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Touratech USA Bar Risers
MikeyB posted a product in Handlebars & Controls
2 reviewsCustomize the fit of your BMW R1200GS or GSA with a set of Touratech bar risers. There is no substitute for a bike that fits you. When it's more comfortable, it makes long trips more enjoyable. Many R1200GS riders find that increasing bar height makes a noticeable improvement to their comfort. Raising the bar height results in a more upright position which can relieve neck and back strain. Touratech bar risers also enable a more comfortable and controlled standing position, which is ideal for off-road riding or just stretching the body on a long ride.
Touratech USA Large Sidestand Foot
20-100 posted a product in Bike Accessories
1 reviewTouratech's Large Sidestand Foot stabilizes your BMW R1200GS or GS Adventure when parked on the side stand. Whether you find yourself parking in grass, gravel, mud or forest soil, the increased surface area of the Touratech Sidestand Foot dramatically improves the stability of the R1200GS making your off-the-beaten-path parking much easier. The Touratech Large Sidestand Foot is the choice of travelers the world over because of its solid stainless steel construction, well engineered fit and strong 3-bolt mounting connection. The top clamping plate wraps 360 degrees around the kick stand for the most soild connection to the side stand on the BMW R1200GS or GSA. The Touratech Large Sidestand Foot installs easily and dramatically improves your parking experience when off pavement with your R1200GS. PRODUCT FEATURES Easy Installation Guaranteed to improve your parking experience when off pavement Made of laser-cut stainless steel and anodized aluminum Available to fit 2013 Water Cooled R1200GS, or 2014-newer R1200GS & Adventure Fits R1250GS & Adventure Does NOT fit 2016 and newer factory low models Please reference the diagram of foot styles and select from the menu above Made in Germany
Touratech USA Quick Release Stainless Steel Headlight Guard, Black
20-100 posted a product in Bike Protection
1 reviewProtect your headlight from rocks kicked up by cars, or other bikes. With the TOURATECH Headlight Guard for the BMW R1200GS / Adventure, you’ll never worry about an expensive, cracked headlight. Continuous steel mesh, lasercut from stainless steel sheet, securely protects your headlight. The headlight guard is held firmly in place with steel structure specifically fitted to the BMW R1200GS / Adventure. Easy installation, using existing mounting holes. When it’s time to clean mud off the lens, the guard is easy to remove and replace, even while wearing gloves. This attractive guard is styled to match the GS's aggressive looks, and protect expensive, and important components. Easy installation Quick-release to clean the headlights Fits BMW R1200GS up to 2012, Adventure up to 2013. Oil Cooled models only Laser-cut stainless steel construction Semi-gloss BLACK powdercoat finish Developed for OFF-ROAD use All installation hardware included
1 reviewProtect your KTM's frame from wear and keep your boots from catching with these rugged guards from Touratech. Made of high-strength black plastic, the easy-to-install guards give your enduro boots something to rub on other than your frame's paint. This will keep your KTM 1090, 1190, or 1290 looking great for years to come. Sold as a pair. (left and right sides both included)
KTM 1290 Super Adventure (2017)
RogersW posted a garage vehicle in Rogers's Garage
0 commentsAmazing machine. I've noticed its not as high quality as a BMW but its definitely built for my riding style. KTM has come short on my deal and hasn't activated KTM my ride, hill assist, quick shift, or heated grips. They don't know how to make these options work. It's been a month sense I bought the bike and I haven't got to fully use my bike yet.
Touratech USA Explore Front Shock (BMW Telelever)
Traskrider posted a product in Suspension
2 reviewsouratech Suspension is the world’s first purpose-built shock absorber for long-distance touring with a fully-loaded motorcycle. Right out of the box, it has the strength, features and adjustments to go the distance on the R1200GS or GSA with luggage. The Touratech Explore front shock is over-built by design with heavy-duty materials, over-sized components, spring pre-load adjustment, and adjustable rebound dampening. This shock has been specifically developed for optimum performance on BMW’s Telelever front end. We’ve put the shock through rigorous testing in real-world adventure touring environments to make sure it functions well on your R1200GS or GSA. This front shock is available in both a standard height and a low version which drops the seat by 2 inches. Use the drop down menu to select the standard or low version. It’s recommended to upgrade the rear shock at the same time you upgrade the front shock.
