser" and am switching to Simple Green.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/12 08:31 PM

. You can still see the staining on the jacket but it appears that the actual oil is gone.

Battle scars. rofl
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/12 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
. You can still see the staining on the jacket but it appears that the actual oil is gone.

Battle scars. rofl


Merely broken in...
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/12 05:32 AM

Changed the oil and tranny fluid (oh, the parts manager at LB said BMW is discontinuing their 75-90 red tranny fluid and will be using the Castrol liquid gold stuff in trannys exclusively), installed the circular valve cover gaskets that I forgot to do the other day, installed new valve cover protectors courtesy of parking lot incident at work, forgot to put in air filter, so I will do that tomorrow, along with rear drive oil.

I had ordered some service stuff from B'boneyard including crush washers and o rings, but the crush washer for the oil drain plug wasn't the right fit, and the o ring to the oil fill hole was too small in diameter, and girth. So I used the old ones 'til the 42k service. frown

Sunday I flushed the brake fluid, installed alternator belt, adjusted valves, synced TB, all with help from Tech Daze crew. Thanks to Joe, David, Larry, Bill, Frank and Don.

LB BMW didn't have any flange nuts for the rear pivot point because they just re-use them with loctite, so he ordered me one. How many here with '05s and '06s change that nut when they drop the FD?
Posted By: ryan_a1982

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/12 06:01 AM

Went on a nice dinner ride with with my wife as pillion and the River City Beemers club. Auburn Ale House was the destination and I had an amazing pulled pork sammich! Brought home a Barleywine aged in Zin barrels.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/12 06:18 AM

Oh almost forgot, I inspected the fuel pump and noticed a couple of cracks. frown
Posted By: hopz

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/12 02:39 PM

I checked the battery, 12.6 volts

Fluffed the blanket covering the bike- which is in cold storage.

sigh
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/13/12 06:08 AM

I rode it. Maybe I'll post some pictures later.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/13/12 08:14 PM

I was in my office all day yesterday, and not really paying attention to anything outside of that. I happened to pull up the weather on my computer, and the temps were supposedly in the high 50's, which for Baltimore in the second week of January, is rather unusual.

I left at 4:00 and headed home, got into my gear and went out for about 90 minutes on nothing but backroads.

smile
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 03:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
I was in my office all day yesterday, and not really paying attention to anything outside of that. I happened to pull up the weather on my computer, and the temps were supposedly in the high 50's, which for Baltimore in the second week of January, is rather unusual.

I left at 4:00 and headed home, got into my gear and went out for about 90 minutes on nothing but backroads.

smile


Same here. Did fifty plus miles on the way home from work today. Might as well maximize before I trailer it down to Daytona tomorrow to have the FD rebuilt. tongue

Difference is, I kept having to turn DOWN the Gerbings. grin
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 04:01 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband


Difference is, I kept having to turn DOWN the Gerbings. grin


Dude, really!?!?!?!? Your Gerbing turned you down LOOOOONNNGGGGG ago!!!!

Have a nice day tomorrow.....trailer boy!!!!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 04:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband


Difference is, I kept having to turn DOWN the Gerbings. grin


Dude, really!?!?!?!? Your Gerbing turned you down LOOOOONNNGGGGG ago!!!!

Have a nice day tomorrow.....trailer boy!!!!


Phone call on the way. smirk
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 04:11 AM

Originally Posted By: b o n e y
I rode it. Maybe I'll post some pictures later.


Oh look! My old (very old) but trusty S400 needs service.

Enjoy what little I was able to capture:







I saved the best for last: A beautiful scene overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Meyers Grade Road:
smirk
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 04:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband


Difference is, I kept having to turn DOWN the Gerbings. grin


Dude, really!?!?!?!? Your Gerbing turned you down LOOOOONNNGGGGG ago!!!!

Have a nice day tomorrow.....trailer boy!!!!


You're such a putz. In the long term, let's see how that Jappahammer works out for ya. grin


Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 05:03 PM

Rode to work today. 42 miles, at about 30 degrees at 5am and I couldn't find the accessory outlet pigtail for my Gerbings. ;( So just finished installing the hardwired connection to the battery. It is now ziptied and coming out from under the tank...sure hope I don't lose it now!

side note..anybody need an accessory outlet pigtail for a gerbing?
Posted By: hopz

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/12 10:08 PM

Utah... ought to be under feet of snow if weather was acting normal. Had a spell of warm and today hit 45F and That's it.. time to ride.

Suited up, removed the winter blanket, cranked her right over... amazing how much the RT seems to just come alive in the colder temperatures.

Nice ride and there you, go another 2-3 months of nap.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/15/12 01:23 AM

Rode to Ubehebe Crater, Zabriske Point, and Mesquite Dunes.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/15/12 11:55 AM

Well, weather forecast was for a day in the low-90s, so we thought a bike ride was in order. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law are staying with us from the US, so they drove our car while Dearly Beloved and I rode the RT.

Left Perth about 9.15 and headed for Toodyay, in the Perth hills, about an hour and a half from home.

It's a popular bike destination because no matter which way you go, there are some nice twisties.

It's also a popular breakfast spot. Here's a bit of the bike line-up. (Hmmm, time the Christmas decorations came down!)





The cafe is dedicated to Coca-Cola and as you can see, is semi-alfresco. Sausages (links) eggs, hash browns, toast and good strong black coffee. All right!



The lolly shop (candy store) is rather famous, and has a great selection. We can't go to Toodyay without a visit:









Had a quick look at the old mill before heading for home again.







Took the long way back and got home mid-afternoon. It was in the mid-90s by now and humid. After a few domestic chores, we thought about the best way to end a pleasant, though warm, Sunday.

Ahh, yes ... perfect:

Mmmmm .... beer.


Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/12 12:42 AM

A warm garage, a warm beverage and snow falling outside meant one thing, it was time to install the HID's that had been sitting on the tool box this last month. Let there be light, serious light.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/12 01:11 AM

Drove thru Death Valley, Panamint Valley, Trona, Ridgecrest, Mojave, Lancaster, rode the Angeles Forest Hwy, and the Angeles Crest Hwy.
Posted By: ryan_a1982

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/12 04:59 AM

Today and yesterday I did my first service by myself on the RT. I had some BMWST guys helping me out the first two times. The bike has 18K miles on it now. it was in the 60's here!

I changed the oil, spark plugs, final drive oil, lubed the splines and had a friend help to mount some new PR3's. Going to put new front brake pads, add speed bleeders and bleed the brakes next month at my clubs tech day.
Posted By: Chip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/12 08:36 PM

Saturday January 14, 2012. Rode my bike in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, TX. Sitting backwards on the bike was a professional photographer.

The Olympic Trials marathon determines the top three men and top three women runners who will represent the USA in London for the 2012 Olympics.

Our mission: Ride along side the best marathoners in the country and take pictures.

It's a lot of work to ride at 12mph with a wiggling photographer on the back.

So cool to combine my two passions: motorcycle riding and running.
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/12 11:47 PM

I switched the battery tender from Jan's RT to my RT. tongue
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/18/12 05:49 AM

I made a special trip to Olmstead Point on the Tioga Road today in anticipation of it's closing for the season at 7:00 PM local time.

We stopped at Olmstead Point at 3:00, and only really stuck around long enough to make some coffee. It was 29 degrees and falling and we wanted to be all the way off the hill before the freeze.









By the way. Since Yosemite started keeping records in 1933, this year was the longest that the Tioga Road has ever been open, and for historical sake, the entrance station at Tioga Pass was staffed last weekend. (I'm sure it didn't hurt to collect entrance fees either.)
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/18/12 06:01 AM

Beautiful stuff Tom!!!!

Me? Rode around in a fire engine all day, honking and wooing as I went.

I did ride in this morning though. That's something......I guess.

Plan to ride Thursday. We'll see how the weather holds out as to how long I go. Prolly go west and/or south to somewhere. I dunno where. Marin Headlands? City? Modesto? Who knows, who cares...as long as it's on two wheels!
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/18/12 06:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Beautiful stuff Tom!!!!

Me? Rode around in a fire engine all day, honking and wooing as I went.

I did ride in this morning though. That's something......I guess.

Plan to ride Thursday. We'll see how the weather holds out as to how long I go. Prolly go west and/or south to somewhere. I dunno where. Marin Headlands? City? Modesto? Who knows, who cares...as long as it's on two wheels!


If by chance you're in The City on Thursday stop by Turk x Webster for a cuppa joe. BTW, the NWS is calling for a 90% chance of rain out that way.
Posted By: Rocer

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/22/12 09:33 PM

cry

You folks need to go a little easy on us "seasonally impaired" riders.

The Bike Shed:

Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/22/12 10:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Rocer
cry

You folks need to go a little easy on us "seasonally impaired" riders.


Got it........


Whirlwind two days!!!

A couple days ago I got off duty at the firehouse, rode home and hung out with 2bmwfan and 3bmwfan for a couple hours. Hopped on the scoot and shot down to San Francisco after they went off to a planned women folk type event to have coffee with Boney, who was on duty in the city. On the way there, I stopped at the Marin Headlands to enjoy the view....




That's Alcatraz on the island in the background.

















This is the road up to the Headlands. Real nice except for the 25 mph speed limit.





I knew rain was coming but I did a great job of being in front of it most of the time. I love the Doppler radar on my Zumo 665. Spent some quality time talking fire, coffee, motorcycle trips, bikes, etc. and then headed back to home. It was raining but it's only water and the Super inspires confidence. I got back in front of the rain in Fairfield and then got back in to it as I reentered Sacramento. Got home, hosed off the crud (lots of residue from the first rain crap picked up off the roadway), wiped off the windscreen and mirrors and, BBBRRRRIIIINNNNGGGGGGG, the phone rings. It is work and I am being called in as we are sending a strike team to Reno due to the fires that are being whipped up with the wind. I shoot to work within 10 minutes and am now playing back fill for the team that went out. 5 hours later, strike team canceled and I'm home.

Flash forward a day I'm back in to work (raining like a son of a gun so I came in with the car) after playing all day with 2bmwfan and 3bmwfan. Running errands, playing, hanging out, playing, you get the picture. So, in between the calls for service I finally placed the order for my Touratech Zega Pro side cases. I am going with the 31/38 silver anodized to match my top case. Went with the 31/38 so that my cases do not extend past my handlebar width. Since I do split lanes, that is important to me.

WooHoo!! One more major off the list. All that is left now is the suspension. Oh, got an email from James at Super Plush to let me know my new fork springs have shipped and are due in on the 25th. Looks like another trip to San Francisco is in order within the next week or so!!!!!

I have to say that was one heck of a good two days!!

::015:: ::015::
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/22/12 11:05 PM

Yesterday Kevin and I rode the bikes to a new housing development in the area to make sure we could fit 2 RTs and 2 cars in the garage. Today we went back to sign a contract on one.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/23/12 12:03 AM

Great day for a ride, 280 miles. Meet a friend in the morning and rode the long way to Micanopy for some BBQ and pie. Then we rode a longer way home. It topped out at 81 F, a little warm, no rain ror fog as in the forecast. Now it is time to change tires for Cedar Key. Hoping to find that one curve, that the DOT didn't find and removed yet. rofl
Posted By: ESokoloff

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/23/12 03:41 AM

Put 43 miles on the old bike riding in the Santa Monica's (4.75k' elev. gain).
Did the Snake (Mulholland Hwy) & West Lake twice.

Oh wait, you meant motorcycle dopeslap
Did a 35 mile point A to point B slab ride on the RT.
Yawn tongue
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/23/12 07:06 PM

Unboxed the new horn connectors that arrived today from Max.

That counts, right? cool
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 12:59 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Unboxed the new horn connectors that arrived today from Max.

That counts, right? cool


Sounds like we need to plan a tech day at your home in the near future. I always wanted to wire up a extra horn. smile
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 01:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Unboxed the new horn connectors that arrived today from Max.

That counts, right? cool


Sounds like we need to plan a tech day at your home in the near future. I always wanted to wire up a extra horn. smile


Can do. thumbsup

It's been too long since I held a tech day.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 02:18 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Bernie
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Unboxed the new horn connectors that arrived today from Max.

That counts, right? cool


Sounds like we need to plan a tech day at your home in the near future. I always wanted to wire up a extra horn. smile


Can do. thumbsup

It's been too long since I held a tech day.


Well, we will have to wait until the great white north defrosts before Knifemaker will be able to return to the warm south. Remember no tech day without Knifeboy. rofl
I did mount a new rear tire, rear brake disc and replaced my rear brake pads today. Changed the oil in my rear drive also. Bike ready for Cedar Key on Saturday.
Sorry about the hijack.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 02:26 AM

Not a hijack.

Wait, did you you say final drive? tongue
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 02:30 AM

Yeah, changed the oil. every 12K or every 2 rear tire, which ever is first. But it was my first rear disc, I think it was about a mil below min.
Don't feel bad, Danny you will be able to change the oil one day also.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/12 02:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Yeah, changed the oil. every 12K or every 2 rear tire, which ever is first. But it was my first rear disc, I think it wass about a mil below min.
Don't feel bad, Danny you will be able to change the oil one day also.


tongue
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/26/12 12:31 AM

work there and back, short trip. Only two attempts on my life today.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/26/12 02:20 AM

Put some new custom routes in the Garmin today in preparation for 2 weeks time for the big trip. Haven't done a long trip now for a year. I promised myself this year less work and more motorcycle, sailing and my kids ( not in that order). Got the kids now and loving it. 2 weeks time off to ride some of the best bike roads in Eastern Australia. Lyons road, Summerland Way, Oxley Highway, Thunderbolts Way and maybe if time permits , the Alpine Way.
Tomorrow wash and polish the RT.
best regards
Paul
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/26/12 04:18 PM

Installed my Touratech Zega Pro side cases, FINALLY, last night.










Sorry, my "model" wouldn't get out of the pictures I took last night. grin She keeps telling us that she wants to go riding with Whip and go shopping Texas style. LARRY!!!!!!!

I'll get more out in the open today.
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/26/12 07:04 PM

Sweet ride there.

O-dark 30 and only boxers fill the lot, all the other shiny rides are warm and cozy plugged into life support.


Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/12 03:15 AM

Left the house intending on making it to Calaveras Big Trees. It was heavy mist/light rain in Jackson so I decided to head west on Hwy 88 instead of continuing into the rain. Took Hwy 12 into Lodi and thankfully didn't get stuck in Lodi again although it's not a bad place. Checked my oil when I got home just for grins. The level is right on the "max" mark after 5000+ miles since the last oil change. 130 miles round trip. Not the greatest ride but better than nothing....
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/12 03:58 AM

They're installed! (Better daylight shots)






Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/12 04:49 AM

Note to self...remind financial adviser to invest in Touratech.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/12 11:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Note to self...remind financial adviser to invest in Touratech.

rofl
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/12 11:05 AM

Looks like you ready for Cedar Key?
Nice setup.
No seat for the daughter?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/12 02:35 AM

Rode the bike home today after some service and repair in the shop. Full brake fluid flush, almost new ebay throttle cables, almost new ebay rear brake disk with new pads, replaced cracked rear brake disk flange - see: http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=751880#Post751880
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/12 02:44 AM

Rode to Cedar Key and back. Had lunch with a whole bunch of folks from BMWSporTouring.com. Great riding, great weather, great food and friends, life is good.
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/12 03:15 AM

The bike was overdue for a bit of maintenance so I gave it some fresh oil in the final drive, tranny and crankcase, plus new oil and air filters and 4 new sparkplugs...... also a valve adjust and throttle body sync. Turns out the throttle bodies have needed no adjustment for the past 24K.
I'm pretty happy with that. I also replaced the right fog light bulb..... man what a PITA that is! Now its time to get out and ride!
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/12 10:02 AM

Yesterday and today:

1150RT 2004 model

Pulled the fairings as I have a new set of stainless steel ZTechnic engine guards to install, replacing the old plastic ones.

While doing that, might as well change the gear oil..done. Old fluid was nice and clean. This is all about getting a known starting point and recording date and mileage, so that I know when specific services are due.

While having the fairing and the plastic engine guards off, I decided it's time to have a crack at valve adjustment.
Having been unable to get the front pulley cover off, where the HES is before, I decided to have another crack at it. Works out that using an "L" shaped Torx lets me get the lower bracket bolts (one is close to the exhaust manifold) out. All done from the RHS.
With that the RHS shark fin can be removed, including it's metal bracket and now the front pulley cover can be easily pulled out down and to the RHS.

Now using the RHS hole for the TDC mark, I am able to turn the engine over until the inlet/exhaust valves are loose.
Works out that the exhaust valves are way too tightly set. The Wurth "30" Feeler gauge can not be inserted at all while the "15" fits into the gaps with a bit of play...not good.
As already reported in the "valve adjustment guide", the weirdest thing happens...as you adjust one, the other changes it's clearance.
The LHS was closer to correct, but uneven.
Replaced both Rocker Cover rubber gaskets and donuts to have a known starting point. (Bike was purchased 2nd hand from a BMW dealer).
Being forewarned, from other reports, I managed to get the Rubber bung back into the TDC inspection hole, without pushing it through.

With fairing still off, I fired up the bike to check for any oil leaks...all good. engine runs sweet at idle and LHS tappets are nice and quite. RHS tappets are hard to hear over the dam rumbling sound. Old version cam-chain tensioner????
While hear, might as well check it out.

Starter also has been turning over a bit slow from day one I purchased the bike....might as well have a look at it.

It's free but can do with a cleanup.
Battery is fine, but the slow turning over can be a high resistant connection on the positive/negative side.
There is some corrosion on the main Positive connection and corrosion between Starter and engine/gear box which I assume it's getting it's negative through the chassis.
I will clean them up properly and then protect the terminals with Battery terminal spray.


The gear lever has some lateral play which I have to look into. There appear to be some bushings in the gear lever axle, which show play..not sure if I can purchase them.

With the throttle body out of the way, I have access to the LHS cam-chain tensioner. Unscrewing it, shows it to be the old version with the large/long spring.

As it has been raining here close to none stop and forecast is for more of the same over the next week, I might as well order parts and leave the bike as is until they arrive.

Time to make a list of parts to order......
Posted By: Chip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/31/12 08:35 PM

Sunday 1/29/2012.

Rode out to Round Top, Texas (pop. 90) and met my brother (lives in Austin). Round Top is ~90 miles from Houston, ~90 miles from Austin, and has a decent cafe. From Austin and Houston, there are good back roads to Round Top, so it's a good place to rendezvous.

Temperatures were in the 50's when I left Houston; but by ~1pm had warmed up to the 70s. Not bad for the dead of winter.

My brother had just bought a brand new Gold Wing and I was looking forward to riding it. I've never ridden a Wing before. So, after lunch, we traded bikes for some comparison riding. The Wing is a nice bike and I was surprised how nimble the it is...for 900+ lbs. Creature comforts, especially for the passenger, are amazing. I can see why folks like them for 2-up, long distance, riding.

However, when I got back on the RT for the ride back to Houston...well, let's just say the, "feel" of the Beemer cannot be denied.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/01/12 09:43 PM

Rode from work to work. Feb 1st and 70 degrees! Great day for a ride.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/01/12 11:22 PM

Changed motor oil and filter...
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/02/12 07:26 PM

I'm down here in San Francisco where it is about 65 degrees, light breeze, sunny, and crystal clear out.

Getting the Super Tenere suspension dialed with James Siddal at Super Plush Suspension.

Right now, I'm out on James' KTM 950 Adventure, cruising the city. Wish a couple of you were here!!!! There are some beautiful photo opportunities today and I didn't bring the camera.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 12:44 AM

Oh, so you're riding a REAL Adventure bike. grin
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 12:59 AM

Quote:
I'm out on James' KTM 950 Adventure


Some say, "once you go orange, you never go back".
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 01:28 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Oh, so you're riding a REAL Adventure bike. grin



I didn't say a thing!

wink
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 02:03 AM

You didn't have to.

lurk
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: Danny Noonan
Quote:
I'm out on James' KTM 950 Adventure


Some say, "once you go orange, you never go back".


Some try white, some try blue, but you're right....

lurk
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 02:17 AM

Originally Posted By: Danny Noonan
Quote:
I'm out on James' KTM 950 Adventure


Some say, "once you go orange, you never go back".


Could happen to anyone.

thumbsup
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 02:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Whip
Originally Posted By: Danny Noonan
Quote:
I'm out on James' KTM 950 Adventure


Some say, "once you go orange, you never go back".


Could happen to anyone.

thumbsup


And then there's black. cool
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/12 10:04 PM

I rode home from work.

Also, gonna take the scooter out for a grocery run. It's 70 and sunny.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 02:43 AM

I traded in today my 2004 1150RT which now ran perfectly (even the dealer was impressed how smooth the engine was) for a 2005 1200RT with radio/ESA/On board computer/ heated seats/ Cruise control.
Posted By: texasaggie97

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 04:17 AM

Alfred02,
Congrats on the new ride would love to see some pictures.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 10:04 AM

Hi Texas
Yes I will have to take some pictures soon.
By the way, I finished my tuneup just the night before, including tapped adjustment and synchronizing on the 1150RT.
So the first ride after tuneup was to the dealer.
That bike was now brilliant, vibes were easily comparable to my wife's brand new Yamaha XJ6S and gave the 1200RT a real run for it's money.
To be honest, I told my wife over the intercom that if the trade in deal wasn't good enough, I would be more then happy to keep the 1150...it was that good now.
The dealer thought the same as he took it for a test ride and asked me how I got it that smooth and then made me a great offer on the trade in...too hard to refuse.

So with the great information found here on the forum, careful valve adjustment and a good synchronization, they can rival the best of them.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 02:19 PM

Just rode to work. Made 60 miles out of 25. Hope to ride home this afternoon. Typing from work, no computer at home.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 09:20 PM

Rode the bike home from the shop today. Kind of like Paul, I turned 80 into 140ish.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 10:40 PM

I rode nine pistons today! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/12 11:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just rode to work. Made 60 miles out of 25. Hope to ride home this afternoon. Typing from work, no computer at home.


It snowed here a little north of where you are this afternoon, so I hope your ride home was uneventful Paul.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/05/12 12:51 AM

After buying the 1150RT back in Nov, I have been buying riding gear and such whilst sitting over here in Afghanistan. So far I have added: Schuberth Concept helmet, Gerbings jacket with dual controller, a single Gerbings controller and am working on another riding suit for the winter months. I purchased an airflow jacket and summer pants this past fall. Gotta love the MOA flea market and IBMWR.org!
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/05/12 12:58 AM

Originally Posted By: texasaggie97
Alfred02,
Congrats on the new ride would love to see some pictures.


+1 and how many miles on the new bike Alfred, and what color?
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/05/12 01:24 AM

36236km or 22516 miles
Compliance date: 09/2005
Model: R1204B
Colour: Thunder Grey metallic matt
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/05/12 02:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just rode to work. Made 60 miles out of 25. Hope to ride home this afternoon. Typing from work, no computer at home.


It snowed here a little north of where you are this afternoon, so I hope your ride home was uneventful Paul.


On my 7" $90 Netbook that some times works, but mostly not: Got home in a nice snow fall wiping it off my face shield. Not freezing, so no propblem.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/05/12 09:30 PM

Practiced slow speed skills on my RT with other riders connected with the Central Valley BMW Owners Club. Former owner of BMW of Fresno Jack Harwood set up the cones and we tried to dodge them. Good fun.
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 02:27 AM

Changed the transmission and motor oil, inspected alternator belt, check valves (adjusted one) and put the crash bars back on that have been sitting on the shelf for a while.

Should be good for the road again.

--
Mikko
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 03:43 AM

Mikko, I thought your bike was broken. Happy to hear that it not the case.
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 05:23 AM

No, it's the truck that's broken dopeslap

The final drive on the GS did poop on my way back from DV but it's fixed already.

--
Mikko
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 06:08 AM

Washed, scrubbed, polished and paint touched up in places
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 11:31 AM

Got out for two hours of backroads riding that I really needed.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/12 04:01 PM

Got out for about 150 miles of dirt roads in the valleys and mountains south of Tucson. Most above 5K feet. Absolutely beautiful winter day at 70 degrees with near zero humidity.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 02:33 AM

Installed a set of Fiamms from an Oilhead. Louder & more reliable than the umpteen Stebel Nautilus horns I've gone through over the last few years.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 03:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Installed a set of Fiamms from an Oilhead. Louder & more reliable than the umpteen Stebel Nautilus horns I've gone through over the last few years.


Great, glad you updated them beepers.
I gave mine a wipe down and removed some of the bugs from the oil cooler. smirk
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 08:30 PM

Another great day ride! Temps 35 to 55 - not a cloud in the sky - in February - in Maryland! It doesn't get much better than that...
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 08:39 PM

530 Kim's on fun fun fun. Mostly back hills roads in great sunshine. Only a few more days until the trip
Regards
Paul
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 11:55 PM

Rode to work today. Noticed a little rough idling. Going to try to investigate a little tomorrow and see if the coil is the culprit.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/12 11:56 PM

Also picked up my Gerbing jacket liner today. I'm thinking I should of gotten a discount since it's been so warm this winter. smile
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/08/12 12:02 AM

After reading Paul's post, I left work early, came home and got out for a ride while the sun was setting. Figured out that if the road name has "Mill" in it, it will probably be nice and twisty.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/08/12 03:24 PM

After a nice ride to work this morning (even cool enough to turn the new Gerbings on) I quickly mounted the dual temp controler to my tank bag with some double sided velcro. I decided it was easier to mount there then to get the belt clip and have it mounted where I couldn't see it.
Posted By: Critical

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/08/12 08:06 PM

I too have found Stebels poor.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/08/12 10:00 PM

Spent some time out in the garage getting new base numbers for the Super Tenere suspension now that I have new internals with the proper rates for me.
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/10/12 03:35 AM

If you forget to take the controller off the tank bag when you stop hopefully it won't end up where you really can't see it if you know what I mean...
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/10/12 04:38 PM

took apart the left side case (twice) to get the mechanism to work a bit smoother.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 01:29 AM

Rode with Larry up Hwy 39 to Crystal Lake, then over to Glendora Mountain Road, and up to Mt. Baldy for lunch, then down into Claremont for the freeway ride home. These were new roads for me and I was impressed! All the better as it was a weekday and we had the road virtually to ourselves. Thanks Larry for leading the way.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 01:33 AM

Rode to work, bugged out early &, after a couple of stops at my two favorite gun shops, visited our brand new dealer. Met Don, the principle owner. A nice guy that rides & loves motorcycles. A beautiful facility, & I really hope they succeed. I'm going to do my part.

Oh, then I took the long way home.

BTW, there was a Bentley in the parking lot. Mayhaps a good sign.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 01:54 AM

It was, he bought a bike. Must've just missed you.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 02:25 AM

If it was whom I think it was, he bought a Sertao. He was closing the deal with Ken when I walked in. Ran into Cotton while I was there as well.
Posted By: LBump

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 07:40 AM

Originally Posted By: longjohn
Rode with Larry up Hwy 39 to Crystal Lake, then over to Glendora Mountain Road, and up to Mt. Baldy for lunch, then down into Claremont for the freeway ride home. These were new roads for me and I was impressed! All the better as it was a weekday and we had the road virtually to ourselves. Thanks Larry for leading the way.


It's Always great to go to the mountains esp. when the roads are weekday empty! Thanks John thumbsup
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 02:02 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
If it was whom I think it was, he bought a Sertao. He was closing the deal with Ken when I walked in. Ran into Cotton while I was there as well.


I need to get over there and visit the guys. It's been open 2 days and I haven't been there yet... I'm slacking bad.
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/11/12 04:30 PM

It was raining and the perfect time to put on a new set of ME880s. Got almost 12K on the previous pair although the cords made their appearance on the last 300 mile ride up the coast. May have stretched it a bit far for safety's sake, but not on purpose. Now I'm ready for a ride out to Arizona to see Tommy and the crew in a couple of weeks.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/12/12 10:41 PM

Rode with Groanup and new member Jose (w/cherry 1100RT) up Angeles Crest Hwy to Mt. Wilson, then to Newcombs, instead of the original plan of Wrightwood. The rain yesterday made for some questionable shady corners so we cut it short. Then we took Upper Tujunga to Angeles Forest and back to the Crest and home on the slab. Wonderful billowy cloudy mountain vistas, and for the most part freshly scrubbed and dry roads. There were hardly any harleys at the restaurant. Lots of ducatis, bmws, hondas, aprillias. Must have been too cold for the hog crowd, probably in the 40's.
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/12/12 11:39 PM


Added these to the GS...

No...not the dog...




Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/13/12 09:33 AM

Rode 600 kms along the great Dividing rage. Rain, hail and sunshine
Absolutely fantastic
Typing this sitting in a bar having a couple of quite rums
Tomorrow down the coast and then more back hill roads
Regards
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/14/12 08:55 AM

Another 600kms of absolute fun
Coastal twities, rainforest,
Ountains and sydney city traffic. Now i know why i dont live in sydney.
The traffic is manic
Now in Shellharbour in NSW
Tomorrow i turn around and do it all again.
Except for Sydney. Organised a route around that.
Back to the Oxley. The best motorcycle rd in NSW
Regards
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/14/12 10:40 AM

Hi Paul
Are you talking about Oxley HWY via Walcha?
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/14/12 08:39 PM

Larry,
Did you torque them to factory spec?
Known to vibrate off easily.


























JK
tongue

looks nice.



I started the GT, shifted up to third on the centerstand, came in second.
I'll do better next time.
lurk
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/15/12 12:56 AM

Sold my KTM and bought a used GS. Spent the day inspecting it and figuring out what mods/adds I need to do. Seems quicker and more nimble than my RT.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/15/12 03:20 AM

Yes that is the one
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/16/12 08:53 AM

Rode the Oxley up and back today.
Fantastic. Just wonderful
Great weather, if a little cool at about 70. Up the mountain
Now inSawtell on the coast
On the way home. Via Sumerland way and Lions rd
Have to go sailing this weekend
Perfect
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 01:18 AM

Get a camera Paul, I want to see.
Bill
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 04:38 AM

Spent 5 hours doing a Poppy recon in the Helmand, followed by an hour of zero ground run autorotations to taxi way 05 foxtrot a Kandahar.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 05:13 PM

Originally Posted By: SteveHebert
Spent 5 hours doing a Poppy recon in the Helmand, followed by an hour of zero ground run autorotations to taxi way 05 foxtrot a Kandahar.


owhay aboutway omesay icturespay. grin

Pat
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 06:14 PM

Took off those wimpy Anakees and put on some TKC80 knobbies on the new GS. First dirt ride Sunday, Montezuma pass.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 06:23 PM

Originally Posted By: johnlt
Took off those wimpy Anakees and put on some TKC80 knobbies on the new GS. First dirt ride Sunday, Montezuma pass.


Now you're talking! Just put on some Metzeler Karoo on my Yammie two days ago. Death Valley here I come!!!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 10:26 PM

Just got back from another nice 400 mile day ride. Our non-winter still holds grin
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/12 11:30 PM

Put the Final Drive back together and back on the bike and everything back together. Took a half hour to find the key. Apparently there's a fifth location I forgot about.....front radio box.

My it's quiet now.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 01:04 AM

Just a short trip to my wife's parents home to wash the bikes.
More important, my 9 year old high functioning autistic son had his 2nd trip on the back of my bike.
The first trip, he did not like it (on the 1150RT) and we left him for 6 months, just offering him another ride here and there.
This time on the (to us) new 1200RT, he wanted to come along.
So I took it really easy and smooth (hard work) not to scare him.
Now he loves it and wants to come on the next ride.

So this creates a whole new issue, as his 13 year old sister absolutely loves coming on trips with me.

It will be October before my wife gets of her "P" plates and is allowed to take a pillion.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 01:57 AM

Alfred,

I wish you well in incorporating your nine year old into your riding. When kids show an interest, no matter their challenges, it seems to make sense to encourage them. Hope it goes well, and your wife and sister work things out so all can go on adventures together.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 03:16 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Originally Posted By: SteveHebert
Spent 5 hours doing a Poppy recon in the Helmand, followed by an hour of zero ground run autorotations to taxi way 05 foxtrot a Kandahar.


owhay aboutway omesay icturespay. grin

Pat


I'll work on that, but once I show you, I may have to dispose of you. grin

Super secret govmnt stuff and all. rofl
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 05:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Alfred,

.........so all can go on adventures together.


That's the idea. smile
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 05:22 AM

Originally Posted By: SteveHebert
Spent 5 hours doing a Poppy recon in the Helmand, followed by an hour of zero ground run autorotations to taxi way 05 foxtrot a Kandahar.


My older son might be heading over in the next 6 ~ 9 months.
He is a Comms Tech (like myself) but with the military.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 09:36 AM

I will be here for the next couple years so I might run into him.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 12:40 PM

Originally Posted By: SteveHebert


I'll work on that, but once I show you, I may have to dispose of you. grin

Super secret govmnt stuff and all. rofl



Promise, I won't show anyone! grin

Pat
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 07:34 PM

I am officially grounded from riding until my knee replacement in mid April so I've got lots of time to work on the RT. Heck the knee is so bad I can't get on the bike at all and I can only walk or stand for about an hour till the pain makes me stop. frown
Work in progress. Rework Kenwood to bike power, clean up all connections and reroute wires.
Remove bugs, parts of bugs,sticks, rocks and sand from all the nooks that seem to collect this stuff.
Opened the rear box only to discover I had left a damp towel in there sice last Oct. dopeslap The mold was so bad I threw out everything, cleaned box with Lysol and put in a cup of Fresh Wave to eat up the odor.
Today I did a full brake bleed. Tomorrow and in the days to come I'll clean each tupperware panel and slowly reassmble. The final task will be new tyres PR3's and then hope I can ride to the UN clap
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/12 08:15 PM

Wax.
dc
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 12:27 AM

picked it up from the shop (DR) carb job, fluids, chain, new brake lever. Fell off the ramp loading it up in the truck, worked all night before that. no injuries. Bike is running better than ever. waiting for July....
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 01:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Bmr Deacon
If you forget to take the controller off the tank bag when you stop hopefully it won't end up where you really can't see it if you know what I mean...


I usually stick the bag into one of the cases since it usually houses my keys, wallet and other valuable items.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 01:50 AM

Rode to a friends retirement party. Beautiful upper 50's. Expecting INCHES of snow tomorrow so we'll see what happens. Might be the last ride for a couple days. Picked up milk, bread and cranberry juice on the way home.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 02:08 AM

Rode to work and back. Another beautiful winter day. In the morning made 50 miles out of the 25.
Posted By: aterry1067

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 04:45 AM

Rode to Crabtree Falls in VA. About 200 miles one way. Turned it into just over 500 for the day. Had plans to camp this weekend, but with the threat of snow, I decided it could wait for another time. cry Thanks to Garmin, I got to ride the RT like a GS for a few miles today. When I said I wanted the quickest route, I didn't mean the 4x4 shortcuts. Was a lot of fun though. Soft pack gravel and dirt, on some twisty road. The younger dirt bike days came flooding back though, and I had to get the back end loose a couple of times. dopeslap I really need to get my Suzuki DR on the road. Dual sporting an RT could get expensive fast.
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just got back from another nice 400 mile day ride. Our non-winter still holds grin

I can't keep up with Paul (either speed- or mileage-wise) but had a nice 280 miler starting at 7AM. I only stopped once during the 5 hr for fuel and I have to say that my butt felt fine. Either I've gotten more padding down there (probably more likely) or I'm finely breaking in the RDL that I bought used a couple of years ago from Bill (Highway41). grin
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/12 03:08 PM

Glad its working for you George. Does look good on that blue bike. Hope to see you at the UN and/or Helenbac.
Bill
Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/20/12 01:08 AM

I wired up the KTM for long distance riding then road it to work.

It looks like I will be riding it to AZ on Thursday to meet up wit the gang.


wave


It cost more than $40 to fill it up.
Posted By: RPG

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/20/12 01:49 PM

did a complete brake fluid flush on my '04 RT, then because I was appalled at it's hideous appearance without the plastic, took the cover off my '74 R90s and stared at it like it was a Picasso hanging in the Guggenheim.

Cleared my head.

RPG
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/20/12 06:49 PM

Originally Posted By: RPG
did a complete brake fluid flush on my '04 RT, then because I was appalled at it's hideous appearance without the plastic, took the cover off my '74 R90s and stared at it like it was a Picasso hanging in the Guggenheim.

Cleared my head.

RPG

thumbsup
A naked RT is truly ugly, especially compared to an R90S.
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/21/12 01:05 AM

Well, I've been riding a lot. Yesterday I discovered that my rear shock is leaking. Today I discovered that it has been so completely sacked for so long that the loss of oil didn't change much.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/21/12 02:45 PM

Check out ride Sunday showed no problems with the FD.

Rode to work and assumed my parking spot at the end of the row next to Sacto929's GS.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/23/12 10:45 PM

Another very nice day ride. Perfect day!
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/25/12 10:48 PM

Today I took the Ducati out for a ride. I think my BMW was very sad because the front shock has been in the shop for 5 days. Wonderful weather we're having. I understand that next Monday we're going to get our third day of Winter for the year.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/26/12 12:09 AM

I got back to putting Stoner together from the Spline lube, clutch change and trans seal replacement. It is getting to look more and more of a bike again but, I have had my continuing issues with AAADD. I finally found the hose clamp for the intake air grommet that I misplaced and oh, the 30 mm socket also was left right where I put it! The good news is that my parts box is nearly empty. Maybe start up tomorrow?!! I hope so, The oil needs changing! smile
Posted By: aterry1067

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/27/12 01:12 AM

Changed eng, trans, and FD oils. Valve check, was spot on. TB Sync check. Was just a little out, so thought I would attempt to make it better. Taking out the BBS, the right side came right out, cleaned it, and put it back in no problems. The left side, the BBS wouldn't budge. Almost stripped the head before I gave up. Any ideas why it would be so tight? It is not bottomed out. It is roughly 1.5 to 2 turns out (can't remember from last sync.). After coming to the conclusion that I have been beaten, I unhook my manometer only to find the right tube laying against the header and melted through. The TB sync was probably fine to begin with. I should have quit while I was ahead. Ordering a new bbs before I try to get this one out.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/27/12 01:40 AM

Gee, where to begn....

