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On Two Wheels / Re: Would you rent your bike to a stranger?
« on: February 25, 2021, 10:16:52 PM »
Not a problem to test ride a bike. Simply agree on the price, and then get cash in hand with the understanding that if the buyer drops the bike, they automatically buy it.

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F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Remove top screw connecting frame to motor
« on: February 24, 2021, 06:06:57 AM »
Indeed!I removed that screw to install crashbars, and the engine stayed in place.

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*Originally Posted by SnoDrtRider [+]
The foam that absorbs energy in event of a fall/crash begins breaking down from day one. More if exposed to heat, chemicals in the garage (fuel vapors, etc.) that is why manufactures suggest replacement every 5 years and racing organizations will not allow you to compete in a helmet that is 5 years or older.

I look at it this way... I buy a $700 helmet and the manufacturer says "Replace after 5 Years" for $150 a year it is good advice and insurance to replace the helmet. Goes back to the old saying... If you have a $50 head buy a $50 helmet.

Very well said. Helmet is the one thing I wouldn't skimp on. Buy the best helmet you can afford, and handle it per the manufacturer's instructions.

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F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Hiding a Spare Key
« on: January 03, 2021, 06:11:12 PM »
That makes sense, cold affects batteries. You may want to practice/find out how to start the bike with a passive fob. Perhaps take off the seat and place it directly in the antenna with no battery. Just in case, you know.

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F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Hiding a Spare Key
« on: January 03, 2021, 03:43:08 AM »
Just FYI, you can start the bike with the fob even if the battery is dead. Simply place it close (1 inch) away from the antenna. On my F750 it is under the seat and can be triggered by holding the fob/spare under the rear fender. I'm assuming it's the same on the 850.


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*Originally Posted by B0M0A0K [+]
I have just been installing the HEX ezCAN II and just thought I'd mention how unimpressed I am (so far). The packet states that it is designed specifically for BMW models S1000XR/F750/F850/K1600 but then you start the registration process (you have to do this before you are allowed to use the software) only the K1600 appears in the drop-down vehicle selection list.

Starting a ticket with Hex Innovations results in a "Oh, you seem to have uncovered a bug in the software" and the recommendation that I choose K1600GT (EUR) in order to get around the problem. That worked, but then there was a mandatory firmware update. It took three goes to finally complete this, with the error message pointing to an inability to contact their servers and to please try again or contact support. I decided to close the software and try again, this time it worked.

From my professional background I can tell you that three attempts at updating firmware before success is bad news.

I'm not in the least impressed with the length of the wiring that goes to the battery as it's too short if you want to make it a neat and unobtrusive job. Raised a ticket for this asking about whether it was possible to increase the length of the battery negative cable and got a quite detailed response. They provided the gauge of wire to use etc, but ultimately advised that lengthening the cable would invalidate the warranty on the unit. I am now sending them pictures so they can look at the problem.

 :151:

I had none of these issues and I'm pretty happy with the EZCan so far. Got it driving my aux lights, horn and brakes and I really like the functionality and configurability.

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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Adding TPMS to base 850gs
« on: December 16, 2020, 08:00:26 PM »
I've been using aftermarket ones on both my bikes. $40, little display on the bars, which I wired to USB so it's always powered. Found it to be very accurate and useful.

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While they can see when the oil service light was reset, there is no way to check which oil you have been using (the bike doesn't know that).

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F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: TFT Screen Customization Question
« on: December 15, 2020, 11:31:42 PM »
The trend with motor vehicles today is to display the minimal information needed, and allow the vehicle and it's onboard electronics to handle as much as possible without involving the user/driver/rider.
As it is impossible to adjust the TFT to display the temp, try to adjust yourself not to care about it - the bike will alert you if the temp goes too high. There is no good reason to want to monitor the temp versus oil pressure, tire pressure, battery voltage, and a myriad of other parameters.

You bought an expensive bike that's supposed to handle most things and alert you when it needs your attention. Keep your eyes on the road!

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