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    I considered all the options, including going...

    I considered all the options, including going with a rack and soft bags, before deciding on the full Vario set. The choice comes down to how you plan to use the bike. For me, it is weekend trips,...
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    It makes me feel a bit better knowing other folks...

    It makes me feel a bit better knowing other folks have had the same experience with the slow cranking. In the Bay Area, we rarely see temps below 50 or so, and in the garage it is a bit warmer. Up in...
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    Slow Cranking in the Cold '09 GS

    I have now made a couple of trips up to the Sierras with my '09 GS. A few times now, after the bike sat overnight in some pretty cold (but not by Bavaria standards) temps (<40 F), the starter is slow...
  4. I have also pondered this question since the...

    I have also pondered this question since the splines went out on my K75S. I have done a number of clutches on automobiles, and when I disassembled the K bike, I was surprised that the design was so...
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    Considered Going the Other Way

    I had an 1150RT and considered strongly going to an 1200R, but then after riding a borrowed GS for a week, went that way instead.

    The RT is a great long haul bike, especially on the slab, and...
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    While at the dealer today doing a little...

    While at the dealer today doing a little contemplating and tire kicking, a couple came in looking for a used RT. There were none on the floor, but the sales guy told them that I may have one for...
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    A couple of trips to the dealer proved...

    A couple of trips to the dealer proved informative...

    First off, the F650GS seems like an unsung hero. Nice ergos, nice look to it. Unfortunately these are in short supply, so they did not have a...
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    So, barring any last night buyers coming forward,...

    So, barring any last night buyers coming forward, I am putting the RT up at consignment at a dealer this weekend. That will leave a void in the garage and so I will be looking at the F's. It is too...
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    An update... I have been riding an '02 GS all...

    An update...

    I have been riding an '02 GS all week, which has ABS and no servo. Around town, there is a night and day difference. Such a treat to have the bike come to a stop in a predictable...
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    I appreciate the feedback. At this point, I have...

    I appreciate the feedback. At this point, I have had the whole range of BMW's (an F, K and now an R), so probably may as well consider the F.

    I went to the dealer to check out an R1200R as a...
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    Considering F800S

    I am considering replacing my R1150RT with an F800S or ST. The RT is just not well suited to the relatively short day trips I usually make, and is both heavier and more complex than I would like....
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    Believe me, I triple checked before I posted!

    Believe me, I triple checked before I posted!
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    Some more thoughts... I have a borrowed...

    Some more thoughts...

    I have a borrowed R1150GS, which has ABS, but no servo, and brake control is no problem at all. Absolutely a joy to ride.

    On the RT, the brakes are linked and servo, so...
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    Mine as well. This is one of my biggest...

    Mine as well. This is one of my biggest complaints, it is really hard to modulate the brake pedal, and it is linked, so engages the front brake as well. This seems like a recipe for a spill on a...
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    Really can't stand the "whizzy" brakes!

    After reading Keith Code's column in this month's Motorcyclist (which was about maintaining stability as you brake the bike down the last few mph to a dead stop), it made me realize just how much I...
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    Paul, you have a lot more experience in this area...

    Paul, you have a lot more experience in this area than I do, so perhaps I will just ride and not worry about it too much!
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    Applying a little pressure to the shifter (not...

    Applying a little pressure to the shifter (not enough to change gears, just enough to take out the "slop") before engaging the clutch.
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    It is interesting to hear the debate about...

    It is interesting to hear the debate about whether the preload is necessary or not. In my mind, it seems to reduce the clunk significantly, as does shifting at higher RPM's. I am curious as to why...
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    Shifting - Why Preload

    I have been working to refine my shifting technique on my '04 RT, and think I am close to the right combination of preload on the shifter, clutch action and throttle blip. Done correctly, it makes a...
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    I have a Vespa GT200 and an '04 RT and I wave to...

    I have a Vespa GT200 and an '04 RT and I wave to both varieties. On the scooter, about half the time I get a return wave (doesn't matter whether it is a MC or another scooter). On the bike, almost...
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    Why so many dropped RT's?

    As a new owner of an '04 RT, you guys are getting me paranoid about dropping it while rolling it out of the garage or what-not. Is there something about these bikes that makes them susceptable to...
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    New RT

    I ended up finding a clean '04RT, with just under 3500 miles. It was one of those situations where the guy stopped riding a few years back, battery goes dead, bike gets covered with dust, etc. He had...
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