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Title: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 27, 2011, 09:01:33 pm
Bought a BMW 1150 GS to replace my 800 GS, which I sold last week, so one week without a bike - not too bad!

133,000km on the clock, in very good condition, and needs a few things doing for my riding comfort:
wide footpegs - those skinny 'Boudoir Biscuits' are laughable!
the seat is a real LOW seat, so I need to either swap it out (any interest, Dogs?), or else get it built-up - I am only 6 foot, but it feels like I'm on a Monkey Bike!
Rear tire needs replacing in next couple of thou...
got to remove a heap of extra BMW decals, I think it has 4 or 5 extra on it that do NOT belong!
possible bar raisers, but they can wait a while, whilst I sort out my seating position.

Here she is: p-r-o-v-i-s-i-o-n-a-l-l-y called Zebra-Blue.

Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: DirtRebell on October 27, 2011, 09:08:30 pm
Congrats Zebra - may she bring you many miles of smiles.

That's also my favourate colour scheme on the GS - very neat bike indeed!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: BMWPE on October 27, 2011, 09:09:56 pm
Looks good  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on October 27, 2011, 09:10:55 pm
Wow she is pretty!!
Just say the word.
I have those wider footpegs. :mwink:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: redtiger on October 27, 2011, 09:11:04 pm
Congratulations just curious why the change a comparision of the two would be great?
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Gypsybaron on October 27, 2011, 09:18:51 pm
Lekker man! Daai blou-en wit lyk nice, dit was my tweede keuse naas die Sonnengelb wat myne is. Nou kan jy lekker op die 1150 thread gaan kyk watse veranderinge jy kan aanbring, is jy baie in Pooratech in of glad nie? Kyk ook op Mogas se thread oor sy 1150. Daar is ook idees, as jy bv jou eie wye pegs wil maak kan jy dit doen deur flatbar op die standaard pegs vas te sweis, 'n stel LED spots sal dalk ook nice lyk en jou baie meer sigbaar maak - en hulle trek baie min krag.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: volroom on October 27, 2011, 09:28:08 pm
Nice bike... that bike is a good nine odd years old and looking mint. Seems to be the case many a time: owners of GS 1150's look after them meticulously it seems. Mine had a couple of scratches on the panniers but otherwise I doubt if it had even seen gravel in its life. Couple of farkles you can do of which two I definitely recommend: boosterplug/accelerator module and HID for dims, and oh yes...airhawk!  enjoy. I find this to be a great touring bike; just eats up the miles
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 27, 2011, 09:51:11 pm
@DirtRebel - yup, nice colour, although I prefer the mono-colours of the 1100's, funny enough, especailly the royal blue!
@ ChrisL - will bear you in mind!
@redtiger: 1. I needed to put some cash into my business, so sold the 800 for R70K, bought this for R37K.  2. I promised my pillion a more comfortable seat vs. my 800, and now she has a gomma-gomma! 3. I honestly wanted to own a less expensive bike, the 800 just felt too ---- showroom!
@Gypsybaron:I AM into Pooratech, but am no expert: will post my pooratech panniers shortly on the thread on the 800 I just sold...  Will check out the threads you mention, and I built in Ultra-Bright LED's into my Barkbuster handguards ont he 800!
@Volroom: will read up on boosterplug; and I know the lights are not brilliant, so maybe HID, but AIRHAWK???? Seriously!
After my 800, the seat LOOKS comfortable, though I will go to leather-tek in Parow and get the seat raised, since it seems to be a low seat? keen to hear why you say Airhawk!

Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: allan.cawood on October 27, 2011, 10:06:36 pm
Looks awesome ... CONGRATS!!! We must make a plan to go ride some time!!!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 27, 2011, 10:07:48 pm
ride we will!

now get some shut eye for your early start to JHB to collect YOUR bike!
Cheers, drive safe.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Pappa Beer on October 27, 2011, 10:17:27 pm
Congrats looks ready for the road  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: volroom on October 27, 2011, 10:26:17 pm
Whaaaattttttttttt!!! You bought that for R37k !!!??? Man...I paid R58 500. You sir, got a BARGAIN. What is the mileage and year model? Nothing is wrong with it, right? My front shock legs are different color. Airhawk...yes. Two hour straight stretch and your buttocks will be begging for a pit stop. Well, at least mine did. Definitely getting the airhawk and pillion is sharing same sentiment. But go for trip and see for yourself, i'm quite hefty  - 110kg.

