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I installed the Hornig risers on my 2019 F850GS and they fit perfectly, no modification of any kind needed.  Solved the handlebar placement issue for sitting and standing positions.

*Originally Posted by Newguy [+]
You should be wearing ear plugs, at least on the road. The rider has no control over turbulence and sound, these are generated by external forces (not necessarily your bike).
Turbulence and sound (as well as sound pressure) are caused by wind from other vehicles passing by, wind storms etc. Your helmets insulation may reduce DB but it won't affect the pressure levels as much, so your still damaging your hearing whether you know it or not.

I agree, that is good advice Newguy.  Itís a rare occasion that I skip ear plugs, generally short excursions on low speed country roads with virtually no traffic. 

There are solutions and it doesnít have to be a turbulent experience.  Using a Shoei RF1200 helmet and the MRA Vario Touring screen (with adjustable spoiler lip) has created a turbulent free environment on my 850GS.  In fact I rode an hour yesterday on country roads including about 10 miles of Interstate at 70 mph without ear plugs and was quite pleased at the level of comfort.  If The Michelin Anakee III tires wouldnít howl so loud, I wouldnít bother with ear plugs at all on the lower speed roads. For reference, Iím 5í 9Ē tall.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: BMW 850 prices going down
« on: April 25, 2020, 04:36:43 AM »
Sometimes it pays to be patient, I was thinking I would pick up a used 850gs in the future but spontaneously brought a new 2019 Premium model advertised on Cycle Trader for $12,999, located conveniently at a local dealership.  Thought it must be a scam as the list was $17k which included a few accessories, but a call cleared that up and I bought it the next day.  I still find it hard to believe it was that low and just attributed it to leftovers that didn't sell.  Part of the discount was a factory incentive ($3000) and the rest was by the dealer which he was able to do because they are a high volume dealer.  Making way for the 2020ís that showed up a couple weeks later.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Engine Guards
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:18:36 PM »
Wow, youíve really have field tested the setup! I hope you didnít fair too badly yourself.

 I already have the Barkbuster hand guards so looks like I picked a good setup.  Will be moving to Utah in a few years where I plan to really put them to the test myself.  In the meantime I will break them in here in the Appalachians and maybe a trip or two out West.  Thanks for the confidence inspiring information.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Engine Guards
« on: March 31, 2020, 08:12:15 PM »
Another option are Hepco Becker engine guards, which can be matched up with the tank guards for complete protection. Can be had in black or stainless.  I purchased the black set and a Black Dog skid plate but have not installed yet. 

Beautiful area! 

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: First Service Today...
« on: March 25, 2020, 03:55:39 AM »
Today was my first service at the dealership.  Total cost was $218.97.  Nothing that I could not have easily done myself, so next service (6,000 mi) will be in my garage.  Plan on switching to Liqui-moly racing oil, maybe it will quiet the noisy engine a bit.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: New dunlop 50/50 tires!
« on: March 09, 2020, 02:09:23 AM »
My 850 also came with the Michelin Ankanee III tires.  I had these on a VStrom 650 for 12k miles and while they were the most durable tire I have ever used, I was so glad they were finally worn out.  Good wet and dry road traction, poor off-road traction as expected given the tread pattern, but the real downside was the howling front tire noise.  My lack of tolerance may cause me to purchase the Missions long before the Michelins wear out. 

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Wheel tools
« on: March 02, 2020, 06:09:03 PM »
Thanks, I too was able to get in contact with Ed and place the order.  In fact I have received the tool and itís definitely a fine piece of workmanship.  Also compact enough to fit in the outer zippered side pocket of my SW Motech City tank bag.  A great value.

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