Rode with Jimmy Lewis, hung out with Manuel Lucheese (youngest Dakar entrant this year at 23), hung with Brian Catterson from Motorcyclist.....

Oh, and watched as Jimmy Lewis took my Super Tenere for a ride on only the back wheel for about a quarter mile on the desert dry lake bed we played on.

Ride Tale to come on this amazing Dakar, errr, Death Valley weekend!!!!!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/27/12 03:05 AM

Let's see, first we had Perry King, now Jimmy Lewis & Brian Catterson. Toss in Jay Leno and I'm really gonna hate you! wink grin


lurk


Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/27/12 01:48 PM

Until pics....well, you know.


lurk
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/27/12 10:19 PM

Gone ridin'


Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/28/12 12:06 AM

Replaced front and rear tires today.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/28/12 02:59 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Until pics....well, you know.


lurk


Manuel Lucchese and Brian Catterson



Heather and Jimmy Lewis



Super Tenere




Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/28/12 03:02 AM

Cool !!!

Jim is a funny guy. Every time I've seen him the guy sports a different style facial hair grin This "unabomber" look is something new rofl

--
Mikko
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/04/12 10:19 PM

Replaced a cracked peg plate on Eileen's 1100, and took it for a short ride to make sure everything is good before we sell it. Eileen rode the the 110 while I took our son's Suzuki GS500F out to stretch its legs (while he is off at college). A fun bike!

Also got the 1150s out for a short lunch ride. This may have been the longest that they have been idle in a long time. It was beautiful out today.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/04/12 11:18 PM

I rode it like I stole it! With my spline lube, clutch change to RT pack and a new trans. input seal, I think I have created a Monster!
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/04/12 11:58 PM

down to stugisville, via rightspinville, and back
Posted By: tatt2tony

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/05/12 12:09 AM

Rode west on I-70 from 470, took Evergreen Parkway exit to Evergreen (duh), rode 74 into Morrison, stopped at Tony Rigatoni's for a Guinness on the outdoor patio, kissed my RT and drove home thumbsup
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/05/12 05:28 AM

Crossed into the USA from Mexicali, oh, after installing a spare fuel pump controller, then El Centro, Julian and a nice dinner, and on to Escondido.
About 90 in El Centro and probably 50 in Julian. And one very nice road (78) in and out of Julian, a nice part of it after dark.
dc
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/06/12 11:26 PM

Fought nasty south wind gusts while riding 85 miles too and from work. I am whipped. 55 mile an hour crosswinds are just not any fun.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/06/12 11:45 PM

Saved some money by doing my own full brake fluid flush and bleed on my 05 R12GS. Spent some money by authorizing replacement of the complete fuel pump assembly on my 07 R12RT after bad fuel leak caused by a crack in the fuel pump assembly flange (the BMW shop won!!) frown
Posted By: RPG

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/12/12 01:03 PM

Fired my R90s up Friday night after a long winter's nap. Why does this old Airhead with simple point and condenser, and carbs always fire instantly while my high tech, fuel injected, Motronic controlled, dual spark RT, cranks over for what seems forever.

Anyway, I digress....Rode Sat morning to a buddy's house to have him weld my new kickstand pin in place. He even fixed the missing piece from the kickstand foot (God, aren't welders talented!), then home to install eveything and touch up the frame area.

After all that dried, went for a long ride to visit my parents and brother at the cemetery and then somehow ended up near Ann Arbor.

Old BMW's just have a way of taking me somewhere that I sometimes can't recall how I got there. Bike ran flawless with it's new 1st over pistons and I'm excited about a Blue Ridge Trip this spring.

RPG
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 12:00 AM

Changed gear box oil, adjusted valves, got new spark plugs.
Posted By: rinkydink

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 01:47 AM

Washed (yes, I know, fifty lashes) all three bikes and air dried them all. It took me all day!
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 03:03 AM

Rode 84 miles
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 02:35 PM

I left Brookings at 3:45 p.m. yesterday knowing that I would be unable to cross the mountains from Oregon into California on I-5 due to snow....soooo I rode the coast down in 35-45 mile an hour winds with gusts up to change the diaper , rain light to moderate. Turns out that Highway
299 and 36 is out due to the same reason. Rolled into Willits last night about 8 p.m. and got a simple room with wii-fii at the Pine Cone Motel, Well, when I woke this morning the sky had opened up with glee and the rain looks like it is here to stay. Time to finish the coffee pack my few belongings and ride Highway 20 from Clear Lake to Williams on the I-5... at which time I shall ride north to Lake Shasta, where I have a appointment with (__________)
I will fill the blanks after the appointment.
Tomorrow I
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 02:43 PM

I made a phone call to Sargent this morning, very good discount going on this week. I saved a hundred & thirty bucks & no shipping charge. Pics next week.

Pat
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 04:31 PM

Went on a brew tour.

Started at St. Somewhere in Tarpon Springs, FL. What an amazingly friendly group! I showed up unannounced and right after they finished bottling the latest batch and I got invited in to sample and shoot the bull like they've known me for years. Bob & the crew are making some great saisons. I got invited to lunch and should have gone cuz my next stop wasn't open! 7venth Sun is closed on Mondays as is Dunedin Brewery. So, on to Largo. Got a great po' boy and then hit up a new brewery, Barley Mow, that isn't brewing yet (awaiting license still). Had one from Swamp Head (Gainesville, FL) then on to Willard's Tap House. Forty taps of amazing goodness. Had a Cold Storage Brewing Co. Brown Ale - another local product - then headed for Cigar City for a new Baltic Porter I heard about from the St. Somewhere folks.

That's what I did for 12 hours on my bike yesterday. And I'm doing it again tomorrow. clap
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 04:48 PM

Have a couple of the GS seats (1150 & 1200) and like them, one of their better seats IMO.

Continuing Tank's fill in the blanks theme, on Sunday I met up with _____ _____ (member here) who was down with some friends and camping in central Fla. It was his first bike week and deciding he wasn't all that interested in mud wrestling, cabbage wrestling, or even midget wrestling, we went out in search of old Florida. After I blasted past without seeing him in Barberville, he chased us down and caught up in Astor. Hugs all around, we hadn't seen him since the last El Paseo I think, where I do remember him saying "you were very lucky to find a woman like that with such poor judgement". grin

Colette and I were on the 800 and he was on his big ____. We rode up the east side of the river thru a couple state forests then took the ferry across and rode some of the smaller scenic trails in Ocala National Forest since the prior day's rains had made the sandier sections tolerable. Then we stopped and walked around in one of the several springs in that area. The first day of daylight saving time was a good one, we made it back to Astor about dark and had some good seafood outside on the water, all in all a great day.
Posted By: eddd

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 06:10 PM

Rode the dual-sport into the back country to check out mountain bike trailhead locations. Switching to people-powered two wheels this afternoon.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 07:16 PM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Have a couple of the GS seats (1150 & 1200) and like them, one of their better seats IMO.


Good to hear, thanks Bill. Marty Hill let me toss a leg over his bike and I thought the seat felt great.


Pat
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/13/12 11:04 PM

changed this:







to this:






there was a bunch of crap/corrosion under the FPC where it plugged in, the screws from the old FPC had a good bit of corrosion on them. A little sealant on the new underside gasket and hopefully, now no side of the road repair in the future.... knock on wood. old one is in the tool kit in case.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/14/12 11:07 AM

Installed the Uni-go mount, changed back to stock exhaust, installed a centech AP-1 (why did I wait so long to do that?), got the pillion seat back from Sargents (one day turn around), and washed the RT.

Going for a 340 mile ride today to retrieve my side cases that I left behind last week at a friends shop.

Life is good!
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/14/12 08:07 PM

Saga continues , Left Willits in the pouring rain and made good time to a few miles shy of Glenhaven on hiway 20 where my rear tire slowly deflated, quickly put bike on side stand and using air compressed found a rock (?) slash. Two CalTrans worked stopped and one had Hillside Honda on his speed dial. Cool they had a PR 3 in stock and KOA Towing had me at the repair door by 11:00 am.... 12:30 I'm on the road. A heart felt thank to the workers Ken and Jim ...Fishers towing out of Clearlake.... and the fine folks at Hillside Honda, Pulled into Shasta Lake and got a room at Fawncove cabins last night and to day Russel Day-Long is fitting my bike with a new saddle... Its still pouring rain out and I'm in the Library as I type this
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/14/12 08:45 PM

Who says Cal Trans workers are useless?
clap
Posted By: Kenny Haynes

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/15/12 12:44 AM

Thanks for the ONF tour Bill! Great trails and great to see both of you again. Old rural Florida is really cool.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/15/12 01:15 PM

Can't ride till after my knee surgery but I can work on the RT.
Changed gearbox oil, Removed wheels,checked rear disc flang for cracks,none, cleaned them and went and had the PR3's mounted at a local shop. Fast and reasonable. I'll use this guy again. His 2 garages-shops were bigger than his house thumbsup
Since it was a nice 75 degree day I then went to the newer BMW store to get some little things. Good help must be hard to find as the very young parts guy could not find gear box crush washers and told me that I needed a trans code before he could find them dopeslap After 2 other parts he couldn't find I gave up and went to check the new rides on my way out. Not one soul in the showroom and I spent 10 minutes there.Do new RT's really cost $24,000???
Got home, fired up MAX BMW's parts and found out that there are no replacement washers for the trans as BMW wants you to buy new plugs but a BMW part number was listed as a side note to washers that will work.What a great place for this kind of info. Guess Junior needs to learn how to research better.
My order of Specto oil had arrived so I cleaned out the cabinet, installed new cardboard mat and stocked up. Included was a cool Spectro oil catalog , something to read at PT. rofl
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/15/12 10:05 PM

Everywhere I have traveled this last three day have stressed the need to carry chains or traction tires, when in fact Pontoons would have been more appropriate. Heavy rains leaving Shasta Lake, tapered off dropping into the Rogue Valley , than the rain came back with a vengeance on 199. The Smith River was in flood (awesome) and the coast is WET. Somewhere in there my Roadcrafter leaked for the first time in short term memory... thats what I did on my bike
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/15/12 10:09 PM



It just arrived with a bag of M&Ms laugh
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/15/12 10:16 PM

Installed 10ovr's fuel pump ring on my GS. Got it from Beemerboneyard.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/16/12 12:51 AM

Loaded the bike this evening with tools to be ready to leave the garage at 0600. Plan is to stop for breakfast, then be at Herman's in Edgewater early enough to have the rear shock out before he gets to his shop at 9:30-10:00. Then I'll be ready to rock-n-roll, but with much less rock.

After that, maybe a test ride of a K16, then on to the short track races. thumbsup
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/18/12 02:47 AM

Checked the alternator belt on Eileen's 1150 because her battery light came on as we returned home from a ride last weekend. Found that the belt was shredded. Sigh...

Fixed the left mirror on my 1150. The plastic posts that hold the swivelly part (that's the technical term, right?) to the housing had all broken. I decided just to glue it back on with some of Eileen's strong jewelry cement. So far, it seems to be working.
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/18/12 03:14 AM

Removed the Jesse's from the F650. Thought about installing the ROX risers I picked up on Friday. Went for a short ride on the RT instead.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/18/12 11:47 PM

Using a RAM mount I borrowed from Keith, I wired the new to me Garmin to the RT yesterday afternoon. Learned the very basics of Mapsource this morning and created my first route, through some roads I have already ridden. Watched NC State beat Geougretown (Go Wolfpack) and then geared up to go for a ride.

But then there was Santa. I was riding up the first of the nice roads, stuck behind a gaggle of cagers, led by the one slow one. Several vehicles in front of me though was a bike and the rider had a Santa hat on in addition to his helmet. Couple of miles later, the intervening cagers had gotten out of the way and we pulled up to the last light for a while and he motions me up next to him. His license plate is Santa and he has a Billy Gibbons type white beard.

Asks me if I am headed up towards Prettyboy Reservoir, which is actually where my route was going to take me, so I said yes. He takes point and I follow him on up there. As I go over the bridge at the reservoir, the bike felt kind of funny, so I stopped at a parking lot on the other side to check air pressure on the tires, all is good so I start up again, and in half a mile or so, here comes Santa back to check on me. We stop together again, and talk, and I end up following him for ten more miles or so, over some roads he really likes.

He obviously did a lot of group riding, because he kept signaling with his hands, and as I figured out a little later, even with his feet! I just thought he was stretching his right leg, but I finally figured out that if there was some gravel or a pothole to his right as he rode past, he would point with his right foot so I would know it was there.

We got one more chance to talk for a minute, and then our routes diverged. The Garmin was truly pissed off at me at that point, so I tried to follow it's advice as much as possible on the ride home.

All in all, a very nice ride.
Posted By: tatt2tony

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/20/12 10:24 PM

Just a little local ride on the first day of spring. A cool, crisp, and sunny Colorado day. clap







Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 01:06 AM

Originally Posted By: Tank
Saga continues , Left Willits in the pouring rain and made good time to a few miles shy of Glenhaven on hiway 20 where my rear tire slowly deflated, quickly put bike on side stand and using air compressed found a rock (?) slash. Two CalTrans worked stopped and one had Hillside Honda on his speed dial. Cool they had a PR 3 in stock and KOA Towing had me at the repair door by 11:00 am.... 12:30 I'm on the road. A heart felt thank to the workers Ken and Jim ...Fishers towing out of Clearlake.... and the fine folks at Hillside Honda, Pulled into Shasta Lake and got a room at Fawncove cabins last night and to day Russel Day-Long is fitting my bike with a new saddle... Its still pouring rain out and I'm in the Library as I type this


Bill, You are going to like that seat! I have one on my GSA and my Dakar, DELUXE.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 02:48 PM

I installed my new Sargent seat (one wrench job) smirk this morning. Top quality fit & finish thumbsup





Pat
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 07:11 PM

Looking good Pat. I'm sure you are glad to get rid of the stocker. If not, you should be. Our 600 mile ride home from the UN last summer was pure torture thanks to that stupid stock seat. I still don't have a solution for Danielle's seat, but I managed to land a Rich Maund seat for myself for next to nothing. So far, I have done a 300 mile day on it and all is well.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 09:53 PM

Thanks Keith! Remembering back to the 05 GS I had & how bad the stock seat was had me convinced to not even give the stocker a try this time.

Pat
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 09:58 PM

Spent several hours and have now gone through the motorcycle closets and cleared them out. Stand by the classifieds!!!! They're gonna blow up with a lot of cool stuff in need of a new home!!!! Just waiting on all the pics to upload.
Posted By: dhanson

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/21/12 11:19 PM

Still have my touring seat for the MTS12, maybe it will fit something in the future!
Posted By: SKYGZR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/23/12 06:02 PM

Triple D's, twice the "limit" plus on the K..always a good way to start your day.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/23/12 08:45 PM

Already injected so I got her inspected before she felt neglected and I was detected. grin


Pat
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/23/12 10:16 PM

I ordered a set of Wilbers and some new final drive pivot bearings. The bronze bushings have not been, in my opinion, anywhere near as good as they're supposed to be. Ted Porter agrees.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 12:00 AM

Beautiful day. Rode to work. Went looking for a degree wheel, couldn't find one. Riding home, took an earlier than normal ramp. E/B 50 was at a dead stop at Folsom. Cars, glass and parts everywhere. CHP showed up just as I got to the mess.
About 300 yards further east, some homeless guy walking his dog on the freeway. Hmmmmm.
Posted By: LBump

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 03:39 AM

Spent the day rid'n in the mountains outside of Los Angeles... and you'd never even know there was a bIg cIty as such, just over da hill. Great 383 mile ride with a great group, that I met through this forum. thumbsup
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 11:21 AM

B-I-G day. Put the battery tender on while I cleaned out the garage and worked in the garden. cry
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 01:18 PM

Rode over to meet a riding buddy for a ride and my TPMS indicated 15 lbs on my GS. Quick ride home and switch to the RT and we rode about 300 miles over to the Chiricahua National Monument. Their "scenic drive" goes along a 7K feet crest and although it was 78 degrees, there was snow along side the rode. This is southeast of Wilcox in extremem southeast AZ. Nice ride.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 01:59 PM

Sounds like a nice ride. Those TPM are worth their weight in gold.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 02:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Sounds like a nice ride. Those TPM are worth their weight in gold.

Yes Paul I really like it. This is one of the aftermarket versions that attaches to the valve stem (Tire Gaurd)and the gasket leaked. I put in a new "O" ring and all is well. I actually prefer the aftermarket version (my RT has the OEM) because it will tell me as soon as I turn it on and you don't need to be moving like the OEM.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 03:20 PM

I have the same system. I also like that the wheel units have replaceable batteries. Don't have to spend $150 for the whole unit when the battery is gone.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 06:05 PM

Actually, you don't have to replace the $150 unit. I have several times put a link to Advrider where someone opens the unit up, puts in a new battery and reseals it. $2 fix.
dc
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 07:09 PM

Well, I didn't do a thing, but EB and Dennis took my Wee to a mechanic in the Chicago area for evaluation. I FEEL like I did something to my bike, even though I was about 700 miles away. Applause: David and Dennis with support from Steve. clap wave thumbsup smile (HUG emoticon)
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/12 07:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Well, I didn't do a thing, but EB and Dennis took my Wee to a mechanic in the Chicago area for evaluation. I FEEL like I did something to my bike, even though I was about 700 miles away. Applause: David and Dennis with support from Steve. clap wave thumbsup smile (HUG emoticon)


Even the longest journey starts with one step... thumbsup
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 02:06 AM

Pat, I love the blue piping on your new cool seat!

I installed my new Rox risers on the F650GS along with a longer brake line. Bled brakes for-ever but still soft. Internet research revealed that the GS-911 will bleed the ABS. Bled the ABS and system again and finally, I have brakes. Rode to town, up Emigration Canyon (thought about stopping by to see Susie, but thought we should have called first) then down Parley's Canyon. I think I may need to adjust the Madstad windshield again. tongue
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 02:16 AM

Changed brake pads on the front wheel this evening, in preparations for Riding Smart in Brevard next weekend. I am so ready to get out of town, come on Thursday.
Posted By: Bayou Red

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 02:42 AM

The better half and I rode the RT down River Road south on the east side of the Mississippi to Lucher then back north on the west side. We stopped at the Oak Alley Spring Arts and Crafts Fair on the way. Shrimp ettouffe, bouidn, shrimp wraps and funnel cake, oh my! A beautiful day to enjoy the freedom.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 03:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Changed brake pads on the front wheel this evening, in preparations for Riding Smart in Brevard next weekend. I am so ready to get out of town, come on Thursday.


Brakes? Brakes? Are kidding me.....Brakes? Bernie uses brakes? rofl

It was my best Jim Mora impersonation...too bad you couldn't hear it.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 08:22 AM

Ken, you did good.
Posted By: eddd

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 03:21 PM

I took the Ducati to my first track day to see if I could make the Duc fly.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/12 10:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Kinsley
Originally Posted By: Bernie
Changed brake pads on the front wheel this evening, in preparations for Riding Smart in Brevard next weekend. I am so ready to get out of town, come on Thursday.


Brakes? Brakes? Are kidding me.....Brakes? Bernie uses brakes? rofl

It was my best Jim Mora impersonation...too bad you couldn't hear it.



He didn't say they were new pads.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 02:24 AM

Wired the Autocom, Zumo,V1, B2B, & Gerbings. Only took four years to get around to it. tongue

Oh, mounted & balanced a set of PR3's. Will be scuffing them in tomorrow.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 02:29 AM

Good for you Danny, be careful with the new tires, they turn faster. thumbsup
PS: GPS routes loaded for the Riding Smart trip on Thursday. Tick tick. clap
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 02:40 AM

lurk
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 10:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Kinsley

Brakes? Brakes? Are kidding me.....Brakes? Bernie uses brakes? rofl


He will be this weekend! wink

Shawn
Posted By: Living the Dream

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 11:27 AM

Added the vastly expensive Wal-mart auxiliary lights and wired my new tome Zumo 550.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 05:16 PM

Six of us rode dual-sports thru the woods from S.E. Georgia to E. Tennessee over the weekend, it was a great trip.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/26/12 08:13 PM

without pics.....
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/27/12 01:34 AM

..will work on it the next few days.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/28/12 01:42 AM

Patted my bike on my way to the lawn machine. At least it has a Kawasaki motor. With twenty years in the house I never had to mow this early in the year.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/28/12 11:21 PM

Rode to work. Then at lunch...

This;



Plus this;


Led to this;
Front...


Rear;


Short version is she couldn't decide whether to make the left turn in front on me or not. By then she was fully in my lane, & I was out of time & out of room. It was either her grill or the curb. I chose the curb, & using my best dirt bike skills, managed to not go down. Came to a safe stop in the parking lot of...wait for it...a nursing home.

And no, she didn't stop. A witness tried to chase her down, but to no avail.

Thanks to Highway41, my weekend with RideSmart is saved. He very kindly pulled his RT off the consignment floor to loan me his wheels & tires. How awesome is that?!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/28/12 11:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
And no, she didn't stop. A witness tried to chase her down, but to no avail.

WTH, was it the little old lady from Pasadena?

Glad it was only wheel damage! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/29/12 12:37 AM

Danny,

Glad you made it through without anything worse and I look forward to meeting you this weekend.

Kudos to Highway41 for loaning you the wheels and tires.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/29/12 01:59 AM

NOT what I wanted to see when I read this!!!!

So glad you are OK. Wheels and powder coat....cheap. You, though cheap and incorrigible, not so much!!

Down on bended knee for you, hug the wife, etc.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/29/12 02:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
NOT what I wanted to see when I read this!!!!

So glad you are OK. Wheels and powder coat....cheap. You, though cheap and incorrigible, not so much!!

Down on bended knee for you, hug the wife, etc.


Thanks, Phil. I, too, am very thankful. Looking back, it was only a few feet on either side of being REAL ugly. As for hugging The Wife, round one of that was done when I climbed out of the tow truck in front of the house. She had to book off to an event tonight, so I'm sure there are more hugs to come later.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/29/12 02:54 AM

It's where dirt experience comes in handy on the street, you kept riding it. When that happens most obstacles become fairly minor concerns.

Glad you're OK Danny boy.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/29/12 03:46 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
without pics.....


Here are several from the 1st day.














Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/30/12 01:36 AM

Yikes! Glad to hear you are OK, Danny.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/30/12 02:25 AM

After being chased for over 500 miles by Huzband, Kifemaker, Rick and Bil ended the day in Blairsville. Great day of riding backroads. On our way to Riding Smart.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/12 02:26 AM

OK, today I'm at work at the fire department so I had to settle for this, which posted today.

Yes, that's me and my Yamaha Super Tenere with the yellow Arai XD in the video!!!! Y'all NEED to be there next year!!!!!

Video

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/1383/Motorcycle-Video/2012-AltRider-Taste-of-Dakar-Ride-Report.aspx

Ride Report/Photos

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/310/12620/...uring-Ride.aspx

http://1bmwfan.smugmug.com/Travel/Taste-of-Dakar/21667127_VxD28f

Man, that was a fun trip!!!!!
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/12 03:18 AM

Looked like fun stuff.

We had dunes like that (well almost) 30 years ago to ride on but they're gone now. I'm guessing the S10 would be a handful on those.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/01/12 01:54 AM

Rode to work and back. First ride after more than a month. It felt gooood!
Posted By: hopz

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/01/12 02:07 PM

Finally got warm enough to fuss around in the garage. Installed 10vr's clamp on the fuel pump housing... easy-peasy.
Posted By: DirtyDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/02/12 03:39 PM

I took the long way home from work yesterday.




Posted By: UberXY

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/02/12 08:49 PM

I erased the chicken strips on my new tires on the Blue Ridge Parkway...


Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/03/12 01:08 AM

Installed new battery and cleaned up some more wiring. clap Why did I still have a glass fuse on that light circut? dopeslap
I had e mailed several state dept of tourisum for free road maps last week, ya I'm old and like to see the big picture, and they started to come in. Now I can start marking some of the great routes others mention here for future rides.
Posted By: ramwood

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/03/12 01:25 AM

new clutch and discs and spline lube ready for this years rides
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/03/12 10:16 PM

Just another very nice day ride...
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/04/12 12:11 AM

I rode the Ducati through Yosemite with a group of local folks. Great weather.
Posted By: Bayou Red

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/04/12 04:07 AM

Hunted down a fuel leak and got the bike ready for the road again.

Tony
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/05/12 09:27 PM

Balanced and mounted my set of spare wheels with new tires. Installed front brake pads. Went on 1 hour ride to settle everything. New tires always feel sooo good!
Posted By: BFish

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/05/12 09:29 PM

Haven't done shinola for a month. tongue

This sunday i'm taking the long way in to the office.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/05/12 09:44 PM

I am going to have a look at how I am going to mount the newly arrived Odyssey PC680 in the R1200RT.
My new tires have arrived (PR3 with rear being the "B" version), but as usual too late for this weekend (Easter) as my brother in law (who will mount and balance them)has gone racing with his son.
Also my 90 degree tire valves haven't arrived yet either.

Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/05/12 10:03 PM

Let me know how you go with the battery. About to do the same with mine.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/05/12 11:19 PM

Will do
I have seen a picture of someone using your normal fuel hose cut to a couple of small length as gap fillers.
Looked clean and functional without having to bend the battery mounting bracket.
The two pieces go on the top between the bracket, front and back.
Might have to put one at the bottom as well.

Edit...here is the link: PC680 R1200RT install
Posted By: comstockrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/07/12 04:52 AM

I walked out to the garage. Looked at my covered bike. Watch my sons dog pee on the front tire. Crawled into my cage and went to work. Now, how badly does that suck ? cry
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 12:43 AM

Another nice morning ride. Full moon up front and the sun coming up behind me. Beautiful...
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 03:23 AM

Woke to the patter of tiny raindrops on my roof, went out and drained the oil after a engine warm up, removed the filter and crush washer on the plug. Replaced both ...emptied a few oil containers into the sump ...lost count of what I put in and stopped. Gary ( gotta go) stopped by to cheer me on , so we stripped the plastic on the left side to revile the fuel pump controller. NO CRACKS = GOOD. Installed 10over's clamp ring for good vibes.
Checked a few things than got back to the crankcase oil, slowly filled to dot, refitted plastic.
A good day filled with good friends coming and going, a fire in the stove in the bike nest and a bike ready to depart for the gathering at Joe and Juanita's.
What a holiday treat.
Posted By: tatt2tony

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 03:28 AM

While out riding on Saturday I saw an elderly couple on the side of the road struggling to keep their 1200RT from falling on its side, so I pulled over and helped them upright the bike. Karma baby. wave
Posted By: KLC

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 08:00 AM

Thoroughly cleaned the bike after all the winter weather and stripped all the ACF50. 4 hours later the bike looks great but do i need to buy a motorcycle lift!
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 08:51 AM

Friday was a 150 mile loop bagging "landmarks" for the Round Britain Rally. Saturday and Sunday saw me riding a 725 mile loop down to Cornwall and back bagging some more. Today the bike gets a rest - and so does my rear.

Andy
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 11:05 AM

Today took the kids and wife for a bit of fishing, caught a couple of eels and three small Brims.
Tomorrow, wifey and I will do a bit of a local run (withdrawal signs), assuming I make it to the Service Station for fuel....LOL.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/12 02:36 PM

Installed new PC680, revisted the V1 install, still not happy with it so more research and thinking. Put all the tupperware back on , them took it all off again and the dash to install new Stealth antenna for 2 way radio. With no one near me with radios it makes it hard to check and see if it works or not.
Fired up to check battery and it turned over like it had run yesterday. Now I have to cover bike and wait to ride until the knee surgery prob 6 to 8 weeks. Aghhhhhhhhh cry
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/10/12 01:11 AM

Installed a new alternator belt on the GS. Left a piece of finger between the belt and the pulley dopeslap
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/10/12 01:22 AM

Washed both the RT and the Ducati Monster.
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/10/12 02:06 AM

Put new shoes on my girl for the trip to the Sierra Foothill Country in a couple weeks.
I love how the timing of this worked out... again! thumbsup
Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/10/12 07:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Installed a new alternator belt on the GS. Left a piece of finger between the belt and the pulley dopeslap


OUCH!!! eek
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/11/12 12:23 AM

Originally Posted By: TN_R11_Girl
Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Installed a new alternator belt on the GS. Left a piece of finger between the belt and the pulley dopeslap


OUCH!!! eek

+1 Hopefully it was just a mere flesh wound! wink

My go to ride when I only have a couple of hours of free time. It's about a hundred miles door to door, pic is on RT 13 between New Boston &
Goffstown NH.


Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/11/12 12:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Bullett
Pat, I love the blue piping on your new cool seat!


Thanks Sharon! The color is a close match to the blue in the BMW emblem & the number from Sargent is G-33.

Pat
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/11/12 02:25 AM

Went on a tough dirt ride today on a KLX250. Crashed 3 times (very low speed) on a descent down a boulder field that makes 50-yard Phil's infamous road look like a highway. No pain, no gain but I think I'm getting too old for this sh**. The bad thing was my riding partner did the same descent on a KTM 950SE. I'm embarressed frown
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/11/12 11:47 PM

Rode from Catavina to Ensenada. Some rain, and some wind, but nothing like last week on the same road.
About 25 miles north of Catavina, I could see I was coming into a bit of rain, so I stopped to put on my rain pants.
Where I stopped was a Toyota 4 Runner, old, but still like it should be in good running condition. This was in the hills in the middle of nowhere.
A young lady was near, rather good looking, really. And I noticed the front of her car was smashed in nicely. Doesn't look good, says I. No says she, it isn't. Will it run? No. What did you hit? A vaca. Actually 2, and it knocked one down, who got up, but then stayed there. There he is across the road, says she.
He may be angry, says I. And he had some rather long horns, too.
But it was across a ditch and too steep for him to cross over. But he was looking at us, no doubt.
Anyway, she said she had called for a tow. I didn't really see how she could get cell service out there, but ...
And I then saw the debris. She was tooling along, flying around a blind corner, but then up a hill, when she should have had plenty of room to stop. And she runs dead smack into a bull? I was already riding slow and cautious.
And made it here, to Ensenada.
dc
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/12 01:13 AM

Just a nice extended ride to work and back home. Another nice day.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/12 02:56 AM

Well, the dual sport ride I was leading was canceled as the "off road" environs around here are all either under water or the consistency of clam chowder sooooooo, what to do?!?!

Had Tubesock and our AMA cover boy head over to my place where we proceeded to do a great street ride along the levee roads of the Sacramento Delta to Antioch for lunch. Got to ride one of the two ferries across the river.

Great Mexican lunch and then back via more levee roads and then in to the foothills for a great jaunt home.

Perfect weather today for on road endeavors! Perfect company at a perfect pace with some of the most beautiful scenery!!!!

Thanks Steve and Ryan for coming along on our more than 200 mile adventure!!!
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/12 07:57 PM

Well, a bit of work caught up.... so I am now going to ride over to Gary and Nancy's (gottago) so she can help me understand my new GPS and load some tunes.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/12 09:12 PM

Changed the rear end oil. Now working on engine oil and filter.
I would like to get to the valves today, but I don't know if I will.
dc
Posted By: notacop

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/12 11:06 PM

I rode up San Gabriel, Azusa Cyn, canyon to see the snow and say Hi to the cafe owner, Alan, up at Chrystal lake.
Found out coming down Glendora Mtn Road why it's a good idea no to do that on a Sunday, too many bicyclists and squids.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/16/12 01:56 AM

Pulled the covers off Big Red in the garage. Patted her saddle.

Put the covers back on sadly and picked up the chainsaw.

$*&%#% gardening!! mad
Posted By: ratfink

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/16/12 02:38 AM

Rode the Strom across the creek to Portlandia, stopped and made a donation (it is Sunday after all) Forgot to get my bike in the picture so I could post in Moto Photo.


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Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/16/12 01:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just a nice extended ride to work and back home. Another nice day.

Glad to see that Fuel Pump Controller is working so well Paul. Stay well. thumbsup
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/16/12 02:22 PM

Originally Posted By: ratfink
Rode the Strom across the creek to Portlandia, stopped and made a donation (it is Sunday after all) Forgot to get my bike in the picture so I could post in Moto Photo.



The rules in Motophoto loosened up. Did you get something motorcycle related in the photo? A gloved finger over a portion of the viewfinder? wink
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/17/12 12:10 AM

Gone ridin'. Nice loop north into Pennsylvania, toward State College. RockBottom's roads. Seems we got summer in April.


Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/17/12 12:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Gone ridin'. Nice loop north into Pennsylvania, toward State College. RockBottom's roads. Seems we got summer in April.




Just...WOW! thumbsup
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/18/12 12:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Well, the dual sport ride I was leading was canceled as the "off road" environs around here are all either under water or the consistency of clam chowder sooooooo, what to do?!?!

Had Tubesock and our AMA cover boy head over to my place where we proceeded to do a great street ride along the levee roads of the Sacramento Delta to Antioch for lunch. Got to ride one of the two ferries across the river.

Great Mexican lunch and then back via more levee roads and then in to the foothills for a great jaunt home.

Perfect weather today for on road endeavors! Perfect company at a perfect pace with some of the most beautiful scenery!!!!

Thanks Steve and Ryan for coming along on our more than 200 mile adventure!!!


Wait, you took valuable time away from farkling to actually RIDE the the thing? Wow, I'm impressed. rofl wave
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/18/12 12:11 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Well, the dual sport ride I was leading was canceled as the "off road" environs around here are all either under water or the consistency of clam chowder sooooooo, what to do?!?!

Had Tubesock and our AMA cover boy head over to my place where we proceeded to do a great street ride along the levee roads of the Sacramento Delta to Antioch for lunch. Got to ride one of the two ferries across the river.

Great Mexican lunch and then back via more levee roads and then in to the foothills for a great jaunt home.

Perfect weather today for on road endeavors! Perfect company at a perfect pace with some of the most beautiful scenery!!!!

Thanks Steve and Ryan for coming along on our more than 200 mile adventure!!!


Wait, you took valuable time away from farkling to actually RIDE the the thing? Wow, I'm impressed. rofl wave


Weird huh!!! Over 7500 miles since August. AND, I am even riding this weekend!!!!! cool
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/18/12 12:29 AM

Wish I was. tongue
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/19/12 12:24 AM

Blew a ton wink wink of dust off the GT today riding up to Plumb Island. I had my camera but no clicky! dopeslap

Pat
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/21/12 05:31 AM

Rode almost 400 mi w/ good friends from LA>Sierra foothills>Coarsegold. CA in April is awesome.
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 03:54 AM

What LongJohn said, and I had a grand time.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 01:09 PM

put a gerbings power lead on the GS, cursed my shoulder, took another Motrin
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 01:46 PM

Put a Metz 880 on "Stoner's" rear wheel .. As usual with the Metz tires I have changed in the past, I had to fight it in Mounting and dismounting. Unlike the Shinko's I put on My other C- "NV" (my hack setup) I have to do twice as much work and effort in the process. It must be that there is much more material and plys on the sidewall or something. If I like the way the performance of the Shinko's hold up, I may just stay with that brand for the sake of an easy tire change.
Posted By: Shaman97

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 02:48 PM

Met Coarsegoldkid and his crew for lunch at the Evergreen Lodge.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 08:04 PM

Rode to Gainesville, FL for a coffee and bagel at The Bagel Factory, in the on/off again rain, then returned home the longer way (250 miles). Great ride.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 08:13 PM

Replaced my throttle cables and bowden box yesterday (total PIA).

Got everything dialed in today - cleaned up my very filthy bike.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 09:34 PM

Tested why ABS was not working. Changed the battery. Fixed right saddle bag. Quick test ride.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 10:36 PM

Casual 200 km ride in lovely early autumn weather.
Sunday traffic was very ordinary. Now I know why Mondays is so much fun.
Lots of LEO,s out and about, but the ride was very pleasant and stress free.
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 11:25 PM

Does waiting on a State Farm check count here? tongue
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 11:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Does waiting on a State Farm check count here? tongue


Yes!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 11:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Does waiting on a State Farm check count here? tongue


Yes!


Well then! The adjuster visited the dealer & the bike last Tuesday. Word from Brian, the service manager, is the claim is approved & the check is in the mail. Jeez, I sure hope so.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/22/12 11:59 PM

Replaced the missing E-clip on my right peg. Armando was polite enough to point it out a few weeks ago at Ridesmart, but I've been getting by with electrical tape till I had the proper time to replace the $0.30 hardware store part. BMW part was $0.56, nice savings there, but without the one week wait and two trips to the dealer grin
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/23/12 03:43 AM

Shook the cobwebs off by riding up Coal Creek Canyon to Peak to Peak Highway to Estes Park for lunch. Hit some back roads in Boulder County on the way home. Perfect day, blue skies, puffy white clouds, snow capped mountains, twisties, sweepers and dry roads.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/24/12 09:12 PM

Cleaned the K&N air filter. Maybe it'll run better and get better mileage!

