‘How to’ & FAQ Articles
BMW R 1200 GS / R1200GS / R1200GS Adventure articles on various FAQs (frequently asked questions), R1200GS ‘How to’ write ups and instructions/guides for carrying out various service and modification tasks on your BMW R1200GS.
Always refer to the relevant manufacturers instructions and/or BMW workshop manual – usual warnings apply! Disclaimer
NB: ‘How to’ & FAQs – click for general motorcycle, non R1200GS specific articles
See also: R1200GS DIY Modifications
See also: R1200GS Handling & Suspension
See also:R1200GS Lights / Spotlights
See also: R1200GS Tuning & Performance
BMW Motorcycle Manuals & Parts Fiche – links to free online resources and downloads
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Modifying controls for a BMW R1200GS motorcycle (external link)
A very interesting project by an electrical engineer Duncan Drennan of Engineer Simplicity for ‘disabled’ rider Kobus Raath who has had a below elbow amputation – that is, he has no left hand. Kobus had modified the left handle bar so that a prosthesis (which he makes himself) can attach to it and moved the clutch to the right handle bar. So the next problem he needed to address was the riders controls, such as the indicators and horn, in steps Duncan 🙂 Read Duncan’s article here
Additional auxiliary power socket
R1200GS GSA – extra power socket for GPS systems, heated clothing etc
Cleaning Spoked Wheels (R1200GS R1200GSA)
“Crud Catcher” 2b or not 2b? (R1200GS splash guard)
How to Maintain Your R1200GS (general intro)
GPS Sat Nav Power Connection
Make up a power lead to connect to the socket on the bike provided for the BMW Navigator GPS system
Meta 357T V2 Motorcycle Alarm installation instructions
Needless to say I’m not going to make these installation and operating instructions available to any old Tom, Dick or Bike Theif! Only available to members of MotorcycleInfo.co.uk that I know or can verify through ukGSer.com, SV-Portal.com or other forums I frequent.
R1200GS – What tyres? (tyre reviews and tests)
Renthal Bars – Installation
….or installation of any brand of after market handlebars 😉
Wilbers Front Shock installation
Replacing the front shock on an R1200GS (GSA in this instance)
Wilbers Rear Shock installation
Replacing the rear shock on an R1200GS (GSA in this instance)
R1200GS DIY Modifications
R1200GS DIY Modification INDEX page
Waterproof Your R1200GS Rear Light Electrics!
Well worth doing to save potential hassle and possible safety issue
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You have been warned!
WARNING: A quote from the manual!
“Inexperienced mechanics or mechanics without the proper tools and equipment may not be able to properly perform the services described. Improper repair may result in injury to the mechanic and may render the motorcycle unsafe for the rider and passenger.”
Please isolate the bike’s battery before working on electrical systems or where there is a possibility of inadvertently shorting electrical connections.
Petrol (gas) fumes are highly flammable…….need I say more!