What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Fair criticism to be sure. I guess the point I was trying to make was one should not be afraid to purchase a BMW motorcycle over concerns about higher operating costs. I have owned virtually every brand of motorcycle in my life, and with one exception (HD), they have all proven to be reasonably reliable, given the proper maintenance. If the maintenance schedule tells you to do something, do it. If you don't and something fails, don't blame the Manufacturer.
     
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I absolutely agree that maintenance is key. As with any complex piece of equipment, there is always something that can go wrong and no matter what you do, shit may happen!
    For the most part, the Japanese brands have done better in terms of reliability/repair than European or North American but (according to some) the Asian bikes lack some of the coolness of German or Italian steeds!
     
  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Not much in any Japanese lineup stirs my soul much. Lately I’ve been lusting after Motus MSTR
     
  4. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    It looks like a BMW R1200 touring bike had an affair with a Honda ST1300.
     
  5. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    Popped a new tire and tube on my dirt bike last night. Last tire and tube lasted about 35years! Good price from Terry at Honda 1. He basically matched on line price and had it for me next day. Job took 10 mins. Wife did ask why I was going to garage with soap and baby powder!
     
  6. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    I still have a fast red st 1300 for sale. Will even store it for winter. Cold today coming to work on my new blue one. I wore sneakers. Got Icey ankles. I have 4pairs of m/c boots,buy was in a hurry. Atgatt
     
  7. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Yeah maybe but 180 HP helps make up for it:p
     
  8. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I installed a new battery. I fried the old one and honestly it was totally my mistake. A series of mistakes.
     
  9. keith

    keith Active Member

    LOL
     
  10. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Rode the Vespa in to The Toy Box for its 10,000km service. The ride in was very cold on the hands but the ride home was no picnic either with the ice pellets and snow. I home this is not an early Winter but if it is I hope that means an early Spring.
     
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  11. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    " A series of mistakes."
    We live in a 'Parallel' universe LOL
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Da Wha!!!???
    Finally rectified the DWALO error reading on the R12GS DWA by digging deep (two doz. 'fasteners' later...) and changing the two little batteries in the alarm system. Very straightforward. Meant to do it years ago but keep leaving the fob back home. Two CR123 batteries for the alarm and one CR2032 for the fob.
    Looks like the Factory or PO used Red Locktite. I used Blue as the batteries need changing every two to three years.
     
  13. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Added my “signature” grip puppies to the optional heated grips that I will be installing on my new Trophy when I get back down to Phoenix, where it is currently in storage.
     
  14. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I love grip puppies. Except that they absorb water. But they certainly help with the hand cramps on longer rides.
     
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  15. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Topped off the tank, added fuel stabilizer, pulled the battery. Winterized.
     
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  16. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Finally had temperatures and enough sun to wash the road crap off the bike and Mini Mate from my ride to North Carolina and back. The girlfriend said I pay more attention to the bike than her. I offered to hose her down too but something seems to be lost in translation.
     
  17. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    D1D5BAC5-9F34-4CF7-9898-E2B09D4DCE7B.jpeg Now that I am down in Phoenix, it is time to start farkling the Trophy before a predicted cold snap.

    I re-purposed a Pirate’s Lair passenger backrest previously mounted on a BMW R1200RT I had, by painting the mounting bracket a matching black, and drilling three precisely placed holes. And longer stainless steel bolts.

    I then added a helmet guardian helmet lock, and an auxiliary LED tail & brake light assembly for some additional visibility from the rear.
     
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  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I mounted lowered footpegs to open up the seating position somewhat.
    After all the years of riding tall BMWs, the Trophy felt a little cramped by comparison.
    The brake pedal needed to be adjusted lower to compensate as well.
    I am still debating whether or not to lower the shift lever.

    I also installed the Triumph accessory heated grip kit that should have been standard equipment.
    The installation went smoothly enough, with instructions provided online on Triumphs website.
    Unfortunately, a trip to the local Dealer in Scottsdale was called for to program the Heated Grips Icon on the dash.
    I guess it wasn’t critical, but the $50 charge did not seem exorbitant to me.
     
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  19. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Now that I was finished with the easy stuff, it was time to roll up the sleeves and start removing bodywork in preparation for the next round of accessories. The Mrs. kindly allowed me temporary indoor parts storage.
     

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  20. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    B6F62E9C-BE01-4110-84F7-D51B04CA7621.jpeg DE5031C1-3C63-4AEE-9F2E-D8E7275546F5.jpeg So, between yesterday and today, I was able to add a FIAMM Highway Blaster horn, R&G Radiator Guard, Cyclops LED H4 headlight bulbs, Clearwater Glenda LED amber running lights, and R&G Engine Guards. I re-assembled everything, and only had one bolt to spare. I guess I will find where that belongs when I pull everything apart again for the 20,000 mile valves inspection...
     
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