Actually, she runs fine. Better mileage is always good!
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/24/12 11:40 PM

got an assist- trailered the GS for new rear shoe and initial state inspection. now ready to go..... my RT keeps looking at me suspiciously in the garage.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/25/12 09:53 PM

Gone ridin' again. Virginia/West Virginia. Was 50 miles away from Snowshoe, where we Rubber Chicken will meet in June. Retirement is great. Can pick the nicest days for riding.




Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/27/12 10:01 PM

Finally got the check. thumbsup

Ordered the rims & bearings. Are they in the country? Who knows.

Hopefully I'll be riding by fall HelenBack.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/27/12 10:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Hopefully I'll be riding by fall HelenBack.


Awesome! It's great that you will be riding by then, but will you actually be there? wink grin thumbsup
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/27/12 10:32 PM

Put new PR3s on my RT. Washed horse debris off the alternator belt cover.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/27/12 11:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Hopefully I'll be riding by fall HelenBack.


Awesome! It's great that you will be riding by then, but will you actually be there? wink grin thumbsup


That there is another story, sir.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/28/12 10:36 AM

Booked mine in for its 60 000 km service. Wait of several weeks to get it in. Cost expected to be in the region of $1000AUD. Just another day in paradise. cry
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/29/12 01:55 AM

We took a ride to Kurt's (Xracerboy66) house for some valve adjustment and TBS on his and Eileen's "new" bikes. Then I dropped my bike off at an independent shop to have them inspect the final drive, as there have been lots of shiny flakes in the final drive oil tongue


It says "Made... In.... Japan" WHAT??!!


What the heck is a Newton-Meter?
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/12 04:43 AM

I rode my new to me '05 Suzuki DRZ 400S home the long way. smile
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/12 11:14 AM

Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
I rode my new to me '05 Suzuki DRZ 400S home the long way. smile


Cool. I keep looking for a deal on one of those, but I swear those bikes must be gold plated for some of the prices I see listed around here.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/12 03:39 PM

Fixed bike's sh*tty running by replacing one ignition coil.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/12 06:52 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
I rode my new to me '05 Suzuki DRZ 400S home the long way. smile


...but I swear those bikes must be gold plated for some of the prices I see listed around here.

magnesium
Just swing a reasonable price you can afford at them and see if they go for it.
Posted By: ratfink

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/12 06:53 PM

Be careful! The DRZ can cause hyper stimulation of some anatomical components. Unlike the GS riders with Corbin seats we've been trying to keep it a secret.
Posted By: Dean Wirsing

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/02/12 02:28 PM

My first work on the bike - installed a new headlamp - RH on my 07 RT. My hands are still sore! Won't be as difficult the next time, though.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/02/12 04:34 PM

Just a 50 mile out and back checkout ride. First time on the bike since the end of December. Felt great and I'm rolling to find some Q this weekend.
Bill
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/02/12 11:00 PM

Took the BMW out with the local retired folk to a small Mexican restaurant in Orange Cove, Ca. Great day riding in the foothills.
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/03/12 02:50 AM

Originally Posted By: BIWOZ
Cost expected to be in the region of $1000AUD


BMW = Bring More Wallet
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/03/12 11:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Originally Posted By: BIWOZ
Cost expected to be in the region of $1000AUD


BMW = Bring More Wallet


Ducati
Every 2nd service, $450/$1200AUD minor/major respectively.
One rim: $2500,-AUD
A work college of mine is looking at getting one.
.....It's all relative.
Makes BMW look cheap wink
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/03/12 04:09 PM

Not today, but yesterday I got a call that my new rims came in. Hurried myself over to the dealer to fetch & drop them at the powder coater. They should be ready tomorrow, so I hope to be back in the saddle by mid next week. thumbsup
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/03/12 10:33 PM

Installed a Hyper Pro steering stabilizer on my R12 GS. Beautiful kit. Went together easily and works great.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/04/12 12:52 AM

Gone ridin'...


Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/05/12 11:20 PM

Took the wife out for a 240 mile ride through the foothills and ate cinco de Mayo tacos in Dinuba.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/05/12 11:29 PM

Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
Took the wife out for a 240 mile ride through the foothills and ate cinco de Mayo tacos in Dinuba.


Life could be worse. Good for the both of you. thumbsup
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/05/12 11:36 PM

Went to visit the Rock Store by Mulholland Drive. The snake didn't bite me. Didn't get hit by the BMW woodie syndrome.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 02:07 AM

My wife and I took the bikes on a run, with mine being on it's new shoes for the 1st time (PR3's).
Although a very short ride, we did choose the back roads with lots of turns and hairpins.
Took it really easy but still the bike felt marvelous.
The ride was to pick up my 9year old boy from an overnight stay at a friend, so the bike had all the panniers and 49L top box, plus his cloth etc on the way back.
Loved every minute of it.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 02:50 AM

Breakfast in Nevada City. Brake lever felt a bit soft. Leaking hose. SOB!
Must be time for spieglers.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 04:10 AM

Originally Posted By: TeSmSp
The snake didn't bite me.


I could happen though.
A friend crashed up there about 12 years ago. I assisted him getting upright. Not more than 10 feet away from his head was a rattlesnake.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 08:35 AM

368km ride in the back hills. Lunch at a country pub in Kennilworth and then back over the hills. The weather was magnificent. The RT just purrrrrrrrred.
Rode for some of the way with a guy on a new VFR. Nice bike. handles ok by the looks of it.
Saw three of the constabulary on a 4 km length of Freeway ( about the only bit i used)
life is good
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 02:21 PM

42 whole miles on the GS. shoulder is marginal. new motor is noticeably new. I like it.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 05:25 PM

went 1/2 mile early this am to do a ride in VT before the bike just stopped. Called the wrecker, took bike apart and found the plug for the fuel pump worked it's way loose off of the holding nibs. Plugged back in fully AND ty wraped that bugger too this time! Now it purrs like a kitten!
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 07:04 PM

Chasing Bernie for the first time in 4 months ending at breakfast in St Augustine. Then on to a two coffee BMWNEF meeting and a lazy ride home along the river. No Q but a good day.
Bill
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/12 09:22 PM

Did 300 miles (half dirt) on my GS with new steering dampener. After 75 miles, it fell off!! Re-installed, this time with blue lock tight. works great.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/09/12 12:43 PM

Dropped the new, beautifully powder coated rims back at the dealer. Expect a call today or tomorrow that it's ready.
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/09/12 12:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Dropped the new, beautifully powder coated rims back at the dealer. Expect a call today or tomorrow that it's ready.



That must have made the ride home rough.

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Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/10/12 01:47 PM

Picked up the bike & rode to work this morning. clap First time in over a month.
Posted By: Bayou Red

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/10/12 04:47 PM

Switched my larger "winter" windscreen for the smaller "summer" one. It's getting warm out here on the bayous. Took the long road to work. Did not give in to the temptation to just keep going.

Red is 1 year old (to me) today. We haven't ridden as far and wide as we would like due to constant work travel demands. Red is understanding and sits patiently by the back door waiting for a pat and encouraging word. We've put on over 6K in 12 months and hope to up the numbers as time progresses.

Grins,

Tony
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/10/12 04:55 PM

Checked the bike to make sure fluid is still leaking from the front brake hose. Waiting, impatiently, for spieglers.

Looks sad there with the equivalent of a runny nose.
Posted By: TracyMurphy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/11/12 11:47 PM

Put HLC on.It had been sitting in my garage for 5 months.
Posted By: Brant Herbert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/12/12 07:16 PM

Put on a new front tire, new front pads, brake bleed, rebuilt forks with new seals, valve adjust, and a throttle sync. Tomorrow, a ride to Sedona to scrub in the new tire. Torrey, here I come!
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/12/12 10:56 PM

Brought the tools up from the basement to do an oil change. grin Noticed during yesterday's ride (first one after the HelenBack event) that I had hit 25K, which means I'm overdue for the 24K maintenance. Stopped and bought oil during my ride (Golden Spectro full-synth is getting expensive; opted for semi-synth instead), had new filter sitting on shelf, so I'm ready for action. I just need to do a bunch of other chores first...
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 12:23 AM

Rode to work and back - extended...
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 12:57 AM

Rode both the GS and GT today. Man, I have one tough decision to make before the wagons are pointed west in July. Ultra comfort or the ability to explore the dirty roads... confused


Pat
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 01:38 AM

Picked the bike up from the dealer. They did a stem to stern and found a couple loose spokes and adjusted the steering head bearings. Otherwise, like a top!!! The steering head bearings and spokes were absolutely expected after the working over I gave the front end on my Death Valley - Taste of Dakar event trip in February. I worked that bike like I stole it while down there and knew I had put some good use to the bike known as Super Tenere by Yamaha!

I am 29 days away from an 8000 mile trip!!!!! It all starts with a 50CC from San Diego to Jacksonville. From there it's off to Albany, GA, Knoxville, TN via Tail of the Dragon, then to Sterling, VA, Wind Gap, PA, Spring Mills, PA, Zanesville, OH, Overland PArk, KS, North Platte, NE, Salt Lake City, UT, and then back to home here in Folsom, CA

I'll be posting all about it this week! Gents and ladies, it's time for some good old BMWST love support!!!!

Standby for the ride and event planning thread announcement.

I'll be soliciting route help for post 50CC.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 03:10 AM

Rode the RT to a dealer and traded it in on a 2011 GSA! Loving life even more now!
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 03:23 AM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Rode the RT to a dealer and traded it in on a 2011 GSA! Loving life even more now!


Terri let you do that?

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Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 03:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Quinn
Originally Posted By: TyTass
Rode the RT to a dealer and traded it in on a 2011 GSA! Loving life even more now!


Terri let you do that?

Well, it doesn't mean I won't be spending more money to make certain it's comfy for her. That's the deal.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 11:44 AM

CONGRATS MAN, when will I see it. ?
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 07:37 PM

Went to the local Starbucks for a cup of coffee. Somehow, when I drive the car, it is a 6 mile round trip, when I ride the R12RT, it is 40 to 60 miles round trip. Go figure. thumbsup
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 07:42 PM

Purchased a 1/4" 20 to 200 inch pound torque wrench at Harbor Freight for $19.95. Pittsburgh Pro. Supposedly ok wrench.
To use to torque valve cover bolts rather than strip them out.
(I'm not a guerrilla, but my idea of good and tight is tighter than many people may think.)
dc
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/13/12 11:02 PM

up multiple back roads along VA 10 on the GS.
Posted By: bushmanstan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/15/12 01:46 PM

Took my 2007 1200RT to my dealer, Bentonville BMW, for a front brake hose recall and to replace a faulty fuel sensor strip. I had the dealer order some Sahara highway pegs and a peg lowering kit so they could do all the work at one time.

While my bike was in the shop I was given the key to the dealers K1600GTL demo and went on a 100 mile joy ride - Bentonville to Eureka Springs and back on Highway 62. What an awesome, wonderful and scary fast machine. If I had a sack full of money and time to enjoy it I would have to order the GT version of this bike


My 1200RT is now pretty close to the perfect bike for me with the highway pegs and lower foot pegs + a fuel gage that works. My 55 year old knees can now look forward to a long ride again.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/19/12 12:17 AM

Spieglers in. HES replaced.
Rode it around and all is right in the world. clap
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/19/12 02:42 AM

I went looking for dirt on the DRZ again. Found it. Nedler Grove, Soquel above Oakhurst in among the Sequoias on narrow rock and boulder exposed forest roads. At one point I stopped to view a deep granite gorge and saw a bear cub about 50 feet away. Momma couldn't be too far away so I didn't stay. All in all a good day in the cool mountain air.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/20/12 01:59 AM

Removed Ohlins shocks to send to Ohlins for rebuilt and heavier springs. Reinstalled OEM shocks for time being.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/20/12 02:52 AM

Installed my Zumo to my GSA. Also mounted a Bags Connection "City" tank bag with electrified Quick-Lock.

Then went out for a test ride of about 150 miles. Windy, but fun.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/20/12 07:26 PM

still waiting to see that in my driveway.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/20/12 10:01 PM

Dropped a dime on the LH cam chain tensioner upgrade for "Stoner" and spent oh, about 10 minutes doing the simple replacement. @ around 54,000 miles, it was more than time to do it.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/20/12 10:54 PM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
still waiting to see that in my driveway.


Nice new avatar. Except for the schmuck in photo. grin
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 12:15 AM

Since I couldn't get the time or money together to make it to Torrey (I really wanted to be there for the eclipse), I decided I'd just ride to Big Bear Lake and back.
Slabbed it out to Redlands and took hwy 38 up the back way, 18 across to Arrowhead and Gregory Lake, 138 past Silverwood Lake and down to Angeles Crest Highway,
and the Crest back to Pasadena.

Saw several of these today and just had to stop and get a pic. This one is Westbound ACH before Wrightwood. thumbsup


I got in behind a guy on a silver RT and thought it might be HeyFrank taking a spin on his new ride, but it wasn't him. Nice day! Guess I'll just have to view the 79% eclipse here...
Now where did I put those eclipse glasses?...
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 12:52 AM

I have seen those in Ventura County also.
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 04:17 AM

Had the whole day planned for a good ride, but things didn't go quite the way I'd expected....

Left Ridgecrest at 9 for an all day trip to Nevada to get a good view of the eclipse. As I arrived in Stovepipe Wells, which is about a third of the way to the viewing point, I went to the Death Valley National Park office to renew my annual pass before proceeding on to an area 60 miles east of Tonopah.

After paying for the pass and getting back to the bike, I glanced at the rear tire of the GT and saw cord showing through a few sections of the centerline of the tread mad Dammit. I knew the tread was getting low, but the tire (a Metzeler Roadtec Z8) only had 3,700 miles on it and I figured on getting at least another 1k out of it.

Apparently not.

Needless to say, I wasn't going to continue the journey and made the decision to bag it and head back home. Now I'm riding on pins and needles, waiting for the dreaded rear flat. I had my tire repair kit with me, but didn't know how effective it would be for fixing something other than a nail puncture.

The return trip was an exercise in restraint and patience. Never exceeded 50 mph, and even cruised at 35 for quite awhile over the rougher pavement in the Panamint Valley. It took over 2 and a half hours to cover the 100 miles back home. The 100 degree temps didn't help my attitude any...Fortunately traffic was light on the desolate roads and was only passed a few times as I puttered back home with no issues.

I have another set of Z8's in the garage and will replace the rear tire tomorrow, but will be experimenting with other tires in the future. Probably PR3's. Haven't done much research on the PR3's yet, so we'll see what turns up.

As I'm typing this I'll just throw it out there... How's the mileage with the new PR3's?

Hope you guys had a good weekend!
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 02:09 PM

Quote:
How's the mileage with the new PR3's?

Fairly solid. 2500 miles and no real sign of wear. Tire wear though is just like gas mileage....it falls off as a function of drag/wind resistance.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 02:14 PM

Actually this ride happened on Sunday however I type this on Monday. I Rode approximately 400 miles of nearly all twisty mountain roads two-up with my wife and Heck as tail gunner. We were out to meet up with a group out of Modesto having lunch at the Walker Burger near Coleville, CA on 395. It certainly was a great day for riding. Little traffic, just a little sand in the corners and for some reason the cages were particularity nice in pulling over to allow us travel at the posted speed. Then there was one cowboy driving a dual wheeled pick-up slow enough to look for lost contact lenses on the pavement and not staying in his lane on the mountain passes. Still a wonderful day of riding.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 02:42 PM

schmuck part is accurate
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 03:06 PM

Rode from Piran, Croatia to Plitvice Park.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 04:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Rode from Piran, Croatia to Plitvice Park.


Hi Marty! smile
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 04:49 PM

Oh.... I spent a weekend riding with work people in this area... smile


Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 04:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Rode from Piran, Croatia to Plitvice Park.


Hope you stopped at Licka kuca and had a big bowl of
licka juha.
Posted By: norah

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 07:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Rode from Piran, Croatia to Plitvice Park.


thumbsup
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 07:43 PM

Hi Shawn/Tim I missed that stop/Hi Nora.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 08:07 PM

Hey Marty, find that camera yet? wink

Wow, what a nice place!

http://www.hellomagazine.com/travel/201104155270/plitvice/national-park/croatia/

Pat
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/21/12 10:27 PM

Hi old man.
Siphoned 2 gals of old gas out of the RT so the wife could mow the lawn. grin
5 weeks since the knee replacement and I still can't get on the bike. cry Rehab every day kills but there is progress. I am shooting to be able to ride by the time the UN come around.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/22/12 01:39 PM

Tewks, thanks for that/I can save my camera arm. Mr. Zoom, get better soon youngster. thumbsup
Headed back to tuscany in a few days/then france to see my daughter for a day/belgium to see Bart, then on to england to finally meet Andy and Steve.

Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/23/12 09:12 PM

Changed engine oil/filter, Castrol GTX 20/50. Front brake was a bit pulsating, so it got a good cleaning. Little 100 mile test ride, brake is smooth. All is good...
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/23/12 10:41 PM

Looked at it to make sure it's ready for the trek to work & back tomorrow in the heat & humidity of Fl. Summer's here already. tongue
Posted By: algover

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/24/12 04:44 AM

Installed the new license plate on the new bike.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/24/12 01:43 PM

Rode in to work for the first time this week due to some issues. Warren Zevon and Tom Petty on XM, clear carpool lane, looking very stylish on an RT. It's going to be a good day!
Posted By: mikeR1100R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/24/12 03:03 PM

Wired in the new Zumo 220. Installed the Sena SMH 10's on the helmets. New PR 2's installed. Yesterday changed trans & final drive fluids and did the TB sync (valves adjusted and spark plugs replaced a few days ago). Also cleaned and detailed from top to bottom. Tomorrow I change the oil on the Ninja, adjust and oil the chain and hopefully install the new touring windshield if it arrives. Getting ready for our trip to the Poconos!
Posted By: LBump

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 12:55 AM

Put 7.4 gal. of fuel in the 1150RT after riding 312 miles. I got it down to fumes!
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 01:12 AM

I went in search of a waterfall. Found it. Whiskey Falls, Sierra National Forest.






Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 03:53 PM

Went out for a 25 mile breakfast ride just so I could take this picture.

Made it home without anything falling off or breaking.





Of the bike or me.


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Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 04:58 PM

thumbsup
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 05:54 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
thumbsup

+1
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 06:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Quinn
Went out for a 25 mile breakfast ride just so I could take this picture.

Made it home without anything falling off or breaking.

Of the bike or me.



That's great Bob!

How many of those miles were put on while you were walking it around the sharp corners?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 06:36 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
thumbsup


+2 clap
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 07:56 PM

Technically, this happened yesterday. I just have a few bumps and bruises-nothing serious at all, but the bike did not fare so well. I can't believe the damage, but maybe I was going faster than I think? Oooops!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 08:25 PM

Wow, that looks a little more adventurous than your average tip over! eek Glad you're alright!

Pat
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 08:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Bullett
Technically, this happened yesterday. I just have a few bumps and bruises-nothing serious at all, but the bike did not fare so well. I can't believe the damage, but maybe I was going faster than I think? Oooops!



Man OH Man, I'm glad you are OK, Sharon!! Sorry about the bike. It looks pretty knarley.
Today I am officially bikeless, as I accepted the insurance checks and signed over the title. One year ago today seems like a decade ago laugh
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 09:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Bullett
Technically, this happened yesterday. I just have a few bumps and bruises-nothing serious at all, but the bike did not fare so well. I can't believe the damage, but maybe I was going faster than I think? Oooops!



Dang, Sharon. Glad you're okay.


Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 09:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Bullett
Technically, this happened yesterday. I just have a few bumps and bruises-nothing serious at all, but the bike did not fare so well. I can't believe the damage, but maybe I was going faster than I think? Oooops!



Dang, Sharon. Glad you're okay.

I think it looks worse than it seemed at the time. I couldn't believe that the bike was so broken I couldn't get back on and keep going. I did find two new bruises today. tongue


Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 09:44 PM

Kathy, I'm sorry to hear that today is the anniversary of your incident. frown
Posted By: JustJean

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 10:37 PM

You know Sharon I threw mine down several times but NEVER that good!! in Fact the bike never got a scratch on it. The crash bars and bags took all the damage but the bike was never touched. You must have hit that with your body? I usually try to leap off the side and let go! You must have ridden it down all the way till the last moment?? cry
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 11:14 PM

Ouch Sharon. Glad you're ok.

"My dad is a TV repairman. He has this awesome set of tools. I can fix it!" Spicoli
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/25/12 11:16 PM

Rode down to Folsom to get a Helicoil kit for the Triumph.
Just down the road and I get an alert:
WINTER STORM ADVISORY
confused

Then another:
SNOWING IN THE AREA
confused

May in California. No precip yet but, tomorrows lunch at the Burger Lounge in S. Lake Tahoe looks scrubbed. Snowing up there now.

Downright nice down here!
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 12:10 AM

Sharon,
So glad you're OK!
Poor bike must be whimpering for pain meds....
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 12:33 AM

Bought and replaced the leaky lead acid battery with a GEL version for the DRZ.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 02:17 AM

Put a new Heidenau K60 on my spare rear wheel. Pulled a good TKC80 off my dinged up spare front wheel. Contemplated how many miles I had left on my rear Tourance. Got a headache. Poured a drink. Now I'm staring at Mapsource trying to figure out how to stretch 200 miles into 350 miles with a proper lunch stop. Man, life is rough sometimes
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 03:25 AM

Installed SMH-10 bluetooth. Going for a ride tomorrow.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 03:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Mrs. Caddis
Installed SMH-10 bluetooth. Going for a ride tomorrow.


You are going to like it thumbsup
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 12:12 PM

Installed the support clamp arount the fuel pump flange and also replaced the working but old style fuel pump electronics module with the new style black version. Old one is now a spare.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/26/12 12:18 PM

Sharon,
Glad you're OK.
Fix it and then buy an additional ride.
A lady can't have toooo mannyy bikes.
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/12 02:23 PM


Went out to Field BC for lunch with a friend. It was pretty cool in the morning (less then 4C) so the wives decided to drive. Here they are searching for the electric outlets on his new GoldWing.



In spite of a dry winter, there was lots of snow in the mountains and there is still snow beside the road in the shade near the Divide.

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/12 07:01 PM

Beautiful pic Mike/the RT still looks great!
Posted By: Jake

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 03:06 AM

I finally got to some of my remaining to-do's on my recently acquired R1100RT this weekend. Installed an HID headlamp kit, then some Skene Photon Blasters down on the fender, wired in the V-1 and the Zumo. Then it was time for the alternator belt.

Undid the cover, and was presented with what appears to be a deserted little mice nest. It's always nice to receive a free gift from the previous owner's garage...


Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 11:42 AM

Sure it wasn't his stash???
pics....
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 03:47 PM

yorktown, williamsburg, colonial parkway. around 100 miles.

some neck pain, either from a further reach than the RT or altered position due to recent shoulder bonk. It's summer now for sure. colonial parkway is beautiful if you are ever down in this area. BRP like, without the elevation, no commercial traffic.



Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 07:08 PM

I started Saturday and removed all fairing.
Yesterday I waxed it all, including the edges.
Today I checked the valves. All looking good. The bike runs excellent.
This afternoon I will run it with the Harmonizer to see what the balance looks like.
dc
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 07:39 PM

Went for a 65 mile ride to the Starbucks 3 miles down the road. grin
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/12 10:02 PM

Harmonizer shows the balance perfect at 3600 and 4200 rpms. And off by 4 mb at idle.
Like Dale at Irv Seaver said, I found a good one.
dc
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/30/12 12:38 PM

Yesterday I went for a spin on "my" roads on the Honda.
Started late as I had a few things to do and quite a bit of backache... yet it was a good decision.



This is where you can enjoy a picnic while people attempt to drag their knee or scrap their footpegs...



As I sat down on the table I noticed this:



A sobering reminder... a bit from a bike fairing, probably an older Kawasaki. frown

Sunny day, traffic was more than acceptable with no tourists or swarms of bikes looking for a cheap thrill:





But later, obviously...



Thankfully I was in my trusty old Hein Gericke suit. I don't mind the rain but drivers around here get even more dangerous with a few drops of rain.

Almost home, the sun returned (though a thunderstorm arrived later) and I stopped...



To snap a couple pictures of this:





Yes, that's a McLaren F1... on a California license plate! smile
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/31/12 09:57 PM

Gone ridin'...


Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/01/12 03:00 AM

I removed the stripped screw from my front brake reservoir, replaced all 4 screws with new ones, put Loktite on my shift lever adjustment screw and replaced the rubber on my shift lever.

Now I am patiently waiting on my stainless steel brake lines to come so I can replace them and ride again.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/01/12 01:00 PM

Had new throttle cables installed and FD/driveshaft inspection plus new fluid in preparation for my Inuvik trip in a couple weeks.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/02/12 11:20 PM

Chased Bernie through the back roads of northeast Fl. to High Springs for breakfast. Pictures? Are you kidding? Have you ever ridden behind The Bernie? grin
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 06:53 AM

Saw the white cliffs of dover for the first time. Ferry crossing from calais to dover. Enjoying the UK now. First $40 fill up of petrol tank in dover.
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 02:52 PM

Hitting this 3-inch deep rut, and onto the catseye:



Doing this to the front wheel



causing an instant deflation, which left my stuck a quarter-mile down the road here:



After 1-1/2 hours I was collected by this:



Then transferred to two of these:



finally getting to my home 400-miles to the south some 14 hours after the 'moment'.

Andy
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 05:06 PM

Horrible/sorry I was complaining to you about the rain. Booked a room at the BW.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 08:06 PM

Sorry to hear Andy.
400 miles?
That's the maximum length of the country, isn't it?
You must have been at the other end LOL
Hope you can find a cheap 2nd hand rim in good condition.
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 08:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Alfred02
Sorry to hear Andy.
400 miles?
That's the maximum length of the country, isn't it?
You must have been at the other end LOL
Hope you can find a cheap 2nd hand rim in good condition.


I was in another country: Scotland - Just north of Edinburgh. You have to remember that British miles take longer to travel than colonial miles.

I had course the other day to remember an old quote which almost fits here too.
An Englishman thinks 100 miles is a long way, in the same way that an American thinks 100 years is a long time.

As for the wheel, Motorworks quote £180 used, £502 new. I am going to get the used one whilst getting this one fixed as a spare.

Andy
Posted By: Jake

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/12 09:12 PM

Edinburgh? OK, but what is that blue colored area in the sky?
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 01:45 AM

Slapped a new TKC80 on the front tonight. No thanks to BMW for not including ANY way to remove the front wheel. Luckely I had a trusty screw driver handle that was a perfect fit and a 7/8" wrench that was good enough for removal. I'll see if I can't rustle up a proper axle tool from the local UJM dealer for reassembly



Then moved to the rear thinking I was going to install a new Heidenau K60 on the rear. I already had it mounted on my spare wheel, but then realized my rear brake pads are paper thin.......as in tissue paper thin eek.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 02:16 AM

Rode down the full length of the Taconic Parkway veered off to another Parkway (Bruckner?) to the Throgs neck Bridge and into L.I. to a few friends houses for a short visit in Selden and Bay Shore yesterday.

Rout 27 and South Island parkway to the Throgs neck again missing a turn and going into the Bronx Cross town. Up the Major Deagan to the Saw Mill and back on the Taconic Parkway. In spite of the early am rain, it was a nice ride and traffic went smooth and flowing ( even the Bronx wasn't that bad around 30-40 mph! Road on the other hand -- deplorable! watch the divots and heaves!) Once on the Sawmill, I had to keep with the traffic around 80 MPH-- Glad I made the turn from the Major Deagan. Beautiful Sunset too.

A small gift from the trip is a slight leak of oil from the rear tranny output seal and a welcome back to a leaking hot water heater.

Not sure of the mileage round trip but somewhere around 300-350.
Couldn't ask for a better trip traffic wise through L.I.

Spot Route.......

https://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=1A6806nUUVRyRGaxpJRcFWU4FXMrpFKgp

(Selden)

Good till Sat.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 02:41 AM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO

Then moved to the rear thinking I was going to install a new Heidenau K60 on the rear. I already had it mounted on my spare wheel, but then realized my rear brake pads are paper thin.......as in tissue paper thin eek.


Turns out that the part number for the rear brake pads on the 1200GS are the same as my old 1100RT.......and I just happened to have a set of Carbon Lorraine sitting here from my RT that only had about 300 miles on them. Woohoo! Its nice when things actually work out for a change. smile
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 03:34 AM

Rode to Kernville to stretch the GT a bit and put a few more miles on her. As I was sitting on a bench watching the Kern river roll by and enjoying a nice cigar, I heard the rattle of a dog collar and leash. I glanced over and saw a cute black Chinese Pug who was very excited about the water. I couldn't help but smile when I saw his enthusiasm.

"That's one happy dog!" I mentioned to the owner.

She agreed and started telling me about "Dexter" (yep, named him after a serial killer) and how this was his first trip to the river. She introduced herself as Veronica then sat next to me on the bench and continued chatting with me, and I began to assess this attractive young lady a bit more closely. Latina, pretty, articulate, funny, runners legs, and a touch of visible ink on her upper arm. hmm...

I left my riding gear on the bike, but was wearing my leather pants and boots. She asked if I rode a Harley, and there was almost a hint of weariness in the question. She's from Bakersfield, and there's a huge number of them there. I said "No, it's a BMW". Her face lit up and at first she didn't believe me until I pointed it out to her. She then flew into a story about the deal she got on her 2002 Bimmer convertible and how much she loved it. She asked to see the bike, so we walked over to it, the whole time she's telling me about her Bimmer and the process she went through to get it.

She thought it was gorgeous (I'm thinking the same thing) and she asked if I'd take her for a ride sometime. I looked her straight in the eye and asked if she was serious. It's usually about this time I'd hear the "My husband never..." or "My boyfriend won't...." but not this time. I told her I have a helmet and jacket that should fit her, and she gave me her phone number.

Today was a good day....
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 04:05 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Rode to Kernville to stretch the GT a bit and put a few more miles on her. As I was sitting on a bench watching the Kern river roll by and enjoying a nice cigar, I heard the rattle of a dog collar and leash. I glanced over and saw a cute black Chinese Pug who was very excited about the water. I couldn't help but smile when I saw his enthusiasm.

"That's one happy dog!" I mentioned to the owner.

She agreed and started telling me about "Dexter" (yep, named him after a serial killer) and how this was his first trip to the river. She introduced herself as Veronica then sat next to me on the bench and continued chatting with me, and I began to assess this attractive young lady a bit more closely. Latina, pretty, articulate, funny, runners legs, and a touch of visible ink on her upper arm. hmm...

I left my riding gear on the bike, but was wearing my leather pants and boots. She asked if I rode a Harley, and there was almost a hint of weariness in the question. She's from Bakersfield, and there's a huge number of them there. I said "No, it's a BMW". Her face lit up and at first she didn't believe me until I pointed it out to her. She then flew into a story about the deal she got on her 2002 Bimmer convertible and how much she loved it. She asked to see the bike, so we walked over to it, the whole time she's telling me about her Bimmer and the process she went through to get it.

She thought it was gorgeous (I'm thinking the same thing) and she asked if I'd take her for a ride sometime. I looked her straight in the eye and asked if she was serious. It's usually about this time I'd hear the "My husband never..." or "My boyfriend won't...." but not this time. I told her I have a helmet and jacket that should fit her, and she gave me her phone number.

Today was a good day....




You forgot to start off with "Dear Penhouse.."

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Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 04:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Rode to Kernville to stretch the GT a bit and put a few more miles on her. As I was sitting on a bench watching the Kern river roll by and enjoying a nice cigar, I heard the rattle of a dog collar and leash. I glanced over and saw a cute black Chinese Pug who was very excited about the water. I couldn't help but smile when I saw his enthusiasm.

"That's one happy dog!" I mentioned to the owner.

She agreed and started telling me about "Dexter" (yep, named him after a serial killer) and how this was his first trip to the river. She introduced herself as Veronica then sat next to me on the bench and continued chatting with me, and I began to assess this attractive young lady a bit more closely. Latina, pretty, articulate, funny, runners legs, and a touch of visible ink on her upper arm. hmm...

I left my riding gear on the bike, but was wearing my leather pants and boots. She asked if I rode a Harley, and there was almost a hint of weariness in the question. She's from Bakersfield, and there's a huge number of them there. I said "No, it's a BMW". Her face lit up and at first she didn't believe me until I pointed it out to her. She then flew into a story about the deal she got on her 2002 Bimmer convertible and how much she loved it. She asked to see the bike, so we walked over to it, the whole time she's telling me about her Bimmer and the process she went through to get it.

She thought it was gorgeous (I'm thinking the same thing) and she asked if I'd take her for a ride sometime. I looked her straight in the eye and asked if she was serious. It's usually about this time I'd hear the "My husband never..." or "My boyfriend won't...." but not this time. I told her I have a helmet and jacket that should fit her, and she gave me her phone number.

Today was a good day....


Wow! Good luck.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/04/12 09:45 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Rode to Kernville to stretch the GT a bit and put a few more miles on her. As I was sitting on a bench watching the Kern river roll by and enjoying a nice cigar, I heard the rattle of a dog collar and leash. I glanced over and saw a cute black Chinese Pug who was very excited about the water. I couldn't help but smile when I saw his enthusiasm.

"That's one happy dog!" I mentioned to the owner.

She agreed and started telling me about "Dexter" (yep, named him after a serial killer) and how this was his first trip to the river. She introduced herself as Veronica then sat next to me on the bench and continued chatting with me, and I began to assess this attractive young lady a bit more closely. Latina, pretty, articulate, funny, runners legs, and a touch of visible ink on her upper arm. hmm...

I left my riding gear on the bike, but was wearing my leather pants and boots. She asked if I rode a Harley, and there was almost a hint of weariness in the question. She's from Bakersfield, and there's a huge number of them there. I said "No, it's a BMW". Her face lit up and at first she didn't believe me until I pointed it out to her. She then flew into a story about the deal she got on her 2002 Bimmer convertible and how much she loved it. She asked to see the bike, so we walked over to it, the whole time she's telling me about her Bimmer and the process she went through to get it.

She thought it was gorgeous (I'm thinking the same thing) and she asked if I'd take her for a ride sometime. I looked her straight in the eye and asked if she was serious. It's usually about this time I'd hear the "My husband never..." or "My boyfriend won't...." but not this time. I told her I have a helmet and jacket that should fit her, and she gave me her phone number.

Today was a good day....


Why all I always get are old gits asking me where I bought my bike seat? grin
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/05/12 04:05 AM

Took the RT for a short stroll of about 225 km (140 miles) into the foothills east of Perth then back home via two of our dams. Magnificent day; should have taken photos, but didn't.

Stopped at a new market and was asked by a young(ish) lady with a strong European accent about the RT. She was a BMW car fan. That's where my story ends. smile

For those interested in following it on Google maps:

https://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?msid=210807190292516985123.0004c1b1b067e312ff258&msa=0&ll=-31.973716,115.606384&spn=0.414722,0.981903
Posted By: LBump

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/12 11:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Rode to Kernville to stretch the GT a bit and put a few more miles on her. As I was sitting on a bench watching the Kern river roll by and enjoying a nice cigar, I heard the rattle of a dog collar and leash. I glanced over and saw a cute black Chinese Pug who was very excited about the water. I couldn't help but smile when I saw his enthusiasm.

"That's one happy dog!" I mentioned to the owner.

She agreed and started telling me about "Dexter" (yep, named him after a serial killer) and how this was his first trip to the river. She introduced herself as Veronica then sat next to me on the bench and continued chatting with me, and I began to assess this attractive young lady a bit more closely. Latina, pretty, articulate, funny, runners legs, and a touch of visible ink on her upper arm. hmm...

I left my riding gear on the bike, but was wearing my leather pants and boots. She asked if I rode a Harley, and there was almost a hint of weariness in the question. She's from Bakersfield, and there's a huge number of them there. I said "No, it's a BMW". Her face lit up and at first she didn't believe me until I pointed it out to her. She then flew into a story about the deal she got on her 2002 Bimmer convertible and how much she loved it. She asked to see the bike, so we walked over to it, the whole time she's telling me about her Bimmer and the process she went through to get it.

She thought it was gorgeous (I'm thinking the same thing) and she asked if I'd take her for a ride sometime. I looked her straight in the eye and asked if she was serious. It's usually about this time I'd hear the "My husband never..." or "My boyfriend won't...." but not this time. I told her I have a helmet and jacket that should fit her, and she gave me her phone number.

Today was a good day....


What else can a 1600 do...? Perhaps a two up Bun Burner with a Pug!
Anyway, where would Dexter ride? wave
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/12 02:04 PM

Had to go to San Jose for an errand. Left before sunrise and....no HID headlamp. Have Hella Fogs in HID and HID driving beams but, no headlamp. Tried a R&R but, time was getting late for the long ride through traffic to beat the heaviest flow. Left the lamp dead and went without.
Lot of people thought it was an Authority bike and got out of my way.

Motorport pants felt pretty good. Little sacrum pain from the armor.

Got home, fixed it and now ready for Denver and the Rockies.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/12 02:47 PM

I finished installing an Eastern Beaver wiring harness and fuse block (PC-8). That's all wired up in the little tray under the rider's seat on my 12GSA. It actually looks pretty good.

To that I hooked up my Zumo and the Bags Connection wired Quick-disconnect tank ring (for electrifying my tank bag). Those are both on the non-switched circuits.

