Maintenance (8)

Broken Lugguage Rack Bolts

A couple of weekends ago I was out on the GS with "Her Indoors". It was a fun ride with one or two lifts and a quick dash across a beach, all to much squealing and cursing from behind me. It wasn't until we were nearly…

Altrider Side Stand Foot... Take 2

Before setting off for my trip to Morocco I got myself a side stand foot form the guys at Altrider. If I'm honest, it was the part that I was most looking forward to testing in the desert. It worked well on the beaches around…

Installing A Touratech Extended Sump Guard

[flickr]set:72157624866433873[/flickr] Having owned my R1200GS for nearly 3 years, one of the modifications that I've been meaning to do for some time now is replace the original sump guard with a Touratech extended sump guard. However, I never quite got around to it, even after…

BMW R1200GS Brake Warning

This morning when heading off to work I noticed the brake warning light kept flashing and the ABS assist servos wouldn't come on when I applied the brakes, leaving me with just the residual braking function (BMWs words, not mine). Normally when switching on a…

Bike to bike communication systems

Now that we have the first RideAround.Net trip confirmed it is time to start looking at finding a more reliable way to communicate whilst out on the bikes. Initial trials with hand signals and wild gesturing led to mixed responses with some very strange looks…

BMW R1200GS Handguard No Longer Supported

Following on from a repair to my R1200GS after a SMIDSY attack back in December 2007, I have just heard that the last part on order, a bracket for my hand guards, wont be arriving. It seems that there is a design flaw with the…

BMW R1200GS To Be Fixed

I've just had news from my insurance company that my bike is going to be fixed following an accident at the end of November. Whilst I'm pleased that the bike is being fixed, I am a little annoyed with the insurance company. When I filed…