Touratech USA Explore HP Rear Shock
brian.havoc1 posted a product in Suspension
3 reviewshttp://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/126/PN-044-5880X/Touratech-Explore-HP-Rear-Shock-BMW-R1200GS-Adventure Touratech Suspension Features VideoThis video shows the features for each of the different levels of Touratech Suspension shocks. Why Touratech Suspension? Touratech Suspension is the world’s first purpose-built shock absorber for long-distance touring with a fully-loaded motorcycle. Right out of the box, it has the strength, features and adjustments to go the distance on your R1200GS or GSA hauling luggage. The Touratech Explore HP shock is over-built by design with heavy-duty materials, over-sized components, 50% more spring pre-load adjustment, and adjustable rebound dampening that’s tuned for optimal performance with a fully-loaded motorcycle. With an Explore HP shock, the preload can be quickly adjusted by turning the knob with your hand. It’s recommend to upgrade to an Explore front shock, when you upgrade the rear shock on your R1200GS or GSA. Click HERE to see the Explore front shock. “I could not be more satisfied with my Touratech Suspension. It worked flawlessly for 15,000 miles on my journey from Seattle to the southern tip of Argentina. I now recommend it for my GlobeRiders clients and any adventure motorcyclist that is heading out on a serious ride.” –Helge Pedersen Why do I need this? Motorcycle Manufacturer’s Shocks - The shocks found on new motorcycles are designed to be inexpensive and fit the needs of the average 170lb rider with 15lbs of luggage. As a result, they often meet the minimum standard for function. The performance of a stock shock is typically not confidence inspiring. With heavy loads, stock suspension “bottoms out” easily and doesn’t have sufficient preload or damping adjustment range. They aren’t serviceable and, with heavy loads, are prone to blown-out seals and other failures. The rider often feels the bike is too spongy and doesn’t handle properly. Aftermarket Shocks - Most after-market shocks are made with performance riding in mind, but aren’t built for use on a fully-loaded R1200GS or GS Adventure. Most can only withstand the weight of the rider and don’t offer good handling, or have adequate preload adjustment. They also aren't durable enough to go the distance with a fully-loaded touring bike. How is Touratech Suspension Different? •50% more preload adjustment than other shocks on the market. A generous 15mm of adjustment allows proper pre-load set-up for a fully-loaded R1200GS or GSA. Most shocks have 8-10mm which is not enough to accommodate long-distance quantities of luggage or a passenger. The Explore HP shock offers a convenient preload adjustment knob which hydraulically changesthe preload setting of your bike to compensate for the addition of a passenger or luggage. •A floating piston separates the air and the oil to prevent oil foaming. This technology ensures that your shock will have smooth and consistent performance even in punishing environments. •Cold forged 6082 T6 aluminum shock body machined to exacting standards offers high-strength and maximum heat dissipation. •High-strength stainless steel bushings ensure the mounting points of the shock will go the distance. •Low-friction seal with integrated Teflon back-up ring maximizes performance and extends the life of the shock. •Oversized 16mm high-strength shaft made of chrome-moly steel for maximum strength and durability. •Available in a range of spring rates to match the rider’s weight requirements. •Dampening set up for fully-loaded R1200GS or GSA right out-of-the-box. Key issues to consider when selecting a shock Hydraulic Preload Adjustment -With a Touratech Explore HP shock, the spring preload can be adjusted hydraulically by turning the knob with your hand. If you don’t anticipate changing your preload often, the Explore shock may be an option since it costs less and offers all of the same features except the quick-adjust preload knob. 50% More Spring Preload Adjustment- When you load your R1200GS or GSA with luggage and all the gear for a weekend trip or extended tour, the bike will sag under the weight of the load. Most shocks are NOT designed to handle this. With Touratech Suspension, you can adjust the pre-load to bring the bike back to level. Because of the full 15mm of adjustment you can raise the back of the motorcycle as much as 1.8 inches to compensate for the load which restores proper geometry for optimum handling and overall feel of the bike. Most shock preload adjusters only have 8-10mm of adjustment which can only raise the back of the bike by 1.2 inches. Floating Piston Superiority – Touratech Suspension uses a Floating Piston design which offers the best dampening performance because it physically separates the nitrogen gas from the oil. Most shocks use oil emulsion dampening which allows oil to mix with the nitrogen gas in a foaming process that basically ‘thins’ the oil and prevents the shock from working properly. When the oil is 'foamed' the bike bottoms easily and also springs up too quickly resulting in erratic handling and an unsteady ride. With the floating piston design of Touratech Suspension there is a physical separation of oil and nitrogen gas which means you can ride rough roads all day long and enjoy