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Is it just my strange nature? Does anyone else wonder at the reasoning we protect our polycarbonate headlight lens with a piece of polycarbonate?  :084:
Particularly the BMW version.
If the protector is constructed of such a high grade of polycarbonate to offer protection. Why not make the original light fitting out of the same?  :187:

Conversely there will be a GSA owner thinking his bike leans far too far over on his angled stand that would be keen to gain your straight one.

Hi, unless you have a lowered suspension variant of the 850GS, the 750GS side stand will prove far too short.
How old is your bike? I managed to get mine changed for the later, angled side stand, foc at my BMW dealership about 12 months after buying my 850.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Using the BMW OEM Charger
« on: March 01, 2021, 02:26:49 PM »
Copied from another BMW forum.
Quote Originally Posted by boborgail  View Post
I also have a BMW Battery Charger and use it on my 2015 R1200RT. I plug in directly into the onboard power port to maintain the battery. However, the charger and bike need to "talk to each other" to make sure the bike knows the charger is connected.

Here's the 3-step procedure.

1. Turn the ignition of the motorcycle to "ON." (Do not start)
2. Connect the battery charger to the "On Board Socket" first, then connect the charger to the wall outlet.
3. Turn the ignition key to the "OFF" position.

See also attached for additional information

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Using the BMW OEM Charger
« on: March 01, 2021, 01:47:58 PM »
*Originally Posted by Doffer [+]
Really ?
And what is the disconnect procedure ?
Remove it !
Just follow the instructions supplied with your charger and those in your bike handbook.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Using the BMW OEM Charger
« on: March 01, 2021, 12:12:21 PM »
If you use the aux' port on the bike for charging, ensure you follow the connecting instructions carefully.
We connect our RT1200 blood bike fleet bikes to chargers routed via the aux' port. If not connected in the required sequence, the charger doesn't work.
We have to attach the charger whilst the ignition is still turned on. Wait a few seconds, before turning off the ignition to permit charging/monitoring.
Failure by riders to adhere to the instructions has resulted in flat batteries. Our tracker systems consume battery capacity.

On Two Wheels / Re: your advice to choose my boots
« on: February 05, 2021, 01:00:41 PM »
I use, and have done, for 4 years now, TCX Infinity Gore-tex boots.
They are a full length adventure style boot. A little stiff when first worn, but soon feel comfy.
I am a volunteer blood biker and frequently spend a 300 mile rainy winter night riding in these boots. Never had any water ingress.
They are the only pair of boots I can make that claim of.
I bought my eldest son a pair of Forma adventure 12 months ago and he loves them.
When my TCX finally wave the white flag, they'll be replaced with a product from the same manufacturer.

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Ireland
« on: January 25, 2021, 10:41:06 AM »
*Originally Posted by de crowe [+]
My K s friend pretending to pull a pint in the Moorings which seems to have been the billet for the Star Wars cast and crew. The ferry in the picture is not the Valentia island ferry but the Tarbert Kilimor ferry across the Shannon.
Yes the ferry across the Shannon is on my regular Atlantic coastal route south.
Only a short crossing, but keeps the biking on the best routes Ireland has to offer.

New Member Introductions / Re: Greetings from Ireland
« on: January 24, 2021, 11:57:24 PM »
Boy this Covid restriction throughout 2020 and now into 2021 has scuppered all plans for touring on the bike.
2020 was the first year for over a decade that I haven't visited Ireland. Sometimes via Northern Ireland and the NW200, other occasions direct from Liverpool to Dublin.
The last time I stayed in Galway however, was for a family wedding at the Clayton Hotel.
I love hugging the coastline as I have a natural affinity with the sea. Favourite B&B in the world for me is the Ferry View overlooking Valentia Island. I've always gravitated there, staying many, many times.
I look forward to the time I can cross the Irish sea and visit your pleasant land again.

*Originally Posted by Gazza750 [+]
I'd be interested in knowing if there is a noticeable difference in comfort levels (eg, for touring) between the standard seat and optional comfort seat?
I can't comment on difference, as my 850 was purchased with the comfort seat option. I've ridden a few 300-400 mile journeys without any discomfort.
It works for me.

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