Posts by Three Dawg

    Did you go softer or firmer on the rear spring? If firmer you may need to tweak the rebound up a click or two, but you know that I'm sure.

    Should have the Falco back soon too after its suspension rebuild. He has hopefully fitted softer fork springs and 5w oil - be interesting to see how it feels, even with multiple adjustments to play with it felt far too firm. Rear Showa is off a Mille and is reckoned to be pretty good, but new oil and regassing should sharpen it up nicely.

    Great suspension and decent brakes are ahead of engine power in my book.:)

    20W oil? Blimey, that's heavy! I meant to say that I found Motul Factory Line fork oil very good, even made the manky old Marzos on the Laverda work tolerably well.

    Yeah, similar to the Fuzebloc and others including EB. What I have bought (apart from the relay loom) is a small splitter loom which is unswitched to save on connections to the battery. It's a bit tight under the seat behind the battery where I might otherwise put a box as the Garmin power box and the wiring for the temperature spoofer is.

    I will run the feeds to all the lights from this plus Mrs 3D's heated vest. This is the lead…CS-Sealed/3cs-sealed.html Anyway, it's on its way so I'll report back on the install soon.

    Just thought I would report on how the Conti/Mitas combo I used on my last trip went.

    In terms of working together they matched very well, especially after they had a few hundered miles on them. On tarmac I was perfectly happy with the grip available - the TKC is known to be a soft compound and it's the front I don't want to loose. In the rain I had no slides, but then again I tend to slow down quite a lot when it's wet and I'm not on my usual 80/20 radials. On tarmac I found that dropping the rear from 42psi to 40 made a big difference to the way the bike felt. On gravel I dropped to between 30 and 32 at the front (from 36) which helped steering and comfort a lot, but at those pressures on tarmac (two up fully loaded) the front felt horrible. I don't drop the rear pressures unless I'm in sandy conditions.

    The grip when the going got soft was great - such a treat to be able to steer the bike in sand and mud, even if most of the improvement was probably in my head. But in fairness I didn't drop the bike once, which is a bit unusual.:P Mind you, gassing it makes a massive difference, the whole plot comes together in an instant and you actually start feeling in control!

    The big question before we set off was regarding wear. If you listen to the Americans they will tell you that a TKC front will be done in 4000 miles maximum, but I found this to be untrue. We covered 6200 miles, probably 3/4 of that on tarmac in the heat and there is still a reasonable amount of meat at both ends. The rear is at 4.5mm and the front is at 5.5mm.

    Would I use this combination again? Certainly, although I would really like to try a radial knobbly like the Michelin Anakee Wild too as a comparison to these bias tyres.



    Ordered up some new wiring from Eastern Beaver in Japan. Got a kit to add two relays for the headlight - clearly not having them is getting to the switchgear and also the light should be considerably brighter having a direct feed from the battery. Also got one of their battery connection splitter leads so I can rationalise the number of leads going to the battery down to two. OK, could have done this myself, but this kit looks good. Biggest problem on the GS is finding space for relays (have one each for the fogs and spots) and other things like the box for the Garmin power feed. It's pretty crammed in there!

    Moto Rebuilds. although the website seemed a bit wonky last time I looked. He's on faceberk too iirc. I'm still waiting for my bike to be finished but the guy knows his stuff. I'll let you know how he does with the shock - he fits new seals, oil and regasses after a thorough clean.

    Have Wilbers on the GS and have had the rear done, front this year wilk be done by Revs Racing who are the importers. Oil gets shitty just like in forks and damping suffers.

    Do we have this already?

    I refitted the standard weight spring to the GS today, lovely job. Also tried to clean out the headlamp switch to stop the pilot light flickering. Fairly succesful, but I suspect the switch is on the way out. Replacement is about £150! =O

    Looks like a laugh, despite the weather. Would have rather been there than helping fit a kitchen in my house, but I suppose I've got in some decent riding recently. ;)

    K75S was always my favourite of those older BMWs (I used to work in a dealership in London, so I rode 'em all), although the narrow bars take some getting used to.