I should have added this farkle: a proper screen. I experienced a lot of buffeting at highway speeds (with stock screen) - seriously irritating and tiring; to the point that i'd rather not ride.. Can't see precisely; have you got the adventure screen fitted? Know that it comes recommended. I recently bought a second hand Z-technik screen. Have also got other ideas to reduce buffeting further. I believe it's worth it.

The pig as she is so eloquently known has got a few rough edges that you can smooth out, once that is done and you know how to handle her I believe this bike is one of the great touring bikes out there (granted: tar orientated touring).
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 28, 2011, 06:59:36 am
Whaaaattttttttttt!!! You bought that for R37k !!!??? Man...I paid R58 500. You sir, got a BARGAIN. What is the mileage and year model? Nothing is wrong with it, right? My front shock legs are different color. Airhawk...yes. Two hour straight stretch and your buttocks will be begging for a pit stop. Well, at least mine did. Definitely getting the airhawk and pillion is sharing same sentiment. But go for trip and see for yourself, i'm quite hefty  - 110kg.

I should have added this farkle: a proper screen. I experienced a lot of buffeting at highway speeds (with stock screen) - seriously irritating and tiring; to the point that i'd rather not ride.. Can't see precisely; have you got the adventure screen fitted? Know that it comes recommended. I recently bought a second hand Z-technik screen. Have also got other ideas to reduce buffeting further. I believe it's worth it.

The pig as she is so eloquently known has got a few rough edges that you can smooth out, once that is done and you know how to handle her I believe this bike is one of the great touring bikes out there (granted: tar orientated touring).
December 2000 (he'd advertised it as a 2001 - no problemo), and 133,000km. Engine was rebuilt at 80K, I suspect due to a faulty oil pump, since that was replaced, along with many other items.
Coming of an 800, the seat LOOKS comfortable on the 1150, but it is W-A-Y too low for me, so next post is to swap it for a height-challenged rider's 'regular' seat. I'm 6"1.
Screen: It has the Kappa tall screen on, which I think gives better protection.
Cheers
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: subie on October 28, 2011, 07:04:48 am
That a recent photo??
133000km and still a beauty. These BM's are made to last. The more I read about them here,the more I like them.
Congrats! Awesome looking bike :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Geotraveller on October 28, 2011, 07:19:33 am
Congrats Zebra, many happy miles and smiles. You will love that bike.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: DirtCopper on October 28, 2011, 07:28:33 am
Baie geluk en baie mooi :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Ryperd on October 28, 2011, 08:08:28 am
Mis na 9 jaar nog steeds my 1150 (net so 'n bloue soos joue). Vrou se ook dis die lekkerste fiets wat ons gehad het. Geniet haar!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: volroom on October 28, 2011, 08:33:06 am
I don't understand. I'm 6"3 and seat is perfect on higher setting. It's got two height settings. AFAIK these bikes are quite tall and not suitable for very short people.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: GSLaaitie on October 28, 2011, 09:01:31 am
Baie geluk!!! Daai fiets lyk nog perfek! Kan nie glo hyt al soveel kilo's op nie! Pas mekaar mooi op! Dis 'n bevange upgrade wat jy nou gemaak het! :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: JacoM on October 28, 2011, 09:09:57 am
zebra, Congratulations!
Check the seat setting. It has two height settings.
Enjoy
ps. Did you perhaps do the week-end offroad with Countrytrax in 2009 on a white Dakar?
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 28, 2011, 10:00:54 am
When on it's HIGH settIng, it's too low, thus it must be a LOW seat, which you did get for these bikes.
I Di country trax, but on a Blue-checkered Dakkie the best ones!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Gypsybaron on October 28, 2011, 11:35:18 am
Or you have very long legs in proportion to your torso. It's a pity you didn't know before the bike went from pta, I would've swopped you gladly. I'm 6'1, with a longish torso compared to my legs, or I might have a high seat conversion ;) My seat is set on low, and I can juuuust stand with my feet flat on the ground.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: redtiger on October 28, 2011, 11:51:12 am
You got a bargain for sure, you will be happy and the 1150 built like an anvil so you will enjoy many miles on it  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: neil123 on October 28, 2011, 01:23:58 pm
You got a bargain for sure, you will be happy and the 1150 built like an anvil so you will enjoy many miles on it  :thumleft:
:thumleft: :thumleft:

Congratulations Zebra looks awesome
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Tweets on October 29, 2011, 10:44:59 pm
Congrats. Lekker colour.  Like I've previouly stated on this forum. This bike will still be running long after many, many 1200's have died a natural death. Fact !
Secondly, they ARE better in sand, than a 1200, bust same as a 1200 GSA (because of the weight)
Now we must just give you a few tips.
`1) Have the timing chain tensioners replaced. Dont even let a dealer bullshit you. Have them repalced, then that engine sounds beautiful again. Just like new. ;D
2) You have to do the "mod" on the tail end, to ensure it does not break off. I must check for the post I made 2 years ago about that. Once this is done, she is bullet proof.