consistent high performance. Why buy a shock whose performance gets worse the harder you ride it? Before you invest in new suspension for your R1200GS or GSA make sure it’s a floating piston design. Stainless Steel Bushings - While many aftermarket shocks use aluminum bushings where the shock mounts to the motorcycle, Touratech Suspension uses high-strength, non-corroding stainless steel. This creates a strong and rigid connection which is important for a loaded R1200GS or GSA. The stainless steel bushings protect against corrosion and seizing and offer low maintenance and longer life. Low-Friction Seal – Our seals have a backbone that virtually eliminates friction interference on the dampening activity. On other shocks, the seal deforms as dampening pressure increases and causes stiction on the shaft. Touratech Suspension is equipped with a proprietary low-friction seal that is supported by Teflon back-up ring. This Teflon backbone keeps the seal from deforming and eliminates stiction on the shaft even at high pressures. The result is better performance, increased reliability and longer service life, even in harsh environments. Oversized high-strength shaft – While most manufacturers use a 14mm carbon steel shaft, Touratech suspension uses a 16mm high-strength chrome-moly steel alloy. Aluminum Shock Body – Some manufacturers use a steel shock body to reduce cost. Touratech suspension uses cold-forged 6082 T6 aluminum for the shock body because it’s lightweight, strong and durable. It also dissipates heat 30% more effectively than steel, which results in more stable and predictable dampening delivering better handling and a smoother ride. A cooler shock will also have more consistent dampening and a longer service life. Adjustable Rebound Dampening – Right out of the box, this shock is ready for adventure with its rebound dampening levels set for touring on a fully-loaded R1200GS or GSA. The rebound dampening is also fully adjustable so the ride can be customized to your preferences. Custom Springs – Touratech Suspension is available in a range of spring rates so we can ensure your shock has the proper spring for your application. Fully Serviceable – All Touratech Suspension is fully serviceable and can be customized or re-built by Touratech-USA or any qualified suspension technician. Summary – Touratech Explore HP Shock The Touratech Explore HP is an excellent upgrade from a stock OEM shock and a great alternative to other aftermarket shocks that have only oil-emulsion dampening or don’t offer enough pre-load adjustment. If you need a shock that will perform well for fully-loaded touring, this shock will improve your ride right out of the box. With 50% more preload adjustment than other shocks and the convenience of a hydraulic adjustment knob, the Explore HP is a great choice for your R1200GS or GS Adventure. Note: If you want the ultra convenient push-button electric preload adjustment consider upgrading to the Touratech Explore HP e (electric preload adjustment) Shock. If you want a shock with adjustable high and low-speed compression dampening and a remote reservoir, consider the Touratech Expedition Shock. For a step-by-step installation guide complete with pictures click HERE. Under the 'Instructions' tab please click on the link for the rider's profile, answer the questions, and paste them into the comments field during checkout, or email to [email protected] . This will help us ensure your shock is sprung specifically for your application.
BMW R1200 GS (2008)
Adam Rehling posted a garage vehicle in Adam Rehling's Garage
BMW F800 GS Adventure (2015)
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Touratech USA Works Footpeg
Eric Hall posted a product in Handlebars & Controls
1 reviewThe wide, grippy, high ground clearance design of the Works foogpegs is specifically engineered for street and off road touring on your BMW GS model motorcycle. These "Works" foot pegs were designed specifically for the needs of long distance touring and off-road riding on your BMW GS. The serrated claw design of the peg has plenty of grip for off-road riding, but the teeth are rounded on top so they won't tear up your nice touring boots. The 52mm (2 inch) wide peg offers tons of stability when standing on up on the pegs, and support when sitting down on the street. The open design of the pegs allow clay, mud, and rocks to fall through, keeping your traction no matter what the weather or terrain. You'll never need to worry about slipping off your BMW's pegs when they're wet or muddy. The low profile design of the pegs allow more ground clearance than most other aftermarket footpegs. The chamfered bottom edge will give you more room for clearing ruts, rocks or stumps when riding off road. Their bright stainless steel finish with laser inscription will stay looking nice for as long as they're mounted on your motorcycle. If you would like a lower footpeg, order the low version Works peg, part number 044-5136. NOT compatible with 2013-on Water Cooled R1200GS Models, order part # 045-5315 52mm (2") wide x 3.5" long Claw profile that is kind to your boots Perfect combination of grip and self-cleaning Designed for better ground clearance Strengthened mounting point Blasted surface finish and laser inscription Made in Germany by Touratech Fits BMW R850GS, R1100GS, R1150GS, R1150GS Adventure, R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, R80GS, R100GS, F800GS (all years), F700GS, F650GS TWIN,F650GS Single / Dakar), G650GS / Sertao NOT compatible with 2013-on Water Cooled R1200GS Models, order part # 045-5315
