I am so excited to be back!

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I am so excited to be back!

Postby jdinero2010 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:13 pm

Just a quick note to say hello. About 10 years back I had an 2004 R1150R silver but sold it for financial reasons. Then last year, when i could no longer resist the urge, I bought a 650GS and while i had lots of fun on it remembering my love for riding, my heart belongs on a 1150 so I bought a 2004 R1150R red one this time and couldn't be happier, even the cold has settled in it seems. Got it from a great guy who took excellent care of it.

First thing I need are bar risers and a taller windshield. Open to suggestions...??

Thanks!

Jennifer

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Photoguy » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:15 pm

Welcome back! It seems we have some things in common: like you I got an "R" 10 years ago (a red one) and then after a few years sold it and rode a different bike in the interim. I always missed the BMW though and picked up a 2003 (a black one) this past summer. Couldn't be happier to be riding one again, and this board has been very helpful in figuring some things out.

I can't recommend a particular set of risers but wanted to say that my bike came with them already installed and between the bar risers and lowering the pegs, the bike has 'opened up' in terms of riding comfort where it felt just a little cramped before.

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby jdinero2010 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:55 pm

Thanks photoguy, funny about the similar history. Does your name mean you are into photography as well?

My new bike has a great Sergeants seat, but it is a little tall. i can't quite flat foot the bike where i could before, but it is good enough. I just need the handlebars a bit closer so I am not leaning forward putting strain on my neck. I found some offset ones I am going to try.

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Tigcraft » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:03 pm

jdinero2010 wrote:Just a quick note to say hello. About 10 years back I had an 2004 R1150R silver but sold it for financial reasons. Then last year, when i could no longer resist the urge, I bought a 650GS and while i had lots of fun on it remembering my love for riding, my heart belongs on a 1150 so I bought a 2004 R1150R red one this time and couldn't be happier, even the cold has settled in it seems. Got it from a great guy who took excellent care of it.

First thing I need are bar risers and a taller windshield. Open to suggestions...??

Thanks!


Jennifer


Similar story here too! Had a R1150R five years ago and just fancied another as there was a lot of good things about it so I bought a rockster this time...

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Photoguy » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:11 pm

Yeah, I'm a food photographer which helps explain my lack of mechanical abilities ;)

It seems that the pull is strong, as there's a few other newer riders here as well. =D>

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby racurley » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:46 pm

Welcome back. I bought some for a R1200R at Creative Cycle Concepts for around $60. 1" up and 1 1/4" back. Very nice. I'm 5' 6".

https://bmwmotorcycleaccessories.com/
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Postby racurley » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:54 pm

And...they don't seem to carry them now. Rats. Their part number was MT 513-062M if that some how helps.
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Postby racurley » Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:58 pm

MT = Moto Techniques
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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Buckster » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:17 am

Welcome back! I'm 5'6" and have the Sargent seat as well. I don't mind not being able to flat foot the bike for the exchange of this comfortable seat. I sold my MT risers to someone on this board years ago. It made me too upright especially on the highway.
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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Tundra Dweller » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:46 am

Welcome back!
Regarding Windshields, this Givi universal came with the 2002 R1150R. I believe this is the model, or it's the AF-49:http://giviusa.com/my-motorcycle/bmw/r1200gs-06-12/af330-airflow-windshield-detail

Here's a couple pics, one with and one without the adjustable top section.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/SbUrcNAf9iEm5MiT8

https://photos.app.goo.gl/pGoyau4bEZrf5AL98

Not the best looking Shield out there but it sure works well with quite a bit of height adjustment.
I have a cool little blue tinted bubble shield too. The Givi works so well it stays on full time now.

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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby Barista » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:17 pm

This should be perfect timing for you since I just got my first BMW this past July, a 2004 R1150R ABS in Silver. It had only 5,100 miles on it and was bone stock except for an LED tail light. I immediately starting researching and getting stuff to make it more comfortable for long trips. Here's a list of my upgrades and impressions of them. All of these have been purchased in the past few months, so the info should be current. In gereral order of necessity, IMO. Hope it helps you.

