ABS Brakes - Resetting the computer.
- remove the tank
- remove the SCART Plug from the abs unit
- insert a piece of electric wire into pin
number 20, the pins are numbered inside
- place the SCART Plug back into the socket
- turn on ignition
- with the other end of the wire touch the
frame to earth the wire - ie short the circuit
- hold the wire there during the entire
- hold down the ABS button for 8 seconds
- release abs button
- turn off ignition
- remove wire from SCART Plug and close up
- ABS is now reset, ie both lights should
|The Sump Guard is attached to
the engine block by rubber mounts, these are in effect screws joined in
the middle by a section of rubber. The idea is in case of a bad
collision with the a rock etc the screws do not snap off in the engine
block, instead they break halfway on the rubber join. The problem
comes in when one has crash bars which attach to these mounts as
well. After nearly every heavy contact with the ground and certainly
after every accident you will find that at least one of the rubber mounts
has broken. ALWAYS CARRY SPARES OF THESE IF YOU HAVE CRASH BARS
In overlanding the use of crash guards is an absolute necessity.
Be weary of using standard BMW Crash bars for your bike as these need to be
fully removed every time you change your oil. There are other
manufacturers who make crash bars which can be disassembled just to change the
Rear Sub Frame
The frame on all the new GS
models has a weakness and is prone to cracking at the junction of the
three tubes as illustrated in the diagram alongside. The best way to
prevent this is to weld a triangular piece of steel into the intersection
of these tubes (highlighted). This will provide the extra strength needed
luggage rack supplied for the bike is not adequate for overlanding.
The easy solution is to install the BMW mounting plate for its top box,
this doubles as a luggage rack extension. The downside to this is
that the part of the frame that this rack mounts to is aluminium and
cracks under the stresses of off-roading. The way I have overcome
this problem is by sawing off the luggage rack section of this frame and
made a new luggage rack of tubular steel mounting it on the two pannier
rack mounting points.
The Following Parts have worn down before
Front Fork Seals - check your forks
regularly for oil stains and any indication of leakage
Rear Wheel Drive Roller Bearing and
corresponding oil seals -
|My bearing went
at 40,000kms, Martin Rooiman's went at 77,000kms. Problems with are
not even predicted in a 60,000 km service by BMW, always carry a spare
bearing and oil seal.
Tachometer cable - Carry a spare just in
case. although Generic cables have been known to fit.
Alternator Belt -My belt looked like
spaghetti at 43,000 kms, my fault probably, I had never adjusted the tension,
always do this. Spares are easy for this, it is a standard size for
O-Ring for Oil Filler Cap - continuous
leaking from Boxer engine oil filler caps means you should always have spare
O-Rings for Oil Filler Caps.
Spokes - I have gone through about ten
spokes after 40,000 kms Always make sure you have at least 5 for each wheel.
Tyres - always be aware of your next
tyre change and your wear on the tyres, overlanding instead of town driving
means your tyres will last longer, but how much longer depends on how you
drive. I drive fast and I am on my third set after 40,000 kms. I
recommend Bridgestone Trailwinds for 90 % of the roads surfaces I have
seen. I had a very nasty experience with Michelin T66's.
Windscreen - Givi Windscreen designed for the R1150GS.
It keeps the noise out and permits longer distance riding as it reduces wind
fatigue. It might crack on the sides after an impact, in this case drill tiny holes on
either side of the crack and thread wire through and tighten for added strength,
add loads of superglue as well.
Most of the modifications I did to my bike were
done by Touratech in Germany.
- Removal of Catalytic Converter to Seabring
- 41 litre Petrol tank
- GPS Bracket for Garmin 3+
- 40 litre Aluminium Zega Panniers and Rack
- Touratech Hard Parts for the front forks to
prevent damage to the forks in a "tank slap"
- Indicators replaced for Touratech small
flexible ones. NB do this! BMW's Indicators are too big and too
inflexible they WILL break in a drop or accident
- Acerbis handle bar defenders - very useful
they save both your hands and your levers
- Plexiglass headlight protectors