Eventually, I'll get some additional lights and wire them up on switched circuits.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/08/12 03:54 AM

Slow afternoon at work, so I decided to check the tire air pressure in preparation for a ride on Sunday after I get the reconditioned and re-sprung Ohlins shocks installed.
Wouldn't you know it, the rear tire had no pressure at all, pumped it up and started to look for possible nails and I find this small shinny piece. Start digging it out with a pair of needle nose and it would not stop. Found a broken off drill bit jammed into the tire. Time to plug the tire.




Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/08/12 11:00 PM

Since my red F650GS will not be ready for my trip to the Great White North in a few weeks, I picked up a Yamaha Super Tenere for the trip. I was smitten with a silver, lowered R1200GS until I rode the Tenere.

I also rode the Tiger 800 Rodie (disliked), the G650GS (underpowered for my "needs"), the Triumph Explorer (torquey, real torquey, with a jerky throttle eek ) The Yammie was right in there with the GS: throttle not quite as smooth, but well controlled and without the premium price. I anticipate shaving the seat and perhaps adding a one inch lowering link to get my feet better purchase.



Farkles are on the way! cool
Posted By: Brant Herbert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 12:32 AM

Took delivery -- owner, down in SE Arizona (Sierra Vista) wanted one last ride to deliver it -- of a low mileage, near mint condition, totally farkle-ized, 2009 R1200GS Adventure.

I own a special Thanks to Wurty, whose "What year GS has the least BS?" post gathered a reply linking to a few bikes on ADVrider, and, while those didn't link to this bike, I caught the "FS: 2009 BMW R1200GS Adv" post and couldn't believe what I saw. I jumped and became head of the queue of people wanting it. I took a 400 mile r/t ride to Sierra Vista the next day after work (last week) for a test ride and quickly committed to the purchase. It's in my garage as of this morning, anxiously waiting for license and insurance.

Can't wait to explore!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bherbert/7170790429



Posted By: Whip

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 12:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Brant Herbert
Took delivery -- owner, down in SE Arizona (Sierra Vista) wanted one last ride to deliver it -- of a low mileage, near mint condition, totally farkle-ized, 2009 R1200GS Adventure.

I own a special Thanks to Wurty, whose "What year GS has the least BS?" post gathered a reply linking to a few bikes on ADVrider, and, while those didn't link to this bike, I caught the "FS: 2009 BMW R1200GS Adv" post and couldn't believe what I saw. I jumped and became head of the queue of people wanting it. I took a 400 mile r/t ride to Sierra Vista the next day after work (last week) for a test ride and quickly committed to the purchase. It's in my garage as of this morning, anxiously waiting for license and insurance.

Can't wait to explore!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bherbert/7170790429



I will be the first one by your side to help you pick it back up.


thumbsup
Posted By: BerndM

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 02:36 AM

Today, Saturday June 9th, I rode to San Pedro Harbor (next to Los Angeles Harbor) to witness one of the greatest battleships ever built, the USS Iowa BB61,
as she was being towed to a temporary berth for refurbishing in preparation to becoming a floating museum.
What an amazing sight. I feel proud to have witnessed the great ship actually moving one last time, EVER.wink
I was 1 1/4 miles distant from my vantage point to where the USS Iowa was berthed.

BTW...the 2 Sheriff's cruisers did NOT chase me there. They were very nice to chat with.


DSC00909 by BerndM23, on Flickr


DSC00928 by BerndM23, on Flickr


DSC00937 by BerndM23, on Flickr


DSC00943 by BerndM23, on Flickr
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 02:39 AM

Cool, Sharon! Congrats!!!
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 02:40 AM

Congrats, Brant!!!
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 02:52 AM

Thursday: Folsom, CA to Park City, Utah. 678 Miles. Long, fairly pain free.
Friday: Park City, Utah to Denver, CO. Via US40 to 9 (silverthorne) and I70. 465 Miles. More than just a few moments standing on the pegs due to axx pain and stiffness. Lonely, dry road. I've never seen that much road kill evidence in the road, anywhere. Stopped for "speed" for the first time in more than 20 years. No award.
Today: Zero miles sitting in a conference.

Tomorrow: With my very old friend, Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak (If my axx can handle it).
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/12 03:33 AM

Congrats Brant/long time no see. Your going to love the GS.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/12 12:40 AM

Weekend jaunt near the CA border. Some nice new pavement in VT. and some nice bridgework on the Champlain going on too! Spotwalla link here.......

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=4af64fd164d66bcce

Oh, Yeah, had to tighten up the valve cover bolts a bit as there was a bit of oil spray coming off the right side and hitting the hack.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/12 06:23 PM

Did a proper clutch adjustment after replacing the cable.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/12 10:37 PM

I also gave her a good bath. All the garage time lead to bugs drying on her and dust collecting.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/12/12 03:11 AM

Made it up to the top of Mt. Evans yesterday. Very cold and high. Someones dog blocked the way to the restrooms. It was eyeballing the wires for my heated gear.


Made it down to Pikes Peak but, too tired and sore to ride up. Huge windy stretch after going over Guanella Pass on CO 285. My old friend Dave leading and leaning into it while calm enough to grab my camera.

Posted By: MT Wallet

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/12/12 03:52 AM

That's one of my favorite places (Mt. Evans) to visit. Thanks for taking me along. I think I fed that goats grandfather 20 years ago!! The best I could do for the bike today was take the bugs off the windshield.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/13/12 11:22 AM

Installed new bushings in side and center stand. Everything was dry and had signs of wear. Now the side stand has no extra movement just nice ans smooth. Spashed some paint on the stand while it was off.
Center stand bolts have a different head style with T40 torx instead of a 6mm allen. Made for a difficult install with exhaust so close. Bushings drove out with a 14mm socket, perfect for the job. Perhaps the new bolts will stop the breaking some of you have had.
Installed new C Bailey's screen and then tried to sit on bike.
Ok, not real comfortable yet. This new knee doesn't want to bend the right way yet.Also problem with foot able to work rear brake. 9 weeks since the new parts were installed. The PT people think it strange that I ask for specific exercises to make my foot fit a brake pedal on a motorcycle. rofl
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/14/12 01:34 AM

Rode from vancouver airport to crescent city, ca. Great to be back in kali. After filtering in europe, splitting was fun as I crossed the border. thumbsup
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/14/12 03:44 AM

Just replaced the right headlight bulb, and of course my hands are hurting.
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/14/12 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: longjohn
Just replaced the right headlight bulb, and of course my hands are hurting.

With or without any tupperware removal?
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/12 02:39 AM

Without.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/12 02:49 AM

Put the tank bag on & hooked up the radio in prep to collect Phil in the wee hours of tomorrow morn.
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/12 04:51 AM

Bought it!
Posted By: LBump

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/12 05:09 AM

Originally Posted By: SageRider


Congrats on the new purchase Michael! Looks as though you'll be doing some great Utah and Nevada roads. wave
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/12 09:50 PM

Rode with Phil and others out of the dark into a beautiful sunrise. Then enjoyed breakfast and Spot's tales of heat, deer, rain and trailmix on the go. Congrats again and for a great cause to boot.
Put new PR3s on. Gonna chase Bernie and others tomorrow.
Bill
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/12 03:40 AM

Installed This
Plug


Because I found this in my rear tire at work
Pebble
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/12 09:22 PM

120 mile Poker run. Lost. But rode 120 miles!
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/12 10:49 PM

Burned and I do mean BURNED two tanks of gas chasing Bernie, Bil and Huzband all over SE GA with a great bowl of white bean chicken chili in the middle. No photos but it did happen.
Bill
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/12 11:04 PM

Chili makes the bikes go faster! grin
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/12 11:55 PM

After reading about Phil making his 50CC, loaded the bike with the wife and set out through Rocky Mountain Natl Park, Granby and on to Glenwood Springs CO. 291 miles.
Today, to Moab via 128 through what may or may not have been Cisco. What a road and canyon. Loved it!!!!!!!!! Then, up 191 to Duchesne. Again, what a road and canyon. The little offshoot canyons just after splitting off of 6 and the terrain were amazing. Then to Park City, UT. 443 miles.

A day of wondrous first sights, nice twisties and little heat. Can't say the same for tomorrow as we bomb run the home stretch.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 12:37 AM

Showed Phil N. Fl. versions of Sweeper Madness. Hey, we do with what we have. Triple digits are triple digits. Wait, he didn't get there. His tires aren't rated for Florida speeds. cool

After that, I escorted our Boy Wonder to the Ga. welcome station on I-75 where he would meet up with his old friend, & Engineer, Ralph. After that, I hauled west to Meet Bernie & others to smoke the back roads of of S. Ga. & N. Fl on the way home.

Mission Accomplished! thumbsup
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 12:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Highway41
Burned and I do mean BURNED two tanks of gas chasing Bernie, Bil and Huzband all over SE GA with a great bowl of white bean chicken chili in the middle. No photos but it did happen.
Bill


The bridge was out, but there was a hard dirt road around. You didn't have to go back. But I suppose Bernie explained that at Starbucks. Where I don't go. grin
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 01:43 AM

Replaced a Tranny output seal on Stoner, my 99 R1200C. Took more time than I wanted it to as I did not get too lucky in pulling out the supporting shop rag inside the torque tube when inserting the final drive splines. It took many tries and 3 of the 4 times the splines seated in the driveshaft, the rag did not have enough clearance to pull out without the FD spider also pulling out.

IMO this is not the best solution to handle the job according to Clymer. I have done it much quicker in the past but may of gotten lucky. I am 1/2 tempted to pick up a spare swing arm and experiment with a drilled hole on the bottom then support the drive shaft with a jig so it is perfectly centered in the tube. Upon completion, drop the jig and use a hole cover with some silicone.

If someone has a better solution than Clymer, Please PM me to share info.

Thanks
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 01:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Showed Phil N. Fl. versions of Sweeper Madness. Hey, we do with what we have.


I looked at his Spot this morning and said, I can't get from there to there in 11 minutes, how the heck can he?

You're a bad tour guide, bad! grin
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 02:14 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Showed Phil N. Fl. versions of Sweeper Madness. Hey, we do with what we have.


I looked at his Spot this morning and said, I can't get from there to there in 11 minutes, how the heck can he?

You're a bad tour guide, bad! grin


Did it take THAT long? wink
Posted By: RTJohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 02:41 AM

Had the day to myself so I took a little spin on the bike. Took off from Castaic and went up Lake Hughes Road, went north on Pine Canyon to the 138. Went east on the 138 to the 14. Went up to Mojave and had lunch. Went west on the 58 to Bakersfield, south on the 99 to the 5 and home again. Nice ride. Little warm, breezy in places but not bad.
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 11:11 PM

Rode a little over 100 miles today to go visit my Dad.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/12 11:36 PM

I did not have to visit my Dad, I am always here with him although with his Alzheimer's, he often forgets so, My Son and Daughter came to us today. I rolled the toys out of the stable and made things tidy while waiting for them. There were sweet moments when My grand daughter of 4 played with my niece of 6 My son for the first time saw my Hack. We had the cursory poses of the Family all together and some with the girls on the bike and another with my Son and I suited up before a ride to his Mothers house for a night before he flies back out to Nashville TN, I am not so sure he enjoyed riding in it but he said it was quite different than his ride at home. Unfortunately his ride was torched before he came here/ He told me it was done by his Roomie's Girlfriend. He is not sure what his plans will be for a bike in the near future.

It was a Happy Father's Day!
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 01:45 AM

On the new F800-GS, I Got the Altrider crash bars mounted. Installed Pivot-Pro foot pegs. Also got the Zumo 665 installed with the Touratech locking mount (Thanks for the base, Phil!), and converted the stock power outlet to direct to battery (through fuse).
After that, I decide it was time to ride a bit. A loop of the East side of Lake Tahoe fit the bill. Up Kingsbury Grade. Over US50 and SR28 then down Mt. Rose Hwy. At the bottom of MRH, turn around and go back up to SR28. Eventually return down into Carson City via US50.
From a handling perspective, my RT is in trouble... The 800 just makes it so effortless. I'm still breaking the 800 in, and was behaving myself, but it sure was fun!
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 02:19 AM

670 miles to get home from Park City, UT.
Two tanks of 36 and 38 mpg due to headwinds and my preferred sustained speed that can otherwise get me 48-50 above 4000 ft elevation. Hot. Real hot.
Fog/conspicuity light fell off 10 miles from home. Hanging by the HID wires. Strong wires!
6 days of riding, 5.5 days of conference. 2990 miles. No bike problems except for breaking the operators seat tab that locks into the pillion seat. I did a fix a year ago. This time, I upgraded with new wire and JB Quick.

My new work laptop doesn't "fit" into the top case. I can get it in there and close it but, it doesn't really fit. I'm pretty sure it'll go into a 1200RT top case of 49L. Hmmmmmm. wink
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 04:31 PM

I participated in this:


Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 05:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
I participated in this:



So did I......and of course it is raining tongue
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
I participated in this:



So did I......and of course it is raining tongue


I did NOT participate. I figure since I ride to work everyday, I'd not ride today. Plus my bike REALLY needs tires!!!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 07:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
I participated in this:



Me 3, even though I had forgotten about it till a few hours ago.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 07:24 PM

Yeah, me 4. I rode the grueling 6.4 miles to work and even rode an additional mile to/from lunch! Oooh! Am I an endurance rider or aren't I?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/18/12 07:32 PM

I didn't - I don't do paid work anymore - except Saturdays...
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/19/12 04:07 AM

I rode to work. All 10 miles of the round trip!
Posted By: xoomerite

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/19/12 11:12 PM

Installed a set of Wilbers.
Posted By: RTJohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/20/12 05:53 PM

Me too, every day! grin
Posted By: W. Mazelin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/20/12 06:18 PM

Well, like most every work-day, I commuted to the office this morning, and that will at some point, lead to the commute home! about 62 miles round trip per day, 5 days a week. Too bad there are no really entertaining roads between home and the office . . . Still, it's much better than being in the cage.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/20/12 10:22 PM

Washed and waxed both and put them to bed for the next couple months:(
Posted By: mos

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/20/12 11:44 PM

Steve, thanks for doing what you do
Mike
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/23/12 11:47 PM

Joined the Sena club today. Hold on learning curve ahead! grin

Pat
Posted By: aterry1067

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/12 05:44 AM

Left the house to go get lunch. Ended up in North Carolina. Took a more scenic route home.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/25/12 03:04 AM

Today (and yesterday) I rode 287 miles between home and St. Louis for a meeting.

I will say that the R1100RT is a VERY comfortable bike. However, I do not see how the Iron Butt and Butt Burner guys do it. My ass totally hurts. I stopped twice one the way (once to eat, once to pee/fuel up) and once on the way home to fuel up/drink/pee.

The heat being in the upper 90s didn't help either. I did wear a mesh jacket, full face helmet, jeans and full finger gloves to keep from getting fried. The other bikes looked at me funny, but the mesh jacket is cooler than a t-shirt and the sun burn on the Harley guys was just ridiculous!
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/25/12 08:04 PM

It was 287 miles each way.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/25/12 11:55 PM

Rode the new RT to work clap . Wonderfully smooth on the freeway. Tried to sneak it in before anyone else got there but, got caught by Sacto929 who had left his GS at home. He said something about being impulsive and then drooled. tongue

The 12RT is a bit more cold blooded than the 1100, stalled twice coming home. Mostly due to my low rpm, clutch saving, roll off style. Might have to adjust that style or wait and see what it does post break-in.
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/26/12 06:18 PM

No riding in a week. I'm getting the DT's. Damned Tropical Storm Debby with her winds and downpours. One tourist I'll be happy to see head north.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/26/12 10:14 PM

Rode about 270 miles to and from Taveras, FL for a borrring required continued education class in the middle of TS Debby. Good test of waterproofing of my gear. It still keeps me dry. It was also a good exercise in wet weather riding, lots of fun. smile
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/26/12 11:57 PM

Slave to the chrome gods today
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/27/12 03:49 AM

This may have been the last perfect weather day for the season. Low humidity, maxxed out in the upper 70's. Had no choice but to blow off my list of things to do and go for a 5 hour lunch ride.
On a section of twisty road, I was following a slower pick up truck looking for an opportunity to pass when a ground hog ran out to cross the road in front of him. The truck hit the whistle pig and spun him around. Those things are really solid and really tough. He was disoriented and first ran one way and then turned and ran back in his original direction. Meanwhile the truck went on down the road and I was left applying brakes and waiting for the ground hog to make up his mind as to direction. Not a panic situation; I had time and space to slow down to a crawl and didn't pass the injured party until he was almost off the road and heading for the field beyond.

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Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/27/12 05:30 PM

Well, so far: I rode 10 miles to work (beautiful weather); rode 10 miles home (damn, forgot the key card again) - still beautiful weather; rode another 10 miles to work again (gorgeous weather); and....
What the heck - I may just say "screw work" and go out for a decent ride!
dopeslap
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/27/12 06:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
Well, so far: I rode 10 miles to work (beautiful weather); rode 10 miles home (damn, forgot the key card again) - still beautiful weather; rode another 10 miles to work again (gorgeous weather); and....
What the heck - I may just say "screw work" and go out for a decent ride!
dopeslap
Wow! Sounds like you and I had the same kind of day (only my milage is slightly less). dopeslap rofl

[Edit: Oh I also forgot ... I rode on my new Touratech, Long Distance Comfort LOW seat. Well, I can nearly flatfoot my GSA now. When my somewhat shortened Wilbers come it, it'll be perfect for my short legs. The new LDC is more comfortable than stock at short distance.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/27/12 11:31 PM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
I rode on my new Touratech, Long Distance Comfort LOW seat. Well, I can nearly flatfoot my GSA now. When my somewhat shortened Wilbers come it, it'll be perfect for my short legs. The new LDC is more comfortable than stock at short distance.


Does that mean we no longer have to take turns pushing you off your center stand? rofl
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 01:35 AM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
[quote=TyTass]I rode on my new Touratech, Long Distance Comfort LOW seat. Well, I can nearly flatfoot my GSA now. When my somewhat shortened Wilbers come it, it'll be perfect for my short legs. The new LDC is more comfortable than stock at short distance.


Sounds like encouraging news!
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 04:23 AM

Took the wife around the block to see how she felt on the motorcycle.

She is still scared to death and I never left first gear.

Was kind of a relief. I do not REALLY care for 2 up riding.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 11:04 AM

I changed out the PR3 tires on the R12RT. This is the result of 4200 miles of Appalachian riding. No, there were no track days involved.



Notice the scalloping on the edges of the rear tire. This is the second set of Michelin's that have done this to me. The first was a set of PR2's.


Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 11:43 AM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider


What's up with the "blisters" at the ends of the tread grooves? Are there divots like that when the tire is new?
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 11:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
What's up with the "blisters" at the ends of the tread grooves? Are there divots like that when the tire is new?


That is a PR3. Those are there from the factory


Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 12:30 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: TyTass
I rode on my new Touratech, Long Distance Comfort LOW seat. Well, I can nearly flatfoot my GSA now. When my somewhat shortened Wilbers come it, it'll be perfect for my short legs. The new LDC is more comfortable than stock at short distance.


Does that mean we no longer have to take turns pushing you off your center stand? rofl

Precisely!
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 01:45 PM

What did I do to or on my bike today?

I went outside and patted Bikeopotamus on the tank and said "Real soon, buddy...today is my last day of work, forever...."

Steve
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 03:12 PM

Originally Posted By: AdventurePoser
What did I do to or on my bike today?

I went outside and patted Bikeopotamus on the tank and said "Real soon, buddy...today is my last day of work, forever...."

Steve


When you get home, your wife will show you THE LIST.

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Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Quinn
Originally Posted By: AdventurePoser
What did I do to or on my bike today?

I went outside and patted Bikeopotamus on the tank and said "Real soon, buddy...today is my last day of work, forever...."

Steve


When you get home, your wife will show you THE LIST.


Sounds like a man speaking from experience. rofl
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 06:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Quinn

When you get home, your wife will show you THE LIST.


I'll need a wife first. Mine announced she wasn't in love anymore and left. cry And my housemate isn't that talkative to give me directions:



Ride safely,
Steve in So Cal
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 06:47 PM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Originally Posted By: TyTass
I rode on my new Touratech, Long Distance Comfort LOW seat. Well, I can nearly flatfoot my GSA now. When my somewhat shortened Wilbers come it, it'll be perfect for my short legs. The new LDC is more comfortable than stock at short distance.


Does that mean we no longer have to take turns pushing you off your center stand? rofl

Precisely!


What's with all you short people??? Didn't you eat your vegetables?? rofl Seriously, I almost could not get my Ohlins-equipped 02 GSA off the center stand without help, it was THAT tall!!

Steve in So Cal
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 09:16 PM

Well, I'm 5-10. A bit under average height, I s'pose. My issue is short legs. Come on Wilbers!

I didn't have a problem with my RT on the center stand. I just scooted forward and it came down nice and smooth.

My GSA on the other hand wants to twist when I try to get the bike off the center stand while being on the bike. And it's wobbly when I get on the bike when it's on the center stand. So, now I just take it off the centerstand first. No biggie. Besides, I don't look like a failing banshee that way. rofl
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 09:50 PM

Just rode my bike home from my favorite dealer (where I work grin ) with it's new to me ebay gear box. Everything A-OK!
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/12 10:50 PM

Good to hear, Paul

Terry
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 01:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just rode my bike home from my favorite dealer (where I work grin ) with it's new to me ebay gear box. Everything A-OK!


awesome......thats good to hear thumbsup
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 02:23 AM

Good news! thumbsup
Posted By: Firenailer

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 12:37 PM

Originally Posted By: AdventurePoser
Originally Posted By: Quinn

When you get home, your wife will show you THE LIST.


I'll need a wife first. Mine announced she wasn't in love anymore and left. cry And my housemate isn't that talkative to give me directions:



Ride safely,
Steve in So Cal


My dog was always a better conversationalist, and was always a hell of a lot happier to see me when I got home!
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 12:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just rode my bike home from my favorite dealer (where I work grin ) with it's new to me ebay gear box. Everything A-OK!


Including the new to you front brake caliper with the scratch on it?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 01:17 PM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Just rode my bike home from my favorite dealer (where I work grin ) with it's new to me ebay gear box. Everything A-OK!


Including the new to you front brake caliper with the scratch on it?

No. The shop installed a new caliper on the affected bike. The question to use mine only came up as a short term solution if new was not available.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 01:40 PM

Took yesterday morning off to take myself out for breakfast in Colfax. Got to give TJs Roadhouse a +1. Those nice large coffee cups are going to come in handy come fall and winter. Up to grass valley to drop a peg off a Ilium works, casual run back home and in to work before lunch.
Really, really liking the 12RT.
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 02:35 PM

Quote:
Re: What you did on or to your bike today.


Nothing, but there were 666 posts on this thread and I just had to fix that.... eek laugh
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 02:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Quote:
Re: What you did on or to your bike today.


Nothing, but there were 666 posts on this thread and I just had to fix that.... eek laugh


Superstitious much? Hi Kathy! smile
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/12 03:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Originally Posted By: Kathy R
Quote:
Re: What you did on or to your bike today.


Nothing, but there were 666 posts on this thread and I just had to fix that.... eek laugh


Superstitious much? Hi Kathy! smile


Chalk it up to trauma at the drive-in about 1973 eek


Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/30/12 12:03 AM

Took my son to a friends house to spend the night. 106 degrees, 118 heat index. I block all his airflow so I am sure he was hot but no complaints over the com system and only a 20 mile ride.

Stay cool out there.

Terry
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/01/12 10:45 PM

Went to Home Depot to get the supplies to fix 4 projects. New bathtub stopper for hall bath, new faucet for the wife's side of the double vanity, a new wood floor vent to replace the one the ex-wife broke years ago and I had to wait for a new Home Depot to rebuild after our tornado, and a new halogen bulb for the pool area light.

Love the saddle bags on the R1100RT!
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/01/12 10:54 PM

Ordered HELD Titan gloves. If you see black and white gloves waving it might be me.

Getting back to two wheels one (human) farkle at a time smile
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/01/12 11:32 PM

The other day I ordered a new helmet with a built in sun visor. The sunglasses hurt my head in the helmet.
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/01/12 11:58 PM

Took the gas tank off my '07 R12RT to fix:

the gas leak from the plastic pump,
figure why the ABS unit illuminates the "Brake Failure" indicator,
figure out why the ESA preload stopped working.

When it rains it pours cry
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/02/12 09:54 PM

Gone ridin'...Yeah, it was hot - and it was not dry heat...


Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/02/12 10:13 PM

Finally escaped Debby to western NC:


BRP was gorgeous:


Saw 108 in SC on the way home. Was my first long ride since the end of last year and was a good one.
Bill
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/02/12 10:17 PM

Good to see you back out there Bill!

It'll be another month or so till I can ride again so get out there and make me jealous.
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/03/12 03:41 PM

Paul and Bill, absolutely gorgeous photos. Cannot wait to go East to ride the BRP and NC.

The time, camping and taking my time in late September and October....

Steve in So Cal
Posted By: AdventurePoser

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/03/12 05:29 PM

What did I do to the GSA today? Hmmm...went outside and thought, "Jeez, there sure are a lotta bugs on this thing." Then I went back inside.

Steve in So Cal
Posted By: Dave39

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/12 01:35 AM

Went for an early(to beat the heat) 200 mile July 4th ride with friends. We rode west out of Sacramento over to Winters and then north through Esparto, up Hwy16 to Hwy20 and east to Williams for a lunch stop. We connected with Hwy45 in Colusa and headed home through Knights Landing to Woodland and home.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/12 12:56 PM

Not the RT, although I had to move it, but I finally got the RMX running yesterday. I'll admit that I had lost interest for quite some time. But I got a bug the other day, & since I finally took a holiday off, I was determined. Turns out it is just way too lean. Won't start cold without starter fluid, & I had to chase it with the choke every minute or so to keep it running. I have some re-jetting to do, but even so I ran it up & down the street for about ten minutes. I'm stoked!
Posted By: Dave39

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/06/12 03:54 AM

I completed a home-made trunk for my Rebel 250 today using a $25 Husky tool box from Home Depot. It is now a more practical urban shopping bike.


Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/06/12 12:53 PM

Dave, you do realize that makes you KLR certifiable, don't you? grin
Posted By: cris nitro

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/06/12 02:28 PM

I installed a RAM mount on my 1150 with the ball/bolt that replaces one of the handlebar bolts. Got a cradle for my Garmin NUVI and one for my Iphone. Awesome set up. Does not vibrate or move around and can be adjusted with one hand while on the fly. Also bought a u-bolt mount for my V-strom so I can switch the devices from one bike to the other in seconds. Great system.

Also, installed adjustible lowering links on my V strom which allows adjusting the rear height from 0 to -4". Nice!
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/12 02:00 AM

Valve job
New spark plugs
Oil change
Oil filter change
Gearbox fluid change
Final drive fluid change
Test ride without surge

$84. What would a dealer charge?
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/12 02:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Don Beissel

$84. What would a dealer charge?


Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 tongue


I needed to go to the bank this morning, so I took the long way. Nice 150 miles round trip. Tried out my new gloves (Held Sambia) and really like them. Its the first pair of warm weather vented gloves I've owned that I actually really like.

On another note......93 degrees out by 10am, ooph its gonna be a hot one.
Posted By: Bmr Deacon

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/12 08:40 PM

My guess is closer to $500-$600 at least here in Northern CA
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/12 10:08 PM

Rode to work and back. Nice ride in the morning, 6.30 to 9. Ride back HOT but only 1/2 hour.
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/12 11:09 PM

Put in a route to FDR's Little Whitehouse but GPS Jill decided I needed some off road stuff. Spent the next 2 hours riding around on it.

Almost put it down here, slick red clay:


And here:


Terry
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/12 12:36 AM

Mounted a new set of tires and topped of the oil, also waxed the plastic. All in preparation for departure to the BMW-MOA and UnRally's next Sunday. Wonder where I stored my tent? confused
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/12 12:59 AM

Went up to Fort Collins and got some new PR3s put on the bike. All set for the UN rally now!

On the way back home, we gave the rain gear another good test. We holed up in a pizza shop while the worst of the lightning and winds went by, then finished the ride in the rain. It was actually kind of nice - cool for a change, and the rain seemed to have washed away the smoke that has been hanging in the air.
Posted By: enfoman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/12 01:56 AM

Went back in to remove a rear tranny seal that I did a few weeks ago and never set. Put about 850 miles on the bike since then till now with 5/8 of Lucas gear oil still in sight of the fill plug. Replaced it with a mm higher Harwal nitrile Shaft seal. For what ever reason the BMW seal failed and will never know why. I have replaced many seals before and this sometimes happens inspite of every thing looking good and a job well done. Hoping that the lucas Clinging oil holds up to everything they say it does.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/12 03:42 AM

Got very dirty in the woods on my Suzuki DRZ.
Posted By: High Cotton

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/12 12:24 AM

Hello Terry, that GA red clay is some slick stuff when wet. Great pics! Brings back "good" memories - thanks!!
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/12 01:03 AM

Hey Tommy looks like the trip is going well. Yes it is slick and doubt I could pick up the big pig.

Today I decided to ride some miles and see some of Georgia's covered bridges.


This one is still operational, so I rode through.


This one is chained off.


I plan to eventually find all of them.

Terry
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/12 01:29 AM

Turned a leftover sheet of clear adhesive backed vinyl I had sitting around into a headlight protector for the GS. It was definitely sitting around too long because the adhesive kept wanting to stick to the paper backing instead of the vinyl. It turned out better than I had expected and I'm thrilled that I don't have to drop extra coin on an aftermarket one before heading West for the UN.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/12 03:08 AM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
Turned a leftover sheet of clear adhesive backed vinyl I had sitting around into a headlight protector for the GS. It was definitely sitting around too long because the adhesive kept wanting to stick to the paper backing instead of the vinyl. It turned out better than I had expected and I'm thrilled that I don't have to drop extra coin on an aftermarket one before heading West for the UN.


yup...cheapest thing on a BMW...THE RIDER!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/12 01:16 PM

Originally Posted By: OoPEZoO
It turned out better than I had expected and I'm thrilled that I don't have to drop extra coin on an aftermarket one before heading West for the UN.


There's an UN this year? grin
Posted By: Dean Wirsing

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/10/12 12:09 PM

I added mirror tethers to my 07RT. Simple job, got them cheap from Flea Bay!

Dean
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/10/12 09:31 PM

Gone ridin' in Pennsylvania. The heat wave is gone, a perfect day!




Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/10/12 10:01 PM

Took a vacation day to get a seat built by Rick Mayer. About 3 hrs each way.
Already hot, 99, at 1100 when I started back home. Temps never less than 96 coming home max'd out at 103. I never really got uncomfortable due to the cooling vest and Geiggerig spray on the neck, legs, arms etc.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/11/12 11:23 PM

Rode to work!
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/12/12 01:16 AM

Washed the bike and my riding gear during a 60 mile errand running ride. Traveling away from home, the rain would slack off; every time I started back, it increased. Think the gods were telling me something.

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Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/12/12 10:22 PM

New Wilbers installed today and, after 100 miles of straffing every pothole and bump I could fine, I'm a happy camper.
Bill
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/13/12 03:02 AM

Order Suburban rider foot pegs for the RT today. The old knees just aren't what they used to be. Hope they work as well as I have heard they do.
regards
paul
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/13/12 10:13 PM



New gear
Helmet, jacket, and over pants
smile
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/13/12 11:58 PM

And you already have the gloves. All you need is a bike... wave
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/12 12:02 AM

A bike?
Yes, I think that will be an essential part of the equation.
dc
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/12 12:30 AM

Quote:
And you already have the gloves. All you need is a bike... wave


Definitely. Unless you're going to use my line of "I don't ride a motorcycle doc, you can't be too safe walking across the parking lot from your car".
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/12 01:48 AM

Well, maybe Kathy could be like my aunt. My aunt got ahold of a crash helmet in the late 50's. My uncle was on a job in Oakland, and so my aunt used to drive between Oakland and Los Angeles with the crash helmet on.
She was stopped by the police more than once, she said. She just told them "well, officer, I just feel more safe with it on."
We were surprised the police didn't confiscate it or something. Maybe they did, as, after a while I never saw it again, or heard any more of it.
I know she bragged about having the world's fastest time between Oakland and Los Angeles.
dc
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/15/12 12:29 AM

I took the tupperwear off (and back on) so Kevin could replace the plastic quick disconnects with metal ones. Then I was tool helper on final drive oil change, engine oil change and gear oil change. Rode a bit around Boulder and stopped for frozen yogurt.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/15/12 03:27 PM

600 mi service then to San Jose and back on slab for my Nephew's birthday. Felt incredibly exposed and vulnerable riding around on the surface streets while there. Never felt that way living there with one exception that I shouldn't go into. Funny what driving styles and traffic load do to ones perception.

Except for seemingly everyone in the fast lane thinking it's a CHPy bike, I really like the 12RT.
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/15/12 11:33 PM

Pulled my transmission today, splines show no wear but they were dry. A light coat of Honda Moly 60 and bolted it back together. Now it's on to replacing brake and clutch lines and installing the new 30 mm lower shocks.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/12 12:50 AM

"installing the new 30 mm lower shocks"

What are you doing with the stands?
Posted By: ltljohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/12 01:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
"installing the new 30 mm lower shocks"

What are you doing with the stands?

I have a spare center stand I will have cut down. I guess I will have the side stand shortened if necessary. Any advice is welcome.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/12 02:10 AM

I walked past mine a few times, shopped for some parts for it...
and grumbled about being in a cast.
Posted By: MikeRC

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/12 03:01 AM

Changed rear drive and tranny fluids, new air filter & plugs. Checked the rear pivot bushings and crown bearing/seal. TB sync.

Ready to head south in a day or two. Just gotta work on a few non-bike related things tomorrow, get some routes down and pack up.

Mike Cassidy
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/17/12 07:39 PM

Hooked the battery back up on the RT and set the clock. cool

Took the windshield off the Super Tenere then cleaned and polished and reinstalled it.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/17/12 07:48 PM

Yesterday morning I rode out to Chatsworth and back. There is a nightmare commute for you, if there is one.
But oddly enough, I made it in one piece, and made it back alive.
Traffic was somewhat light. I only had to pass about 20,000 cars from the carpool lane, and lane splitting, maybe 5,000 cars.
dc
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/12 01:09 AM

Finished getting the bike ready for my trip to the UN. Synced the throttle bodies, changed the oil, and installed a new XPEL adhesive backed headlight protector.

All is well, and I'm ready to roll. Come on Friday!
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/12 03:01 AM

Rode 280 miles around N-Arkansas in 100+ degrees, had a blast. Training for the Unrally. tongue
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/12 03:18 AM

Put the panniers on the bike this morning, than went to work expecting to start loading the bike for take off to the UN when I got home..........
LeeAnne (my housekeeper) met me before I got into the house and started up about the shambles the house was in.
She hung up and put away all my gear that I had in piles around the house rofl
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/12 10:01 PM

Bought a new Sargent seat so I can begin to spend more time in the saddle without cussing at those tiny bumps in the road. Also, bought a 140db air horn that I'll be mounting this weekend. I'm tired of hitting the horn and sounding like a 50cc scooter.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/12 11:59 PM

Tough ride, the view is well worth it. Coming off the 550 entrance and up was the hardest ride I have personally accomplished off road.

Of course, the snuggie made it.






Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/19/12 12:32 AM

Wasn't it just yesterday morning I asked you NOT to ride up there by yourself? What is that blue thing, your cape? smile

Hey congrats dude, no piece of cake that. thumbsup
Posted By: SageRider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/19/12 01:01 AM

Snuggie...
Don't leave home without it!!!
thumbsup
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/19/12 02:03 AM

Bill:

met two gentlemen from Arkansas, rode together all day, complete with spot locator. Had to ride with someone since Eddd had the poor taste to break his femur.







get well eddd

by the way, my facial expression says "who turned off the oxygen"
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 12:49 PM

Fitted the new Surburban footpegs lowering kit
Fitted two new PR3,,s
Washed the bike
Topped up the oil( not much required)
Packed
All ready now for a early morning start on a 4 day ride around the hills in north NSW
Looking forward to it.weather is cool and fine
Regards
Paul
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 07:21 PM

Mounted my 665 and packed the luggage.
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 07:30 PM

Put my new gear in the trunk of my car grin for the drive to Salida
Posted By: hindsight

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 08:39 PM

Adjusted the valves, changed fluids, synced TB, and then went for a small ride of 40 miles. First real ride since October 2011. (if you consider 40 miles a real ride)

The knee injury and subsequent surgeries has definitely limited my riding. It felt good to get out again though.

Now I need to start planning a weekend away as I have truly missed being on the bike.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 09:45 PM

It is difficult to relate the degree of "verticalness" on some sections of this pass ride. Went from Ouray to Telluride. Unbelievable ride. Will not forget it. The mighty DR is a great little moto.





Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 09:49 PM

Wasn't cold enough to wear the snuggie? Some ride you are having! thumbsup
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/12 09:53 PM

Hooked up the XM radio on the 665. Music to my ears.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/12 04:02 PM

Ordered some new footpegs and loaned it to a friend to exercise it while I recover. I am not responsible for the soon to come sale of his 1100RSL
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/12 06:35 PM

Installed a J&M Audio system onto the new 12RT to avoid the Schuberth/Cardo option. Not a Cardo fan anymore.

Works great. Going to get on the bike and go.....um, nowhere. Going to be too hot to have fun and have chores to do.
Back to the honeydo list.
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/22/12 03:13 AM

Had a new rear tire installed at Basin Motor Works in Mancos, CO. Then rode into Mesa Verde NP for some sightseeing.

