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Old 05-21-2015, 07:28 PM
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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What did you guys use to prop up the side stand due to increased lean angle?
It's probably advisable, but isn't absolutely critical to lengthen the side stand. I've been riding my 2009 with 31 mm plates for years without having changed the side stand. Disclaimer: you will have to be somewhat thoughtful about parking, but that's a given... it is a disadvantage in some cases, but an advantage in others...
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:08 PM
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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What did you guys use to prop up the side stand due to increased lean angle?
With 31mm plates, I haven't found the need. When I use the sidestand on flat ground, it's no big deal. Most of the time I use the center stand anyway.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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It's probably advisable, but isn't absolutely critical to lengthen the side stand. I've been riding my 2009 with 31 mm plates for years without having changed the side stand. Disclaimer: you will have to be somewhat thoughtful about parking, but that's a given... it is a disadvantage in some cases, but an advantage in others...
Going on two year now and (knock on wood) no issues. I look twice and side stand park once. I do have a aluminum circular plate for the soft stuff.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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Going on two year now and (knock on wood) no issues. I look twice and side stand park once. I do have a aluminum circular plate for the soft stuff.

That is a unfortunate lesson I recently learned - the check stand twice part. Last week I came home from a ride, and pulled up to garage. Shut off bike. Left it in first gear. Put kickstand down with boot (or so I thought). Got off bike to open garage door. DOH!!! Bike falls over. Kickstand apparently wasn't fully deployed and sprung back up. Paint repair estimate = $400.00.

As a result, I also went ahead and purchased the full complement of R&G Racing sliders just in case something else should happen in the future. (Hopefully Murphy's Law will kick in meaning because I spent a few hundred bucks on sliders I won't need them - fingers crossed).

The only one I didn't buy are the bar end sliders. I cannot find out how much they weigh and I don't want to buy them unless they weigh at least as much or more than the stock bar ends because I don't want to increase vibrations. Does anyone have experience with these?
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

I stuck with the stock bar ends, they are cheap so I really don't see why sliders would be needed there.
Any one have pictures of a low side with sliders? What gets trashed?
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

The right side, the bottom of the clutch cover gets trashed, the left side your shift linkage gets trashed. Then the main panels get scratched up. So you need protection in those areas and the final drive can get scratched but in the two slides I have done, the above was my damage. If it tips over enough to slide on the bars and tank side . I have bought a lot of plastic over the past 4 years. Ice is my evil doing.
looking at the protection needed for the bottom edges of the engine in the S bike, the OEM sliders are pricy. And since BMW makes these parts, it tells me there is a potential problem that needs to be addressed right away.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

So, Beech, do you recommend the R and G bar end sliders?
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

I wonder how these work?
http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...S/8600971.html
I see that you do not drill the plastic which is very appealing to me.
I wonder how they are in real world application?
More money does not always = better.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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So, Beech, do you recommend the R and G bar end sliders?

I don't know what to put on but I do know what happens with nothing.
What has held me back is drilling into a $750 piece of plastic. I have frame sliders on the shelf.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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I wonder how these work?
http://www.wunderlichamerica.com/mot...S/8600971.html
I see that you do not drill the plastic which is very appealing to me.
I wonder how they are in real world application?
More money does not always = better.

I would do some research before buying those. I recall reading that they have caused frame damage on impact. That's why I went for the R & G version despite having to have to drill holes.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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I don't know what to put on but I do know what happens with nothing.
What has held me back is drilling into a $750 piece of plastic. I have frame sliders on the shelf.
Same issue, been tire kicking this down the road for 2 years. They had another version that was a no drill type that was discontinued(I cannot recall the make)
If we are discussing a drop compared to a slide I think it is a non issue possibility of frame damage.
I just hate the drill idea....
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

Found the other type, it still looks to be in production from another supplier.
http://www.whaccessories.com/BMW-K1300S-Sliders.htm
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

Those look pretty good. I bet the left side would save the shift works too.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

I just told the shop to do it and forced my self to leave. They did a perfect job drilling and mounting the sliders. Replacing $3500 USD of body work over the 10 years I have had my K12 prompted me to get the K13 done on its first service.
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

Those GSGs do look nice. With my luck, maybe I should put them on in addition to the R and G version?
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

I installed the GSG's on my 2011 a few months ago, and I'm really happy with them. I'm mainly concerned with tip-overs, since these bikes seem prone to flopping when you turn your back. Much like Jargon, I always park the bike on the center stand (except here!) - with the 31mm plates, the bike is a snap to lift up.

I think the GSG's look great, are extremely well made, and appear to be very well braced against the frame. Will they cause frame damage, who the hell knows? If I crash the bike hard enough there's a good chance my insurance would total it based on the cost of replacement parts alone. I felt the risk was worth it to keep the bike "undrilled". The sliders make nice leg rests as well

I try not to ride this bike too aggressively - it's heavy and very powerful, and it hurts like hell to wipeout! I'll post a few pics once the weather here clears up. It should be sunny and around 95 degrees ( ) this weekend. Hot for the NorthWest!

Here's a less than ideal pic:

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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

Do the right side bolt on to clutch cover ?? That could be dangerous
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Re: Minor mods that changed my bike

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Do the right side bolt on to clutch cover ?? That could be dangerous

Yes, the right side slider does bolt onto the clutch cover with two fasteners, but they seem to be for location only. The main attachment point is forward on the frame, with a strong bumper against the main spar to take the brunt of any impact.

Even if the clutch cover broke during an impact, it's just a cover and can easily be replaced. Not inexpensively, mind you, but easily nonetheless. Any frame slider is a risk to the frame, as they all bolt to the structure - you're just trying to protect the pretty plastics a bit. That's why I went with GSG over R&G.

If we all were serious about protecting the frame's integrity in a crash, none of us would buy sliders. The best plan is not to make the poor decisions that put you and your bike in bad situations. Sure, there are times a rider is caught by a freak occurrence (oil or gravel around a curve, an animal jumps out, an oncoming vehicle veers into your path, etc), but the majority of accidents are avoidable - it's usually the little things that lead up to disaster.

Bottom line, crash your bike, and the bike gets jacked up. The Universe has spoken.
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What did you guys use to prop up the side stand due to increased lean angle?

My recommendation: Fold cable ties through the spring with it extended, then fold the stand and easily remove spring. Remove the stand and take it to a welder to have a 1/2" - 1" height added to the foot.
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Bottom line, crash your bike, and the bike gets jacked up. The Universe has spoken.
I like this thought, "The Universe has spoken"... and making lemonade out of lemons, you then have yourself that "track bike" you've been dreaming about
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