I assume that most of you guys/gals that purchase a new BMW motorcycle are so happy with it that you never have to make any modifications to it at all. You just hop on and ride off into the sunset like happy campers. I mean what could you modify on such an excellent brand of motorcycle? Well, I guess some of you could splash on some chrome if you have one of those R1200 jobs. But what else could you possibly spend money on?
When I first bought my R1150GS I didnÔÇÖt think I would need to buy anything else except a little premium unleaded gas and items for maintenance. This was my first BMW and also my first bike IÔÇÖve had in quite awhile (thatÔÇÖs my excuse, and IÔÇÖm sticking to it).
So as I was driving my new bike home from the dealer, I immediately noticed that 1st gear was a bit too tall. Then after a few highway miles, I noticed my head was constantly bobbing around. My butt didnÔÇÖt start getting sore till I was almost home. As I was crawling off my new pride and joy, I also noticed that there was a distinct pain in my shoulders and a very tense place in the lower part of my neck. But I was a very happy camper. Then I went across the street to show off my new bike to my Harley friends and they said the bike was too quiet! Duh! Well, thatÔÇÖs coming from Harley people.
Well, a few thousand dollars later, I now have a new lower final drive, a pope-mo-bile windscreen, heated corbin seats, ricky pro-taper handle bars, pia driving lights, two brothers exhaust system and probably a couple things I canÔÇÖt even remember. But, IÔÇÖm a very happy camper with my bike. Well, o.k., I might get a set of ohlin shocks next year.
So finally, my question. What different modifications have you guys/gals done to your bikes? And IÔÇÖm interested in all models here, not just a GS. I might buy a different model sometime in the very far future and I just want to see what I might be looking forward to. If you got a GS, then maybe thereÔÇÖs something IÔÇÖve forgot!