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I would be interested to know how it is in other countries too but my method of activating lights is to run wires and plug it in, activate it! :D

Now the wiring and routing stuff could take me a few hours at least, the internals of this bike are new to me so maybe they are quoting for wiring too.
If you use a canbus hack or compatible canbus augmentor it could lessen your installation woes.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Actual weight of your ride
« on: May 15, 2021, 04.07 PM »
The 1250 is supposedly 560-ish pounds with a higher center of gravity (i'm not sure I buy that part), I have no luggage on the 850 or crash bars that would change things a lot. I was debating the merits of the various bikes with someone in a bmw forum on fb earlier when it comes to having it fall over or fall on you, provided the bags and crap are not loaded down i'd pick an 850/1250 gs every time over my previous experience of a 700+ pound bike.

I have no method of weighing my bike but I suspect it's close to the claimed weight (wet) from factory.

*Originally Posted by GSMartin [+]
Same here when I had my lights activated, software upgrade first. I was told it downloaded slowly so it did not crash :164:
:008: :008: :745: There is no way it takes more than 30 mins to do this, i've had some dealers tell me some real bullsh#t stories before but that one is definitely all time top 5.
That software is not that big, I sometimes have to update the GS911, it's kind of slow but not bad. Something's not right about this, it sounds like the dealer knows 0 functional facts about computers.
Reminds me of a politician who is a member of the state senate that makes decisions on legislature regarding technology 'I'll let you know what I think about that when I actually learn how to log into my email'... If you think that is one rare character in politics, you'd be shockingly dissapointed on the high number of them that are technophobes but are expected to make intelligent decisions on things they don't understand.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Valves Adjustment
« on: May 14, 2021, 05.05 AM »
*Originally Posted by BordenBMW [+]
That was fast! How many km's on the bike? One my F2019 GSA, they changed all the exhaust shims. They told me that that they were all very close to the limit and if they change them now, I should be good for a very long time. The valves were checked at 25k km, I'm now at 27,5k km

I am within 5k KM of that point and still haven't done any major service to mine beyond change oil, maintain driveline / replace & driveline assembly so far.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Valves Adjustment
« on: May 14, 2021, 04.56 AM »
*Originally Posted by Eddy_G [+]
So, I have reassembled my engine.
Valve clearance was OK.

If the valve clearance values are OK, you can screw the cover back on.
How to remove the camshafts and adjust the timing again I will write about separately.

Excellent, thanks for sharing that! FYI @Eddy_G No I have not had any luck with fuel tank & fairing assembly on my bike so i've no idea what to do there. This bike is very new to me mechanically and much more annoying to take apart than my previous BMW tourer.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Chain and Sprocket Replacement
« on: May 14, 2021, 04.46 AM »
DiD KM500R chain tool, once you get past the hurdles of being new to the task it's an amazing and compact tool.
If you don't use it right though, it'll push the pin(s) of the master link back out the other side. I discovered that the hard way, fortunately it was salvageable.

The cost of this tool since I was first contemplating it years ago has gone up drastically, when I first came across it in the early 2010's it was about 95 bucks. I paid 145 a few weeks ago for it. Despite sticker shock, it's worth since it is a buy once and use many times type of tool.
The other tools on the market when I did new research to find out what the latest thing was before I bought one, all feedback remarked the pins frequently cracked or in some cases shattered on the non-DiD tools.  I definitely abused the Km5 but it survived unharmed.

The 1200/1250 i'd pick if I were mostly road, even so on the 850 GS I am mostly road since I commute a lot on it but can still take it on logging roads and etc.

The larger bikes will have more space for people, something I do not find the 850 to be as spacious where that is concerned. The next bike if it is not electric is likely to be a 1250 RS/RT.
I miss the k16gt for it's power, people space, world class fairing among other things but don't miss the 700 pounds of weight when it starts to tip over.

Set arrived on the 25th, I fitted it up today. To my disgust the JT countershaft sprocket that came with the kit didn't fit, when I used a spare i had that was sold to me for an f800, the spare fit perfectly.

I don't know what it is about JT, but I have ordered them for various bikes and none of them fit correctly. The machine tolerances on them are complete sh---.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Enduro pro mode
« on: Apr 27, 2021, 08.41 AM »
*Originally Posted by heatmizr [+]
"And the dealer had no idea what it was. "

This is just pitiful.  They NEED to be the EXPERTS!
You are fortunate if the person selling a bike even knows how to ride, let alone how they work.
Last person that sold me a car couldn't tell me how it worked and didn't even know enough to do his own basic maintenance.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: New Tyres - Primarily for Tarmac
« on: Apr 16, 2021, 09.15 PM »
*Originally Posted by markcat7 [+]
Thought I'd share my recent experience deciding on what tyres to go for on my F850 after the original tyres (Michelin Anakees) squared off at the rear at just under 6,000 miles.

Looking at some of the existing tyre threads, I;d hoped to go for Michelin Road Pilot 5's, as I'd had good experience of these on my previous GS1200, but they are not available in 850 tyre sizes, just the 750.

I've ended up going with Continental Trial Attack 3's and I have to say so far I'm very impressed.  They seem to offer plenty of grip and give lots of reassurance when cornering - I've not had the opportunity to try them in the wet yet, but will report back once I have.

One really good aspect is they don't require 'bedding in' to get rid of the releasing agent - they are ready for full use straight away.

Worth looking at if, like me, you don't intend doing any off-road.  In fact any off-roading I do will be the result of missing a breaking point and having an 'unplanned moment'!
Road pilots are the best IMO, i've used many sets.
In terms of mileage, my current set of Trailmax Missions is looking like it might come close to the mileage I used to get with RP's. I'm over 6500 miles and the tread shows no signs of stopping so far.
Road grip is not as good as RP but so far it seems like the best enduro compatible analog.

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