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  1. GreenMonster

    Overland Expo West - May 15-17 2015

    I'll be there covering the event for BMW Owners News.
  2. GreenMonster

    So Is the New BMW GSA Better Off-Road Than the Old One?

    Eric:I get the feeling that you're afraid to ride the new adventure because you probably understand that once you did- either on or off road- you'll want it. My 'old' '12 GSA was, and still is, a great bike. Just, as I wrote, the new one (a '14 GSA-LC) is better. The offroad handling is better - noticeably better- due in no small part to the the longer swing arm. ( Back in the day, the first thing we did to the 70's Huskys was to take them to a shop and have the swing arm lengthened an inch to make them into desert bikes instead of twitchy European motocross machines). The slightly higher gearing on the LC was a concern ito me at first, but the additional torque and heavier rotating mass more than compensates. (The '13 GS has a lightweight flywheel that I found did, indeed, stall easily; the newer GSs have the heavier unit.) I actually like the newer GSA gearing better now than the Enduro gearing after 18,000 miles of use including some pretty technical stuff. On tight fireroads with ruts and switchbacks, the higher first gear keeps me from having to hunt between first and second and I did on the '12. As for your gripe about different tires on the two bikes, the pavement, fire roads and single track we did the photos on were firm enough that tires would not be significant enough the the professional riders couldn't differentiate. But had we tested in mud, we'd probably find what I learned in sand: The Enduro mode adjusts the traction control (and ABS) sensitivity to work to your advantage; you don't spin rooster tails digging yourself in nor does the front wheel lock up descending steep grades. On the old bike, those features are either all on or all off. The new bike allows that on/off mode in Enduro Pro mode. As for radiator vulnerability: I can attest that the stock bars do a fine job in a the couple of 'naps' that I've given the bike. I guess if you hit a projecting rock hard enough you could do some damage, but if it were that hard a hit, you'd have plenty of other issues to deal with other than a radiator. Finally, as for the wider wheels and sand... I don't know about you, but to me, a slightly wider footprint reduces the propensity for digging in during my experiences with sand. (However, too big a tire/wheel combo and the bike won't want to go around corners well because of gyroscopic forces.) In summary, note that the R1200 GS and GSAs are not dedicated dirt bikes. I've ridden them back to back with the KTM 1190 and when the going get really tough, both the KTM and the GSA will get through, but you'll be happier getting there on the BMW. If you only are riding fireroads, sand, single track, etc; use a smaller bike. I've ridden the GS through the toughest parts of Death Valley. It made it. But I also did the same routes on my DR-Z 400 and the little bike was more fun in the tough dirt.... but I did trailer it out there! I suspect you'll find some more nits to pick to keep this tread going and your site growing. but I'll end by saying my comments are based on actual evalluations by me and some riders much better than me, and not by guessing or suppositions. Let the responses begin in 3....2....1....
  3. GreenMonster

    Quick Tip: Releasing Mud When Washing Your Bike

    If you know you'll be hitting mud, spray your bike with cooking oil spray (Pam or similar) before the ride. Obviously, avoid the rotors/brakes and the exhaust header. Especially valuable when on the Dalton in Alaska where the mud dries into ceramic-like coating due to the calcium carbonate used to hold down dust.