BMW F800 GS Adventure (2014)
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BMW R1200 GS (2009)
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Triumph Tiger 800 XC (2012)
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Triumph Tiger 800 XCx (2015)
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The Inaugural Touratech Rally East 2015
Steve_Kamrad posted a topic in Ride ReportsA first year rally is really a magical thing. What to expect and what will the event organizers get right or wrong is part of the adventure you can only get at the inaugural year. Let’s face it, we’re talking about Touratech here; the German made, industry leading, technically superior, aftermarket accessory company. What could they get wrong? The first thing they did get right with the Touratech Rally East, located in Huntingdon, PA was the cost. At $90.67 a early bird ticket for a Thursday through Sunday event (August 13th-16th) this could be some comparatively inexpensive fun. Showing up on Thursday early was good on my part - after setting up camp in the segregated motorcycle area I was able to go hit the grass track that was burned in on the 220 acre farm property, then follow up the grass track with a loop of the big bike trails in another field. After 5 laps on the grass track with only one highside, I decided that if that was all the riding I was to do this whole trip it was already worth the money. Touratech didn’t let anyone down with riding choices. Their team brought a couple laptops with connection cords for all the gps hardware systems out there and they uploaded multiple routes for everyone to do self-guided rides. They also staffed guided tours of every option for those new to the game or those that were there solo. There were a staggering number of new to the adventure motorcycling community attendees at this event, which goes to show the reach and influence the mighty Germans at Touratech have within their community. Friday and Saturday’s rides were mainly large loops around and through Bald Eagle State Forest and Rothrock State Forest with varying degrees of difficulty depending on which route you chose. With the longer loops coming in at over 100 and 150 miles for Friday and Saturday respectively, and the shorter loops ranging as little at 7 miles for barbeque and 50 miles for a half day ride. Twisting tarmac and gravel made up the intermediate loops The long loop experienced routes delivered enough challenging parts with rocky unmaintained jeep trails to keep the ride interesting. It’s a shame the team putting the route together didn’t have access to all the trails - this area is under strict supervision by DCNR and permitting is tough. Hopefully next year they’ll go through the extra paperwork to make this ride truly special. For anyone on a single cylinder dirt bike these options would have been a little underwhelming, but on the large ADV bike that Touratech convinces everyone to bring off-road these trails were plenty challenging. The one truly challenging part of this rally was the food situation. Now Touratech gave fair warning that one or two food vendors would be available and that Saturday night’s barbecue dinner by Doan’s Bones (at an optional $20) would be the only catered meal. However, there was spotty coverage by vendors at the event, and many people who hadn’t packed full cooking gear on their bikes were left wondering if they would go hungry. For the number of caterers, fire houses, etc in the area willing to get paid to do a meal, it would have been well worth the organizers time to charge more for a fully catered event. Hungry riders with no room for camp stoves on their bikes shouldn’t live off of jet-boil food the whole weekend and have trouble leaving to get food after a post ride beer. In the end everyone survived, but next year we’re crossing our fingers for a catered event……....and showers. Friday’s and Saturday’s evening field games and slow races were great to watch. Everyone gathered around to watch the Friday night Quinn Cody uphill/downhill “tight turns” challenge course. Saturday nights slow race was epically good with one on one eliminations. Making Touratech feel a bit more home grown they allowed their staff to grab a bike and compete in these events which makes for some good laughs and lets you know that these guys and girls are human just like the rest of us. On Saturday as a closer to the event raffle tickets were passed out and prizes given away. While everyone drank beer from their Touratech Rally mugs the numbers were called out. Most of the prizes were Main Line Overland or Overland journal, but a good amount were from Icon Raiden like riding jerseys, gloves and the always cool Raiden trucker hat. Going into work Monday with co workers asking “how was your adventure weekend?” I find that our stories don’t translate well with the uninformed. You spent 3 nights camping in a field with no showers, swam in a lake for a bath, rode your 20 thousand dollar motorcycle off-road and now it’s all dirty and scratched cause you dropped it? Well yes. Yes we did and it was a blast!
