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Title: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Danza on September 06, 2015, 11:41:31 pm
Hi All

So after riding a 650 Dakar for the last two years, and enjoying every minute of it, I decided to take the plunge, break the bank and trade it in for a new GS.
I'm going for a "Trophy" edition - which seems to be a really good deal.

After a lot of reading up and keeping in mind that I will be flat broke after the deal is done, I have come up with a list of accesories and the makes (mostly the cheapest I could find) in order of importance. Have a look and tell me what you think - also what I should add:

Must have (ASAP):
1: Top Box (I commute and is an absolute must) - 2nd hand Trax Aluminium (I hope Paul sells me his   ;) ;) ;)
2: Crashbars - SW Motech upper and lower
3. Radiator Guards - please advise which make
4. Headlight Protector - please advise which make
5. Bungs / Slider caps - will ask my brother to lathe them out of nylon if possible - any advice?

Nice to Have (Much Later):
1. SW Motech Dakar pannier bags (Do the pannier frames offer protection when you drop the bike?)
2. Denali DX Xtreme Spot Dual Intensity LED Lighting Kit ( Expensive, but the only ones I could find that dim with the bike) Do you guys know of any other brands that can do that?)
3. SW-MOTECH Bags-Connection 12-volt Electric QUICK-LOCK EVO Sport Tankbag

Also, I have a Garmin Zumo 350 - Is there any way of mounting it in the same position as the stock BMW GPS?
 
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: punisher on September 07, 2015, 12:10:43 pm
the first thing you should put on yer bike , is yer arse
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Fudmucker on September 07, 2015, 12:12:50 pm
the first thing you should put on yer bike , is yer arse

... closely followed by her arse !
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: machiel12 on September 07, 2015, 12:30:48 pm
Then some mileage  :ricky:
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Black_Hawk on September 07, 2015, 02:50:48 pm
Congrats with the new bike...all of the above points are very valid points  :lol8:

If you are going to do gravel roads I will say that a proper bash plate is a MUST. The oil cooler and oil filter ware very exposed.
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: IceCreamMan on September 07, 2015, 02:54:39 pm
BMW on call sticker with the tel number prominently displayed
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: m0lt3n on September 07, 2015, 04:03:46 pm
2 finger levers?
Title: Re: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: MXDURO on September 07, 2015, 06:28:18 pm
BMW on call sticker with the tel number prominently displayed
Hehe
:D:D
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Danza on September 07, 2015, 09:45:40 pm
OK thanks, I will look at a bash plate as well.
I will do without the short levers for now.

Arses and miles goes without saying...
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Dare on September 12, 2015, 07:46:58 am
Congrats on your new bike ;D
I would suggest cylinder head protectors.

After a huge gedoente I finally got mine to fit under the crash bars of my GSA. Went for a solo dirt ride the next day and saw my ass in wet clay. Deep gash in the right side protector.

Also good boots with ankle protection. I used W2 boots for two months and realised they offered very little protection. Spent the kids inheritance and bought the GS Pro boots. Best investment ever!
Title: Re:
Post by: Danza on September 13, 2015, 01:34:52 pm
Thanks Dare, Cylinder covers are on the list then... I was hoping the motech crashbars offers a bit more protection than the standard gsa bars, but I guess in the bigger scheme of things it's not huge additional costs.

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Title: Re:
Post by: Danza on September 13, 2015, 01:35:28 pm
Boots are a problem...i wear a uk size 14!

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Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Grolls on September 13, 2015, 01:42:44 pm
...and a Wild Dog sticker
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Dare on September 14, 2015, 02:12:26 pm
...and a Wild Dog sticker


Where do you get them from?
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on May 08, 2016, 08:27:53 am
Got an '14 GSA and what was non negotiable for me was the OEM headlight guard, at R16k for a new headlight the R1536.00 for the OEM guard is like insurance.  I have heard of the aftermarket ones causing issues with heat on the headlight itself
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on May 08, 2016, 08:43:34 am
Forgot to mention the other thing that was done.

After the advice of a veteran BMW rider, I bought a cricket bat grip and had it fitted over the handlebar grips to protect them.

A worthwhile mod that costs less than R50?
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: m0lt3n on May 09, 2016, 09:03:03 am
Forgot to mention the other thing that was done.

After the advice of a veteran BMW rider, I bought a cricket bat grip and had it fitted over the handlebar grips to protect them.

A worthwhile mod that costs less than R50?

On a new bike?
This sounds like that joke of the guy saving his wife for the next guy when he passes
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: MickeyT on May 09, 2016, 09:11:20 am
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: m0lt3n on May 09, 2016, 09:35:02 am
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard

Why the hand guards? have you broken a lever?
I would break the standard ones first before replacing.
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: cloudgazer on May 09, 2016, 09:39:18 am
Rim tape..... oh no, wait, sorry, that's for KTMs.
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Noneking on May 09, 2016, 09:47:28 am
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard

Why the hand guards? have you broken a lever?
I would break the standard ones first before replacing.

Standard one breaks very easily and usually the lever at the same time.
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: Noneking on May 09, 2016, 09:49:33 am
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard

I agree
Unless you do fairly technical riding, in which case I would add a proper bashplate to the list.
The rest is just bling...... :peepwall:
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: MickeyT on May 09, 2016, 09:50:34 am
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard

Why the hand guards? have you broken a lever?
I would break the standard ones first before replacing.

Standard one breaks very easily and usually the lever at the same time.

+1  And most of the time it would be in a place where you are stuffed without a clutch lever.
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on May 09, 2016, 11:25:50 am
Forgot to mention the other thing that was done.

After the advice of a veteran BMW rider, I bought a cricket bat grip and had it fitted over the handlebar grips to protect them.

A worthwhile mod that costs less than R50?

On a new bike?
This sounds like that joke of the guy saving his wife for the next guy when he passes

2014 model, I know a simailar joke about the first three inches being worn....
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: m0lt3n on May 09, 2016, 11:31:53 am
Forgot to mention the other thing that was done.

After the advice of a veteran BMW rider, I bought a cricket bat grip and had it fitted over the handlebar grips to protect them.

A worthwhile mod that costs less than R50?

On a new bike?
This sounds like that joke of the guy saving his wife for the next guy when he passes

2014 model, I know a simailar joke about the first three inches being worn....

getting personal?
I meant why replace something with something stronger when in all likelihood it will do its job right. It will probably break in the process and can then be replaced. That makes sense to me. Not using the standard stuff first, which will in all likelihood be good enough, but rating it as a priority extra and replacing it before using it does not make sense to me. From there my comment about saving your wife which I deem relevant. First three inches though...maybe you can tell us more about that
Title: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
Post by: DavidMorrisXp on May 09, 2016, 12:34:07 pm
Forgot to mention the other thing that was done.

After the advice of a veteran BMW rider, I bought a cricket bat grip and had it fitted over the handlebar grips to protect them.

A worthwhile mod that costs less than R50?

On a new bike?
This sounds like that joke of the guy saving his wife for the next guy when he passes

2014 model, I know a simailar joke about the first three inches being worn....

getting personal?
I meant why replace something with something stronger when in all likelihood it will do its job right. It will probably break in the process and can then be replaced. That makes sense to me. Not using the standard stuff first, which will in all likelihood be good enough, but rating it as a priority extra and replacing it before using it does not make sense to me. From there my comment about saving your wife which I deem relevant. First three inches though...maybe you can tell us more about that


Ex husband attends ex wife's new wedding.  The ex husband asks the new groom what it is like having a used vagina to which the new groom responds the first 3" is pretty worn but the rest of it is like new