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Offline Danza

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Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« 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?
 
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 12:10:43 pm »
the first thing you should put on yer bike , is yer arse
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 12:12:50 pm »
the first thing you should put on yer bike , is yer arse

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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2015, 12:30:48 pm »
Then some mileage  :ricky:
 

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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2015, 02:54:39 pm »
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2015, 04:03:46 pm »
2 finger levers?
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Re: Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2015, 06:28:18 pm »
BMW on call sticker with the tel number prominently displayed
Hehe
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #9 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!
 

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« Reply #10 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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« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2015, 01:35:28 pm »
Boots are a problem...i wear a uk size 14!

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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2015, 01:42:44 pm »
...and a Wild Dog sticker
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2015, 02:12:26 pm »
...and a Wild Dog sticker


Where do you get them from?
 

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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #14 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
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #15 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?
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #16 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
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2016, 09:11:20 am »
Pod-protectors no. 1
Proper hand guards (Bark Buster or Cycra)
Headlight guard
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Advice on the first things to put on a new GS
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2016, 09:39:18 am »
Rim tape..... oh no, wait, sorry, that's for KTMs.