Touratech USA Locking GPS Mount: Garmin Montana/Monterra/Motorrad Adv
Nate J. posted a product in Navigation
2 reviewsThis locking Garmin mount from Touratech will keep your Montana, Monterra, or BMW Motorrad Adventure GPS unit secure and protected while mounted on your motorcycle. Because of the locking mechanism, you will no longer have to worry about your expensive GPS while running in to pay for gas, or grabbing a bite to eat. The Montana/Monterra GPS mount also incorporates anti-vibration dampeners to cut down on harsh vibrations to your GPS from your motorcycle's engine or the road conditions. This mount is perfect for both street touring on a large sport touring bike, or hard off road riding on a single cylinder enduro. Note: This mount requires the use of the Garmin or BMW plastic integrated motorcycle mount and power cradle for installation. > Color: Silver anodized > Made out of stainless steel and anodized aluminum > Fits Garmin Montana, Monterra, and BMW Motorrad Adventure series GPS units > Works in conjunction with Garmin's plastic power cradle > Made in Germany by Touratech > Locks with key > Can be keyed to match other locking Touratech items > Crossbar mounts can be configured to either portrait or landscape orientation
Touratech rally 2015 Plains Wa
zeddy posted a topic in Trip planningAnyone going? Maybe we could plan a little get together?
Yamaha Super Tenere (2012)
Nate J. posted a garage vehicle in Nate J.'s Garage
1 commentI've been riding for for about 28 years on many different genres of bikes - from dirt, to cruiser, to crotch rocket. I have to say, this bike is by far the best I have had the pleasure of owning and riding. It's versatility, quality, and capability coupled with it's reasonable price point make it a win win!
Touratech USA Crash Bar Package
Doug Printz posted a product in Bike Protection
3 reviewsWe have combined the best protection bars for your R1200GS into this easy to install complete crash bar package. This kit comes with both the Touratech Upper Fairing Crash Bars and the Lower Engine Crash bars to give your motorcycle's cylinders, radiators, and fairings, the protection they need for any adventure. > Complete kit with upper and lower crash bars included > Made of strong 25mm diameter, 2mm wall-thickness stainless steel tubing > Available in electo-polished stainless steel (silver) or epoxy-coated (black) finishes > Upper bars protect the expensive upper fairing and vulnerable radiator > All hardware included for easy installation > Accents the styling lines of the R1200GS > Lower bars' stainless steel tube cage design protects by completely wrapping around the cylinder > Complete front cross-brace effectively transfers force > NOT compatible with BMW OEM auxiliary lights. > Design prevents excess force into frame or engine > Compact design maximizes maneuverability off-road and preserves lean angle for the twisties > Easily removed for service > Compatible with Touratech cylinder head guards > Fits BMW R1200GS Water Cooled models, 2013-on > Made in Germany by Touratech
KTM 1190 Adventure R (2014)
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Touratech USA Zumo 590LM Locking Handlebar Mount
Bryan Bosch posted a product in Navigation
1 reviewThe Touratech locking mount for the Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS navigator provides the ultimate in locking and vibration resistant protection for your GPS while on any kind of motorcycle adventure. Because of the locking mechanism, you will no longer have to worry about your expensive GPS while running in to pay for gas, or grabbing a bite to eat. The Zumo 590LM GPS mount also incorporates anti-vibration dampers to cut down on harsh vibrations to your GPS from your motorcycle's engine or the road conditions. This mount is perfect for both street touring on a large sport touring bike, or hard off road riding on a single cylinder enduro. This locking mount can be installed in either portrait or landscape mode. Note: This mount requires the use of the Garmin plastic integrated motorcycle mount and power cradle for installation. > Available in black or silver anodized finishes > Made out of stainless steel and anodized aluminum > Fits Garmin Zumo 590LM GPS unit > Works in conjunction with Garmin's plastic power cradle > Can be mounted in portrait or landscape mode > Designed to mount to 1/2 inch cross bar or Touratech GPS Mount adapter > Can also be adapted to any motorcycle with RAM mount system > Made in Germany by Touratech > Locks with key > Can be keyed to match other locking Touratech items > Please request your key number in the comments field during checkout
LuggageRacks RotopaX on aluminum side cases
