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Offline Nox

Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:01:53 pm »
Originally we buy a new model and cannot speak enough about the extra power, better handling, looks etc, but after about 2 weeks for some or 6 months for others, we seem to be finding some areas we would like to improve on.

By stating that, I have noted that some LC owners have started to fiddle a bit with their bikes and hopefully the two areas I would like to improve on, has been done by someone: (By no means do I have to change, but if I can get it even better, why not!)

1. Suspension - I am very happy with the suspension, but if I can get a cost effective way to improve on it, I would like to consider it.


The Touratech suspension's seem to be a bit out of my budget range, but has anyone installed progressive springs on their LC?

I know that Hyperpro makes these and they are not too expensive. Usually the progressive springs will be great, but with the feedback the bike obtains from the swingarm and telelever, I am not sure if the automatic damping settings will get confused with the progressive shocks?

Any feedback would be appreciated by someone who has progressive springs on their LC.


2. Rims - Has anyone used the new hubs and laced the old 1200 GS rings to the hubs? Does this work?


I believe the old rims to be stronger and therefore if possible would like to lace such outers onto my new hubs.

(I think the spoke lengths etc, may be different, but maybe someone had time to play around with this.)


To Live is Christ - To die is Gain... Fil: 1:21

2013 1200 GS - 2011 KTM 300 - current
2008 1200 GS 2007 XMoto
2006 Kawasaki KDX 200 - current bike 2012 Kawasaki KX 250 2008 Kawasaki ZX 14 2008 Kawasaki ZX 6 2004 BMW 1200 GS Suzuki GSXR 1000 K4 - stuntbike 1994 Honda Fireblade 900 rr - stuntbike 2006 ER6F - stuntbike 2006 Honda TRX 400 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Green 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Blue - written off 2006 Kawasaki Z 750 S 1984 BMW R100RS 1992 Yamaha DT 180 1988 Honda MTX 50 1985 Kawasaki
 

Offline TheBear

Re: Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 07:57:32 am »
If you do change the rims, will you have to go back to the narrower tires?
.#BRADICAL!
 

Offline Nox

Re: Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 04:13:10 pm »
Jip, that is one of the motivators for me to change.

I also think that the old rims are stronger, but that is just my opinion!
To Live is Christ - To die is Gain... Fil: 1:21

2013 1200 GS - 2011 KTM 300 - current
2008 1200 GS 2007 XMoto
2006 Kawasaki KDX 200 - current bike 2012 Kawasaki KX 250 2008 Kawasaki ZX 14 2008 Kawasaki ZX 6 2004 BMW 1200 GS Suzuki GSXR 1000 K4 - stuntbike 1994 Honda Fireblade 900 rr - stuntbike 2006 ER6F - stuntbike 2006 Honda TRX 400 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Green 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Blue - written off 2006 Kawasaki Z 750 S 1984 BMW R100RS 1992 Yamaha DT 180 1988 Honda MTX 50 1985 Kawasaki
 

Offline TheBear

Re: Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2015, 10:56:34 am »
Jip, that is one of the motivators for me to change.

I also think that the old rims are stronger, but that is just my opinion!

Forgive the ignorance, but why would you prefer the narrower tires?   
.#BRADICAL!
 

Offline plaky

Re: Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 01:30:56 pm »
I actually sent Donford a mail with regards to a similar topic like this, but as a customer feedback forum. I tried to find the mail and for some reason our enterprise vault will not allow me to open in as I wanted to copy and past. As I use my bike every day no matter the weather which can be kak in Cape Town I pick up on things that I believe can be improved. My list is as follows:
1. The flicker switch is awkward and sometimes if you don't press it to the side hard enough it does not operate.
2. The centre stand is much more difficult to use than the air cooled model.
3. Why did they not increase the sixe of the fuel tank, 3 litres more would make a huge difference?
4. Why can we not order aftermarket exhaust pipes as OE at no extra cost, they are lighter and cheaper than OE!
5. Whys does BMW not have a 4/4 year maintenance plan for the bikes? KTM now have on theirs!
6. The GPS toggle is crap and only works on BMW GPS's. I would prefer they do away with this and  bring back the paddle indicators.
7. I hope that all the switches and instrumentation on all the models from now on are the same. I use my mates 2012 GSA and my LC every week, you get confused as nothing is on the same place, especially the hooter!
8. They should have warning light for disk pads that are almost worn. Major issue it seems on the LC.
9. Bring back the red dash lights as of old, I prefer that instead of the white one, or at least have a choice of colours.
10. You had a chicken traction control switch on the old air-cooled GS, you can set it to broadside but then it will catch itself or you could switch it off totally. Maybe I am dof but still don't know how Enduro or Enduro Pro works. I like to test the limits with a little safety.

What I do like vs the old air cooled GS is as follows:
1. Great and lower riding position.
2. Fly by wire throttle.
3. Wonderful torque of the motor.
4. Brakes.
5. Balance of the bike.
6. Top end.
7. Look of the bike.
8. General overall ride ability of the bike.
I love my LC but it could be slightly better with customer input. Just my 3 cents worth!

 

Offline Nox

Re: Were ready for Change: Feedback please
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2015, 05:50:34 pm »
Jip, that is one of the motivators for me to change.

I also think that the old rims are stronger, but that is just my opinion!

Forgive the ignorance, but why would you prefer the narrower tires?   

Its not that I specifically prefer the narrower tyres, its same all same all for me, but they are definitely cheaper to replace.

I also believe that the narrower rims are stronger, but that's just my opinion!
To Live is Christ - To die is Gain... Fil: 1:21

2013 1200 GS - 2011 KTM 300 - current
2008 1200 GS 2007 XMoto
2006 Kawasaki KDX 200 - current bike 2012 Kawasaki KX 250 2008 Kawasaki ZX 14 2008 Kawasaki ZX 6 2004 BMW 1200 GS Suzuki GSXR 1000 K4 - stuntbike 1994 Honda Fireblade 900 rr - stuntbike 2006 ER6F - stuntbike 2006 Honda TRX 400 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Green 2008 Kawasaki KLR 650 Blue - written off 2006 Kawasaki Z 750 S 1984 BMW R100RS 1992 Yamaha DT 180 1988 Honda MTX 50 1985 Kawasaki