Two hours of thunder & lightning was a great cap on the day. Glad I'm in a motel tonight eek
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/22/12 07:42 AM

Had a nice ride up to the Sierras. East bound over Ebbets pass and then back west bound over the Sonora pass with little dirt riding mixed in at the mountains.

Met some nice people and checked out few camp grounds for future reference.

__
Mikko
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/22/12 07:34 PM

Carried out the 96,000 mile service and then used the bike as a prop for a photograph of my Sister-in-law.



This gets me 50 bonus points for the 2012 Round Britain Rally and is, uniquely, the only 'landmark' that we have ever been allowed to publish during the running of the rally.

Talking of running - here is Marion doing her stuff in Coventry on July 1st.



Andy
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/22/12 09:26 PM

Gone ridin'... Nice mixture of roads Western Maryland/West Virginia/Virginia. Highest temp was 84 for a change! Lovely... Sorry, no pics...
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/23/12 09:12 PM

Washed it after a 3 day ride in the hills. Fun
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/23/12 09:15 PM

Fun: Which part? The washing or the 3 day ride? grin
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/24/12 12:30 AM

Seems to me that would be both, Paul. Seems to me.
dc
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/24/12 03:50 AM

Earned a performance award on the million dollar highway.

Meh...
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/24/12 04:10 AM

Hi Paul
Got to say washing is not my favorite thing.
The ride was fabulous even though it was cold and drizzled with rain for a fair bit of it. That just meant less traffic and with new tyres the bike certainly got a great work out. Just for the record it once again performed without fault. That is BMW with NO issues.
Once again the Oxley highway was just pure fun. Alfredo lives down there but I
Only saw one other bike on the road that day.
Best regards
PCH
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/24/12 07:41 AM

Hey Paul
Did you hit my favorite road??? grin
It's in a bit of a state with all that rain lately.
Did you drop in at Ginger's Creek? Or kept going all the way to Walcha and then what Tamworth/Armidale?
During the winter, this is more a weekend day run for us. We usually head up at about 11:00AM from Wauchope and have brunch up at Ginger's Creek. Then back to Long Flat pub where we have a beer and everybody checks that all their body parts are still attached, before heading home. We are planning a long weekend ride in the next couple of months as my brother in law has a new ZX14R, which he calls his "sport tourer". Gives you an idea in which category he fits into.
Ginger Creek run requires learning due to it's sharp blind corners and hidden road repair patches.
But it's the right place to ring your bike's neck and find out what it is capable of.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/26/12 01:01 PM

Hi Alfredo
Yes the Oxley got me again on Sunday. Drizzle the whole way and cold on the top but oh so much fun still. Missed Gingers this time but had lunch at Walcha cafe. Very good steak sandwich.
Rt performed flawlessly as always. New PR3 fitted on Friday. Not sure I like them as much as the Angle ST, but early days yet
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/26/12 01:37 PM

Hi Paul
Great weather predicted for this weekend.
Funny what you mentioned about the tires.
Mine came originally with Angels when I purchased it 2nd hand, but the rear tire was squared off and the bike used to slide if you touched the center line.
Now with PR3's, it's solid as a rock.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/26/12 02:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Alfred02
Now with PR3's, it's solid as a rock.


If only they stayed that way through their entire life cycle. cry

Speaking of which, I put 140 miles on a fresh set of PR3's yesterday. The bad part of that? I put them on almost a month ago. lol.

Shawn
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/26/12 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider


Speaking of which, I put 140 miles on a fresh set of PR3's yesterday. The bad part of that? I put them on almost a month ago. lol.

Shawn


Slacker. grin
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/26/12 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider


Speaking of which, I put 140 miles on a fresh set of PR3's yesterday. The bad part of that? I put them on almost a month ago. lol.

Shawn


Slacker. grin


Says the man who can't seem to stay anywhere but the probably inn..... smile
Posted By: Krakken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/28/12 03:31 AM

Rode up Pikes Peak, got soaked in two T-storms, and was hit by a deer. I stayed upright and unhurt, but the GT suffered a little damage. Still rideable and am continuing north to Yellowstone & Glacier NP's. The doe is a buzzard buffet.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/28/12 10:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Krakken
Rode up Pikes Peak, got soaked in two T-storms, and was hit by a deer. I stayed upright and unhurt, but the GT suffered a little damage. Still rideable and am continuing north to Yellowstone & Glacier NP's. The doe is a buzzard buffet.

Damn, glad you're all right. Stay safe!!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/29/12 09:56 PM

Gone ridin' The covered bridge in Philippi WV:


Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/04/12 04:05 AM

Nothing. Waiting for the $dealer$ to repair the ABS pump. frown
Posted By: Bologna

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 12:39 AM

230 miles in the Mississippi bluff region today!
75 and sunny, awesome!!!!

clap
Posted By: SC_Reb

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 12:58 AM

After a crazy day at work, it was great to just ride through the NC mountains for a few hours this evening. Cloudy with a great breeze. I have to say I am becoming addicted to riding. :-)
Posted By: Downs

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 07:36 AM

Rode to work then rode home.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 11:46 AM

Moved the polesaw from in front of the GT.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 11:56 AM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Moved the polesaw from in front of the GT.


With the hopes of throwing a leg over it soon????? Or are you still down in out in recovery land?
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 12:07 PM

Soon.
30 day cancel policy for FART so...
lurk
Posted By: DirtyDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 02:45 PM

Every other Sunday in the Summer the local car and bike folk get together for coffee or a little run. Yesterday we took a ride over to Breckenridge for lunch.


The meeting in Vail:




The 280Z has a chevy V8 in it:








The only 2 bikes that showed up today:



Posted By: DirtyDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 02:49 PM

The meeting in Breckenridge:








And lastly $2.5 million worth of McLaren F1:





Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/06/12 05:08 PM

Rode to Tampa and back (live in Jacksonville, 4 hours away) on Matt's 1200gs the other day. Nice bike... I might never return it to him smile.

Also, added a Stebel Nautilus 148db horn to my 1100rs this weekend. Got tired of hitting the button and sounding like a 50cc scooter. I was 'testing' it out on a ride with my wife Saturday. She responded, "I can't wait until you get tired of testing that thing, you f***er!"
Posted By: SC_Reb

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/07/12 12:02 AM

Was able to get off work early and took 4 hour drive up through the mountains of NC. I was able to avoid all the rain until I decided to head home. About 15 minutes from home, the bottom fell out of the sky. I guess I need to invest in weatherproof pants.


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Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/07/12 09:24 PM

Gone ridin'... Nice day, temp didn't go over 90. Sorry, no pic...
Posted By: TomK

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/09/12 05:21 PM

Yesterday I did my annual ride to the Maine coast (Searsport) for a fried clam lunch. 282 miles out and 265 back. Temperatures ranged from 54 to 84. Clams were excellent!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 12:11 PM

547 for clams, no no no, BBQ maybe! grin Bikes are trapped in the garage for a day or two because of a newly paved driveway. Guess I should finish up some painting I have to do. frown

Pat
Posted By: RevRay

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 09:44 PM

The dreaded honey do's
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 10:03 PM

Rode for breakfast:


Down this road:


Which looks like this in the morning:

Note the squiggly road sign. Two of the best curves in North Fl.

First ride since Salida and first one in a long time that was just a joy.
Bill
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 10:17 PM

I just rode to work and back on Matt's 1200gs today. I think maybe I shouldn't get a GS because when I got to the work parking lot, it took every bit of willpower I had to actually turn in rather than just keep on going. That thing is just too darned fun! I may end up using up all my sick days if I had one of those things!

Also, Bill ("Highway41"), thanks for the link in your signature. I just spent an hour combing through your pictures and ended up watching every video you had of the "Chasing Bernie" series. I remember barely keeping up with him on a ride through GA. Those videos are awesome.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 10:20 PM

Nothing. And, nothing for the next week while enjoying Kauai. Trying to work up the courage for a ride in a fiber/epoxy box with 1000 parts rotating about one drop of grease.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/10/12 10:41 PM

Unpacked my Wibers ESA shocks. Soon my bike will be all set up for us. Now if only my Pivot Pegz would come in!

Now if work would cooperate, I might get to actually ride sometime this summer!
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/11/12 06:26 PM

Bumped into lawnchairboy at Adventure BMW. We rode to Chris' former colleague's restaurant. Had a nice lunch.

Rode around a bit with my new Wilber ESA shocks. Now, between the .5 in shorter shocks (Std GS height) and my lowered Touratech seat, I'm now flat-footed on most settings (even tho 1-up).

Short legs overcome!
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/11/12 06:29 PM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Bumped into lawnchairboy at Adventure BMW. We rode to Chris' former colleague's restaurant. Had a nice lunch.

Rode around a bit with my new Wilber ESA shocks. Now, between the .5 in shorter shocks (Std GS height) and my lowered Touratech seat, I'm now flat-footed on most settings (even tho 1-up).

Short legs overcome!


Well there goes all the fun for the rest of us watching you "tiptoe" and do the rock and shake off the center stand.
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/11/12 06:58 PM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Bumped into lawnchairboy at Adventure BMW. We rode to Chris' former colleague's restaurant. Had a nice lunch.

Rode around a bit with my new Wilber ESA shocks. Now, between the .5 in shorter shocks (Std GS height) and my lowered Touratech seat, I'm now flat-footed on most settings (even tho 1-up).

Short legs overcome!


No more spikey heel platform shoes? What will you use that closet for now?

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Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/11/12 07:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Quinn
Originally Posted By: TyTass
Bumped into lawnchairboy at Adventure BMW. We rode to Chris' former colleague's restaurant. Had a nice lunch.

Rode around a bit with my new Wilber ESA shocks. Now, between the .5 in shorter shocks (Std GS height) and my lowered Touratech seat, I'm now flat-footed on most settings (even tho 1-up).

Short legs overcome!


No more spikey heel platform shoes? What will you use that closet for now?


Why ... spikey heel platform shoes, that's what! wink
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/12/12 10:54 AM

Short window of opportunity in the rain and cold we've been having, so I grabbed the bike and managed a good 100 km of back roads just out of the urban area, riding solo.

Then the bad weather set in again with a vengeance, so I spent the late afternoon cleaning my poor neglected rifles. For things that get fired so infrequently these days cry, they sure do manage to get dirty. Mounted the Lenser light my brother gave me on the Anschutz (.22) and when it got dark probably had some of the neighbours wondering what the bright light was ... grin
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/12/12 01:19 PM

Been really crap weather all weekend, so I had to call off a demo ride, organized by BMW. I had a 2012 R1200RT booked...oh well.

On the up side, my Zumo660 has arrived.
After programming it to the latest firmware/Map version, I installed a few MP3 songs, paired it to my iPhone and paired it to my Scala Q4.

Not wanting to do a quick and dirty install I decided to do it this time properly.
So the decision was made to take the whole front fairing off.
Surprising how easy and quick it is. The 1200RT is far more maintenance friendly then the 1150RT was, when it comes to the fairing.
Anyway, should have it done by the middle of the week as tomorrow is the start of the working week.
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 06:04 PM

Just got back last night from another awesome weekend of riding in Wisconsin. Ride tale to follow shortly. stay tuned...

lurk
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 06:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Just got back last night from another awesome weekend of riding in Wisconsin. Ride tale to follow shortly. stay tuned...

lurk


About time you got out! I think you and I are having a competition as of late for who can put the least amount of miles on our bikes. Sad part is, I think I am now winning. frown

Shawn
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 07:14 PM

Per usual rode to work today. Realized that I've got a turn signal bulb out and my back brake sucks. Just ordered new rear pads from Beemerboneyard. Now headed to the parking lot to see what bulb I need so I can stop waiving my arm around for signaling a left turn.
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 08:22 PM

File this under "I'll ride any chance I get".

Tomorrow is a primary election here in FL (please don't ban me for politics!!!) and I'm working it. I will be riding the same 4 mile stretch of in-town US 41 over and over. But at least I'll be on the bike. clap grin
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 08:40 PM

How sweeeet it is grin
My last ride was the fall BRR. Winter,closing my business and retiring, preop tests for my knee replacement, the actual operation and following complications resulted in no riding for 10 months cry
Yesterday I finally was able to get my leg over the saddle and go for a short 60 mile ride. clap The weather was perfect and the bike ran so good. All the fixin I did while I was unable to ride came together and I am so happy to be" back in the saddle again."
For a time I though maybe it was time to stop riding but now I sure that with a little more Pain & Torture it will all work out.
Looking forward to the FART and if the weather is good and since I'm retired I plan a little longer ride down. thumbsup
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/13/12 09:31 PM

Originally Posted By: mrzoom
How sweeeet it is grin
My last ride was the fall BRR. Winter,closing my business and retiring, preop tests for my knee replacement, the actual operation and following complications resulted in no riding for 10 months cry
Yesterday I finally was able to get my leg over the saddle and go for a short 60 mile ride. clap The weather was perfect and the bike ran so good. All the fixin I did while I was unable to ride came together and I am so happy to be" back in the saddle again."
For a time I though maybe it was time to stop riding but now I sure that with a little more Pain & Torture it will all work out.
Looking forward to the FART and if the weather is good and since I'm retired I plan a little longer ride down. thumbsup

Wonderful!!! See you there! clap thumbsup wave
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/14/12 09:18 PM

Originally Posted By: mrzoom
How sweeeet it is grin
My last ride was the fall BRR. Winter,closing my business and retiring, preop tests for my knee replacement, the actual operation and following complications resulted in no riding for 10 months cry
Yesterday I finally was able to get my leg over the saddle and go for a short 60 mile ride. clap The weather was perfect and the bike ran so good. All the fixin I did while I was unable to ride came together and I am so happy to be" back in the saddle again."
For a time I though maybe it was time to stop riding but now I sure that with a little more Pain & Torture it will all work out.
Looking forward to the FART and if the weather is good and since I'm retired I plan a little longer ride down. thumbsup



Zoom zoom zoom....
that is wonderful.
clap
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/14/12 09:57 PM

Hey Zoom/hope to see you there. wave
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 11:31 AM

Will have to finish putting the bike back together tomorrow as it got too late today, since my new Schuberth C3 helmet arrived with the SRC intercom.
Spend most of the evening to install the intercom into the helmet and paired it to the Zumo.
Tested MP3 music from the Zumo ...true stereo sound now via A2DP grin
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 01:04 PM

I rode into work and remembered that I still have not changed the throttle cable like I wanted to. Maybe this weekend. lol

Shawn
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 01:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Just got back last night from another awesome weekend of riding in Wisconsin. Ride tale to follow shortly. stay tuned...

lurk


tick...tick....tick.... lurk
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 01:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
I rode into work and remembered that I still have not changed the throttle cable like I wanted to. Maybe this weekend. lol

Shawn


So Shawn, how do you tell the difference between a throttle stuck wide open and your normal ride? laugh
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 03:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
I rode into work and remembered that I still have not changed the throttle cable like I wanted to. Maybe this weekend. lol

Shawn


So Shawn, how do you tell the difference between a throttle stuck wide open and your normal ride? laugh


Instead of kissing the mirrors, I bite them!
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/15/12 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Just got back last night from another awesome weekend of riding in Wisconsin. Ride tale to follow shortly. stay tuned...

lurk


tick...tick....tick.... lurk


Hey, I'm pretty busy on this end! My car crapped out; getting towed home pretty much ate up Monday night, and I was pulling parts last night, and I'll be installing parts tonight. I did manage to get my pics post-processed and uploaded, though, so that's a start:



On the plus side, I rode in to work today. grin
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/16/12 12:46 AM

Gone ridin'... Pennsylvania
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/17/12 11:40 AM

Maybe a dumb question but does that meet AUS standards because my helmet got checked for that down your way
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/17/12 01:49 PM

Hi Paul
Checked by whom?
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/18/12 01:53 AM

Changed out the rear brake pads. Now she stops a bit quicker.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/18/12 04:27 AM

Rode to dinner on Matt's 1200gs with the wife on her Boulevard. Can't get much better than that. I have to return Matt's bike to him tomorrow. I'm not real happy about it, but I'm sure he's ready to get back in the saddle soon.

I'll be putting my 1100rs up for sale soon and start my search for a GS replacement.
Posted By: mikeR1100R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/18/12 02:29 PM

Changed my first motorcycle tire yesterday. I am ridiculously pleased with myself! clap

We're leaving for a 3 day trip to Dorset, VT and some riding around there and the Lake George area tomorrow.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/18/12 03:11 PM

Went and picked up my wife from work at 20:00PM
That gave me a chance to test my new Zumo660 and my Schuberth C3 helmet with the SRC system.
The helmet is brilliant but tight. Despite that, I didn't have the front pressure point as others have complaint about (Imust have got the typical "German" head shape).
Music worked brilliant, but I had multiple calls coming in. They showed up on the Zumo660 with proper Caller ID but I couldn't hear them, but they could hear me as confirmed later by them.
So that's something that I have to sort out yet.
The pinlock and airflow work excellent, better then my old helmet.
Posted By: mickinoz

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 08:59 AM

First go at this so....

Went down the coast to meet up with some friends who have his and hers Harleys, a mate of his came along on his Harley, and then another and another, all up 10 Harleys and me the token other breed (R1150RT). Down the coast we went to a pub by the water just beautiful..... the meal, its a pay for your meal take the number then come and get it when its ready affair, so after a while the lady behind the counter comes out, finds me,asks if I am having the pasta " yes, yes I am" takes my number and says " Wait there I 'll go and get it for you" and so she does...to my amazement, not to mention my new Harley riding mates. Could not wipe the smile off my face on the way home. A great Winters ride.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 10:57 AM

Another run to Gingers Creek.
Found the ultimate setup.

1) No Panniers or top box
2) Bike set to 1 rider and lugagge
3) Sport mode
4) PR3's with less then a 1000km's on them

Next weekend we have a little trip planned with a group of 6 to Grafton and stay at Uralla overnight. So a big loop.
Should be fun...
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 11:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Rode to dinner on Matt's 1200gs with the wife on her Boulevard. Can't get much better than that. I have to return Matt's bike to him tomorrow. I'm not real happy about it, but I'm sure he's ready to get back in the saddle soon.

I'll be putting my 1100rs up for sale soon and start my search for a GS replacement.


Yep, and it's much appreciated. I even did a short ride in my boot today, end of the driveway into the garage....

I'm baaaack!! rofl
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 01:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I even did a short ride in my boot today, end of the driveway into the garage....

I'm baaaack!! rofl


I'm not responsible if Ashley catches you on that bike before you're supposed to be!
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 04:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I even did a short ride in my boot today, end of the driveway into the garage....

I'm baaaack!! rofl


I'm not responsible if Ashley catches you on that bike before you're supposed to be!


I promise to confirm that you had no knowledge, right before I push you under the bus....
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 05:28 PM

Grimes Canyon Road for a quick Starbucks shot in Fillmore, CA.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 07:19 PM

Gone ridin'... Forecast was for a beautiful cool sunny day. Went toward Virginia/West Virginia. Riding almost 3 hours to breakfast was great. Shortly after that I headed home... saw the clouds and got soaked three times.
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 08:00 PM

We took the RTs out on a quick canyon run. Left Hand Canyon, Peak to Peak Hwy and down Golden Gate Canyon. The bikes had been neglected with all the house moving stuff. Next weekend will be rough with the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race and company in town.
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 08:31 PM

Originally Posted By: mickinoz
First go at this so....
...

A great Winters ride.



Welcome to the board. It would be great if you would fill out your profile so that we know where you live. But between your screen name and the reference to a winter ride, is it safe to assume that you are somewhere in Australia?
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 09:37 PM

I planned out a great ride north out of Jacksonville into GA looping around the Okefenokee park. Then just about when we were going to leave, I decided to check the weather and saw that it was a 95% chance of nasty thunderstorms up there right about the same time we were going to get there.

So we decided to head south instead through Palatka into the Ocala National Forrest. Guess what happened! We got friggin' soaked. There was only a 20% chance of rain down there, and I guess we got all 100% of that 20%! 262 miles and maybe 60 of it was dry roads.

Still, it was nice riding on my bike with my wife on hers near me. Even a bad day on 2 wheels is better than a good day on 4.
Posted By: Downs

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 10:29 PM

Yesterday. Did a Patriot Guard run for a fallen Sailor in Weatheford. HM3 Beauchamp.

Then rode to Wichita Falls about 90 miles in some of the worst rain and wind I've ever been in and I've ridden though a lot of tha crap. My Frog Togg bottoms failed and allowed watter though. I use the rain liner in my Scorpion Master Mesh jacket and it held the rain back just fine.

Hung out for a few hours then rode 100 miles back to Saginaw barely missing most of the rain and wind the whole way back.

This morning rode to work qualed on the pistol then rode home. Decided to take the cage in when the time to go to real work came around. It's been sitting a lot and I decided it needed to be ran even if it's only to work.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/19/12 11:49 PM

Rode the 1 from point reyes station to shelter cove. The 101 at the end cuz you have to! Sitting watching the waves slam ashore. I love the pacific ocean.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/20/12 07:10 AM

By a charming police officer
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/21/12 12:23 AM

Rode the 128 and 20 today thru the redwoods. Temps started at 50 and went up to 72 along the coast. One more day for norcal than starting south on the 1.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/21/12 12:51 AM

Sure wish your camera had batteries Marty! grin Spent a little time on the GT after a lot of miles on the GS. Silly smooth! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/21/12 02:09 AM

Pat, the crazy thing is fog covered the ocean all day/never saw it. both roads were very dark due to redwoods and other trees blocking out the sun. My silly little camera would not do well. I took some of the ocean yesterday from my room in shelter cove. My daughter laughed and asked me what the pics were of. Saw lots of seals on the rocks but again too much fog.

Did I send you my euro pics?
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/21/12 07:59 PM

Got out for a longer ride today. 150 miles. The bike works perfectly but not sure if the new B to B works, I was alone. The new C Bailey's is awsome.
The knee is getting there, still some pain as the miles increased but better than before. More therapy ouch!!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/21/12 08:23 PM

Max out your therapy my friend. It sucks while you are doing it, but its well worth the effort. smile

Shawn
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/22/12 01:31 AM

Good day. Starting to prep for the big September ride. Took care of tires. I have two sets of wheels. I already had a new Anakee 2 on the spare but that will go on the bike the day before I leave. I hope it makes the whole trip. So I mounted a new front (ME880 100/90-19) and a Shinko 705 rear to make it to 9/15. Balanced them all. Some checking and adjustments.
Then went riding to dinner meeting a few of the local BMW club friends. As I said, a good day.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/22/12 06:55 PM

Had a 200 miles ride in "unfavorable" conditions around the local mountains. Traffic, heat, a thunderstorm...
Personally I tend to avoid riding locally between the second half of June and late August/early September (way too much traffic) but as a friend was coming from far away to visit I could not turn him down.
Cooling vest was a Godsend while riding back, as was the Dryarn undersuit. I get more than a curious stare while wearing that vest: they are pretty much unknown here.
And as I was riding the Honda I found out my brilliant idea of lubing the chain using industrial spinning parts grease was a bad call: my shiny rear wheel now looks like the scene of an oil spill.
It was good but never again: I can take the heat but such heavy traffic takes all the joy out of riding.
Posted By: OoPEZoO

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/23/12 12:36 AM

I finally installed the HID kit for my low beam that I've had sitting around for two weeks. I still need to adjust the reflector, and I just fired it down across the yard, but WOW I forgot how much better HID's are.

I had blown 3 low beam halogen bulbs in the past 14 months. The last one happened on the ride home from the UN, right as the sun was going down. Forget trying to find a convenient place to find a H7 bulb at 9:00pm on a Saturday night. That was my breaking point. The HID kit in my RT lasted for over 10 years and 100+ miles. Hoping I get the same type of performance and durability from this setup.

So excited that I might even ride to work tomorrow........maybe
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/23/12 12:36 AM

Rode about 100 miles on the 1 and spending the night in half moon bay. Hi temp today was 68....brrrr. South tomorrow where it should get warmer. thumbsup
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/24/12 10:11 PM

Rode the crest highway with Nora and Vlad today. Lunch at newcombs/sorry no pics.
Posted By: norah

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/25/12 12:19 AM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Rode the crest highway with Nora and Vlad today. Lunch at newcombs/sorry no pics.


It was fun had by all!!
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/25/12 12:36 AM

Fixed the RS today. I noticed on the ride through the Ocala forest that I was having to steer right all day long to keep it going straight. It wasn't a heavy push, but enough that my shoulders were killing me by the end of the day. I thought at first it had something to do with the rear tire that Matt and I had just changed.

I took the wheel off today, checked to make sure we didn't forget the spacer, and retorqued the bolts, but that didn't fix it. Then I called Matt and he asked me what else I had done recently. The only other things I had done was added a new horn and replaced the rear part of the front fender. He told me to loosen the front axle and tension bolts and recenter the front tire and tighten it all back down to spec.

Did that and took it for a ride and BOOM! Everything is golden again. THANKS MATT!

Now I have to go figure out what's wrong with the electrics on the '65 /2. Right blinker shorts out everything and the horn beeps every time I hit a bump.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/26/12 01:17 AM

Did a loop around the Okefenokee swamp today. Discovered my steering problem isn't as gone as I thought. Ugh!

Still had a great time with my wife riding behind me on her Boulevard C50. Low 80's all day long, it was beautiful.

*edited for clarity


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Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/26/12 04:59 PM

100 RT miles west is Suffolk area. bike is smooth as silk.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/26/12 07:30 PM

Put a bit more than 400 miles on the new RT yesterday going to Mono Lake for lunch at WND (not impressed this time). Stopped at Mono Village at Twin Lakes and back home.
What a smooth, powerful, bike. Saw lots of other BMWs on the road.

Wife (now) thinks she needs a seat mod. We only did a re-cover when I had mine done. Oh well.

Still have a bit of work to get the J&M headsets to talk to each other.

And, into the office on a Sunday to work.
Posted By: Hank in WV

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/26/12 11:58 PM

Loaded the muzzleloader on the RT and rode the looong way to a shoot. Perfect weather, perfect ride, imperfect score. Just a couple of my favorite pastimes combined.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/27/12 12:05 AM

Fixed the electrical problem on my '65 /2 today. I found a loose wire inside the headlight can that I eventually figured out was the ground wire for the horn. Apparently, it's not supposed to be able to freely swing around willy-nilly wherever it wants to inside there and eventually land on the right blinker wire causing that to ground out anytime I use the blinker. It took me a little while to figure out where that wire was supposed to go, but eventually got the blinker and the horn working. Now all I have to do is replace all the blown bulbs.

Meanwhile, my wife was changing the oil and filter on her Boulevard. She did the entire thing herself and only needed my help when it came to understanding how to use the torque wrench. She's come a long way from being the typical passenger. I'm so proud of her.
Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/27/12 02:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Meanwhile, my wife was changing the oil and filter on her Boulevard. She did the entire thing herself and only needed my help when it came to understanding how to use the torque wrench. She's come a long way from being the typical passenger. I'm so proud of her.


You indeed should be proud of her. Your a lucky man!
Posted By: KLC

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/27/12 08:54 PM

Fitted a new lamda sensor to the K1200rs and did a TPS reset, What a difference. Bike is responsive again and i'd forgotton how quick it could be,

Bike had been running very rich and fuel economy had gone down by 20%. There was a delay in opening the throttle to actual acceleration.
Thanks to this forum managed to obtain a sensor at around 1/2 the price quoted by our local BMW dealer
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/28/12 12:56 AM

After a quick workout at home, I fire up the bike and headed towards the mountains. I made the bread run up Ceasers Head. Here are a few pics from the run. smile











Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/28/12 10:48 PM

This was a test and only a test.
Made 275 miles today in clear 85 degree weather. Went to Iowa and back and I don't know why. dopeslap
Illinois is so boring. Just flat straight roads.
Oh the test. All gear seems to work fine except the zomo that just shut off once as I was riding along. Pushed the "on" button and all was good the rest of the way home.
The new knee started to hurt toward the end but I figure more and longer rides will help that thumbsup. My new Kontour seat is on the way back so we shall see if that helps too.
Note to self, get more mesh gear. laugh
The only good thing this drought has done here is the lack of big juicy bugs. My shield was perfectly clean.
Saw 3 LEO's doing business on old Rt 30. It's so flat out there I had beeps 4 miles away on the V1. Glad I has one.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 12:35 AM

Gone ridin'... A beautiful perfect day!

Rt. 250 west of Staunton VA:

Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 02:32 PM

Rode to work! Exciting, I know.
Posted By: Critical

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 06:44 PM

Rode from Hannibal, MO to O'Fallon, IL yesterday (about 300 miles round trip supposedly). Rode the great river road thru Illinois heading south. Traffic light, road good until Alton, Illinois. Good sights, no wildlife on road. Got near St louis and things started going bad. Tailgaters, horn beepers, etc.. Got to my old home town of 50 years ago and found it...changed. Now about 70 times bigger with no stores etc. that I recognized. I did see my old grade school which is undergoing significant growth and the old church which is mostly closed apparently. Our old house has been added on to and the trees are big now. The distances I used to bike or walk are now a lot shorter??? And it was not uphill both ways to school (they must have leveled it out). Did not even try to find my old school chums. The woods I used to roam were all gone of course and the lake back there is now surrounded by houses and "posted". The ride back through Saint Louis was hot, crowded, and dangerous. Saw the Cardinals' baseball stadium and Stan Musials' statue for the first time. Anybody else think there is some deformity there? Saw someone arrested in a downtown park also. After numerous discourtesies I left and headed up the Great river road on the Missouri side. Beautiful road after you get past the flats and hit the hills. Stopped at all the overlooks and museums etc.. About 13 hours total with all the usual aches and pains but well worth the trip. You can go home again, mostly to see it is not there anymore. I feel sorry for todays kids they literally cannot go out to hunt or fish after school or ride their bikes out of town anymore. Soon we will be like the British with every square inch accounted for and regulated. I know it "did not happen without pictures". Maybe it did not happen with them either.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 09:26 PM

Rode the lawn machine for almost 3 hours. Does that count? It has a Kawasaki motor... grin
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 09:42 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Rode the lawn machine for almost 3 hours. Does that count? It has a Kawasaki motor... grin


My pressure washer has a Subaru motor, but I haven't done any Rallying lately either. rofl
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 10:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Rode the lawn machine for almost 3 hours. Does that count? It has a Kawasaki motor... grin


My pressure washer has a Subaru motor, but I haven't done any Rallying lately either. rofl


This reminds me of the guy I saw at a race not long back with a gas powered rideable cooler! I certainly think that would count.
Posted By: rinkydink

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 11:35 PM

Adjusted the valves on the Airhead. Sir Isaac is in town so I won't be riding for the next couple of days. At least it's not 110 degrees in the garage though...
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 08/30/12 11:40 PM

Finally got time to work in the garage a bit in the evenings with a failure investigation winding down.
I now have a bonafide Rubber Chicken ABS working in the 11RT! Now, to put its pants and shirt back on and get ready to sell.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/01/12 02:11 AM

Tires & service for the GT. They gave me a new Tiger to ride for the day. Very nice bike but my GS can sleep easy tonight. wink



Pat
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/03/12 06:04 PM

120 miles
first ride in almost a year
GT ran flawlessly
lurk
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/03/12 06:30 PM

clap clap clap thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup wave
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/03/12 10:55 PM

I spent the weekend on my DRZ getting lost in the mountains near Yosemite and today I found my way back home. I guess I didn't try hard enough.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/03/12 11:00 PM

that great Tim
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/04/12 12:02 AM

Installed a stopper, torqued real wheel w/ new pr3, checked valves, and battery and gave it a wash.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/04/12 12:06 AM

Yay Tim, great news.
Bill

PS - Installed the dual horns from the '05 RT on my '10. Much better sound than the beeper.
Posted By: BerndM

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/04/12 01:34 AM

Nuttin
Too darn warm
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/05/12 08:07 PM

I rode about 25 miles, first time in 11 weeks.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/05/12 08:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I rode about 25 miles, first time in 11 weeks.


REALLY liking this! Congrats!!

(I went to the bank today... you and a few others know why...)
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/05/12 08:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I rode about 25 miles, first time in 11 weeks.


REALLY liking this! Congrats!!

(I went to the bank today... you and a few others know why...)
thumbsup
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/05/12 08:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I rode about 25 miles, first time in 11 weeks.

Feels good, does it? thumbsup
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/05/12 09:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I rode about 25 miles, first time in 11 weeks.

Feels good, does it? thumbsup


Yes, yes it did.

Longest I have been off a bike since 2000.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/06/12 08:15 PM

Received both the Pivot Pegz (which were on back order for the entire summer) and the Hyperlites I ordered. Haven't installed them yet (will tonight) but I did peruse the directions. I really enjoyed this step of the directions for Hyperlite installation on a R1200GS:

Remove the riderís seat. Locate the wire bundle that starts at the rear of the motorcycle. At the most accessible spot carefully remove 3Ē to 3ĹĒ of protective wire loom.
I know, I know ... itís really beautifully done. Cowboy up! Take it off!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/06/12 10:06 PM

Gone ridin'... Same area, Virginia/West Virginia, different roads. There are many!

Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/06/12 10:08 PM

Craig

Yeah, it is wrapped nicely. Good luck on the "accessible" spot. I ended up removing it near the rider's left frame a little aft of the centerline of the seat as it was the only place I could get my big thumbs. Easy install after that. Hyperlites are great.

Terry
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/07/12 02:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Gone ridin'... Same area, Virginia/West Virginia, different roads. There are many!

Almost heaven, West Virginia...
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/07/12 06:31 PM

Good to hear you're riding again.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/07/12 08:17 PM

Good to hear you're riding again.


Pat
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/08/12 02:42 AM

Nothing! Had to drive the truck today. My bike sitting in the driveway looking a little upset and confused. It was a beautiful sunny day. First time in nearly 2 weeks she's been left home alone.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/08/12 02:46 AM

I rode to work and then stopped by Sonny's BBQ and picked up lunch for the me and the 2 guys at my house that were putting up a fence in the Florida heat. 1 Gallon of sweet (and I do mean SWEET) tea, ribs, chicken, pork, turkey, baked beans, slaw, and mac-n-cheese.

Then I walk back to the bike and realize all I have is 1 bungie cord. I got it all home, though. Boy those guys sure were happy to see me pull up.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/08/12 05:54 AM

Jose and I rode 428 mi from la to pg. 405>wilshire>1>23>126>150>33>58>229>101>46>1. What a great bunch of roads!!
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/08/12 12:45 PM

Bob,
Nice gesture.
Love their sweet tea.
Cargo net.
thumbsup
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/08/12 09:22 PM

Pivot Pegz and Hyperlights (with amber turn signal leds) installed. Everything works great.

Riding to tomorrow Jamestown VA via the ferry tomorrow to check the place out. Neither Terri nor I have been in decades. Of course, the leisurely ride to and from will be an important part of the day.
Posted By: KHightower

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/09/12 02:09 AM

Local fire department had a poker run today. I would guess there 100+ bikes. A couple of jap cruisers, 2 gold wings, alot of HD and me. Luckily the group kinda split into "real slow" and "let's get this thing done" so i didn t have to drone along in 3rd gear for over 100 miles. Good time and great folks.
Posted By: KHightower

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/09/12 02:12 AM

Sounds like a fun trip. Haven t been in years either. I m on Lake Gaston due west of you. Let me know if y all head this way, i ll give you the 20 minute tour.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/09/12 01:42 PM

Originally Posted By: KHightower
Sounds like a fun trip. Haven t been in years either. I m on Lake Gaston due west of you. Let me know if y all head this way, i ll give you the 20 minute tour.

We try to avoid heading into the US58 corridor. The LEOs on that roads find a way to give out tickets like candy. Besides that it's a boring road until about mid-state. When we head south, like we will for F.A.R.T., we tend to leave the day before after work, dive down into NC, and then turn west ... riding across the swamp land (which is actually very pretty). Then we spend the night in Roanoke Rapids. That's fairly close to Lake Gaston.

We've aslo talked about doing day rides out that way just to ride for BBQ. I'll let you know when we head out that way.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/10/12 01:41 AM

A bit more prep for the three week riding starting next Sunday. Mounted rear wheel with zero mile Anakee 2 H tire, I hope it will make the whole trip. It is the highest mileage tire I found. Changed oil/filter. Normally bike lives on Castrol GTX, today it got Mobil 1 as it won't see a oil change for many miles.
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/10/12 02:04 AM

Rode back from Pacific Grove via Carmel Valley Rd smile smile and 101 and 166. I tried to find Cachagua Rd, but was not successful. frown
Posted By: KHightower

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/10/12 02:18 AM

Let me know. We re about 45 minutes for Ro Rap. I understand the "riding to eat" thing. We do that often.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/11/12 11:05 AM

What a beautiful day it was on Monday. grin
Hit the road early afternoon after therapy. Went out to the country and saw some early harvesting. Wow has farm machinery gotten BIG !!! 30' tables for wheat and soyabeans, 12 row heads for corn. Grain wagons as big as a house. Crops vary from ok to very poor. Saw one farmer discing under a bean field as the plants were maybe 8" high, very sad. cry
Bad thing was all the roads were __________________ frown mile sections but I did find 2 curves and tested the P3's thumbsup. Work well and seem more stable on the little gravel that gets on the road at corners.
If all goes well I think I will make it to the F.A.R.T clap
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/11/12 11:24 AM

Awesome Rich! Just slow and steady getting down here. I look forward to seeing you there. :-)
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/11/12 01:44 PM

"If all goes well I think I will make it to the F.A.R.T. clap"

thumbsup
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/12/12 01:45 AM



I rode a few extra miles to get this picture.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/12/12 10:05 AM

Originally Posted By: b o n e y


I rode a few extra miles to get this picture.