DimitriT posted a topic in Gear, Farkles and EquipmentI was going to start the thread with a I've been doing a lot of LDR lately (Long Distance Riding, duh!) and I need more gas crap, but to be honest, I love how the extra fuel canister looks on my bike. The problem I had is that I didn't want to the rotopax to be on the sides or the back but on top of the side aluminum cases. Right under my Wolfman rollie bags. But there was no way to strap them properly so I had to improvise. Total cost of project: $15 Total man hours spent: 1 Total beers consumed: 3 Industrial Revolution Vanilla Porter (I love living in CO) Enjoy! Your standard ADV side case Your standard BMW straps Using the Wolfman rollie alone with the straps: perfect! Using the Wolfman rollie and the rotopax with the straps: disaster! The rotopax will just fly away with the slightest bump. The solution: Footman Loops for next to nothing (here) I also needed some STAINLESS STEEL hardware as well as some pieces of an old bicycle tube Marking the “G” spot Measurements because OCD Am I actually drilling a hole on my sidecar? I wonder if this will void the warranty… The tube will help the water to stay out (in theory) Screw -> hook -> washer -> tube in this order Thank the OCD for measuring… How did I make it crooked? Screw tight (boom, phrasing!) Cut the edges. Final product And here’s the magic! Yes, these are the original straps that came with my bike… This rotopax, won’t go anywhere! Not bad, right? http://i.imgur.com/9yhErV9.jpg Best think, I can still open my side cases with everything on them! Now I’m ready to go to my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I’ve got extra fuel! I can go to the one across town!! WOOHOO!!!! This post has been promoted to an article
How to secure RotopaX on aluminum side casesI was going to start the thread with a I've been doing a lot of LDR lately (Long Distance Riding, duh!) and I need more gas crap, but to be honest, I love how the extra fuel canister looks on my bike. The problem I had is that I didn't want to the rotopax to be on the sides or the back but on top of the side aluminum cases. Right under my Wolfman rollie bags. But there was no way to strap them properly so I had to improvise. Total cost of project: $15 Total man hours spent: 1 Total beers consumed: 3 Industrial Revolution Vanilla Porter (I love living in CO) Enjoy! Your standard ADV side case Your standard BMW straps Using the Wolfman rollie alone with the straps: perfect! Using the Wolfman rollie and the rotopax with the straps: disaster! The rotopax will just fly away with the slightest bump. The solution: Footman Loops for next to nothing (here) I also needed some STAINLESS STEEL hardware as well as some pieces of an old bicycle tube Marking the “G” spot Measurements because OCD Am I actually drilling a hole on my sidecar? I wonder if this will void the warranty… The tube will help the water to stay out (in theory) Screw -> hook -> washer -> tube in this order Thank the OCD for measuring… How did I make it crooked? Screw tight (boom, phrasing!) Cut the edges. Final product And here’s the magic! Yes, these are the original straps that came with my bike… This rotopax, won’t go anywhere! Not bad, right? Best thing, I can still open my side cases with everything on them! Now I’m ready to go to my local Starbucks. Oh wait, I’ve got extra fuel! I can go to the one across town!! WOOHOO!!!!
BMW R1200 GS Adventure LC (2014)
MikeyB posted a garage vehicle in MikeyB's Garage
0 commentsI love my BMW GS Adv. 'Nuff said. Best fun on two wheels since I had a sport bike. If anything my first thought when I bought it, as I rode away from the dealer, was "So THIS is what I'm missing out on."... Life is just different. And now my ZX10r sits in the garage, a proper race queen, having served me reliably for 27,000 miles... My GSA is not only my daily commute but my escape as well.
How Do I Outfit My Bike for Off-Road Riding?
Eric Hall posted a topic in Beyond StarbucksI saw a similar video for the Tenere 660 and since that bike isn't sold in the US and the GS/GSA is and have sold quite a few, I thought I'd do a similar video. The things I go over in this video really apply to just about any adventure bike. The key issue here for a lot of riders is what exactly do I need to do to my bike to outfit it for off-road riding? When I started out I had absolutely no clue and unfortunately wasted some time and even more money figuring all this out. I figure I can use my experience to save you money I have to say though that I honestly didn't know how much I'd enjoy riding my bike off-road when I first bought it. I figured it was just a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. However, these bikes don't exactly come dirt-ready off the showroom floor. There are some things you should do right away, some things before others given their importance and of course some things you really don't need to do. We've all seen that shiny sparkly bike at Starbucks all farkled up and you just know that thing has never seen anything more adventurous than a gutter in front of its driveway. Don't be that guy! The other thread here "Post your gear questions here" is more for the apparel side. This is the bike part of that same set of questions. I know it's long but if you're new to adventure riding or an experienced rider looking to explore more dirt, I think you'll find it helpful.