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    Went out this morning and the first stop was the dealer since the locks for the bags came in... my old bike was there parked outside...I wished the wife would have not made it such a big deal of adding a second bike... I had to trade it in to get the BMW...

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    That Triumph Thruxton R is a bike that I already regret letting go... sucks because I know that in two years I will be looking to buying one again... just need to get rid of stuff in the garage before I can do so. It was not worth the fight with the wife to keep it now... you know the saying, happy wife, happy life and all that.

    Anyway, back to the GS...

    All four locks for the panniers installed (the locks for securing the panniers to the mounts were installed the day I bought the bike, they were just short 4). So back to the ride... I just got back from putting 180 miles on the bike (140 miles non-stop). Some observations:

    • Love riding so high
    • Riding position is very comfortable!
    • Grips are too thin... wish these were a bit ticker... I wonder if these can be changed without issues with the heater
    • Suspension in Road setting is soft and bouncy. Dynamic tighten things up. Better and firmer ride. Like that I can switch between the two while riding. I am not tall (5'7" and shrinking) so I switch to Road before coming to a stop to get that additional reach from the lower (Road) setting. I would tippy toe if I forget to do so...
    • Road imperfections do nothing to the quality of the ride. This bike soaks up bad roads like it was nothing.
    • Crosswinds do not disturb this bike like any of the ones I had before. This is great!
    • I have to be careful with speed... was not paying attention to the speedometer and when I looked down I was going over 90mph
    • Jury is still out on the comfort of the stock seat for long trips... 140 miles without stopping was not bad at all... so maybe it will be fine for my trip... not sure, still need to see if tomorrow I can do 200 miles without stopping to see how my butt feels... I could still benefit from a lower seat setup... but, at least for now, does not look like this is a modification that I have to make right away.
    • Since these are break-in miles, I was varying the speed often... the first 100 miles anywhere from 45 to 70 mph and on this ride just now, I took it through some back roads that have long stretches and have no traffic. I was riding anywhere from 55 to 90++ mph. Heat to my body does not seem to be an issue... I can feel some heat on the lower right leg, more like next to my right foot... that is it. Any of the Harleys I had would cook my right leg and nut...
    • I keep looking at it and keep coming back to the fact that there is very little that I need to do to this bike to take it on trips. Good lighting-checked; Bags (panniers) - checked; Extra fuel (with a 6.1 gal tank) - checked!
    • Location of the water thermos was perfect. Easy and fast reach while at a stop light to get a drink. Removing the pannier requires that I take out the thermos and slightly rotate the cup holder (it pivots, so easy to do)... outside of that, all good.
    • Can't fault the small windshield... it deflects the air over my helmet extremely well. Still want the larger windshield for the trip. There was a delay on the order and that should be here next week. Since this is the taller version from BMW, it still might not be what I need... will know for sure once I have it installed. I have been searching the forum for what others have done. Just in case I need a taller one. Would love to keep the side deflectors and get one that mounts to the stock bolt locations if I ended up going aftermarket.


    Now I realized that I completely forgot to look at the tank bags... will do so during the next ride tomorrow. There is a Cycle Gear store a few miles away...

    That is all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!
    Ride safe!
    Wachuko
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    For grips , check out Grip buddies.
    Tank bag ~ RKA with options phone and or GPS mount.

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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    For grips , check out Grip buddies.
    Tank bag ~ RKA with options phone and or GPS mount.
    These guys?

    http://www.originalbeemerbuddies.com/

    https://ridermagazine.com/2019/01/08...s-gear-review/

    Edit: Yes, look like those are the ones. Will get a set. Thank you!
    Last edited by wachuko; 07-28-2019 at 12:29 AM.
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    Good luck shopping!

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    I added the grip covers onto mine right away. I've used them for years to improve the size of the gips for my large hands. I even had a spare set on hand to use.

    For a tank bag I went with an SW Motech bag with the lock ring on the filler as I wanted to avoid straps and the paint scuffing. I chose the Daypack as I don't need a large bag and don't like it getting in my way. It's large enough to toss in the cell phone and a few other small items.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    I added the grip covers onto mine right away. I've used them for years to improve the size of the gips for my large hands. I even had a spare set on hand to use.

