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Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Chassis hole plug kit.
« on: October 17, 2020, 04:14:58 PM »
On the GSA the front engine mount hole is obscured by the fairing. The rear one on mine is now used as a mounting location for the Wunderlich crash bar reinforcing braces. Problem solved.  :028:

However, one should be able to locate plastic plugs to fit for a lot less than $28.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: Do we always need a Hug?
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:31:35 PM »
*Originally Posted by B0M0A0K [+]
Funnily enough I was wondering how it would handle (God forbid) snow if you were unlucky enough to ride in it. Looks like it would pack up into the hugger quite quickly.

Mud would be the issue for my riding. I'm not even keen on the low front fender possibly being a mud catcher. No way I want to double the problem with a rear hugger.

Modifications, Accessories, and Appearance / Re: DIY accessories and mods
« on: September 30, 2020, 11:03:23 PM »
Cause I'm that guy who always packs too much s**t for a trip.

The biggest reason for too much stuff is my fishing kit which includes a pack raft. I like to camp at small alpine lakes in the back country and as such need everything to survive out there with relative comfort for several days at a time. After my last trip a couple weeks back I was looking at ways to free up space in the panniers and kept looking at all that empty space on the rear seat which will never be used for the purpose it was put there for (no where for feet to go anyway as the rear pegs are off the bike too). The one thing I like about the R-GS models is the two piece seat which lets you replace the rear half with an additional luggage plate, so without wanting to cut my seat in half, the next best option seemed to be to add a plate above the seat which would allow a small bag to be tied on and still let the seat be removed.

So, I made a template and worked up the design and cut a sheet of 1/8" aluminum on my mill. A couple bends and some clamps to mount it to the rear grab rails and I now have a nice luggage shelf. I picked up a Wolfman small Rolie bag and in it fits all the tools and such I like to carry which will free up all that space in a pannier so they are not so jam packed.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Head bearing tool
« on: September 26, 2020, 03:22:47 PM »
*Originally Posted by Rod.T [+]
Hey MCMXCIVRS, I see you are located in Calgary. I am in the NW. I'm pretty sure I need an adjustment as I have 6k KM on my bike and I can feel the front end is kind of loose. Any chance we could hook up and I could use your tool to adjust mine? Just looking to save a trip to Blackfoot lol.

No problem, sent you a message.

F750/850GS Main Chat board / Re: Actual weight of your ride
« on: September 25, 2020, 03:14:11 PM »
*Originally Posted by Matty589 [+]
Blimey. Thatís 25Kg over the stated weight and more than the original LC R1200GS.

That is assuming the stated weight for the R1200GS is not equally optimistic. If I get so inclined, I'll roll my GSA up on my scales and see what it comes in at with all the extra kit I've added. But in the end, it doesn't change the fact that its a lot of fun to ride.

Many auto and motorcycle manufacturers use this model for option packages rather than offering an item by item menu. The reason is simplicity and cost for manufacturing. To have a production line that is set up to add individual options is much more costly and difficult to manage. Far easier and more profitable to add a whole package of options limiting the variations to just three or four possibilities. Some of the features can be dealer added if the package is not chosen, but that usually comes at a higher cost to the buyer.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Head bearing adjustment
« on: September 08, 2020, 03:00:19 PM »
Yes, GSA has pretty tight clearance to the plastic.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Head bearing adjustment
« on: August 31, 2020, 03:09:03 PM »
Here is the photo of my socket and shortened torx bit. The socket was made from a piece of pipe from my scrap bin. I turned the inside diameter to match the nut then milled the two teeth out. I considered a fancy six tooth design, but in the name of speed and simplicity went just with two since the torque values it needs to withstand is so minimal. I welded an end cap on the pipe and repurposed an old 1/4" drive socket for the drive end.  The torx bit is pretty much as markbigsky did with the addition of taking a bit of material off the nose of the socket part as well.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Head bearing adjustment
« on: August 23, 2020, 04:46:46 PM »
I'll get some photos and share them when I'm back home next week. Always up for meeting and getting out for a ride.

Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Head bearing adjustment
« on: August 21, 2020, 03:45:03 PM »
I made myself a socket for the steering head nuts so I could torque them correctly to the specs. I had the same issue as you with the pinch bolts and modified a torx bit socket cutting it shorter to just fit the tight space without removing all the plastics.

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