Way to go Tom!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/12/12 10:55 AM

That's a good start, Tom! thumbsup grin wave
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/13/12 11:21 AM

Had an ear out for a long distance Mayday! Just riding I see. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/13/12 01:09 PM

Replaced the 2" risers on my wife's Boulevard with 4" bent risers so she doesn't have to feel like she's reaching so far out to get to the bars. It would have taken half an hour except that my allen wrench broke off inside one of the bolts and I spent the next 2 hours drilling it out. I basically ended up drilling through the bolt, around the broken wrench piece since even the cobalt bits I had weren't able to make a dent in it. Many high-5's were had when we finally got that thing out of the way and were able to get on with what we were doing.

She's much happier now. Although she needs longer cables for the throttle, so of course she's looking at some $110 ones that are platinum coated since they are 'pretty'. Which of course means that the brake line and clutch cable now have to be pretty, too. I think I've created a monster. Someone please send money. Lots and lots of money.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/13/12 09:32 PM

Ordered a waterproof case that I will be making into a top case. I will post pictures of the bracket I'm making and the case when done. If all goes as planned I should only have about $120 invested in case and mounting bracket.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/17/12 04:54 PM

Got back at 4 something this morning from the 2,000 mile trek from Tucson with my new (to me) 2005 R1200gs formerly owned by johnlt. Will be sending in my paperwork for the Ironbutt SS2000 tomorrow. Thanks John and Matt for all your help. I could not have done it without you.

Also... I love my new GS!

(Oh, and does anyone want to buy an RS? I'll be posting on the classifieds soon.)
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/17/12 05:10 PM

Went for a ride last Friday, gorgeous weather up here in Michigan lately. On one stretch of road there were electrical/phone cables strung on utility poles next to the road. Up ahead I spotted a raptor (hawk? falcon?) sitting on the wire. I stared at him, turning my head so as to face him the whole time I passed by - and was amused to see that he, too, was turning his head to keep his beak pointed at me the entire time that I passed by. Almost felt like I shoulda waved or smething. grin
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/17/12 07:31 PM

I commuted on the bike for the first time in almost 4 months.
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/18/12 12:07 AM

Did an engine oil change on my 2005RT, 1st one since I purchased it not long ago.
Was told that it had a complete 40.000km service, despite that it had just 38000 or less on the clock.
I always thought that the oil was a bit dark for it's age but left it at that.
As my <!> symbol had started to appear once in a blue moon and despite that it showed more then half in the glass window, I thought I will do an oil change as I couldn't be sure which engine oil they had used.
A good 40km run to heat it up and then draining it overnight.
When I pored it out of the drain container, it was like fricken "tar"...so much for their 40.000km service >:(
New oil and filter and still have to take her for a run for final oil adjustment/top-up.

Then start make a long list of inspection/fluid changes/maintenance as I now can not really trust what (if any) has been done.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/18/12 12:54 AM

Brake bleed entire system. Adjusted valves. Replaced rear tire used at the UN with a used one in better condition. Drained the oil, replaced old oil filter and also a new air filter, cursed on a new alternator belt. Tomorrow TB sync.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/18/12 02:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I commuted on the bike for the first time in almost 4 months.


Good to hear Matt. Years ago, my Dad blew his Achilles apart and lost most of a summer after the surgery.
Posted By: mackerman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/19/12 12:48 AM

Installed the new style cam chain tensioner and cam chain guard today on the GT. Probably the easiest thing I'll ever get to do on the bike. Also the most nerve racking as torquing the 17 clutch cover bolts to a measly 26.5 inch pounds + a quarter turn each had me holding my breath the entire time waiting for a bolt to snap ---- off.

If you've been putting this one off, don't. There's plenty of good videos and posts on the web on how to do it urself.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/22/12 11:59 PM

Rode to St George Utah. Tomorrow I'll ride thru' Zion then up 12 and to Green River, Utah. Then into Colorado.
dc
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/23/12 01:01 AM

Installed a HID lamp in the high beam socket of the 12RT along with two mini LED lamps below the mirrors. Awesome lighting for the poor deer hiding on the side of the road.
Replaced the antennas in the J&M bluetooth setup since they had gone bad....somehow.

Maybe a run to Truckee for breakfast tomorrow?
Posted By: rinkydink

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/23/12 02:22 AM

Shoehorned new PR3s on my Honda Hawk. Tomorrow, they get scuffed in...
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/24/12 12:33 AM

I rode from St George Utah to Green River Utah, thru' Zion and Torrey.
Tomorrow I hope to ride into Colorado and then a day thru' Rocky Mtn Park.
dc
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/24/12 10:13 PM

I rode from Green River Utah to Georgetown Colorado.
All along I70, but it's very scenic thru' there. And there were plenty of fall colors, but mostly yellow, particularly most visible in Vail.
Tomorrow, weather permitting, I will ride from east to west thru' Rocky Mtn Natl park.
Then down to Durango on Wednesday.
The schedule is for some rain so I'll just have to take a chance on the weather.
There was rain here, but it all missed me.
Tho' I did see lightening to the south of the road.
dc
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/25/12 01:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I commuted on the bike for the first time in almost 4 months.


Awesome!
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/25/12 01:09 AM

Wandered around a little on the way home this morning.

Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/25/12 11:07 PM

Rode thru' Rocky Mountain National Park, in the rain. And cold. I did not stop much, as there was not much to see, with limited visibility. However, there were some wide vistas of the valleys here and there.
And then coming south on Berthoud Pass I saw the temp. at 34 degrees when I noticed snow all over and ice forming on the windshield and my helmet visor.
It may have been colder, I only saw it when it said 34. And then slowly began to rise.
dc
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/27/12 12:53 AM

I rode today into Durango from Georgetown. North of Leadville was total snow everywhere, and 34 degrees.
But no rain all the way here. And it's nice here.
Tomorrow I'll ride the train to Silverton and back and then Friday ride into Torrey.
My room faces the train station so I'm watching the trains come in.
dc
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/27/12 01:58 AM

Yosemite baby. Yosemite with Paul and Franz.
Posted By: SC_Reb

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/27/12 08:30 PM

Such a gorgeous day here in SC. I am lucky enough to have a great friend that helped put new tires on my bike Sunday. I had to take it out today to work on scuffing them up for the ride next weekend in NC.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/29/12 04:39 PM

Pre FART maintenance done, I'm riding as much as I can to get back into some semblance of rhythm on the GS again. It's getting there, and I'm really looking forward to riding NC again.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/30/12 10:18 PM

Did an oil change on the RS and replaced the failing (read: leaking) oil pressure sensor. Will soon be putting this bike on the market unless my wife decides she wants to start riding it. Would have to lower it a couple inches for that to be an option, though.

Also, took the GS over to Danny's house and replaced both tires. Enjoyed a leisure ride home. Nice hot day here in Florida.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/30/12 11:16 PM

I rode from Torrey to Cedar City, down 62 slowly, and following another vehicle, for safety. That's where I almost hit 3 deer last year, and where Richard hit one last week.
I did see two dead by the side of the road.
Then thru' Cedar Breaks with a stop at the great overlook.
But just a short day today.
Then tomorrow to Las Vegas for the night then home.
My next trip will be to Shasta Lake to get a new seat made.
I have finally realized that seat is not comfortable. It took over a year and 15000 miles.
dc
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 09/30/12 11:48 PM

took the RT up to the Big Exchange. primarily to restock the single malt stocks. New front rubber for the GS. with the help of a buddy.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/01/12 01:46 AM

Added some oil and exchanged the rear tire for one with more tread.
Ready for the FART.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/01/12 02:01 AM

TBS and new back tire on the GS. Ready to rock and roll for the FART!
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/01/12 11:45 PM

Rode from Cedar City to Las Vegas with a few stops in Las Vegas. Now I'm staying in Primm and I'll ride back to Los Angeles starting early tomorrow.
I did spend some money, but not on gambling.
dc
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/02/12 01:08 AM

Quote:
I did spend some money, but not on gambling.


Is that legal in that county? rofl
Posted By: Vrex

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/03/12 12:32 AM

Rode the 1150RT across town, about five miles at a sedate speed, for lunch at the Pizza Inn buffet, which was quite good, then rode back along the same route, arriving home safely, and then took a nap.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/06/12 09:30 PM

Took the wife for breakfast in South Lake Tahoe this morning. Never mind. 30F up there that early.

Took the wife for lunch in South Lake Tahoe today. Pleasant in the 60's and 70's all up and back. Didn't freeze like we would have at o'dark thirty. Color is starting in our Sierra's.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/07/12 03:35 AM

Went to the local air museum and had a photo shoot with some airplanes and the Super Tenere. Afterwards, it was a 225 mile strafing run through the foothills. Aaaahhhhh, much better!!

I'll post some pics when I get them. My iPhone ones are not too worthy.
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/07/12 03:42 AM

I walked past my BMW and Ducati. I threw a leg over my DRZ and off into the woods I went. It was so damn nice up there above Bass Lake.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/08/12 01:13 PM

Temperatures in the low 40's. Got up this morning and layered up for the ride into work. Bag and computer on the bike, rolled down the driveway so as not to wake my daughter (0500hrs and my "garage" is right next to her room). Pushed starter.....and click click! Had this problem last year when the temperatures dropped but had forgotten about it over the summer. So, pushed the bike back UP the driveway, unlayered and fired up the truck to head into work. Looks like I'll be buying a new battery tomorrow.
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/09/12 12:34 AM

Cruised over to the 'hood, also known as the 'wood, by Longjohn which I suppose he got from the locals to tcb.
As I began, I had the light out light.
So coming back this afternoon, I got two H7s and had a fun afternoon changing the bulbs.
dc
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/11/12 07:29 PM

Un FARTed the bike, Took sidecases apart for a clean and lube, much better locking action now. Don't ask how many times it took to get the right case assembled correctly. dopeslap Hey, I'm retired so time doesn't matter as much now. grin
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/11/12 08:24 PM

Bit of service. Motor oil and filter, air filter, valve adjust. Running good.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/11/12 09:28 PM

Dropped the GSA in the garage just before riding to work. dopeslap

It came to rest on a wooden crate. No damage other than a minor scratch on a roll bar. Glad to have that over with. Now I feel free to abuse the daylights out of it! clap
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/11/12 10:22 PM

I hooked up my mondo-moto 10W driving lights on the engine guards. They are retina frying bright and now people scream in agony when looking instead of telling me I have a light out. Or that my wheels are dirty... dopeslap
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/12/12 12:43 AM

Commuted for 2 days in a row.
First time in 2 years.
lurk
GT run berry good...
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/12/12 01:06 AM


Originally Posted By: tallman
Commuted for 2 days in a row.
First time in 2 years.
lurk
GT run berry good...

thumbsup clap
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/12/12 01:24 AM

Today I washed seventeen hours worth of foul weather off the GT.

Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/12/12 11:13 AM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Commuted for 2 days in a row.
First time in 2 years.
lurk
GT run berry good...


Wonderful news. thumbsup
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/12/12 08:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Originally Posted By: tallman
Commuted for 2 days in a row.
First time in 2 years.
lurk
GT run berry good...


Wonderful news. thumbsup


Thanks.
500 mile week.
More than the past year and a half combined.
No big trips planned with baby due but hoping to make it to mid Ga next month.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/13/12 12:15 AM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Originally Posted By: tallman
Commuted for 2 days in a row.
First time in 2 years.
lurk
GT run berry good...


Wonderful news. thumbsup


Thanks.
500 mile week.
More than the past year and a half combined.
No big trips planned with baby due but hoping to make it to mid Ga next month.


Glad to see you are back on the bike.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/13/12 12:30 AM

Installed a new Yuasa battery. After standing for 4 days the 2 year old DEKA cranked very slow.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/14/12 02:21 PM

Yesterday: Ride to work. First frost of the season on the fields. At the shop we had the BMW Oktoberfest with a bit of a BMW bike show with awards. There was a award for the the highest mileage bike. You can guess who won that.
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/14/12 05:44 PM

Set out for a work-related trip to Pensacola, FL via the in-laws NW of Gainesville (500 miles split into 2 day ride). Returning late next week. At least the dry season is setting in and the temps are under 90. Hopefully a tick cooler up there, too.

Got good road recommendations from Tallman for the panhandle area plus hot sauce location info. Thanks, Tim.

Hope to get some good pics (unlike last real trip which was all straight lines, cattle ranches, orange groves and sod farms - hey, it was crossing central FL).

Updates to follow. New tires upon return. Might even wash the bike then.
Posted By: Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 02:06 AM

Had brunch with Greg and Cathy Poole ("Greg Poole" on the forum), followed by a really nice ride around Carter Lake and the surrounding area. Perfect weather and really nice scenery.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 02:27 AM

Did the 42K service and valves are still within spec. Also swapped out the 550 for a 665.
Great looking week ahead.
Bill
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 11:53 AM

Fabulous 300km ride in the hills. Day boor to killjoy to Somerset dam and home over mount Glorious.

Fantastic fun and the best hamburger I have ever had. Mondays are great. No traffic and most of finest highway patrol seem to take the day off.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 05:13 PM

Rode 400 miles on Thursday to the Barber Vintage festival in Birmingham and returned yesterday. If you like old bikes and haven't been, you should try to make it next year. You can visit their museum anytime throughout the year, but the vintage racing they do during the festival is awesome.

I rode the 1965 R60/2 up there. It was an awesome ride even with the rain we hit during the last hour on the return trip.

Next week is my trip to Robinnsville, NC on the 2005 1200gs. I can't wait for that!
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 06:37 PM

Pictures Bob, Pictures. Without 'em....
Bill
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 06:55 PM

Originally Posted By: Highway41
Pictures Bob, Pictures. Without 'em....
Bill


Yes, yes of course.

Since I'm camping and riding a 1965 bike with only 6v power, I had nowhere to charge my phone and thus only have a couple pictures to share. I didn't go into the museum this year, but I have over 100 pictures and videos from last year that I could share if anyone's interested.


This is the route we took from Jacksonville:



This is my campsite and bike I rode there:



This is one of my riding partners, Joe, and his 1975 R90s:



And here's a shot of the 1929 R11 ridden by Norm Nelson and owned by Jack Wells that placed 3rd in the cross country Cannonball run recently completed in California. This bike was entered by some members of the Historic Motorcycle Society of which I'm a member and was on display this weekend:

Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/15/12 08:24 PM

Finished a 12k service. First time the rear drive went back together without a fight. thumbsup
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/16/12 01:18 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Finished a 12k service. First time the rear drive went back together without a fight. thumbsup


Hmmm....
very good, right?
wave
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/16/12 01:48 PM

Hey Tim, it went in so quickly that I almost took it back out. I was programmed to have it not mate properly for a few tries. Going for a short ride now. wave
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/17/12 07:23 PM

I rode a loop from Windsor CT. to the summit of Mt. Greylock in the Northwest corner of Mass yesterday ( 230 miles, all backroads of course) It was supposed to be sunny and 55, instead it was heavily overcast, mid-40's, with a steady 25 mph wind out of the Northwest. There were even a few snow flakes at the 3,491 foot summit. But, it was a great way to test out my new-to-me Olympia AST jacket and Ranger pants. Cold, yes. Windy, yes. Fun, you bet! Can't wait to do it again... Now if i only knew how to post pictures i could show the obligatory "Bike with a great view in the background" shot.
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/18/12 04:34 AM

Rode to Cave Junction, OR with Tank and Twisties. I think I may have got my groove back. grin
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/18/12 02:34 PM

Maybe you need to name that bike Stella
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/18/12 03:08 PM

Perfect if you misplace it!



Pat
Posted By: 70IBA

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/20/12 08:04 AM

I borrowed a friend's 2010 FZ1, a motorcycle I have wanted to evaluate for awhile. He accompanied me on his 2003 FZ1 so that we could switch out half way and enable me to experience both Gen 1 and Gen 2 of this series. We rode from Show Low, AZ to Globe, over to Morenci and back to Show Low via Hannagan's Meadows and Alpine. We were under cloudless skies, relishing the pure joy of riding. He prefers his Gen 1 and I liked the Gen2, although both are a blast to ride.

Back in Show Low, I strapped on my K1100RS and rode back home to Phoenix. While I enjoyed the FZ1s, the Beemer still wins my heart each and every time and confirms the competence of the machine.

It was a good riding day, a 557 mile riding day. Grin.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/20/12 11:58 AM

I love the flashlight duct taped to Norm's bike. That is just cool. Knowing Jack and Norm makes that even better. Those guys are just cool as hell.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/20/12 09:46 PM

Rode around with the wife today since I'm heading up to NC on Monday and feel like I'm leaving her out. She couldn't get off work and our dogs don't take kindly to strangers (they don't really want to kill you, they just want to see what you look like on the inside smile ). So she has to stay behind while I go ride in the mountains (this time).

Ran into Bernie at the open house at the local BMW shop. He gave me some pointers on where to find the good coffee shops up in NC...oh and some good roads, too.
Posted By: Dundee387

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/21/12 02:09 AM

Replaced a blown headlight buld on the throttle side of the RT, and did an engine oil change as well. She's ready for tasking and charging.

Prepped the K1200s for a ride with the wife tomorrow. Tire pressure, check, fuel top off, check, Honda polish and plexus, check.
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/21/12 03:34 PM

Added a Tool Tube to the Yamaha XT250 to hold tire levers, wrenches etc.,
Installed wiring and GPS mount on the XT250
Replaced the bulbs in the R90 moto lights to 55w yellow replacing 35w white
Bought a Cortech Tank bag for the K1200GT and put that on
"Practiced" scratch repair using the side case of my old, totaled R1200RT and the Colorite pen.

Time for lunch....
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/21/12 07:19 PM

We did our run up to the mountain to Gingers Creek.
The 2005RT performs better and better (or is it me getting to know and trust the bike more?).
On the way down, being completely oblivious to it, as I had music going in my Schuberth C3 helmet at low level and the brilliant noise reduction it has, I missed that my sister in law crashed right behind me behind a 4WD that was dragging a larger trailer and was between me and her.
I didn't find out until we got home. My wife got a phone call just after we walked in the door and we jumped straight into the car heading to the hospital.
I haven't talked to her yet as just close family was allowed in.
Broke her arm just below the shoulder.

From as much as I have been told, she grabbed a hand full of front brake and lost the front, getting herself trapped under the bike.
Apparently she never hit the trailer.
Hope to talk to her today. Bike is fine, just a broken mirror and a footpeg. Most of it was saved due to her husband mounting his old BMW small paniers of his old K1300 on her Suzuki.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/21/12 09:21 PM

Hope she is fine mate and out of hospital soon
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 05:53 AM

Thanks Paul
Spoke to her this morning. Clean brake of the upper arm just below her shoulder. Due to the location it's just in a sling.
Funny part is that she is a Nam(?), so she is in charge of all the nurses at a local hospital.
She said that she just grabbed a handful of brakes when she realized that the 4WD with trailer actually was standing still.
As it was in a straight line braking and dry, I think it's fair to say that ABS would have saved her from this.
She is already home and nursing the pain killers.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 12:23 PM

Went out for a 180 mile loop on Saturday. Up into Southern PA, and then over to visit my Aunt Gerry in Rising Sun MD. Got home in time for my wife to say we were going out in ten minutes. She sprung a little birthday celebration on me, and we went to Annapolis, met another couple for dinner, and then saw Livingston Taylor, James's brother, in a nice, small venue. Rina and I have seen him numerous times, but this show was just enough different to keep it very interesting.

All in all, a very good day.

Posted By: RPG

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 01:33 PM

my buddy Mark and I rode our '74 R90s's to our Detroit club breakfast in Pinckney and then did some backroads up towards Lansing. Felt good to hit redline a few times in the twisties.

RPG

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Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 05:07 PM

Happy ]
Birthday.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 07:37 PM

Originally Posted By: tallman
Happy ]
Birthday.


Thanks Tim.

Actually, right on time, not late at all. Rina arranged for a night out on Saturday, rather than Monday. It's a little easier, and with Livingston playing close by, it was perfect.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/22/12 11:34 PM

Rode from Jacksonville, FL to Robbinsville, NC (454 miles) today to start a four day therapy session with me and my GS. Camera in hand, will share pics when I get home.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/23/12 12:30 AM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Rode from Jacksonville, FL to Robbinsville, NC (454 miles) today to start a four day therapy session with me and my GS. Camera in hand, will share pics when I get home.


Go Bob, Go!!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/23/12 12:51 AM

Played with my new toy, the Yammy scooter. In the morning checking, learning, adjusting, etc. In the pm a great fall ride of about 180 miles. Enjoyed it. 180 miles on 3 gallons of gas is not bad.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/24/12 09:18 PM

Gone ridin' - in Pennsylvania. Beautiful day, beautiful colors.



Yes, it is a scooter. Get used to it grin
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 12:31 AM

Yesterday: Cherohala skyway, 360, Dragon, 28.
Today: Cherohala, 360, Foothills parkway scenic highway then into Smokey mountain park, back around to 28 then 143.

Tomorrow? Haven't decided yet, but I know it'll include Wayah road.

Is it possible to have too much fun?
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 02:25 AM

"Is it possible to have too much fun?"

Simple answer to that Bob: NO clap
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 04:48 PM

Put my hand on the RT, reached over it to get the leaf rake off the wall and headed out to the yard, sigh cry
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 07:52 PM

ran the DR back and forth to work, errands on the RT later
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 09:44 PM

Baby got new PR3 shoes today. Won't be new by tomorrow.
Bill
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/25/12 09:57 PM

Wayah road! Wow...just wow.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/26/12 12:28 AM

It's almost as though it and big GS's were made for each other.
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/26/12 02:57 AM

Rode to work on the first dry day this week.
Left early to prep for a three day run out to Eureka, then Crater Lake and back down the east slope of the Sierras to home.
Posted By: aterry1067

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/27/12 12:15 AM

Finally rode the RT to work again today. It's been down and out since I got the Suzuki in August. The same weekend I got the Suzuki, I busted a brake line on the RT. Now, the RT has Spiegler brake lines, and a new (to me) Works shock on the front. I have the rear one, and might replace that soon. But for now, it feels great. Just in time for BMW riding weather (cold, wet, sloppy, fun weather, when most....not all, but most, other bikes are put away for the winter). The DRZ certainly is a blast to ride, and makes a great commuter when it's warm. But I sure am happy to have the RT back on the road.
Posted By: Jacqueline

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/27/12 02:30 PM

Richard rode his new GT "Bambi" to work today! grin
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/27/12 03:35 PM

Originally Posted By: Jacqueline
Richard rode his new GT "Bambi" to work today! grin


Awesome! Sure would like to see a picture. thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/28/12 10:04 PM

I rode over to Burro Canyon today.
It was sort of a mad house over there. But controlled. Controlled chaos, you might call it.
dc
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/29/12 01:07 AM

I made it home from my NC & SC trip. Will put up a proper ride tale when I get on the PC. 1,760 miles.
Posted By: RT Russ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/29/12 02:33 AM

I put Gerbings Co-ax power connectors on the RT and the R1100S this weekend. Might be gettin' chilly soon. Also added SAE connector on the RT and short pigtails to do the same on the S soon for tank bag electrification. SWMBO complained that I spend a lot of time working on motorcycles and riding them thumbsup I've learned that no matter what, she'll have something to say rofl I just nod my head and say "yes dear"...
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 10/31/12 01:21 AM

It rained sideways today, kind of fun. Odd though once at work my bike was all alone, the usual suspects were there but they didn't ride for some reason.
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/04/12 08:43 PM

Rode a few hundred to get the Georgia Tag thingy.







Terry
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/04/12 09:39 PM

Took a ride with Mr. Zoom in Il and In. Brrrr!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/04/12 10:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Took a ride with Mr. Zoom in Il and In. Brrrr!


Marty, since you only had flat land to ride on today, I took it upon myself to take the the Mountains. grin

The Blue Ridge Parkway, just south of Fancy Gap, VA. Man what beautiful morning to be on the parkway.
Posted By: Living the Dream

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/04/12 10:36 PM

I put on the PR3s, changed oil, changed tranny oil, changed final drive oil, cleaned K&N air filter, adjusted valves. It was a fun maintenance day and even had Long Way Down running on the garage TV wink
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/04/12 11:55 PM

Just a little 4 hour morning ride. Nothing special.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/05/12 01:28 AM

Shawn, I bet it was beautiful in the mountains. wave
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/05/12 03:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Shawn, I bet it was beautiful in the mountains. wave


I thought it was! My Droid takes terrible pictures anymore. (Yeah, I swear! It's the camera!)

I was on oodles of great roads yesterday and today. 845 miles. A lot of fun.

Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/06/12 02:51 AM

I wired up my new LED lights with the high beams. Smaller and brighter than the 510s I took off.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/06/12 11:15 AM

Began a multi day process of moving parts from one GS to another. Swore I'd never do this again. dopeslap
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/06/12 01:26 PM

Got out for about two hours yesterday afternoon, first time with the AST this season, had to stay warm somehow. It was early enough in the afternoon that I did not have to deal with traffic, so very relaxing, just what I needed.

Also gave me a chance to try out my new Nelson Rigg CL-1040 mounted on the pillion seat. Sean has encouraged me not to run with a tank bag, so as to allow me more room to move around, so I am going to go with this bag behind me. It takes a big leg hike to go up and over if I am on the side stand, but on the center, I just use Tim's "mount the horse" method and it's easy. Will hold much more than the tank bag as well.

Oh, and while tooling by a line of pine trees, I had Bambi shoot straight across the road in front of me. Grabbed a bunch of brake to slow down anticipating the inevitable companion, but that didn't happen. Thanks to those posting in the Deer thread, it gave me a much better chance of staying safe.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/07/12 04:14 AM

Just a quick 300Kms ride in perfect weather over the hills. Glass House Mountains





regards
paul

Posted By: BFish

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/11/12 07:13 PM

short ride and then the annual bath. it's faster now, for about a week.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/11/12 10:04 PM

Went out riding with Scott who bought my GS - LuckyLeif on this board - and Maria, president of the local BMWBMW club. Took some pictures around Gettysburg to use in our "Squareroute" rally promotion, had a nice lunch, rode home mixing roads. Good day.
Posted By: KHightower

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/12/12 12:08 AM

Rode too the National D Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. Great trip and perfect weather. After visiting the Memorial we headed south to the north shore of Smith Mt. Lake for lunch then back south east via hwy 24 to Rustburg. Never been on this segment before and it is a very good ride. Back home through Campbell and Charlotte counties. The land of Patrick Henry. 260 ish miles and home before dark. Hoping for more warm days like today.
Posted By: Sonor

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/12/12 06:02 PM

Installed the Touratech head guards. I would post a pic, but can't figure out how to do it.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/12/12 06:34 PM

164 GS miles, north and west up the West Bank of the James river to Hopewell, VA, then returned south and east down the east bank of the James. stopped by the home of president John Tyler on the way back, Sherwood Forrest plantation.

GS needs an aftermarket saddle.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/12/12 09:14 PM

Commuted to work. It's not much, but it's better than leaving the bike in the garage on a nice day in November.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/13/12 03:29 AM

After riding Saturday and Sunday some of my favorite roads in NE FL, I decided to replace the rear tire today. Getting the bike ready for the SE Comfort Food Finder ride to Dublin, GA on Saturday.
Posted By: hopz

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/13/12 02:23 PM

Enjoyed looking at the bike in the cold garage... wiped off some bug residue... 18" snow outside.
Posted By: Dean Wirsing

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/13/12 04:46 PM

Changed the oil, filter, tranny oil, and the air filter. My first time taking the panels off, not too difficult. Didn't even have any extra parts when I put it back together!

Dean
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/14/12 01:18 AM

I put on a new set of tires on Saturday.
And today rode to Stockton.
It's a round about way of going to Death Valley.
dc
Posted By: David13

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/17/12 02:40 PM

Then from Stockton to Redding and got a Russel seat made.
Then yesterday bypassed Lassen on 44 and rode to Reno and Fallon.
There appeared to be too much snow and too bad weather in Lassen, so I didn't turn into the park.
Today I'll ride south into Beatty.
dc
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/17/12 11:00 PM

Today was a good day.

Last Monday I returned from an 11-day trip to Japan. All week I've been slogging through the maximum jet lag you could possible have; it's been a struggle to stay awake for the last hour of each work day, and it's been impossible most nights to sleep past 4AM.

But I've been slowing improving. Today I slept in until 5AM, and after doing a bit of housekeeping (Masako will be returning from Japan tomorrow), I drove out to do a few errands. One stop was the BMW dealer, where I bought some filters and oil. The RT was just 25 miles short of 30K, so I figured I ought to change the oil before putting it up for the winter.

So I changed it this afternoon, and of course the thing to do after that is get that fresh oil circulated through the whole engine.

It was a great day for a ride, my first in weeks. Sunny, 53 degrees, just warm enough to be comfortable without having to resort to my POS electric vest (good thing, since it's broken anyway).

Had a nice 60-mile ride through the countryside west of Ann Arbor. Being November, I was a bit concerned about deer - but the only ones I saw were the dozen or so dressed-out bucks hanging from a rack in front of a sporting goods store in Dexter. grin That's a nice start; I hope people bag a bunch more before hunting season is over.

After topping off the tank, I rode the last stretch home. As I came back into Ann Arbor, there was heavy traffic leaving town. It was a home game today, and The Big House was disgorging 110,000 fans. Happy fans: Michigan beat Iowa 42-17. Most of my weekend rides are capped off by a slow putter down Main Street and through campus, just kind of people-watching along the way. Lots of people this time; lots of maize-and-blue.

And then I finally arrived home, where I pulled off the sidecases and mirrors, tucked the bike snugly in the corner of the garage, and hooked up the Battery Tender for its four-month slumber. (Now I'll be able to park my car in the garage so I won't have to scrape frost off the windshield before heading to work each morning. grin)

And that marked the end of another great season of riding: Helenback, Dances With Cows Too, and FART, along with various afternoon cruises through the countryside of southeast Michigan, altogether a deeply fulfilling blur of great roads, good people, and delicious food. No crashes, and the only mechanical problem was a burnt-out headlight.

Yep, today was a good day, and this was a good year. I just have to get through four months of short daylight and icy weather, and then it all starts again.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/18/12 01:29 AM

Today just rode to work and back, even if I made 70 miles out of the 25 miles morning commute with a bit of frost on the fields.
Tomorrow will be goin' ridin', should be a nice day.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/18/12 03:12 AM

Rode 550 miles of SE GA back roads to have a great Italian lunch with friends from the board.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/18/12 12:24 PM

Left early, turned around and fixed a warning light issue,
then 422 miles for lunch.
GT ran great, it is way to easy to double any speed limit
posted.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/18/12 10:20 PM

Gone ridin' - A very nice day!

Fort Frederick, MD
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/18/12 11:41 PM

Took the GS out on a adventure ride for charity. Short run ( 180 miles ) through Florida orange grove dirt trails, rural roads and ranch roads. Had lunch here . Tacky but fun.
Posted By: lvnvbiker

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/19/12 02:50 AM

Road 58 from Buttonwillow to Santa Margarita and back. I've been riding it most days to work in the Carizo Plain but have not gotten tired of it yet.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/20/12 11:22 AM

Got the bike back with new crown bearing on Friday,so thought a two day back road jaunt of 1100 Kim's would be fun.
Lions road,Gwidwry highway,Armidale,Dorrigo,Coffs harbour, Casino home via Numinbah Valley.
Lots of fun
Regards
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/21/12 10:54 PM

Got off early today and did some much needed maintenance on the GS. Changed the oil, filter and the transmission oil. I ran out of time, but was planning on hitting the rear differential, too. I'll have to do that Friday.

I've been having a weird issue where the gear indicator on the dash didn't jive with what gear I was actually in all the time. It only ever messed up on 1st and Neutral. Once I got up into 2nd and above it was right. But the big issue with that was starting it. I had to fake it out and put it in 1st to make it think I was in neutral to start it. I read a bunch of forums about what might cause it and one suggested changing the gear oil might fix it. Well, my 5 minute test ride indicates it might have done the trick. I'll have to do more rides for further proof.
Posted By: Exploreinman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/22/12 01:47 AM

From Augusta, Ga, up to Clarkesville to meet up with a friend. Took hwy 348 to Blaisville, Skeenah Gap road to hwy 60 down to T.W.O. 129 up over Blood Mountain, then Richard B. Russell Parkway back down to Helen before heading home. 400 miles today, what a great way to start Thanksgiving Day holiday!
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/27/12 11:24 PM

Brought a toy over to the Sheriff substation for their toy drive for the kids. I was joined by about 20 other bikers. Good people those bikers. clap
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 11/28/12 01:44 AM

New clutch micro switch fitted. All outstanding issues now finalised. Fueled her up ready to go on Saturday for the 9 day ride to the Snowy Mountains and back.
Looking forward to this one.
best regards
Paul
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/12 12:29 AM

I was stuck in the office and checked the weather. It was seventy degrees outside, so I said the heck with this and headed home to go for a ride.

Wandered out through the rural portions of Northern Baltimore County, probably even went into PA for a bit (where is my GPS???) and then started back when I saw this:



so I stopped to take a few snaps. I am not as daring as some I see here who just park their bikes in the road and take the pics, so I am actually in someone's driveway. While I am there I turn around and a guy still in his work uniform comes out to the end of the driveway and I think this might not have been a good idea. Couldn't have been more wrong. Doc (that's what is embroidered above his left pocket) has two Harleys up the driveway and just wanted to make sure I was okay, not broken down. I appreciate that and we chat for a while, and a while more, and a while more.

It really was getting dark, and I didn't want to have a Bambi incident, so I try again to leave, and finally do so. Even as I ride off he is telling me that if I am back any other time, feel free to stop by.

What a great evening!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/12 12:58 AM

Gone ridin' - you bet! Sunny day, temps to 70, in December, in Maryland!

A farm in Virginia:
Posted By: 2SlowDave

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/12 04:57 AM

Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest difference.
My '01 1150GS had a loose shift lever and a tight throttle.
Those two things can make a great bike feel like shite.
All I needed to do was push the shift lever forward over the gear shaft and tighten the clamp screw.
I sprayed some multi-purpose penetrating lube on the butterfly shafts on the throttle bodies and BAM.
Now, it has a tight shift lever and an easy throttle.
Of course, I needed to ride it all day today just to be sure. laugh
Posted By: Heck

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/12 06:08 AM

After realizing that I hadnít done a farkle project on the GS in at least a few weeks, I was shooting the breeze with a friend and the subject of HID lighting came up. Now I have had an HID light in the low beam since the bike was about 5 months old with great results on not only lighting, but also in compatibility with the electronics on the bike.
The high beam was a PIAA H7 bulb with Kisanís modulator in line. Alas as PIAA lights are prone to do, the high beam burned out while on a short trip, so I replaced it with Sylvaniaís standard H7 light picked up at the local auto parts store. Immediately, when modulating the high beam, I started getting fault readings in the display saying I had a faulty bulb. Again, never had the problem with the PIAA. I have been just putting up with it for the last few months, but while visiting with aforementioned friend, the HID bug bit again. I knew that I could not use the modulator with HID, and was not too interested in trying to find another place for one of the large ballasts required, when I was introduced to the ďstate of the artĒ HID new ballasts which are about 1/3 the size of the older ballast I had been using.
Well, I was hooked. Got home and on the computer and ordered a set of new digital HID lights from DDM-Tuning.com. Yeah, I know..imported, but with fairly good reviews. Had to wait while they shipped the kit over on the slow boat from China but finally the kit arrived last week.
Spent the better part of today taking apart the front cockpit of the GS and gutting out the old HID system and installing both new ballasts and lights. New ballasts are small enough that both fit in about 3/4 the space of the old single ballast. Everything seems to be working as expected- no fault codes thrown so far.
With a little luck, Iíll be able to see the asphalt rats before they jump out in front of meÖ thumbsup
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/05/12 02:28 PM

Counted bug splats on the screen/fairing.


A red splat means the bug is female (and most likely a mosquito); mostly it's female bugs that bite.
The largest splats are typically large female moths or butterflies.
The smallest splats are biting midges, known in the South as "no-see-ums."
Splats that glow are fireflies.

Click the link to learn more.
Posted By: Critical

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/12 03:30 AM

Well I rode it (oh my god I called it, my RT1150,"IT") on many trips to hardware store. Why? Bought a old used pool table and didn't like quality of build when I got it home. Since I made a deal I decided to fix it so I would like it. Took it apart and threw out all the parts I didn't like or that were fastened with staples and no glue. Ended up with the slate and the cushions left. Made plan and parts list. Went to store for prices. Oak $6.50 a board foot??? What the hell??? Time to regroup. Lucky I like to build stuff, just don't like to pay for it. Knotty pine sounds better and better. Will think on it overnight. This is all complicated by the fact that you can't recover your costs on a table now. If I do say so I am a very good woodworker. Should I get some walnut, brass, mother of pearl, etc. and make a semi-masterpiece only to sell it for next to nothing? Many miles more tomorrow I am guessing to look at sawmills in area.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/12 01:36 PM

Don't go cheap wrt wood.

If you're good, you'll like the look and feel forever as opposed to second guessing...
Posted By: Quinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/12 02:10 PM

If you're going to use knotty pine, be sure you replace the slate with MDF. And buy enough sand so the cat won't have trouble burying it.

Oak is a good structural wood but hard to finish. Walnut is expensive, hard to work (sawdust is irritating and dulls tools quickly), but finishes wonderfully. Mahogany quality varies a lot in density and strength but can be the prettiest. All of them are expensive, but this ain't no plywood and pine project.