    For a tank bag I went with an SW Motech bag with the lock ring on the filler as I wanted to avoid straps and the paint scuffing. I chose the Daypack as I don't need a large bag and don't like it getting in my way. It's large enough to toss in the cell phone and a few other small items.
    Thank you for the additional feedback on the grips. I placed the order for those a few minutes ago

    On the tank bag... I have never had the need for one... looking at them only based on the recommendations from folks here. Not a priority for me right now. Will see after the first trip if I see the need for one. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Looking at the SW Motech, if I get one, it will be one with map insert. The smallest one I see with that option is the Sport (SW-MOTECH EVO Sport QUICK-LOCK Tank Bag). It uses the Type 306 mount for our bikes... that is US310.00 for the set... yeah, not priority right now...
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    Also the Givi 15 liter looks like a good option... US$211.00 with the adapter...

    I am more incline to go with the SW-Motech as I have had very good experience with that brand in my Triumph...
    Last edited by wachuko; 07-29-2019 at 04:53 PM.
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    I got my AltRider headlight guard fitted with new custom brackets.

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    I also made the improved tool box bracket from 14 ga stainless. Much nicer than the srcap aluminum one.

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    Also finally got these case lid protection films I'd ordered a few weeks ago.

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    Thumbs up

    Ed, that came out amazing!

    And yes, that support for the tool box, much, much better

    I like those pannier protectors. Source? Vinyl? Thickness?

    EDIT: I think I found the vinyl protectors:

    https://armourtechstore.myshopify.com/
    Last edited by wachuko; 07-29-2019 at 11:41 PM.
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    Yes, that's the ones. Not overly thick, but mainly wanted to keep the aluminum from rubbing and blackening bags on top of the lids. They were reasonable in cost, so if they don't end up holding up, not a big deal. They do look nice and were easy to put on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    Yes, that's the ones. Not overly thick, but mainly wanted to keep the aluminum from rubbing and blackening bags on top of the lids. They were reasonable in cost, so if they don't end up holding up, not a big deal. They do look nice and were easy to put on.
    Thank you. I will order a set.

    On other news, windscreen arrived at the dealer. Picked it up and went to install it, only to find out that they ordered the same one I have ... so back to the dealer tomorrow to get them to order the correct one.

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    Looking at the UK catalog I found that there is a factory headlight guard for the 850 GSA... Dealer looked it up... US$179.00 but he is showing in the system no availability for a few months... I will eventually change what I have for that one... like the looks and fit better than what I have now...

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    Horn arrived today as well.

    Also, I forgot I had given my tire plug kit to a friend (my previous bike had tube tires so I could not use it)... so I had ordered a new kit.

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    Horn installed in the same location as the stock unit.

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    New one in place. The additional harness made it an easy install to the stock connector.

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    Ride safe!
    Wachuko
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    Are you putting any mileage on that bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUGENE View Post
    Are you putting any mileage on that bike?
    Working long hours, not much time to play... bike only has 400 miles.

    If all goes well I will be riding this weekend to St. Augustine and camp there... I know it is not a long ride but the purpose of the trip is to test the camping equipment that I have and see if I am missing anything... all this in preparation for the trip East Coast-West Coast-East Coast in October. Best to figured all this out close to home and not thousands of miles away...
    Ride safe!
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    Exclamation

    A bit puzzled... Called the dealer and they are telling me that the windscreen they ordered IS the large one... so my bike had the large windscreen all along?

    They verified the part number with what was ordered... if this is the large version, what does the small one, that is supposed to come with the Rally package that I got, looks like?? No sense in arguing with them... it is what it is. But I need a taller one. Will install some nylon washers on the top mounting bolts,as suggested elsewhere, to change the angle a bit. That will keep me good for now, but I really need to see if I can order the Touring version from BMW in the UK... from the description it should be what I am looking for:

    The tinted touring windshield is approx. 80 mm higher
    and 30 mm wider than the standard windshield and
    therefore offers noticeably improved wind and weather
    protection as well as greater overall touring comfort
    Ride safe!
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    Cool

    Stopped by the dealer, they called BMW Motorrad USA and were able to order the Touring Windscreen ... they were not sure why those were not available in the USA as there seems to be no DOT restrictions on them...

    Part number: 46638569664
    Description: TOURING WINDSCREEN CLEAR

    I will share side by side photos once it gets here.
    Last edited by wachuko; 08-01-2019 at 07:02 PM. Reason: spelling...
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