The Ztechnik tall (20") windshield was the best option in my research. A lot of companies aren't making their accessories for these models any longer since they are getting older. A lot of old threads on this board mention items that are no longer available, but this one still is. It fits, looks, and works great. I highly recommend it. A long-shaft ball-tip allen wrench will make the installation easier as the bottom bolts are a bit difficult to get to. I got it through Sierra BMW and their service was quick and flawless.

The wind hit me at about nose-high with that windshield and I wanted it to hit more fore-head level or higher, so I recently added the Puig Clip-On windshield visor. Now wind hits at about the hairline and that's perfect for me. I'm 5' 11" and have the Sargent seat also.

Wunderlich has a foot peg lowering kit that's excellent. I have long legs and felt really cramped on this bike. The kit includes all the hardware bits and pieces to lower and extend the rear brake and shifter levers too. It seems pricey but considering all the stuff that's included it's not so bad.

The Sargent seat was a necessity, IMO. Nice that your bike came with it.

The Kaoko Throttle lock was the cencensus winner in the reviews I read, and I'm happy with it. My right hand needed some relief on long hauls.

Ram Mount Moto-X bar-mount phone holder works great if you want to use your phone as GPS or for music. I positioned it just inboard of the clutch reservior and that puts it in my line of sight but doesn't block the speedo, tach, or warning lights. Some people mount them in the center but I'd be in trouble if I couldn't see the low-gas light. I connected to ear buds via cord for a while, but recently broke down and got a Bluetooth comm system and love being cordless. Taking a phone call hands-free while doing 75 down the Interstate is kinda wierd, but it works great with my Schuberth C4 helmet and their integrated comm system. Damn pricey though.

Handle bars risers......There's lots of good options for those. Mine are Wunderlich, very solid and good hardware. Easy install, and it gets me a little over an inch of rise and about half that much back-set. Just don't try to go much more than about an inch and a half higher unless you want to invest in longer brake lines, etc.

The Grip Buddy neoprene wraps help with comfort and vibration, and they still transfer the heat from the heated grips. If you have smaller hands you might not like the larger diameter they create.

A Signal Minder not only helps keep me from driving down the road for miles with the turn signal still on, (after 40 years of riding I'd still do that). It also allows you to use the turn signal lights as running lights for visibility. Now my turn signals stay on all the time exept when I use them to signal a turn, (they flash off, instead of flash on). It takes longer to read the instructions than it does to install it. Super simple.

The front fender extender from Pyramid Plastics fits perfect and helps keep the engine and pipes clean. I highly recommend it.

Sparky Pegs hiway pegs add some options to your seating position. It's good to be able to shift positions on a long day. These attach at the spark plug locations and if you have short legs they're a going to be a bit of a reach. But, unless you have crash bars to mount pegs onto, they're the only option for hiway pegs, (that I'm aware of).

One last bit of advise....protect your hearing. I'm suffering from hearing loss after years of riding bikes, shooting guns, and drag racing. Tiny increments of damage aren't noticeable, but by the time you're 60 like me it definately adds up and there's no going back. Be safe.

HAPPY RIDING!
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Re: I am so excited to be back!

Postby sykospain » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:03 am

The detailed info above from Barista is all spot-on.
As to the issue of bar risers, the ones you already found that raise the bar up and pull it back a bit are the best, so long as you've checked that the wiring and the front brake and clutch hoses, are long enough.

When I transformed my 2nd Rockster into a really comfortable bike with no wrist- or neck-strain, including replacing the horrible straight Rockster bar with a Roadster one which is raised and angled back, I had to buy two new hoses because the OEM ones as fitted weren't long enough.

I also lowered the footpegs by replacing them with GS versions - but that was a load of hassle, re-engineering the fittings in a motor workshop took a day with help from an engineer. Were I to do the lowering from scratch again, I'd just buy the Wunderlich or Hornig or Verholen kits instead.

And the Z-Technik screen as recommended above is the business for these bikes.
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