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Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/06/12 07:31 PM

Last day of a seven day tour of 3700 Kim's through NSW. From Brisbane to the Snowy Mountains and all the best roads in between. Having an absolute ball.
I can feel a trip report coming on. I have even taken photos this time.
More to come
Regards
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/08/12 07:16 AM

Prototyped a little gizmo that allows one to use the FD from a 2008+ hexhead in an earlier year model bikes.
In my case, a FD from 2011 GS in a 2005 GS.





The Final Drives between different year model hexheads are 100% mechanically interchangeable but the wheel speed sensor is different and makes a direct swap impossible.

--
Mikko
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/08/12 01:06 PM

That's pretty impressive Mikko. What is the primary difference in the wheel speed sensor? I thought it was just a magnetic pick-up no more sophisticated than a bicycle speedometer.
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/08/12 06:24 PM

The wheel speed sensors used in the r1200 bikes are 2-wire Hall effect sensors with binary current output. The two current levels of the older sensor are 4mA and 10mA, the new sensor uses 7mA and 14mA.
Because of the incompatible sensor output signals, the computer on an older bike can't even tell the rear wheel is turning based on the signal from a new sensor.

Also, the ring gear that the sensor reads has different number or "ticks" per revolution.
The 08+ FD has 48 slots and the older one has 78.
Even if the sensor signal levels were compatible, the new FD would make the speedometer read 38.5% too low, and on a ABS equipped bike the ABS computer would throw an error.

--
Mikko
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/09/12 05:41 AM

I went out riding on my 1995 R1100RS today and came home on my wife's new 2013 Triumph Bonneville. For some reason, the dealership didn't think it was an even trade, so I had to give them some money, but we're still pretty happy about it.

Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/09/12 03:15 PM

Congratulations Mrs. Bob

Are we going to have the honor of seeing it Saturday at lunch in Montezuma? A great way to break it in.

Terry
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/12 03:03 AM

Went on a lunch ride to Orick,CA with Jan, Bill and Gar. We stopped off to see the Lady Bird Johnson Grove on the way back. Rode the Tenere to get there and Bill's F650GS aka "Tweety" on the way back to Brookings. smile A beautiful day to be on the bike!
Posted By: ESokoloff

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/10/12 06:00 AM

Thought you oregonian's didn't care for California?

You don't, but you like our weather wave
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/12/12 05:40 AM

Originally Posted By: ESokoloff
Thought you oregonian's didn't care for California?

You don't, but you like our weather wave


We like your higher speed limits and fine dining, too!



grin
Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/17/12 11:46 PM

I am not sure about the "fine dining" aspect of this ride...
Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/18/12 12:01 AM

I didn't find any "fine dining" here. Got to the top and over the other side where it got to deep, had to turn around. Over a hundred miles for the day.

Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/19/12 11:23 PM

Gone ridin' - Western Maryland, paid the $0.25 toll of the Oldtown bridge to cross into West Virginia. Comfy ride, no Interstates. A good day for December.

Posted By: Jack Herbst

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/20/12 03:08 AM


Good looking scooter Paul!

Jack
Posted By: FlyingFinn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/23/12 03:43 AM

Built, tested and installed the second and final prototype of my interface circuit that allows me to use a Speedohealer with the Hall-type wheel speed sensors used in the Hexheads.



--
Mikko
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/23/12 01:09 PM

nice work Mikko
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/23/12 10:20 PM

I rode north up into Mass. until I hit the snow line in the hills and then headed back. Passed a nice looking blue and silver RT on the way out. Figured I'd better get one last ride in before it snows this week.
Posted By: aterry1067

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/26/12 08:12 PM

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday... rode the RT from southern MD to TN and back to see the family for Christmas. I stayed on the interstate as much as I could, as time was a factor. The weather wasn't great, but the ride was nice. Ran in to some really dense fog Monday evening, but otherwise a nice, mostly uneventful ride.

I did pull the left plastic and the alternator cover to check out the belt while in my brothers garage. As I would pull up to a stop, I could smell rubber burning, which I figured was a loose alternator belt. When I looked at it, the belt was fine, in condition and tension. I am guessing that the belt was getting damp, and when I would slow down to idle the belt would slip a little, being under load (heated jacket, gloves, and 55w fog lights). I put it back together and the bike ran fine all the way home. Only seen 3 other bikes on the highway; two crusiers and a GS. Everyone waved, even from the opposite side of the interstate. wave
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 12/28/12 11:33 PM

Turkey burgers at the Rock store. Yummy!
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/13 01:22 AM

I just had to get in a ride before the year clicks over. Coldish, snowy, but a ride is a ride. Oct. 15 to Dec. 31 3.000 miles on the scooter. I guess I like it.
Happy New Year to all!

Posted By: Endobobdds

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/01/13 02:34 AM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
I just had to get in a ride before the year clicks over. Coldish, snowy, but a ride is a ride. Oct. 15 to Dec. 31 3.000 miles on the scooter. I guess I like it.
Happy New Year to all!


Paul - Thank you for keeping us updated! Glad it turned out to be the right choice for you. thumbsup Happy New Year.
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/03/13 05:41 PM

On my way past the RT this morning , I paused to give it a hug before contueing on to work
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/04/13 06:43 AM

Been off the RT for a month due to a shoulder injury.
Today I went for a ride. about 60 miles... Boy did I miss riding! smile
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/04/13 06:55 AM

My right wrist has been hurting for a couple years now and has recently gotten even worse (torn ligament). I've been getting steroid shots to put off the inevitable surgery. I went riding with the wife the other day up in to GA and it wasn't even an hour into it when I could barely turn the throttle. Ended up taking it easy all the way home mostly on cruise control. I could do the thing, it just hurt like hell.

Surgery is scheduled for the 23rd. Looking forward to getting past the pain, but I know there'll be some serious pain coming before it's over. Exactly when did I start getting old and falling apart?!?

Parked the bike(s) until then. NOT happy about it at all.
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/04/13 11:03 PM

Another day commuting in the cold dark of the PNW. It was nippy this morning but at least the frost was absent. The bike is filthy top to bottom, front to back, just ugly.
Posted By: Rapala 50

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/05/13 03:58 AM

I to have been off the bike now for over a month do to and emergency surgery in mid November , hated the fact that I wasn't able to ride until the snow started to fly here in Central New York or that I didn't get that last ride in before putting the RT away . Call me weird but yesterday I pulled the cover off it and sat on it for no real reason at all but just to be on it. As much as I like to get out and ice fish in the winter month's ( something I really look forward to every year ) I can't seem to stop wishing for a January thaw and nice warm stretch just so I can get that last ride in...winter's can be long here.
Posted By: BIWOZ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/13 01:20 AM

Rolled the bike out of the garage yesterday while I did some (overdue) cleaning and sorting out and bolted in an extra gun safe to store my reloading powder in, as required by law mad . Thought about a ride, but at 100F and very humid, I passed and wheeled the bike back in.

Only 98F today but thunderstorms and rain, so it looks like no riding this weekend ... cry
Posted By: Dundee387

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/13 04:40 AM

140 mile round trip on the RT up to Great Barrington. Had the best corned beef rueben sandwich and some chili at the GB Bagel Co. Then picked up a growler of fresh brewed IPA.

35 degrees avg. temp. Saw no other bikes on the road today.

Just helping BMW marketing department...
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/13 10:51 PM

Back from vacation and newly inspired to ride...
Errands Friday, lunch at the beach with Knifemaker yesterday and then to the club meeting today.

I'm feeling great about being back on the GS...
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/13 11:09 PM

Up and back to DC for IMS on the RT. Sat morning 27 degrees. Gerbings on high from fingers to toes. 400 miles round trip. Last half hour I think my dual temp troller died. Got to check fuses...
Posted By: KHightower

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/06/13 11:56 PM

How was the IMS? I m planning on going to Charlotte in Feb. Was it worth the trip?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/13 02:02 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Up and back to DC for IMS on the RT. Sat morning 27 degrees. Gerbings on high from fingers to toes. 400 miles round trip. Last half hour I think my dual temp troller died. Got to check fuses...

Too bad I missed you. I was at the BMW stand helping out most of Saturday and Sunday.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/13 08:13 AM

Up Mt Glorious and out to Wivenhoe dam. Back down Mt Mee and to Caboulture then home.
Fantastic ride. Havent been on the bike since the Snowy mMountains trip mid December due to work and family commitements.
Absolutely loved it today. So stress free at the end.
This year i ride more than last year and work less.
Happy New Year to you all. Just great to be here.
Best regards
Paul
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/07/13 02:51 PM

The Gerbings fuse is one of the type of spares I carry with me.

I've had mine go 2 or 3x on the bike.
Pretty quick fix if you have the fuse w/you.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/13 01:43 AM

Damn Paul , sorry I missed you.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/13 02:47 AM

On the gerbings:

I hooked up to the gs (direct to battery connection) with my gerbings and had no issues. On the RT, I had installed an accessory marine fuse block to switched (key on) power via a relay years ago which the gerbings power cord went to. Well, it turns out the solderless spade connector connecting the hot wire to the fuse block from the battery had detached completely, thus, no power to the fuse block. This proves I am a lousy electrician. Although, that wiring has been solid for 6 years until that point. I sure am glad that failure occurred close to home at sea level. A couple of times over the years (Dallas divide snowstorm) I would have been in a jam trying to do a roadside fix while freezing my butt in the snow and wind.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/08/13 10:55 PM

Rode to work. Now getting ready to ride home.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/13 12:55 AM

Almost installed a GPR steering damper on my DRZ. Should finish up tomorrow morning then a test ride in the dirt.
Posted By: jb11GSA

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/13 02:03 AM

Watched it as I walked out the garge in the AM and again when I come home... Every day until the stupid weather flips to dry, and the salt from the roads washes away.

Yup, just a couple months to go
Posted By: mig

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/13 07:35 AM

Finally installed the HID lights from DDY tuning ( 30 bucks ) since one of the stocks bulbs burned out Again!! 3 in 1 year.
lots of light, amazing, and plug and play. I got the 35 watt and 5000k. Toughest part was finding a good secure point to mount the ballasts, otherwise straight foward.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/13 02:18 PM

mig,

You said light s ?

You got more than one for $30 ?
Posted By: mig

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/09/13 10:56 PM

yes i got a pair of HID lights and slim ballasts for 30 or 35 dollars. Its DDM tuning. (Always get that wrong) put a set on my daughters car a few months ago and they helped here see. Good web site, you can get alot of diffrent k value lights. box came straight from china, arrived in about 10 days. At least these ballasts have a decal saying what they are etc.. Not like the other stuff i bought awhile back with no marking at all!!! and at almost triple the price
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DDM-35W-55W-Dual-Motorcycle-HID-Kit
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/13 07:12 PM

Thank you.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/13 09:47 PM

Gone ridin'... Little loop into Pennsylvania. Sunny day, temps between 35 and 50. In January doesn't get much better than this.

Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/10/13 10:33 PM

To work and back.
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 02:37 AM

I tuned up the 04RT today at 124K. The bike has been running great since my last tune up but I was still a bit surprised that the valves needed no adjustment and the TBS was spot on as well. SWEET! It made for a quick tune up. Why would I need a new bike? I still love this one!
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 03:19 AM

Pirate's lair backrest got installed today. No more top box for me, just the tail bag.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 12:41 PM

Hey Barry, do you still have the original FD and driveshaft?
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: barryNmarin
Why would I need a new bike? I still love this one!

thumbsup

Don't jinx him John.
Posted By: always

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 05:19 PM

Hello to all! Today I road to work. I live in California, so I ride most days. I have been seeing alot of post about not being able to ride because of the weather! If that is you I have a few vids of me riding to the store. I believe it was 39 degrees f that day. Enjoy, maybe this will help you hold off til spring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYA1ncM3MOY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY_nMP90hUg&list=UUKWukQmCNu5Ae4RFJbeKC3Q&index=10
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 07:16 PM

Mounted the GoPro on the bike and loaded the routes for tomorrows SE Comfort Food Finders ride into the Zumo, oh I also checked the tire pressure.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/11/13 07:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Mounted the GoPro on the bike and loaded the routes for tomorrows SE Comfort Food Finders ride into the Zumo, oh I also checked the tire pressure.


After reading this, I just walked out to the garage to look at my GS and sigh. My wrist is in a brace and I can't ride until well after the surgery coming up. I wish I could join you, Bernie. Have a fun, safe ride.
Posted By: barryNmarin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/13 05:07 AM

Originally Posted By: johnlt
Hey Barry, do you still have the original FD and driveshaft?


Well, John, I'd lie and say yes but you already know the truth! But that input shaft failure was almost 75,000 miles ago and I've forgiven my bike for stranding me in the Canadian wilderness. Some times you just have to forgive the one you love, move on and enjoy the good times you have together.
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/13 01:26 PM

Yep, I remember the story now.
Posted By: JWMcDonald

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/12/13 10:13 PM

Trailered my 2003 R1150RS 60 miles back to the shop from Spanish Flat (Lake Berryessa, California) after picking up a key in the rear tire - had 150 miles on it after just replacing the rear tire that had 1,200 miles on it after picking up both a nail and a screw...

Hopefully now that I have a spare patched low mileage replacement tire, that will protect me from future flats...?
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/13/13 09:27 PM

Gone ridin' Another nice warm winter day...

The Oldtown bridge over the Potomac
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/13/13 11:33 PM

Wondered if you kept the plate. smile
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/13 12:29 AM

Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Wondered if you kept the plate. smile


I, for one, would have been tremendously disappointed if he hadn't! smile
Posted By: johnlt

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/13 12:14 PM

Prepped the dirt bikes for DV on MLK weekend. Tubliss install on KLX250 and Rotopax on DRZ400. Should be a great weekend
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/14/13 03:14 PM

19 degree F commute on the bike this morning. Warmed up to 30ish once I got into the inversion layer in the valley. Thanks Joules law (I squared R) and Gerbings.
Oh, and you too Pinlock.
Posted By: Tank

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/15/13 10:20 PM

Originally Posted By: barryNmarin
[quote=

Some times you just have to forgive the one you love, move on and enjoy the good times you have together.





Yea Baby... great quote Barry
Posted By: Bruce H

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/16/13 09:46 PM

Seems a "new to me" 2007 GT followed me home on Friday so... Today we changed the final drive fluid, engine oil and filter, blead the brakes, removed and polished the Aeroflow, rubed out the body parts and applied a coat of wax. Friday new tires should be here and next week it will go to the dealer for the service up-grades. While there they will do the valves, plugs and coolant. Should be ready to ride.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/17/13 12:08 AM

Checked tire pressure in preparation for the BMW-NEF Winter Rally (Freeze your buns off) this weekend. Rear tire 10 psi, found big old nail, time to change rear tire. Mounted new rear tire. I am ready for the ride to the rally and Cedar Key next week. clap
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/19/13 04:45 AM

Pulled the fairings, cleaned a bit, located lost screw ( I dropped it and could not see it anywhere until I pulled the fairings ). Installed a new battery. Discovered a broken right hand side centre stand mounting bolt ( sheared off half way down ). Prepared bike for tomorrows ride, tyres, top up oil ( 200mls in 5500kms ) put it away. Looking forward to the ride. Too hot today.
Paul
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/20/13 03:42 AM

Enjoyed a 2 hour ride on a very windy 40 degree day in the north central hills of Connecticut. Dry roads, snow cover everywhere else. Saw one other bike at the Barkhamstead Damn. Because of the weather t's been 30 days since my last ride...
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/20/13 06:58 AM

Well the ride was great. Up over Glorious and Mt Nebo and back. It was hot 36 degree c. but cooler up the top. Came across a bike accident. Looked like a Hyabusa had slid and collected a Harley going the other way. Emergency services everywhere but both riders sitting up and seemed ok ( relative term I suppose). I enjoyed the ride except for Sunday Traffic. At least it was a ride. Looking forward to winter where riding is more comfortable.
best regards
Paul
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/20/13 09:03 PM

Gone ridin' - another 50 degree day in January!

Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/20/13 09:52 PM

Full wash for the RT. Getting a bit dusty and such commuting in the 20 - 30 degree mornings.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/21/13 11:16 PM

Got in a nice ride with my girl today, first one since her foot surgery. It was good to have her back on the bike with me.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/13 12:06 AM

Test rode a new Sargent's seat yesterday, bought it today, will test it more tomorrow. Can't believe how un-comfortable my old seat was.
Bill
Posted By: jb11GSA

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/13 12:55 AM

12 degrees... Still just looking and petting my bike as I walk by it daily - winter sucks and Ohio sucks..will it ever be over rrrrrg
Posted By: Exploreinman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/25/13 11:01 AM

Installed a set of Skene P3 and Photon Boosters on my RT.

http://www.skenedesign.com/
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/26/13 05:05 AM

Tore up I-95 to & from Daytona this afternoon to take in the Continental GT Challenge. Beautiful day for a ride & race, although it didn't end so well for all. Story later.



No, he was not okay.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/27/13 02:19 AM

Got up early, meet some friends, helped plug a tire for one friend, rode to Micanopy, fl to meet more friends, had breakfast and then rode with them to Cedar Key for lunch at the Pickled Pelican. Then rode back to Jax, FL with them, of course the long way. thumbsup
What a great day for riding and spending time with friends. clap
Thank you Tallman for organizing the Cedar Key Lunch.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/28/13 03:10 PM

We lane split on the way to Cedar Key.
Beth didn't notice at first...
cool
then the Autocom lit up.
grin

Before leaving the GT got a sponge bath, it was dirtier
than Ken's GS.
Found some dirt from UN X in Cali...
dopeslap
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/28/13 08:29 PM

Rode down to key west/staying at the navy lodge.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/13 07:34 PM

Hit Key Biscayne on the way back and you'll have the trifecta.
wave
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/29/13 09:00 PM

Tim, I was last on KB probably 40 years ago. Probably best that I don't see what has been done to it.
Posted By: gottago

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/30/13 09:14 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
Originally Posted By: lawnchairboy
Wondered if you kept the plate. smile


I, for one, would have been tremendously disappointed if he hadn't! smile

+2
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/31/13 12:36 AM

I took the RT out for a pre-lunch recreational mental health adrenaline fix.






Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/31/13 11:40 AM

Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
I took the RT out for a pre-lunch recreational mental health adrenaline fix.










Joe
How do you keep it so clean?
Regards
Paul
Posted By: CoarsegoldKid

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 01/31/13 10:54 PM

Paul, it's not always that way. I had just washed it the previous day. You should see how clean the drive shaft is! grin
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/01/13 01:46 AM

Joe
I have got to ask... what do you use to clean the wheels. Mine have all sorts of junk that just sticks.
regards
paul
Posted By: hrbeta

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/01/13 11:41 PM

I got to change my RT's original "Lambretta-horn" for a real two-tone blaster. What a difference !!!
Posted By: RSlacker

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/02/13 04:35 AM

Put a new o-ring on the fill plug of my RS... a little bit of oil leakage doesn't hurt, but I figure, what the hey? Winter in Colorado isn't always conducive to riding days. tongue
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/13 12:34 AM

Saw 29 degrees this morning on the way to the meetup for coffee.


Chasing Bernie are Ashley, Dave, Rony, Bil and me.


Had lunch at Three Crazy Bakers in Moultrie, GA. The quiche and while chicken chili was most excellent.


The afternoon conga line.
Enjoyed a great day riding The Pace.
Bill
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/13 12:41 AM

Got an hours worth of road time this afternoon on my RT. The temp was 32, the wind was blowing hard out of the west, but the sun was shinning and the roads were dry. Not a bad way to celebrate ground hog day...
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/13 12:50 AM

Originally Posted By: Highway41
Saw 29 degrees this morning on the way to the meetup for coffee.

Chasing Bernie are Ashley, Dave, Rony, Bil and me.

Had lunch at Three Crazy Bakers in Moultrie, GA. The quiche and while chicken chili was most excellent.

The afternoon conga line.
Enjoyed a great day riding The Pace.
Bill


I'm jealous. Soon, my wrist will be healed and I'll be back on the bike and joining you guys again instead of just sitting on it in the garage making "vroom vroom" noises like a 10 year old.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/13 02:58 AM

Picked up my new Metzeler Karoo tires for the Super Tenere and AltRider's Taste of Dakar ride in a couple weeks.

Oh, and I picked up the mail. In it was the latest 2013 AltRider catalog. I am proud to say that I have a small contribution on page 7. Pretty cool!
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/03/13 08:36 PM

New, tires, plugs, fluids, filters, lubed and a bath..it always rides better when clean.

Posted By: Jack Herbst

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/13 05:17 AM



Very pretty!

Jack---former Bainbridge Is. resident--miss it
Posted By: Danny caddyshack Noonan

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/04/13 06:18 PM

Rode to work just like most days when it isn't raining. However, in the winter, I don't normally leave my Gerbings jacket at work from last Friday. Good thing is was a balmy 41F.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/13 01:48 PM

Monday I rode to a business meeting in my old stomping grounds of Patuxent River MD. Left VA Beach it was 33 at 7:00. Twnety mins later it warmed up to 35 as I crossed Hampton Roads. From there it dropped about 1 degree every 20 miles or so until it was down to 28 degrees. Man ... That was cold.

When I traded my 04 RT for the '11 GSA one of the advantages I was looking forward to was increased airflow to keep me cooler in the summer. Well, it kept me cooler in the winter too. At 28 degrees, I couldn't tell that my heated grips were even on, much less on high. Had to make a coffee stop at one point just to thaw out a bit before pressing on.

Coming home yesterday was quite the opposite. Started off at 4:00 at 43 degrees. Arrived home at about 8:00 and it was 52. Suffice it to say I was over dressed and had to turn the electric jacket off.

That said, it was really a pleasure to take a nice long ride, mostly through the farms and scenery of middle and northern necks VA.
Posted By: Fubar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/13 06:28 PM

Going to a DADS meeting two miles down the road after dinner. We're a group of dads (& granddads, uncles, stepdads, etc.) that are trying to show a more positive and involved view of fathers for our kids. We do fun, inexpensive things that the kids like and try to better and more visibly involved role models for the rug rats.
Afterwards, a few miles riding around town seems likely.
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/13 09:11 PM

Just got the bike back from its 48K service at BMW Jax. Valve lash has not moved in the last two servicing events and I still have not bought a shim.
Sure does run smooth. Wash day tomorrow.
Bill
Posted By: REDDINGRDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/06/13 11:50 PM

Hello to all.

I normally ride about the area of northern Calif. Last week I rode south to central Calif.

This is a photo of me and my RT at Port San Luis on a perfect morning. Across the parking lot (out of the pic) is a coffee shop called the Fat Cat. Great food can be had there all day long. The view over my left shoulder is Avila and Shell Beaches.

The weather for the ride was mostly clear w/ a few showers.
It was quite a week to be on the RT.

Ron



Posted By: REDDINGRDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/07/13 02:19 AM

OOPS!!! I see that my previous post is out of date, while trying to post a pic, I lost the logic of "today"--apologies to the OP.

Ron

Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/10/13 09:48 PM

Rode to the local BMW club's meeting. Nice group of friends. About 60 miles one way, stayed off the Interstate. Temps between 20 and 30, sunny, not much wind, clean roads. Not bad for February.
Posted By: Selden

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/10/13 10:58 PM

I replaced the throttle cables last January, and decided to re-sync the throttle bodies. They were only off by a hair (about 1/6th of a turn of the adjuster), but even that little makes a significant difference, noticeably smoother at highway speeds. I think my 99 R1100RT at 104,000 miles is significantly better than it was when I bought it 40,000 miles ago. As long as I have the strength to manage its (not insignificant) mass, I really can't imagine trading it for anything else.
Posted By: Paul Mihalka

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/12/13 10:14 PM

Gone ridin'... just a little afternoon ride. Temps up to 50 and sunny - gotta use it.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/15/13 11:47 PM

Started " Operation Springtime" today. grin Removed all tupperware and cleaned,checked,adjusted and replaced items as necessary. While replacing alt. belt found some missing paint and corrosion under the cover :(, cleaned and painted affected area.
Will complete the project next week as some parts are still "on the way"
Felt good to wrench as it was too cold to ride ,24 degrees and salt on the roads. Looking forward to seeing ya'll at Helen & Back thumbsup
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/13 02:04 AM

Cousin's wedding done, brother's family departed, wife gone to visit Mom, weather clearing, so I get to ride. Met Bernie and George at City Coffee in St Augustine, had a great visit, then put the caffiene to good use west and north for a couple hours. Even got a pass from a county Sheriff. A great afternoon.
Bill
PS - Hat off to a guy I passed heading south on a naked, very dirty Ducati with Ill plates and only a tank bag. Long way he rode in nasty weather.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/17/13 09:26 PM

Got a new P3 mounted on the rear. Getting ready to order new shocks and perform a brake fluid flush and new hoses while the shocks are on order.
Posted By: RSlacker

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/13 12:47 AM

Rode my RS with a couple guys with RR's... then we went to the local Porsche dealer and ogled cool cars. Maybe one of them will be my next cage. wink (Just kidding... if I had the money for that, I'd just get more bikes!)
Posted By: RTJohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/18/13 03:59 PM

Busy all weekend getting ready to move...coming into work this morning SB 5. I admit I was daydreaming in the #1 lane when I noticed a bike right next to me on my right...LEO probably LAPD. He moved over close to me then looked at me...I was doing over 85. I throttled down and he continued on his way. Woke me up. Thanks Officer! dopeslap
Posted By: longjohn

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/13 02:38 AM

Rode 330 mi thru the socal mts with 6 other board members. What a beautiful frickin' winter day. Great company and fine roads. I have to hand it to CalTrans for keeping up these wonderful motorcycle roads. Oh and the lunch at Tina's in Maricopa was memorably filling.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/13 10:15 PM

Did about 120 miles with Lawnchairboy and Roadscholar along with my son. Down to Palatka for a late lunch and then a little backroads, backwoods, brickroad past an old old old church house in the field.



Posted By: TN_R11_Girl

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/19/13 11:16 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Did about 120 miles with Lawnchairboy and Roadscholar along with my son. Down to Palatka for a late lunch and then a little backroads, backwoods, brickroad past an old old old church house in the field.





If I didn't love all of you guys so much, I'd have to hate you... dopeslap
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/23/13 10:42 PM

New shocks are on order so...
- i pulled the tupperware
- learned how to remove the tank
- got a mouthful of gas because I filled up the last time I rode and could figure any other way to lighten the tank other than siphon it.
- Flushed the front and rear brake lines before i ran out of warm. ( the shop was 37 today and I couldn't run the heater because of the gas tank.)
- I learned a lot about the brakes
- about how nice the funnel setup from Beemer Boneyard is for a flush,
- and am very grateful for a link posted earlier this week to some great How To tips by Dana Hager, Charles Gilman, and Brian Curry on Adv Rider ( they clarified the manuals instructions nicely)
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/24/13 02:15 AM

Added the Moose tail rack to the 800GS. Very inexpensive ( in the BMW scheme of things ) and works great !
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/24/13 08:46 PM

100 RT miles or so on the country roads west of Suffolk.
Posted By: Chris K

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/24/13 09:58 PM

280 Miles in NW GA. First ride in almost a month, it sure felt good!
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/24/13 11:43 PM

harbour freight sells a pump siphon to transfer fuids like gas.
About $5.
Save the dentures.
lurk
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/24/13 11:44 PM

HF sells a siphon pump.
About $5.
Safe/fast.
Posted By: lkraus

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/25/13 03:48 AM

Originally Posted By: Oldironken

- got a mouthful of gas because I filled up the last time I rode and could figure any other way to lighten the tank other than siphon it.


Next time push all but one end of the siphon tube in the tank so the tube fills with gas. Seal the end with your thumb, pull the tube out until the end is below the fuel level, release the end as you put it into your gas can. Works best with a full tank. No muss, no fuss and your beer still tastes right.
Posted By: Dave39

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/25/13 04:43 AM

A 125 mile ride around Comanche Reservoir and lunch in Ione. It's good to be out on the RT again.
Posted By: ScouseMartin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/25/13 03:29 PM

135 mile trip from Ware to Bournemouth, then back next day.
Cold no problem with heated grips and so much wind protection.
Couldn't have done it on the Bonnie or the GSX.
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 02/25/13 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: ScouseMartin
135 mile trip from Ware to Bournemouth, then back next day.


For a minute I thought you were on Cape Cod, don't believe it's 135 miles.

Oh right, that's what they were named after. grin
Posted By: Dave39

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/02/13 01:40 AM

A nice 170 mile ride with friends to Copperopolis for lunch and return on scenic back roads.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/02/13 11:10 PM

Got the GS ready for some Florida sand! eek


Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/02/13 11:30 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Got the GS ready for some Florida sand! eek


Pat
Nice, I mean gnarly! grin thumbsup I'm installing some big honking TKC's (off a 1200) on the 650 as we speak. So, what are all those trophies in the background for? wave
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/02/13 11:40 PM

Today I rode for the first time in 2 months since my wrist surgery. Did just over 120 miles and feel pretty awesome.

(Technically, I rode on Thursday night too, but 5 miles to dinner and back doesn't really count.)
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/02/13 11:49 PM

is that your "garage" or your Kitchen !!!
best regards
paul
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/03/13 03:59 AM

Originally Posted By: roadscholar
So, what are all those trophies in the background for?


Got some of them riding my other dirty bike and a few more back in the eighties riding a Honda trike.



Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/03/13 04:25 AM

That's what I thought, I knew you weren't going to need knobbies! laugh
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/03/13 06:05 PM

Rode to Jack's Hill Cafe, Towcester, UK to meet up with some of my Round Britain Rally friends to kick tyres, swap tall tales and have a "Full English" breakfast.



Andy
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/17/13 03:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
Gone ridin'... just a little afternoon ride. Temps up to 50 and sunny - gotta use it.





Damn. Hope I'm doing the same thing at 70+.
Posted By: mrzoom

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/13 01:00 PM

Finished up the spring tune up and put the tupperware back on. Wife was glad that I got all the parts out of the dinning room. grin
Was going to test ride today but snow is falling ! cry Will winter ever end?? Only 3 weeks and 3 days till I plan to ride south clap might need a snow plow.
Posted By: Webster

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/13 02:14 PM

Bought my 2001 R1100RT about 3 weeks ago and finally got out for about a 100 mile ride Saturday in and around St. Louis MO. Good thing cause itís snowing like crazy this morning and due to get 5-8Ē. First bike like this Iíve owned so I needed to get out for an extended ride to get a better feel of her. So far, so good. Moved the seat from low to medium position which is more comfortable. Love the retractable windshield.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/24/13 04:18 PM

Spent yesterday with Huzband and Bernie running the backroads for about 350 miles to meet KDeline for lunch down near Orlando
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/13 12:55 AM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Spent yesterday with Huzband and Bernie running the backroads for about 350 miles to meet KDeline for lunch down near Orlando


Yup. And there's curves west of Orlando. It just takes some speed to make them interesting. You know... like Utah. grin
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/13 02:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Spent yesterday with Huzband and Bernie running the backroads for about 350 miles to meet KDeline for lunch down near Orlando


Yup. And there's curves west of Orlando. It just takes some speed to make them interesting. You know... like Utah. grin


Utah? I don't understand that reference. And neither did the officer on UT12 in the spring of 2007. smirk
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/13 10:27 AM

Nothing dopeslap



Andy
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/13 10:50 AM

Andy, a sad but classic picture. wave
Posted By: FLrider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/25/13 11:17 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS



Pat


Can I move into your garage?


PS : Good luck in the Florida sugar sand with that beast...
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/28/13 04:36 AM

Yesterday, I cleaned and reassembled the BST-40 off my DR650. Jan helped me get it back on the bike, and then we checked and adjusted the valves. Today, I finished up the carburetor installation, re-installed the gas tank, and installed a new air filter. I rode it around a bit, then I changed the engine oil and filter. The bike runs great!
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 03:11 AM

I put my plate on my bike
Posted By: Rapala 50

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 02:39 PM

I was lucky enough to get in a short 25 mile ride, temp got up to 50 degrees, just waiting for winter to be really over here in the north east..This winter was way to long...
Posted By: Rapala 50

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 02:43 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Got the GS ready for some Florida sand! eek


Pat

I really want this garage, and of course the GS
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 03:03 PM

Thanks. Yes it's actually beyond ridiculous but I love it! smile

Pat
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 06:32 PM

I rode about 300 miles round trip to say good bye to a good friend and riding partner.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 07:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Kathy R
I put my plate on my bike


Good news.
clap


Now try getting in shape for this

rofl
Posted By: Boffin

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 03/31/13 08:51 PM

Met up with some friends at the Round Britain Rally Annual Rally Start Event.



Andy
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/01/13 08:34 PM

Quick oil change on the GS, pre-HeLen
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/02/13 03:36 AM

Ordered new tires, getting ready to install new throttle cables
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/02/13 04:18 AM

Phil didn't specify which bike, so here's this. Forks from the Aprilia are going off to be rebuilt. They look pretty, but the leakage is awful. Amazing what Simple Green can do.

Posted By: Dave39

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/03/13 07:13 PM

Had time for a quickie 57 mile ride in the countryside this morning before lunch.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/04/13 11:21 AM

Woo-Hoo! I received word my new shocks will be here by the 10th. Looking forward to getting it all back together and suiting up.
Posted By: Woodchips

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/07/13 07:51 PM

This is what I'm doing while it's snowing. Meantime this is my first test of posting a picture.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8538/8628006511_bb55fff3c3_b.jpg
Posted By: Woodchips

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/07/13 07:53 PM

Wauddya know, it works.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/07/13 07:55 PM

Putted around on the DR in some dirt
Posted By: big-t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 12:13 PM


Great ride yesterday...

Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 02:37 PM

looks like a happy Husqy
Posted By: big-t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 05:17 PM

Quote:
looks like a happy Husqy
_________________________
06 R12RT 05 DR650 11 R12GS


Chris,there were at least 6/7 Dr 650s negotiated about 100 of these little puddles.If you want I can send you the location... grin

Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 05:30 PM

Originally Posted By: big-t

Great ride yesterday...



Looks like a lot of trouble to hide a license plate. grin
Posted By: sebjones906

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 09:51 PM

I gave my bikes the day off.
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 09:54 PM

Originally Posted By: big-t

Great ride yesterday...




Does anybody else see a face?
Posted By: Woodchips

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/08/13 10:27 PM

Yup, and a big smile too.

Ron
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/13 12:04 AM

Originally Posted By: Kathy R

Does anybody else see a face?

Do you mean like a Jesus fishstick pic?


Pat
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/13 02:26 PM

On Sunday I checked the valves on the left side; yesterday I pulled the bike away from the garage wall and checked the right side. Buttoned it all back up without doing a TB sync; after four 6K maintenance jobs I haven't adjusted the throttle cables once, so why start now? grin

Yesterday I also stopped by the BMW dealer and picked up a powerlet plug. I have procrastinated too long to pick up a Gerbings jacket liner and be able to install the controller before next week's Helenback trip, so now I am stuck trying to get my 10-year-old BMW electric vest working again (it died last fall). Not sure what the problem is, as there's electrical continuity through every component. Can't find the main power cord anymore, so the new plug is to convert a "special" cord back to being compatible with the bike (years ago I had made a special cord to enable its use in a car).
If I can't get the vest working, then next week's trip will be done "old school" - with lots of layers. grin
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/13 02:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
On Sunday I checked the valves on the left side; yesterday I pulled the bike away from the garage wall and checked the right side. Buttoned it all back up without doing a TB sync; after four 6K maintenance jobs I haven't adjusted the throttle cables once, so why start now? grin


I said the same thing and got a lecture about my cables being stretched and needing to be replaced. I have them bought, but not installed. Hmmm
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/13 02:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
On Sunday I checked the valves on the left side; yesterday I pulled the bike away from the garage wall and checked the right side. Buttoned it all back up without doing a TB sync; after four 6K maintenance jobs I haven't adjusted the throttle cables once, so why start now? grin


I said the same thing and got a lecture about my cables being stretched and needing to be replaced. I have them bought, but not installed. Hmmm


You also said that your throttle had been sticking and....tell them how many miles you have on that beast? Silly program manager, the devil is in the details. smile
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/09/13 06:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
On Sunday I checked the valves on the left side; yesterday I pulled the bike away from the garage wall and checked the right side. Buttoned it all back up without doing a TB sync; after four 6K maintenance jobs I haven't adjusted the throttle cables once, so why start now? grin


I said the same thing and got a lecture about my cables being stretched and needing to be replaced. I have them bought, but not installed. Hmmm


You also said that your throttle had been sticking and....tell them how many miles you have on that beast? Silly program manager, the devil is in the details. smile


Yep, but said I should replace them BEFORE all that happened. It's only got 64K on it. Barely broken in...

dopeslap
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/14/13 09:08 PM

Couple of hundred miles to the outer banks and back
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/14/13 11:50 PM

Drove 90 miles for a cup of coffee at a distant SB.
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 12:56 AM

Rode up Mt Glorious. Had lunch rode down the western side and then reversed the trip home. Had a ball. Nice day out.
regards
Paul
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 01:53 AM

Saturday, the wife wanted to make use of her new Olympia jacket, so we went out for a couple of hours. Accidentally ended up at a classic car show.

Fun afternoon.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 02:41 AM

Yesterday, the wife and I went on a 400 mile trip down to Yahala Bakery in the middle of Florida.

