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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: oil filter
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:57:56 am »
I did pay that less my discount.
So you wouldn't use a K&N filter.
Would you use a K&N air filter? Wouldn't the same argument apply?

I would be perfectly happy with any well-known non-BMW oil or air filter in my bike. I run K&N's in the airbox as it is.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: oil filter
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:56:44 am »

And if some of those non-OEM parts are of Italian origin...

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: battery charger
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:06:13 pm »
What make of conditioning charger is it Philip?

fjtwelve's Bikes / Re: K1200S
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:04:22 pm »
There are no valid reasons for following another vehicle which is going slower than you would otherwise go for more than the shortest of distances on the open road if you have the ability to overtake.

Among the many reasons to not follow are:

Target fixation
Not being able to see hazards ahead and, therefore
Relying on the driver in front to see hazards and take appropriate action
Dozing off
Ending up parked on someone else's drive in a strange town miles from home.

David. Quite correct about the little monster. It will overtake almost as fast as the bike. The BIG problem is I keep having to remind myself that it needs a slightly larger landing site than the bike  :o

Oh, and filtering in the car is VERY embarrassing  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: The Invisible Motorcyclist
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:56:19 pm »
No David! I really am invisible. I did join the circus but I got fired because no one could see my act  8)

Well good luck with a BM in a Honda garage...I doubt they will even know where to start. And as to which part you think they are going to swap  :o

If a BM dealer fitted a new airbox and ICV then there are lots of pipes and stuff, the secondary air supply system etc. etc. and the set up of the ICV. I would have had it back to the dealer within minutes of the first problem and tell em to get it right. If the Honda dealer touches it then BM won't be too happy at having it back as 'someone else has been fiddling with it'.

Dieseling, or running-on is a pain and the causes can be numerous but a hot-spot in the combustion chamber is the most likely culprit and this is most commonly caused by the plugs. If you want to terrify yourself take a look here...

...or here...

Wrong plugs can be a cause, (s'funny that they have just changed them) as can fuelling issues (s'funny they have just had the airbox and ICV out).

Get the BMW dealer to collect it and fix it. I can almost guarantee that it is their work that is causing it.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: oil filter
« on: January 11, 2019, 10:33:00 pm »
Of course, but you are not getting the genuine article so I doubt if a non-BMW oil filter will catch all those nasty bits of BMW engine and gearbox sloshing around in yer filthy oil Ron  8)

I'd definitely pay twice as much... :)

Or in the case of the Sena, 'Say a commaaaand. Say a commaaaand. Say a commaaaand. Say a commaaaand.'

fjtwelve's Bikes / Re: K1200S
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:40:29 am »
There are way too many folk on the roads who are content to follow the car, or worse, the TRUCK in front and then they instantly go into baby elephant mode and latch onto the safety blanket in front with never a thought to drive at their own speed.

I will always overtake as soon as I can unless it is rush hour with a gazillion things in front and I'm only going a couple of miles. Even then I will always overtake what I can if I'm on the bike.

For me it is the principle of driving at my pace, not someone else's and planning and executing an overtake keeps my pea-like brain active for when I need it.

Am I 'becoming' grumpy or what?

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: The Invisible Motorcyclist
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:32:18 am »
We've had this discussion many, many times down the years. There is nothing I can do to make myself more visible to those who don't look or care. Those that care and look will see you but giving them a little help with colour or movement never went unrewarded.

I refuse to plaster lights all over my bike like some lunatic '60's scooter rider's mirrors, as I have yet to see a bike with extra lights fitted 'to make me more visible' that doesn't blind and annoy the hell out of opposing traffic even in broad daylight. When I'm in the car, if I get dazzled by these eejits I tend to forget where I am and wander across the white line with my hand over my eyes...

I am invisible! I don't mind it that way because it cuts me some slack for the speed I ride at.

If you accept that you are invisible (and, as he pointed out in the video Rae linked to, also know WHY you are invisible) and ride defensively with that knowledge then the only things you might get hit by are rampant deer.

Two lessons on being invisible from another forum.

First, a lad complaining that his bike got totalled by the bull bars on the front of a Land Rover he met head on in a blind bend on a country track. The Land Rover had managed to stop, the bike did not. Expect the unexpected, don't expect blind bends to be empty and remember that they are called 'blind' bends for a reason.

