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    Cool GS911 Bluetooth thoughts...

    I have been contemplating purchasing the BT GS911 for several months. I have read all over their web site, watched the videos, and searched a few forums. What do those of you who own and use them think? Also, if you have a used one for sale, in great shape...let me know. Thanks!

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    If you are asking specifically about the Bluetooth option - yes I like the convenience. YMMV on the extra $.
    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by runnr548 View Post
    Also, if you have a used one for sale, in great shape...let me know. Thanks!
    You could place a Want To Buy ad in the Flea Market.

    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/forumdis...85-Flea-Market
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    Cool

    Always looking at the flea market, but going to wait until afte the next change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by runnr548 View Post
    going to wait until afte the next change.
    Do you mean the change in the Flea Market?
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    Yes, plus I am in no rush...just found out my son's car has a bad fuel injector and a couple of other things...so....

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    I have the version without bluetooth for servicing my F800GS. Sure, bluetooth would be nice. Do I need it and would it make the job faster? No and maybe just a little. Instead of connecting to the bike in 20 seconds, it might take me 60. My version makes a failsafe cable connection. I don't think it is worth the extra dollars.

    What I am really waiting for is the GS-911 version that will service my K1600. It stinks that it looks like I'll have to buy a new version.
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    Unless you need it on the side of the road while 2000 miles from home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgf429 View Post
    Unless you need it on the side of the road while 2000 miles from home.
    Good point.
    For me, I bought the regular version because I don't have a smart phone and when we're on trips I take a netbook computer I can connect to the GS-911 using a USB cable.
    If you don't travel with a computer and have a smartphone, I think the Bluetooth version would be worth the extra money.
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    Exactly why I am looking at the BT version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgf429 View Post
    Unless you need it on the side of the road while 2000 miles from home.
    If I'm 2000 miles from home I have my laptop with me, too. Given that, bluetooth isn't necessary. Yeah, I know not everyone travels with a laptop.

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    My idea of a vacation is getting away from the laptop. What ever twists your throttle.

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    Traveled with a fellow this summer. His bike coughed and died while trying to get on the ferry 3/4 of the way to Inuvik. He brought out his 911 and his phone and had the trouble diagnosed in a few minutes. To me the extra few bucks is worth it and when I buy a 911 it will be the BT model.

    Edited to note that if you do not have or want a smart phone then buy a cheap used one (does not mater who the carrier is) and use it for the blue tooth only. Most of them also have some sort of media player and camera so it can also be your music source and taking the odd snapshot without taking the good camera out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgf429 View Post
    My idea of a vacation is getting away from the laptop. What ever twists your throttle.
    I mainly use one to view maps and makes routes for my GPS with Microsoft Streets and Trips.
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    I bought the Bluetooth/USB version for a Christmas present for myself, and so far I've only had a little bit of opportunity to use it. So far, I am very pleased with it. In the couple of days since Christmas that I have been familiarizing myself with it, I have realized a couple of things that I didn't fully realize before I bought it.

    First of all, Hex Code, while they support Bluetooth, their website says that they do not officially support Bluetooth and they seem to recommend quite strongly against it. Rather, they seem to strongly recommend the USB cable approach.

    Secondly, if you configure your device so that it only works on a mobile device, you will not have the complete functionality of the GS 911. You will be able to read and clear your fault codes, but you will not be able to do any service work. So if you want to get full use of the GS 911, you will need to run it on a PC and not on a mobile device. I bought myself an Acer netbook, and it seems to work fine.

    Dave McDougall
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