I'll check now and post the link.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Tweets on October 29, 2011, 10:50:25 pm
Here is the link to that post, with pics and description.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=43987.0
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Tweets on October 29, 2011, 10:57:56 pm
Concering the seat height. You must remember that these bikes seat, are NOT high . Unlike the 800GS and 1200GS's on which you sit "high" and "on Top" of the bike.  The 1150GS, you practially "climb into" your knees will fold higher, and you sit behind the tank, not "on top" of it, etc. Get used to it, once you get comfortable, you can really throw that all dog around, and it is very forgiving. That bike will grow onto you. You can count yourself very lucky to have picked it up. Mine now has 90 000, and is really a pleasure.   See my RR on the recent Nat Bash.  :thumleft: :biggrin: :biggrin:  

Tyres. My preference is Hiedie Knobbie on the front and a dual a the back.   :thumleft:
 
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Bring It On on October 29, 2011, 11:26:31 pm
Very nice looking bike, Zebra :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

You sure are gonna have some really Gr8 times on that scoot. :ricky: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Rags on October 30, 2011, 12:15:43 am
Die mooiste beemer wat daar is.  :drif:
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: zebra - Flying Brick on October 30, 2011, 07:36:30 am
@Tweets: thanks for comments on my bike. Will read up on timing-chain tensioners. Have replied to your 'old' post/link on the 'mod' - makes absolute sense, and had heard this was a weak spot!

@Tweats: SEAT HEIGHT: so, after telling everyone I had a LOW seat fitted, I inspected the seat CLOSELY - It has been re-sculpted removing much of the foam for a shorter person - I can even see the cut-lines where a knife has been used in the resculpting (!) process.
So I will take the seat(s) to Leather Tek in Parow on Monday, and have seat re-foamed (there - i invented a word!) back into driver seat, and then driver + pillion recovered.
Drivers seat is EXYRREMELY glossy/slippy, I think owner may have buffed it a little with silicone, BUT the seat is gloss from wear, and I slip around something hectic! I will recover it with a non-slip fabric, maybe something with a basket-weave finish.

@BringItOn - thanks!
@Rags - I think so, too!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: LouisXander on October 30, 2011, 10:14:34 am
My wife always wanted to bliksem me when I put silicone on the seat of the 1100, was slippery to start with!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Mogas on October 30, 2011, 09:03:07 pm
Nice bike Zebra!
Welcome to the sty.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: JacoM on October 31, 2011, 08:53:45 am
When on it's HIGH settIng, it's too low, thus it must be a LOW seat, which you did get for these bikes.
I Di country trax, but on a Blue-checkered Dakkie the best ones!
Jip, that was it. The blue/red Dakar in middle summer heat! Enjoy the bike. You will need handlebar raisers as well!
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: volroom on October 31, 2011, 10:30:39 am
Airhawk can also help with height I guess...(maybe a cm or so which would make a difference). Lend a fellow dog's AH and try it out - only after you've done a proper trip WITHOUT AH.
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Tweets on October 31, 2011, 09:57:39 pm
Get a standard seat of have that one re-made & covered. Then see how it goes. AS I've said before, these old machined grow on you pretty "badly"  :biggrin:  Enjoy it. One of these fine days they will also be vintage models then we'll appreciate them even more.

Another interesting thing I found. After I had the timeing chain tensioners replaced, at idel I still heard what I though was the Left Cyl timing chain still "Slapping". ITs not. look carfully on the engine side, or lets say the right hand side of the fuel injector body. There is a small "stop screw" that sets the position of the butterfly. At idle , my one "chatters".  If you place your finger on it,  it is immediately silent, then you can hear nicely how the engine & timing chains are actually running smoothly.
These are small little niggles you will get used to. Another is of course the vibrations of the boxer motor, at idle or low down revs, Ignore them.     
Title: Re: Bye Bye 800 GS; h-e-l-l-o 1150 GS!
Post by: Panjo on October 31, 2011, 10:49:56 pm
 :drif: Congrats. Many happy and safe miles.