Second, a lad following a coach which slammed its brakes on when it met a truck coming the other way on a tight bend. Coach snicks it into reverse and promptly reverses over the bike behind which was right up its ass and which the coach driver couldn't see. Keep away from the big stuff and don't follow anything in the overtake position unless you can see it is clear to overtake. Remember, if you can't see their mirrors, they can't see you.

There's being invisible and there's being an idiot by not allowing yourself to be seen.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:47:29 pm »
Train? Bloody train??

Last time I 'took' a train was in 1998. I was working with the Environment Agency in Bristol and they sent me to Leeds for a day. They gave me a train ticket warrant.

I rocked up at Reading station and handed in the warrant. The girl took it and turned it into a First Class ticket. Ooh!

I stood all the way to Paddington, the way that all travellers do on British trains, 1st class or cattle class...

At Paddington I was met by a lovely guy who took me to the First Class lounge, served me really good coffee and croissants and said he would come for me when my seat on the train to Leeds was ready...

Fuck! Was he hitting on me or what?

Ten minutes later he came to tell me my seat was ready and led me out to the train. He handed me over to a white-waistcoated flunky who took me to my seat, folded my jacket over the back of the seat opposite and asked if I would like tea, coffee or, would I prefer the full English breakfast in the dining car! He had, obviously, reserved me a seat.

I went for the full English and he carried my jacket, newspaper and briefcase as he led me to the seat with my name on it.

I had yet another coffee and croissant followed by eggs, bacon, tomatoes, hash browns, fried bread and a a great big pot of good strong tea.

The meal lasted almost all the way from London to Leeds with many top-ups of almost everything and as we were pulling in, the two guys opposite tidied away their business papers and turned from business conversation to normal chat.

'I always feel sorry for those who paid full price for a first class ticket and get a free breakfast when I only paid second class for both of us and £7:50 eash for the breakfast!' What?

When I looked at the ticket as I handed it to the ticket collector I noticed the price...£437 for a return ticket. In 1998!!!

When I got back to Reading station that night, I asked the guy how I would get 'my' train home with me. 'Woddyermean?' 'Well, I assume that for £437 I have actually bought the train, how do I get it home?'

Haven't been on a train since, as somewhere, I have my own  8)

I should add that 'my' definition of a 'switch' is an electrical circuit open and closing device. Not a big stick with which to beat people! Although...

Seriously (what, the gun comment wasn't serious?) if you ride with an open face or flip front helmet then wind noise can seriously degrade the comprehension, by the system, of voice commands!

I always think that voice control is well over rated. It never worked with my old dog, my ex-wife or anyone I had dominion over in the armed forces...give me a switch, a button or a gun any time  8)

fjtwelve's Bikes / Re: K1200S
« on: January 10, 2019, 08:07:19 pm »
So maybe it isn't just me in my dusty little corner of the Welsh Marches after all...

Interesting that nowhere in the article did it mention the obvious solution of....wait for it....dramatic drum-roll....overtaking  8)

My very wise (not to mention brave, fearless, patient, saintly and very rapid) driving instructor explained to me that it was not the person at the front of the inevitable queue I always ended up at the back of who was causing the queue. It was the second person in the queue who was causing it.

This was the same driving instructor who used a wooden ruler to smack pupils across the knuckles every time they were driving too slow or too fast for either the conditions or the limit. I learned very quickly.

The punishment for not telling him every time you spotted a potential overtake makes me shudder every time I think about it...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: The Invisible Motorcyclist
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:53:39 pm »
I remember seeing a video shown at a seminar inthe context of 'being in the moment' or 'paying attention'.

We were asked to count how many times a group of people passed a ball back and forth randomly to each other around the group. It went on for a while and being a lummock I got bored and stopped counting, paying more attention to one of the more attractive girls.

At the exact moment I stopped counting, a very large someone in a gorilla suit ambled through the group and out of the scene.

When the folk stopped passing the ball, everyone was asked to declare how many passes were made and everyone said their score. No-one mentioned the gorilla...which wasn't revealed until about an hour later.

Even wearing a gorilla suit won't make you more easily seen.

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