A while back when I bought a Garmin GPS unit, Bernie gave me a file with a bunch of his good routes in it. We decided to use those routes to get us down there and back. I've used the GPS before, but never using one of Bernie's routes. I typically have the MP3's going and every once in a while the lady inside the box will tell me to take a turn here or take another turn there. Yesterday, she was talking so much that I had to turn the music off.

There were points where it felt like I was listening to this lady!

Thanks to Bernie for a wonderful outing.

We tried to pick Matt up some tortes for he and his girl, but they weren't home when we came by so we had to eat them instead.
Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 11:16 AM

Installed my new shocks, put it all back together, and went for a short test ride. All my winter PM is done and i'm ready to ride, just in time for warmer weather.
Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 01:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
Yesterday I also stopped by the BMW dealer and picked up a powerlet plug. I have procrastinated too long to pick up a Gerbings jacket liner and be able to install the controller before next week's Helenback trip, so now I am stuck trying to get my 10-year-old BMW electric vest working again (it died last fall). Not sure what the problem is, as there's electrical continuity through every component. Can't find the main power cord anymore, so the new plug is to convert a "special" cord back to being compatible with the bike (years ago I had made a special cord to enable its use in a car).
If I can't get the vest working, then next week's trip will be done "old school" - with lots of layers. grin


Well my vest is dead. Part of the vest gets perceptibly warm, but only just barely. IOW, it's pretty much useless except as insulation, and it never fit well, so in the trash it goes.

Bled the brakes yesterday, fired the bike up for the first time in 2013 and went for a ten-mile test ride. All's well for Wednesday's departure to HelenBack.
Posted By: Bruce B

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 02:28 PM

On my one week old to me R1150R:

New Odyssey PC680 battery to replace drippy Yuasa of unknown age

Installed wire to simulate Yellow Cat Code Plug, runs great, hoping for better mileage than with no plug as I bought it.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/15/13 08:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
We tried to pick Matt up some tortes for he and his girl, but they weren't home when we came by so we had to eat them instead.


Yeah, she got impatient waiting so we went to the beach for dinner and a walk.
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/21/13 07:02 PM

Got the bike ready for storage tongue
Posted By: Kathy R

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/21/13 07:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Kitsap
Got the bike ready for storage tongue
frown
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/28/13 04:17 PM

250 miles of smiles, dirt, road, water crossings, pot holes, goat trails, and fun with new friends.

Hooked up with these guys and had a ball!!!

SierraNevadaAdventures

Here's the SPOT link for the ride - SPOT
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/28/13 09:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Firefight911
250 miles of smiles, dirt, road, water crossings, pot holes, goat trails, and fun with new friends.

Hooked up with these guys and had a ball!!!

SierraNevadaAdventures

Here's the SPOT link for the ride - SPOT


So you've resorted to having goats for friends?

Figures.
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/29/13 02:30 PM

Rode 80 miles to the local Starbucks (only three miles from home). The guy in front of me offered to pay for my coffee just because I was being careful on the road by wearing a high viz jacket. There are nice people everywhere. You just need to wear the right colors to attract them!
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/29/13 03:15 PM

Rode about three hours with the wife on the back Sunday afternoon. She had a recommendation for a restaurant, so we went there and visited with my Aunt Gerry on the way back. This is the longest Rina has been on the bike yet, so it was a good afternoon, even though the sun decided to hide behind clouds the entire time.
Posted By: Firefight911

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/29/13 09:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Firefight911
250 miles of smiles, dirt, road, water crossings, pot holes, goat trails, and fun with new friends.

Hooked up with these guys and had a ball!!!

SierraNevadaAdventures

Here's the SPOT link for the ride - SPOT


So you've resorted to having goats for friends?

Figures.


I figured it was time to increase the caliber of my friends. I mean, really, if you are to be a guage how can I do any worse.

(The preceding is a joke. Danny and I may live on opposite coasts but we go WAAAAYYYYYYY back. We've shared the holding cell at jail (putz) and shared many a moment so don't go reading in to it! He and I both are thick skinned and I'd head East in a flash if he needed me for something.)
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/29/13 11:50 PM

Ok, so earlier, Danny said I shouldn't trust Matt to post my bail DAMHIK, and now you reference sharing the holding cell at jail...
Those of us who haven't been here as long as you two, want to know...lurk
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/13 03:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Ok, so earlier, Danny said I shouldn't trust Matt to post my bail DAMHIK, and now you reference sharing the holding cell at jail...
Those of us who haven't been here as long as you two, want to know...lurk


Believe me Glenn, you don't want to know. wave
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/13 08:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Bernie
Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Ok, so earlier, Danny said I shouldn't trust Matt to post my bail DAMHIK, and now you reference sharing the holding cell at jail...
Those of us who haven't been here as long as you two, want to know...lurk


Believe me Glenn, you don't want to know. wave


LOL, don't scare the man like that Bernie...
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 04/30/13 04:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Bernie
Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed
Ok, so earlier, Danny said I shouldn't trust Matt to post my bail DAMHIK, and now you reference sharing the holding cell at jail...
Those of us who haven't been here as long as you two, want to know...lurk


Believe me Glenn, you don't want to know. wave


LOL, don't scare the man like that Bernie...


Walking away slowly........
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/05/13 04:09 PM

ran across this on a short DR ride this morning.



Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/05/13 11:22 PM

After raining for two days it cleared up and was a beautiful morning.























Be safe.

Terry
Posted By: Francois_Dumas

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/06/13 08:26 PM

We rode to Amsterdam to buy fish......






Posted By: Oldironken

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/08/13 12:33 AM

Came home from work and discovered the FedEx man had dropped off my "new to me" Russel Day Long seat, so of course I had to install it and test it out. Very nice!
Posted By: 70IBA

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/08/13 05:56 AM

We enjoyed a wonderful desert spring day in Phoenix, however, some maintenance items need to be addressed on the K1100RS. So:
- Changed oil, filter, final drive, tranny, antifreeze
- New thermostat
- New air filter -- out with the K&N back to EOM
- New fuel filter
- Reinstall OEM handlebars
- Steering Head bearings removed and greased
- Check valve clearances

Reassembly begins early in the morning. And, of course, a test ride.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/13 06:11 PM

Rode to work today. tongue
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/13 08:13 PM

On Sunday went to Walcha with a group of 12~15 riders.
Slow going up as I stayed behind my son's Honda 125.
On the way back, wife and son switched bike and we had a bit of a go.
Did you know that the side panniers still stay on at 215km/h ??

South of Gingers, my son stacked my wife's bike.
Wife not happy..son is fine (Bruised chin leg), mainly plastic fairing damage.
It's a Yamaha 600 and the plastic costs $1,600.00 !!!!!
With another piece of metal requiring replacement and its costing him $2,000.00.....LOL
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/13 09:22 PM

Glad to see he is ok
Regards
Paul
Posted By: Dean Wirsing

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/13 09:46 PM

I installed one of the two horns I bought for my 07 RT. Got the horns from a BMW auto parts store online - not sure if they are OEM or not, but holy cow, it is loud! I got the two horns shipped to me for under $40. clap

I installed the one on the left side. I couldn't remove the pancake horn in the middle, as I don't have a T35 Torx tool. I'll get that at a later date. tongue

Also re-routed my GPS wiring so that I could mount the GPS on the top of the dash, on the Migel mount. Now I don't have to look down away from the road to see it. Sure, it shakes a little, I'm hoping it is okay. Haven't ridden too far yet, just a couple of miles with the GPS in the new location. Getting more confident taking the Tupperware off and getting the bike to my liking.

Yesterday I took my 8 and 12 year old daughters to a co-workers house. She had several acres, and lots of dirt bikes. The girls rode Honda 50s and 70s, probably 10-15 miles each. I could never get my oldest daughter to ride on my bike - she always told me "I don't want to die!" Well, I don't want to die either.. wink

Anyway, today she asked me when she can go dirt-biking again!

So it was a good weekend for me!
wave
Dean
Posted By: Bullett

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/27/13 10:25 PM

Two days ago: Installed a new right side headlight bulb on the RT. The left was replaced in Nevada on the way home from Torrey after both burned out at the same time. tongue

The Yamaha got new shoes (Michelin Anakee III's) and engine oil and filter. smile
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/13 12:09 PM

Disappointed in missing BBQ I trashed my tires.
Don't ussually go so far past TWI's.

May try some MicheeLynnes, haven't had 'em on my bike
past 250,000 miles and hear they've improved...
lurk
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/13 07:16 PM

Actually yesterday... finally managed to find some time between foul weather and busy schedule to go riding my usual haunt on the Honda.





I am carrying bag because I stopped on the way to buy some cheese... grin

And just near these fantastic twisties look what I found:





The last of the Z900's (Euro-spec Z900 to you Colonials ;)) ... all original.

Took the occasion to test the Honda's new shoes. These new Michelin Pilot Power 3 are phenomenal and allow for continuous hooligan-esque shenanigans.

Cannot say the same for my new shoes: these new Gaerne boots I bought are far from the best pair I've owned.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/28/13 08:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Kakugo


And just near these fantastic twisties look what I found:



The last of the Z900's (Euro-spec Z900 to you Colonials ;)) ... all original.



Well the baker in front of the shop certainly likes what he sees! rofl
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 05/29/13 12:12 PM

I call it "Stereotypical Italian Chef". wink
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/02/13 12:35 PM

Put some PR 2's on, with the correct "B" rear tire.
Started getting stuff for radiator fluid exchange/ABS brake fluid bleed/FD/oil/plugs etc.
Haven't had but 1 valve slightly off in 80k but will check 'em.

Leaving to scrub the tires...
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/02/13 12:39 PM

Put new throttle cables on the GS and gave them a little stretch. Then took my DR650 back in the woods and mud while my son rode his XR80 with me.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/02/13 05:43 PM

Replaced the low beam bulb that blew as I picked my bike up from having the annual inspection performed.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/02/13 11:05 PM

Helped Matt put throttle cables on his GS yesterday so he could go riding with his son. grin

Rode to breakfast this morning & found three rain showers on the long way home. Did not ride a GS.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/13 01:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Did not ride a GS.


Hold that line! rofl
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/03/13 02:47 PM

BMW car dealership to buy a gallon of antifreeze fluid.
Same part # as for the bikes.
thumbsup

Should have leftover for anyone who needs to top off...
tongue
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/05/13 01:54 AM

Mounted some Shinko 705s on the GS with Huzband's help. They were a good price point, I hope they work near as well as the tourance I am used to
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 03:27 PM

Completed ABS system bleed/control unit/res/etc, same for clutch fluid.
Decided to move up the 12k and replaced air filter, gear/FD fluids,
and oil/filter.
Replaced spark plugs, checked valves. (One off by 1mm)
80,000 miles and no valve adjusments needed.
Coupled w/new tires, ready to roll.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 04:42 PM

finally got all my electrical issues sorted, new tires are mounted. I'm an oil change and a good wash and wax from some fine riding!
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 04:46 PM

Wax a GS? confused

What's next, tassels on the end of the bars? Oh wait....Baker already did that. rofl
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 04:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
finally got all my electrical issues sorted, new tires are mounted. I'm an oil change and a good wash and wax from some fine riding!


I always thought a GS was like a Jeep. It gets washed when it rains. Anything more than that is wasted effort.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 05:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
finally got all my electrical issues sorted, new tires are mounted. I'm an oil change and a good wash and wax from some fine riding!


I always thought a GS was like a Jeep. It gets washed when it rains. Anything more than that is wasted effort.


Yeah Matt, your setting a bad example for all these people your holding your cool-aid party for. laugh Next thing you know Danny will be doing photo shoots with one while in a tux. rofl
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 05:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
finally got all my electrical issues sorted, new tires are mounted. I'm an oil change and a good wash and wax from some fine riding!


I always thought a GS was like a Jeep. It gets washed when it rains. Anything more than that is wasted effort.


Mostly a good excuse to go over it and make sure everything is right before the UN.

Truth be told, this last front tire is the first one I ever had that was more worn than the back tire. I figure if I can loosen a pound or so of brake dust off the front wheel it'll help with the life of this new Shinko tire and help me wheelie better rofl dopeslap
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 06:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
finally got all my electrical issues sorted, new tires are mounted. I'm an oil change and a good wash and wax from some fine riding!


I always thought a GS was like a Jeep. It gets washed when it rains. Anything more than that is wasted effort.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NngElIbTboU

Just ask Bill. This works, kinda sorta maybe. Not! grin

Pat
Posted By: roadscholar

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 07:00 PM

Clean, dirty, clean, dirty. It's a vicious cycle. smile

Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 09:02 PM

When in Rome! smile



Pat
Posted By: T.M. Roe

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 09:38 PM

Did you notice that there is a bridge just off to your right?
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/06/13 10:24 PM

Originally Posted By: T.M. Roe
Did you notice that there is a bridge just off to your right?

Oh dang, I thought the bridge was there just to go back and try it again if ya missed the snapshot! dopeslap
Actually, I was following Bill on the red bike and what I'm learning is, wink he likes to bend the rules every now and again! grin

Pat
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/07/13 12:00 AM

Took photos of the RT for a guy in Tn. cool
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/07/13 02:38 AM

Good luck...
Posted By: REDDINGRDR

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/07/13 09:16 PM


Afternoon All,

Today was the the forth day of a four day trip for me. I spent the night in Fortuna, Ca. (northern calif. coast) and headed out this morning at 6am riding east on highway 36.

I was riding my '01gs and was w/ two other riders (a '13 gtl and a'12 roadglide). We rolled early because the forecasted temps in the valley (Red Bluff) were 111*F.

The ride on 36 was great w/ little to no traffic. The only hiccup was the lack of food and coffee. The Wildwood General Store burned down earlier this year and the Platina Cafe's refrig. was on the blinks, thus we ate in Red Bluff.

Once in Red Bluff we contemplated continuing on 36 to Susanville but no one wanted to deal w/ afternoon heat. So we split up and headed to our respective homes.

An outstanding day----Ca36 is aces!!!

RC
Posted By: Living the Dream

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/08/13 01:02 PM

Installed HIDs from DDM Tuning. Beauty, eh?!

Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/08/13 11:11 PM

Helped out with a little mini Riding Smart class for Computer Bob's wife, I think she's gonna twist his arm into submission to go to the UN after all
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 12:59 AM

Oh, it's twisted alright. All she needs now is to ask her boss for the time off and we're there.

I've already registered myself and gotten a room at the inn. I'll just need to add her.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 01:44 AM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob


I've already registered myself and gotten a room at the inn. I'll just need to add her.


Or find other accommodations for yourself. She'll be in the "fast" group. grin

Seriously, wait'll you see her. You'll be proud.
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 02:13 AM

Chris (lawnchairboy) and I rode 420 miles to get from VA Beach to NW DC. Unfortunately the first three hours of it was in driving rain. Chris was sporting some really fascinating rain gear, too! He'll have to tell it. (A good exercise in humility!)
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 02:25 AM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Chris (lawnchairboy) and I rode 420 miles to get from VA Beach to NW DC. Unfortunately the first three hours of it was in driving rain. Chris was sporting some really fascinating rain gear, too! He'll have to tell it. (A good exercise in humility!)


Water resistant Snuggie? rofl
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 03:13 AM

Originally Posted By: TyTass
Chris (lawnchairboy) and I rode 420 miles to get from VA Beach to NW DC. Unfortunately the first three hours of it was in driving rain. Chris was sporting some really fascinating rain gear, too! He'll have to tell it. (A good exercise in humility!)


the stitch wasn't so impervious?
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/09/13 03:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Computerbob


I've already registered myself and gotten a room at the inn. I'll just need to add her.


Or find other accommodations for yourself. She'll be in the "fast" group. grin

Seriously, wait'll you see her. You'll be proud.


She really did great Bob, I figure a good day on the parkway letting it sink in and you'll have as good a riding partner as you could want.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/10/13 12:50 AM

Spent the day working on the GS.
- New spark plugs
- New oil and filter
- New air filter
- New alternator belt (This took me 3x as long as it should have!)
- Valves done (they were WAY off!)
- Rerouted audio cables for sound system so I can (hopefully) avoid the nasty buzz I've been getting. I think it's because my sound wire was zip-tied to my power wire for my secondary lights up front. Whoops!

In the middle of all that, Danielle changed her oil and filter on her Triumph.

It looks like we're both ready for the UN!
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/13 04:09 AM

I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/13 12:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.



Maybe now we can take that pound of weights off the rear wheel. rofl
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/11/13 12:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.



Maybe now we can take that pound of weights off the rear wheel. rofl


Better put them under the front fender to keep the wheel on the ground rofl
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/12/13 02:06 AM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.



Maybe now we can take that pound of weights off the rear wheel. rofl


Better put them under the front fender to keep the wheel on the ground rofl


There goes the neighborhood.
Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/12/13 04:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.



Doesn't the presence of brake dust imply that you actually use them? laugh
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/12/13 04:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Nice n Easy Rider
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
I did the unthinkable on Sunday and removed about a pound of unsprung weight off the wheels of my GS by cleaning the brake dust off them.



Doesn't the presence of brake dust imply that you actually use them? laugh


It's a clever ruse... wave
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/15/13 11:19 PM

I kept hearing about the Michaux Forest in south central PA, so I decided to take ride out there and see for myself.

I planned out a route and rode past Gettysburg, and got to the area. I saw a road that looked interesting - Old Railroad Road. I turned and went up the hill.

It started out as asphalt, then asphaly covered with gravel, then down to one lane, and then all gravel. Less that .1% of my riding has been off pavement, but I remembered a few things from here, and stayed loose on the bars and no sudden controls. I rode up to a flat spot, and not having seen anyone for a while, stopped to snap a few pics.

Across the valley -

With the RT in the picture -

And a shot looking up the road -

Rode even more gravel and even some dirt before I got off the hill, and then an hour or so home.

A good day riding.
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 04:44 AM

What I have done this Spring/Summer-Gave up on finding a right side foot peg plate and found a guy with a heliarc welder to weld the crack for me. I got a rear flat tire at 80 mph and kept it shiny side up. Got the 2 news tires that I needed. Had the guy at the shop put the front tire on wrong and the speedo cable broke. I replaced the broken speedo cable, put the front wheel on the right way and installed a new stainless steel bolt kit because the 13 year old bolts looked terrible and were easy to strip. I also changed the bulb on one of my PIA lights.

Up this summer-New Hall Effect Sensor, new front disc bobbins and replace the fork seals. I would like new or better panniers, but the budget will not allow for how proud pannier makers are of their products.

At that point I think I will have replaced all the maintenance repair parts. I have done brake pads, brake lines, transmission fluid, oil, clutch cable, battery, ABS regulator, and spark plugs. I adjusted the clutch when I changed the cable. I have done the timing too. I have replaced the headlight bucket and the headlight.

This bike has been what I wanted. A nice bike to ride and a chance to learn a lot of wrenching the hard way. I have really learned a lot.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 11:14 AM

Originally Posted By: Glenn Reed


Rode even more gravel and even some dirt before I got off the hill, and then an hour or so home.

A good day riding.


And it begins innocently enough. "I think I'll try just this one dirt road" We got another one boys! grin

Nice Glenn! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 11:28 AM

Oh me, I just hung my old (83,84) & some newer motocross pictures on the garage wall. I kinda have a feeling this means something to me but just not sure I realized it yet.

Pat
Posted By: jb11GSA

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 01:28 PM

Oh... Can you say GS(A). Happens, and then you get the bug, and never look back...

Looks like a fun run, and a beautiful area, thanks for the share.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 01:34 PM

I took Danielle's new Yamaha FZ8 up to the dealership to get it lowered for her yesterday. She was finally able to ride it last night. We rode around the neighborhood for a little bit while she got used to the throttle since this bike has easily 2-3 times more power than any bike she's ever ridden. Then, we headed out to the main road and an area where she can 'get on it' all the while I'm on the radio begging her to take it easy and keep it under 5k RPM.

I can hear her giggling over the radio when she feels the power and getting upset anytime someone pulls out in front of her. Finally, we get to a spot where it's safe and I tell her, "OK, you're at 6k RPM doing 50 just flick your wrist and pass that guy." And BOOM! There she goes right around that car like it wasn't even there.

I think I've created a monster.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 02:04 PM

I did something yesterday I have'nt done in almost a year. I got up early (I know, hard to believe Ken) and headed up to the Pisgah Inn for breakfast. I was stand up at 7:30 AM and enjoying the relatively low temps for the summertime in the Carolina's. It was 68 degrees before I started climbing in elevation and never got any warmer. As a matter of fact, as I rode the stretch of 276 between Brevard and the Blue Ridge Parkway I saw 57 degrees on the bikes dashboard.

So when I showed up around 9 AM there was only one other bike in the lot and a ton of minivans. Somehow, my bike must have had some sort of attractive qualities (it isn't a GS, so it's possible) because after breakfast I came back out to find this.



They were of course nice enough to leave me enough room to get out, but I scouted a couple of the bikes close to mine and found a K12LT that seem to like to optimize their tire life.



The air was crisp but still a bit hazy yesterday, but not so much to not afford some typically amazing views for 5,000 feet on the BRP. I took a few minutes to take some pics from one of the overlooks and then headed home. Other than one close call with Bambis sisters-brothers-uncles-cousins-bastardstepchildren, it was a fairly good and stress free ride home. smile

A special thanks to one of Brevard's finest for being lazy on the Brevard bypass. thumbsup

Some pics from the Parkway.... smile













It was a good day, but the Pisgan Inn for breakfast is never as good without my BMWST.com friends. Miss y'all wave
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 04:26 PM

So it is possible that Shawn is up in time for breakfast clap

Now, if I just get you up in time to see the sunrise as you pull onto the BRP wave
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 04:53 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS

And it begins innocently enough. "I think I'll try just this one dirt road" We got another one boys! grin

Nice Glenn! thumbsup

Pat


Joe and Pat, thanks for the feedback, it was a nice day and I will be going back.

As far as going the GS route, I will have two kids in college in the fall, and a paid for RT. I don't see a GS in my future. Now that WR250 being discussed in another thread, maybe... smile
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 04:56 PM

The GS for RT thing happens all the time. You know you want to Glenn. LOL
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 06:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
The GS for RT thing happens all the time. You know you want to Glenn. LOL


And tune in a few years from now and see what the next big thing is so you too can be told "all the cool kids are doing it" rofl
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 06:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
The GS for RT thing happens all the time. You know you want to Glenn. LOL


And tune in a few years from now and see what the next big thing is so you too can be told "all the cool kids are doing it" rofl


Like buying corvettes in your 40s?
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 07:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
The GS for RT thing happens all the time. You know you want to Glenn. LOL


And tune in a few years from now and see what the next big thing is so you too can be told "all the cool kids are doing it" rofl


Like buying corvettes in your 40s?


Not even close. Nice try though. I don't believe I have seen a ton of people posting "Look at me, I bought a Corvette so I can be just like the rest of you". As a matter of fact, it has kind of made me the odd man out at my office. Apparently the 20 and 30 somethings I work with can't seem to understand why I would by a Corvette when I could be like them and get a perfectly good (ha!) Honda, Subaru or something German.
Posted By: Kinsley

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/16/13 08:52 PM

This is like asking an old farmer why he still uses a horse to plow his field.
He says "Well, those new fangled contraptions won't last"

An old carpenter said he wasn't going to use a nail gun, he was perfectly fine with his hammer. A few years later, he was not working because one guy with a nail gun could do what took him a week to do.

You don't need a GS, just a horse and hammer.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/13 04:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider






Man, if that thing had some black powder coat, it'd look really cool. Be faster, too. grin
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/13 04:05 AM

To answer the question, traded the RT for a GSA & then some. Not because all the cool kids are doing it, just because I wanted to.
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/13 01:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider






Man, if that thing had some black powder coat, it'd look really cool. Be faster, too. grin


Nah, someone much more creative than I am has already been there, done that. smile I would just be a copy-cat then. grin
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/13 02:04 PM

Rode the GSA to work today. Man, what a hoot! thumbsup
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/17/13 04:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Rode the GSA to work today. Man, what a hoot! thumbsup


Yeah, that was a cheshire cat grin in your helmet when I saw you...
Posted By: Kitsap

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/19/13 04:41 PM

Delivered Slayer to its new owner. Sad, but a water boxer is on the horizon.
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/19/13 04:50 PM

frown
clap


put the bags back on and started UNorganizing gear.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/23/13 10:56 PM

Rode to church & then to Harbor Freight in Orange Park to return a tool I rode over there to buy yesterday that I didn't need.

Am I looking for excuses to ride this beast or what? cool

I then covered it & the Sherco to minimize the dust from tomorrow's tile work.

In case you missed it, link . Scroll down a half page & you'll understand.

Also patched a crack in the Sherco tank. I hope. We'll see what the next couple of days reveal.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 12:17 AM

Rode the 1 north of SF. Lunch at the Marshall store. Yum, mussels. Kinda chilly tho...58-62 today on the coast. thumbsup
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 12:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Rode the 1 north of SF. Lunch at the Marshall store. Yum, mussels. Kinda chilly tho...58-62 today on the coast. thumbsup


90 here today with just short of 100 percent humidity, so I don't want to hear it. grin
Posted By: Mrs. Caddis

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 01:19 AM

95 miles of Boulder County, CO canyons and curves with Caddis. Lunch on Lyons. A good little ride.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 01:39 AM

Originally Posted By: Mrs. Caddis
95 miles of Boulder County, CO canyons and curves with Caddis. Lunch on Lyons. A good little ride.


I lived in Denver for a couple years in the eighties. I envy you two.
Posted By: Glenn Reed

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 01:41 AM

Went out for a short loop ride with a former coworker on her Honda Rebel. Kept it simple, both on roads and communication.

She seemed very happy about how it all went, I was very stressed never having done this before. She got to ride some nice roads she had never seen before, right in her backyard, so that was cool.
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 02:37 AM

Decker Canyon Road, from Malibu to Thousand Oaks. Very misty.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/24/13 02:54 AM

Took the GS out for a ride to make sure it's ready for the trip up to the UN. Glad I did because apparently I either didn't tighten the bolts all the way on the engine guard or some magical fairies flew in and loosened them up during the ride today. I'm going to go with the fairies. I'd heard a rattling noise and thought to myself, "That can't be my bike making that noise... can it?" Then I heard the distinctive PING you hear when something metal flies off and hits the pavement at 70mph. I pulled over and looked the bike over and figured out pretty quickly what was missing. It took us another half hour to backtrack and find the bracket on the side of the road. I'd actually already given up and decided I was going to have to buy a new one when Danielle found it in the grass.

On a happier note, the contraption that I rigged for drinking was a success. I mounted a small 1 gallon cooler on the passenger peg and routed a camelback style drinking hose to it. Now I don't have to wear a camelback, but still get to drink without stopping.
Posted By: waynerd

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/26/13 08:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
...but still get to drink without stopping.


Can't help thinking that the next "upgrade" will another hose connected to a container on the other passenger peg, so you can "pee without stopping" smirk
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/26/13 11:13 PM

Yup, called the EZ Leaker. Googled it but not much on it today, seems I remember some talk about it a few years back. Basically a condom catheter with a catch bag or not. I'd imagine you'd piss off a few people passing them on the interstate if ya went with the not. eek

Leads us to a good but weird question. IBR guys/gals, do they use something like this or adult diapers?

Pat
Posted By: EddyQ

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/27/13 01:52 AM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
IBR guys/gals, do they use something like this or adult diapers?


I know one guy that used them...
Posted By: Highway41

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/28/13 12:10 AM

54K service, TB sync in the middle, and valve clearances within specs. Still have not bought a shim but I did burn my arm.
Since its an RT, I'll give it a good wash tomorrow morning.
Posted By: Groanup

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 06/29/13 07:26 PM

Today I finished getting my RT ready for the trip to Iowa.
Thanks to HeyFrank for helping with the belt change and for letting me use his garage and Custom Manometer!
She's running smooth as silk now! Just needs a bath... grin
102 F when I left Newhall... cool
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/01/13 05:54 AM

Nothing, too hot to ride.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/03/13 01:54 AM

Nothing today..but going to look at a 2004 GS tomorrow! What is it about me and 04 R bikes?? It's like they find me.
Posted By: terryofperry

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/03/13 11:58 AM

Son and I retrieved the Georgia Tag from here:



Placed it here:



Good day on the bike, rain and all.

Terry
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/04/13 02:37 AM

Washed all the UnRally mud and dirt of the bike. Tomorrow I will try to replace the front slick tire with one with treads in preparation of the rainy season. wave
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/04/13 12:20 PM

Bought an '04 GS!
Posted By: tallman

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/04/13 01:02 PM

Happy Birthday present to you...
lurk


Opened Motolight to replace burned out (or so I thought) bulb.
Found power lead end cracked/broken so ordered new one.
Should be here Monday.
Posted By: SteveHebert

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/04/13 03:34 PM

Back-backrest, elf pegs and 2 sets of peg lowering kits purchased. Sitting in thr garage waiting for me to come home next month.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/04/13 06:05 PM

Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!


We got another one, Matt. cool

Happy birthday btw.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/13 12:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!


We got another one, Matt. cool

Happy birthday btw.


Thanks! I been wanting GS for a long time. Finally the right timing/deal came along. Looking forward to picking the brains of all the GS'ers to get mine just right.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/13 01:40 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!


We got another one, Matt. cool

Happy birthday btw.


clap
Posted By: TyTass

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/13 03:50 PM

Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!

Good for you and Happy Belated Birthday, James.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/13 06:06 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!


We got another one, Matt. cool

Happy birthday btw.


clap


Today ive just dreamed about my GS. And thought about all the stuff i wanna buy for her. So much for saving gas money. When are y'all Deep South 'ers coming north?
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/05/13 06:35 PM

Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Bought an '04 GS!


We got another one, Matt. cool

Happy birthday btw.


clap


Today ive just dreamed about my GS. And thought about all the stuff i wanna buy for her. So much for saving gas money. When are y'all Deep South 'ers coming north?


Next weekend if the stars align...
Posted By: Paul In Australia

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 07:36 AM

A wonderful jaunt down the coast and along the riverbanks. Big steak in the pub tonight and then more hills and sweepers tomorrow.
Fun

Regards
Paul
Posted By: Alfred02

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 07:57 AM

Sounds like you got some time off Paul.
Lucky men :-)

Me
I will be picking up my wife at 20:00 in Port Macquarie at her work and follow her home.
She is on her own bike and it's her 1st run since I finished fixing her bike from our oldest son who stacked it.
I still have to install the new HID sets in my 1200RT but at the moment too much to do around the house...dammm
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 11:31 AM

Ayuh, about to roll her from the barn in search of lobstah, chowdah and a lighthouse. grin thumbsup

Oh yeah, and maybe a State sign! cool

Pat
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 12:04 PM

mini tech day and BBQ session with ComputerBob and Huzband.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 02:45 PM

Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
mini tech day and BBQ session with ComputerBob and Huzband.



Hmm, I seem to remember it differently. wink
Posted By: Lone_RT_rider

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 02:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
mini tech day and BBQ session with ComputerBob and Huzband.



Hmm, I seem to remember it differently. wink


What? Matt redefining something and trying to sell it as something different? Nooooooo..... wink
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 03:10 PM

Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
mini tech day and BBQ session with ComputerBob and Huzband.



Hmm, I seem to remember it differently. wink


What? Matt redefining something and trying to sell it as something different? Nooooooo..... wink


Nothing near as fun as that. I think Matt or Bob put something on FB yesterday. A little story about me, a dog, & the ER. tongue
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Lone_RT_rider
Originally Posted By: Huzband
Originally Posted By: Matts_12GS
mini tech day and BBQ session with ComputerBob and Huzband.



Hmm, I seem to remember it differently. wink


What? Matt redefining something and trying to sell it as something different? Nooooooo..... wink


Nothing near as fun as that. I think Matt or Bob put something on FB yesterday. A little story about me, a dog, & the ER. tongue


"Someone brought a human to a dog fight, and the human lost."

When I showed up to Danny's house with a 6 pack and a bike that needed work, there was nobody around, blood on the garage floor and a half open door to the inside of the house with a dog barking at me quite upset that I was there by myself.

Apparently, I'm glad I slept in and got there late so I could miss all that fun.
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 05:08 PM

Originally Posted By: TEWKS
Ayuh, about to roll her from the barn in search of lobstah, chowdah and a lighthouse. grin thumbsup


Pat


I'm jealous! Have an extra chunk of lobstah for me. wave
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/07/13 10:47 PM

Took the DR out and gassed it up for next weekend. Took the GS out for a bit more of a ride.
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/13 01:40 PM

Ordered a Sena SMH-10 from Rocket Moto. Really impressed with the guy over the phone. Took the time to explain the unit to me and make sure I was getting what I wanted. If anyone is looking there is a group by through ADVRider heres the link to RocketMoto ADVrider.com discount.

Can't wait to pick my GS up Thursday...the anticipation is killing me!
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/13 06:18 PM

This morning! thumbsup


Pat
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/13 06:22 PM

Looks like a terrible way to spend a morning! rofl
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/13 07:07 PM

Pat, I'm getting very tired of being jealous!!! dopeslap wave
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/08/13 09:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
Pat, I'm getting very tired of being jealous!!! dopeslap wave


Marty, I can explain my little friend if need be but, take a look at these! smile wave


Pat
Posted By: Marty Hill

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/13 11:04 AM

That does it/next year back to new england! thumbsup
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/13 12:46 PM

Originally Posted By: Marty Hill
That does it/next year back to new england! thumbsup


How many tents can we fit in your yard Tewks?
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/09/13 01:03 PM

More than enough room for tents but not necessary for the first few. Nice room above the garage and I've got a few air mattresses. thumbsup

Then we have Marty's suite if he's out of town! wink

Pat
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/11/13 07:18 PM

Picked up my 04 1150GS today! No time to type..gone riding!
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/11/13 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Picked up my 04 1150GS today! No time to type..gone riding!


I'm surprised you got that whole sentence out. Have fun!
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/12/13 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Originally Posted By: jbr7t
Picked up my 04 1150GS today! No time to type..gone riding!


I'm surprised you got that whole sentence out. Have fun!


thumbsup

Tried to load a picture. Can't make it work. Check out the BMWST facebook if you want to see a picture!
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/13 01:06 AM

150 DR & KLR miles today on two track and gorgeous asphalt in WVa and Va with big-T Herr Foote and my buddy Carl. A great day.
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/13 04:33 AM

Lowered the gearing on my DR650 and then blew the clutch out on the test drive back to a mudhold.
Posted By: Computerbob

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/14/13 06:52 PM

Went on a ride chasing Bernie today. My GS needs some brake work, so I decided to ride the wife's Triumph half the day and switch with her for the Yamaha FZ8 for the other half.

Being 6'1" tall, I learned that while both bikes are fun to ride, that fun wears off in about 20 minutes. There's no better way to remind yourself how much you appreciate your own bike than to get on a bike that just doesn't quite fit.

Still had fun. I mean, how can I not? I was on two wheels chasing Bernie most of the day!
Posted By: jbr7t

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/15/13 02:40 PM

Rode up to Maryland to get a state sign picture for Effbee's 50 states moto photo contest. Had coffee and breakfast and sheets in Dahlgren then road accross the Gov. Nice Memorial Bridge to get the Maryland sign picture. Then back into work..where I'm killing a few minutes figuring how to post the pictures and updating this post!

The new Givi breakfast table


Welcome To Maryland




Here's the one from the day I picked up the bike. This is at Alum Springs park in Fredericksburg, Va.
Posted By: TEWKS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/13 11:50 AM

Originally Posted By: jbr7t


Nice! thumbsup

Pat
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/16/13 01:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Computerbob
Went on a ride chasing Bernie today. My GS needs some brake work, so I decided to ride the wife's Triumph half the day and switch with her for the Yamaha FZ8 for the other half.

Being 6'1" tall, I learned that while both bikes are fun to ride, that fun wears off in about 20 minutes. There's no better way to remind yourself how much you appreciate your own bike than to get on a bike that just doesn't quite fit.

Still had fun. I mean, how can I not? I was on two wheels chasing Bernie most of the day!


That was a good morning!
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/17/13 01:16 AM

Went out to the garage this evening to see if I could work the clutch. One step closer to riding again. thumbsup
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/17/13 10:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Huzband
Went out to the garage this evening to see if I could work the clutch. One step closer to riding again. thumbsup


thumbsup
Posted By: Living the Dream

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/18/13 12:10 PM

Got this


this


and this


mounted and waiting on this to come


Also mounted the new PR3s and changed final drive goo.
Posted By: Huzband

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/19/13 10:20 PM

Put a glove on this evening & gingerly worked the clutch in the garage. I wouldn't call it comfortable, & I'm not ready to push it & ride, but it's still progress.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/20/13 12:10 AM

After work, 6K service started, removed and cleaned tupperware, adjusted valves and changed air filter.
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 02:30 AM

Removed swing arm to replace drive shaft, found a surprise.
Swing arm and drive shaft pictures.
Posted By: TeSmSp

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 05:16 AM

Mileage?
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 11:16 AM

Oops, 130,000 miles.
Posted By: lawnchairboy

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 11:21 AM

Diagnosis.?
Posted By: Bernie

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 02:08 PM

More info here:
Write up in Hexhead section
Posted By: Matts_12GS

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/21/13 03:32 PM

Installed a new clutch to complement the lower gearing on my DR 650.

Hurricane Creek Road will be MINE!!!
Posted By: Don Beissel

Re: What you did on or to your bike today...... - 07/22/13 03:13 AM

Pulled off the front wheel, replaced the Bobbins (Roll Pins) with new ones from Cata Dan, stabbed my finger with a screw driver, super glued it together to keep working, broke a retaining clip, bought a