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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-Feb-2016, 08:06 AM (587)
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BMW wants you to check the valves 12K, but I never do. I normally don't have them check until 18K or 24K pending how the bike is running. Even then it is still good. I don't see the point to pay more money. I change my engine oil twice a year. Spring for the riding season then just before Thanksgiving. Also change brake fluid and gear oil once a year. Clean my air filter every time I change the oil. Bike is 2 years old still have the OEM air filter. I do follow the book but I use commonsense more. Changing the oil twice a year and brake fluid once a year, is over kill with today's technology. I do it because my 10 year old son loves to help me. He looks forward to work on the bike or the cars.
hehe nice. yea working on bikes and cars and doing the maintenance is a fun task. great bonding activity with the bike.

i have the 2016gsa with 1000 miles now, i guess i will follow your path, oil change twice a year, gear oil once a year. valve check TBD i will have to research it some more.

what kind of tires are you running, OE or replaced it?

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here is my version of the truth of the bike,
i love it, its awesome, i do not have any issues with the seat as others mentioned, it's a bit high for me, but i tried lower seats and it was not comfortable,
maintenance tasks seems easy to do, everything is easily accessible, spark plugs, air filter, oil filter and drain plug, gear oil drain plug, even the valves!. but you just need to have the guts to open it up and work on it .

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post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-Feb-2016, 01:35 PM (816)
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i have the 2016gsa with 1000 miles now, i guess i will follow your path, oil change twice a year, gear oil once a year. valve check TBD i will have to research it some more.

what kind of tires are you running, OE or replaced it?

sorry to highjack the thread! .

here is my version of the truth of the bike,
i love it, its awesome, i do not have any issues with the seat as others mentioned, it's a bit high for me, but i tried lower seats and it was not comfortable
enjoy[/QUOTE]

I still have OEM tires. They look really good when the time comes I would get new set of OEM Anakee3's. I like those tires, they are good for my riding need. For your seat try to find Sargent low seat. I have the Sargent standard seat, I love it. I am 5"10 31" inseam bike is little tall but I have it set for soft and single without bags. It helps lot.

My riding buddy has 2015GSA white one with 18K, to this day his bike runs like new without any issues. He had valve check 12K service everything was perfect. GSA is his only transportation he does NOT have car, he rides his GSA year around. Few weeks ago we had 21" of snow. Day after he showed up at my house to see if I want go for ride.
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Prior to owning my GS I had a Triumph Tiger 955i. The Tiger was a good bike, but it was up for a couple of basic service items. The throttle bodies needed balancing and the valve clearances needed checking. To have this done was a full day (think $100 per hr) at the mechanics, with tank off and air box out. Usually the seals from the air box to the throttle bodies would all needed checking and possible replacing ...... the valves where the shimmed sort ........ all specialist work really.
To do the same work on the GS is approx 1/2 hour for the throttle body balancing, the only thing needing removal to do this is two little rubber caps, and I do the valves myself (1-2 hrs)
I have other friends with big adventure bikes as well, like Yamaha 1200, KTM 950, 990, 1200 and I understand all these models require a lot of work to service those two particular items as well (correct me if I am wrong anyone) GS injectors can be checked, cleaned (and rubbers replaced) by simply un-clipping the wiring connection, and take out one screw. It is the way these bikes are engineered that suits me in regard to servicing. Most things are external and easily accessed, and easily understood by a basic do it yourself home mechanic. Worth consideration anyway.
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i have the 2016gsa with 1000 miles now, i guess i will follow your path, oil change twice a year, gear oil once a year. valve check TBD i will have to research it some more.

what kind of tires are you running, OE or replaced it?

sorry to highjack the thread! .

here is my version of the truth of the bike,
i love it, its awesome, i do not have any issues with the seat as others mentioned, it's a bit high for me, but i tried lower seats and it was not comfortable
enjoy
I still have OEM tires. They look really good when the time comes I would get new set of OEM Anakee3's. I like those tires, they are good for my riding need. For your seat try to find Sargent low seat. I have the Sargent standard seat, I love it. I am 5"10 31" inseam bike is little tall but I have it set for soft and single without bags. It helps lot.

My riding buddy has 2015GSA white one with 18K, to this day his bike runs like new without any issues. He had valve check 12K service everything was perfect. GSA is his only transportation he does NOT have car, he rides his GSA year around. Few weeks ago we had 21" of snow. Day after he showed up at my house to see if I want go for ride.[/QUOTE]



we have the same height and inseam. hmm.
i tried the saddlemen low seat, there was a huge gap between the driver seat and passenger seat, it looked really awful on low seat settings.
so i returned it. i also like to ride on HARD SUSPENSION, soft on the highway makes me dizzy, too bouncy. i'm used to my hard suspension on my softail and iron before it.

i guess i should try sergant then? .. are they better than saddlemen? which model do you have? i'm only try to get a low seat to have more confidence when offroading. onroad im fine with the stock seat. im thinking to get bmw low seat for offroad only.


regarding maintenance, i will stick to valve check at 12k as well.

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I guess it all depends on the year of GS' you are going to purchase as well. I suppose I fall into this category. I'm selling my 2014 with 3k miles on the ODO. During my ownership my only complaints have been the seat like some. I have the standard suspension with a low seat. Can't ride more than 1.5hrs with that seat and a bad back. Like mentioned before, remedied with a nice aftermarket seat. For me the speedo is a little hard to read at a glance and have found myself 20mph over the speed limit on many occasion. Of course for me that is usually the norm in any veh I bought the big GS because I wanted a smoother and more comfy ride to get me to my distant off-road locations. I had a 2013 f800GS prior and it was just to buzzy and of course had shorter legs than the 1200. Personally, I'm selling my 1200GS just because I need another vehicle/car. Not selling because of any faults the GS has nor do I anticipate it to have. I plan on seriously looking at a GSA within the next 4-6 months or another GS. I will always have a moto and since my last two have been BMWs and the latter a big GS, I just can't see getting anything else after owning them. I hope that helps!

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I'll admit as a new owner I'm a bit peeved that 20k+ and BMW couldn't give me a place to lock my helmet.
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I'll admit as a new owner I'm a bit peeved that 20k+ and BMW couldn't give me a place to lock my helmet.
I realize I'm late to the party, but there is a place on the GS to lock your helmet...sort of.

There's a metal loop under the seat that you're supposed to connect your chin strap through and replace your seat. It's not the best I've seen, but suppose it'll work.
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I realize I'm late to the party, but there is a place on the GS to lock your helmet...sort of.

There's a metal loop under the seat that you're supposed to connect your chin strap through and replace your seat. It's not the best I've seen, but suppose it'll work.
BMW left this little do-dad off the new liquid cooled bikes, I used it on my 05 but now with a 2013 GSW I find myself carrying my helmet into places or hanging it on a mirror and trying to keep an eye on it, a little unnerving with a $650 Shoei, I usually have too much crap in the top case to fit it.
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I've been using this...

http://www.advdesigns.com/loheandjalow.html

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Perfect.
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