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  • in reply to: Roadside Assistance Insurance #64167

    marchyman
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    Roadside Assistance is a form of insurance.  How good or bad it is often depends upon where you break down.  I’ve read both “it saved my butt” and “it was the worst thing ever” from people who have used it.   Didn’t seem to make any difference as to the providing organization.   The best stories have a flat bed show up in minutes and get you to dealer with no additional expenses.  The worst complaints are waiting hours for the wrong type of tow truck to show up or getting a “we don’t have any vehicles in your area” response when you finally get in touch with the call center.

    I don’t use it.  Should I break down in a way that requires a tow I’ll have to pay out of pocket.  That hasn’t happened to me to date.  It did happen to my brother.  If you break down in a well populated area a U-Haul and some tie downs are often cheaper than a tow.   Don’t offer the information that you are going to haul a bike.  Some U-Haul places don’t care, others may not rent you a vehicle.

    in reply to: maintenance manual for r1200rt 2013 #64165

    marchyman
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    Edit:  I forgot that the ’13 RT isn’t a wethead.   It is the wethead version that had the licence code and limitied number of activations.   Sorry for any confusion.

    I guess they ran out of the first batch. I finally got mine (for the GS, it is the same DVD) a while back after many months of waiting. FWIW the current version of the DVD comes with a license code. The code allows the product to be installed 3 times if my memory is correct. After that the DVD is mostly useless. If someone does offer you a used DVD make sure that there are still license activations available.

    in reply to: Page not found error #64081

    marchyman
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    in reply to: Fitness article in latest OTL #64063

    marchyman
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    How’s your German?

    Trainingsprogramm Fit2Ride von BMW Motorrad – Motorradnachrichten – MOTORRAD

    It’s a BMW training program.   Google “Fit2ride motorcycle” and you’ll get a bunch of links.  I think all of them are in German, though.


    marchyman
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    [How do you format a post with paragraphs?   It is hard to read when everything is jammed together. Oh, maybe if I turn off rich text.]

    Stop for fuel between SLO and San Simeon (I usually stop in Cambria).  You do not want to pay Gordo prices.

    Stop in Nepenthe for at least cup of coffee at the Cafe Kevah. That’s just south of Big Sur. Great views. Do not leave a muffin unattended at your table unless you want to feed the birds.

    San Simeon to Carmel is beautiful… and will probably suck greatly due to touresty traffic consisting of many people who have never driven on a twisty road and are in deathly fear of going faster than 22 MPH on the straights or faster than 11 MPH on the curves marked 20. I try to stay off that section of road between June and September. If I have to be on the road in that timeframe I’d pick a weekday.

    If you have extra time a Hearst Castle tour can be fun. A good restaurant in SLO is the Big Sky Cafe.

    in reply to: Anakee 3’s #63923

    marchyman
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    I replaced the Anakee 3 that came with my ’13 at 7600 miles.  Both tires had some life left but I had a long weekend ride coming up and didn’t want to trust that they’d last the entire ride.  Also, the front had been plugged due to a flat picked up when the bike was almost new.

    I had none of the oft reported issues.  The tires were not especially noisy, didn’t slip and slide in wet or dry, and bike handling with the tires mounted felt quite neutral.   The only reason I didn’t replace the tires with another set was the lack of rear tires in the new GS size in the market place.   They were back ordered most everyplace.  Where they weren’t back ordered the vendor was asking a 30+% premium.

    in reply to: Best Windshield for the R1200GSW #63812

    marchyman
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    Height challenged as in short?  I haven’t seen much mention of after market short windshields.  Your best bet may be some masking tape and a band saw.  Or even a dremel tool with a cutting disk.  It’s easy to cut a windshield down.   Doing it yourself also means you can take your time and cut a little bit at a time.

    in reply to: Any 2013 R1200GS (Liquid Cooled) owners here? #63711

    marchyman
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    [img]http://snafu.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/ADV/i-pTxFLP6/0/O/p-132351522-0837.jpg[/img]

    That “haze” in the background is not fog… it’s smoke from the fire near Yosemite. We were camping probably 40 miles away, but down wind from the fire. Saturday morning everything was covered in a fine white ash. But the wind had changed so we could see the sky, again. At 7 AM the temps were in the low 30s… and given California drought conditions no campfires allowed. Two hours later the sun made its way over the hills and by 10 it was in the 70s.

    in reply to: Best cruise/throttle control? #63656

    marchyman
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    They work, you just have to be careful. Loosen tension, turn on heated grips, wait until they get hot, then tighten tension.

    However, does your R100 have the threaded opening for the throttle stop screw? If so then get this: [url]http://store.bobsbmw.com/product/throttle-stop-screw[/url]

    in reply to: Wazzzz Up #63503

    marchyman
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    Don’t know about the Mar/Apr OTL, but the forum is mostly dead and has been for years. That changes come Rally time whe burst of Rally related posts show up. My [b]guestimate[/b] is that the forum averages about 2 posts/day but the traffic is bursty… a few posts then nothing for a day or three,

    in reply to: BMW MOA web site #63400

    marchyman
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    There was a issue a few weeks ago. The web site and forum were down for 3-5 days while the site was updated and completely re-built. Several, like you, are still reporting issues. Unknown reason. It [b]may[/b] be that your anti virus software uses a database that is updated from the vendor when a site is known to be infected. Vendors may not in as much of a hurry to remove such entries as they are to add them in the first place.

    Another possibility is that you’ve a bookmark that was updated by the original virus to point to a bad site. The bookmark in itself won’t harm your machine. Delete any bookmarks to the site and type the full address into the address bar. See if that makes a difference.

    in reply to: Otl rocks! #63278

    marchyman
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    A few more images of some of the bikes at the Quail Lodge are at [url]http://www.snafu.org/saturday/2012/0505/[/url]

    in reply to: Slash 2 Sport Tank #63445

    marchyman
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    Back when BMW was pushing Mobile Tradition (they changed the name at some time) you could order one new from your friendly dealer. Part number 16 11 1 232 725 Fuel tank painted and coach-lined, “Schorsch Meier” for R 50 to R 69 S says the catalog. Don’t know if they still do that. A google search for that part number says you can get one for only €1,150 from Germany (don’t forget to add shipping). That price seems low. Bench Mark Works has them for $3,250.35 with a note that you’ll need more parts, too.

    in reply to: Slash 2 Sport Tank #63888

    marchyman
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    I believe “Coach Lined” is brit speak for “pin striped”.

    I’ve only seen tank racks on Triumphs.  But then there are lots of things I’ve never seen.

    in reply to: US National Park Free Entrance Days 2012 #63805

    marchyman
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    It is also good for a per night camping discount. I got mine within a week of turning 62. Details at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm

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