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Just picked up my '06 and had to ride about 230 miles to get it home in 34F temp. Had the grips and heat heaters on which are worth their weight along with raising the windshield to block wind noise and cold winds, not to mentioned tuning in the popular radio stations along the way.

I am already wondering how to properly adjust the mirrors since the spacing does not seem right and I see a tether has been added.

Amazing bike...

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Well done!! Glad to hear you made it and look forward to meeting up with soon. We have a cottage in Pt Bruce so are your area often.

Geoff

PS - great day for a ride here in S Ont despite the temps
 

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I had the same issues on my 05 as far as the spacing on the mirrors. Very easy fix. BMW does or did have washers taped on the mirror assembly when you pop the mirror assembly off. If not there just buy a couple and either remove the ones there or add ones where you need them. The washers will be taken from or added to the 3 ball screws that the mirrors clamp down to.
Just place them unit the spacing matches on both. Remember you need about 1/8 spacing left between the bike and the mirror assembly so when you hit a bump they do not pop off.

Congrats on the 1200 and welcome. Hope you have many happy fun filled miles.
 

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Mauro,

See if you can get the moderators to change your username from mr1150gs to Mr Winnebago. Ouch! At least I've got someplace to put that case of beer now.

Remember to check if you can switch the fuel economy units on the LCD display from MPG (US) to either MPG (IMP) or L/100KM. Maybe someone on here knows how.

Talk to you tomorrow.
 

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brantvol16 said:
Well done!! Glad to hear you made it and look forward to meeting up with soon. We have a cottage in Pt Bruce so are your area often.

Geoff

PS - great day for a ride here in S Ont despite the temps
Hey Geoff,

By all means, love to meet up! send me a PM and stop in for a bite and conversation.

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I had the same issues on my 05 as far as the spacing on the mirrors. Very easy fix. BMW does or did have washers taped on the mirror assembly when you pop the mirror assembly off. If not there just buy a couple and either remove the ones there or add ones where you need them. The washers will be taken from or added to the 3 ball screws that the mirrors clamp down to.
Just place them unit the spacing matches on both. Remember you need about 1/8 spacing left between the bike and the mirror assembly so when you hit a bump they do not pop off.

Congrats on the 1200 and welcome. Hope you have many happy fun filled miles.
Thnx for your input Alex,

Found the spacers of which there were two for the three posts taped to each mirror. It appears that someone has fooled with this before as I do not believe that the teathers are standard issue. Anyway, I am still fidling with it since it seems that the mirrors will come off with the slightest nudge.

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BMWGS said:
Mauro,

See if you can get the moderators to change your username from mr1150gs to Mr Winnebago. Ouch! At least I've got someplace to put that case of beer now.

Remember to check if you can switch the fuel economy units on the LCD display from MPG (US) to either MPG (IMP) or L/100KM. Maybe someone on here knows how.

Talk to you tomorrow.
Winnebago comfort and protection and room for all the beer you can drink anytime...

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mr1150gs said:
I do not believe that the teathers are standard issue.
Mirror tethers were available from numerous suppliers. Whether BMW finally decided to install them as OEM, I don't know.

Do they look like this?

mr1150gs said:
It seems that the mirrors will come off with the slightest nudge.
And thats why they came out with tethers.
 

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my '08 came with the mirror tethers already attached...
just fyi
 

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Hi Mauro and BMWGS

I noticed your comments about setting the LCD to Metric from the US version of imperial measure. I am sorry to burst you bubble or add bad news. I own a 2000 K1200LT and am/was in the same position. Over the winter through much searching I found out that the only fix for me was to replace the On board computer ( the LCD you are referring to)

Lucky for you the source of my information was through Wolf BMW in London Ontario. The bad news is it is a BMW so bring lots of money. $663 plus tax for the parts and then the labour to install.

I am still debating whether I should ignore the information it provides, because I am unwilling to do all the conversions in my head while traveling or bit the bullet and change it out.

Are you riding in the snow? I hear it is still winter in Ontario, at least in Ottawa as per this afternoon.
 

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Hi Mauro and BMWGS

I noticed your comments about setting the LCD to Metric from the US version of imperial measure. Through much searching I found out that the only fix for me was to replace the On board computer (the LCD you are referring to).
I take it you haven't opened it up.

I wonder if it is a programmable chip or something as easy as moving a jumper position.

All I've found on the on-line parts catalogs is a part number for the whole instrument cluster. No mention of an on-board computer (display) could be found.

I'll check on pricing when I'm in Germany later this summer.
 

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I recently bought a 04 LT that was originally an American bike and everything is in Imperial. I guess I never thought about switching to metric as I am "old school" and still think in Imperial. The only thing that is a bit confusing is the speedometer, sometimes I have to think if I am doing 50 MPH or 50 KPH as the bike doesn't really feel like I am doing 50 MPH, wonder what will happen when I get my first speeding ticket? Confusing speedometer excuse? Maybe it will hold up and/or get me out of a ticket in court. Other than that, I prefer everything to be in Imperial, mileage, gallons, etc., not a problem, just that initial glance on speedometer to see how fast I am going.
 

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va7alb said:
Hi Mauro and BMWGS

I noticed your comments about setting the LCD to Metric from the US version of imperial measure. I am sorry to burst you bubble or add bad news. I own a 2000 K1200LT and am/was in the same position. Over the winter through much searching I found out that the only fix for me was to replace the On board computer ( the LCD you are referring to)

Lucky for you the source of my information was through Wolf BMW in London Ontario. The bad news is it is a BMW so bring lots of money. $663 plus tax for the parts and then the labour to install.

I am still debating whether I should ignore the information it provides, because I am unwilling to do all the conversions in my head while traveling or bit the bullet and change it out.

Are you riding in the snow? I hear it is still winter in Ontario, at least in Ottawa as per this afternoon.
Hello va,

I hear you regarding the conversion. I would just use a GPS for the readings.

No snow, here. I am in Southern ON where it is +13 now.

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skydiver said:
I recently bought a 04 LT that was originally an American bike and everything is in Imperial. I guess I never thought about switching to metric as I am "old school" and still think in Imperial. The only thing that is a bit confusing is the speedometer, sometimes I have to think if I am doing 50 MPH or 50 KPH as the bike doesn't really feel like I am doing 50 MPH, wonder what will happen when I get my first speeding ticket? Confusing speedometer excuse? Maybe it will hold up and/or get me out of a ticket in court. Other than that, I prefer everything to be in Imperial, mileage, gallons, etc., not a problem, just that initial glance on speedometer to see how fast I am going.

+1 I hear you...

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BMWGS said:
It may be non-metric but I doubt it reads MPG in Imperial gallons...more like US gallons.
I guess you are right for the gallons, so confusing, metric, imperial, U.S., although I think a mile is still a mile, imperial or U.S. I will have to check the computer when I get the bike out of storage, I don't know how MPG is calculated on this, but would expect it is in U.S. gal. I was wondering why my mileage was so small when I looked at the on board computer. Thanks for the heads up.
 

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OK, New Bike, New Name.

Thanx to all that replied to mr1150gs...

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Hi to all

To answer a few of the comments regarding my last post here goes.

First, Have I opened up the computer? No. I have just enough knowledge to know that it is only a chip to either replace or to rewire ( Jumpers etc.) I don't have the background or electronic resources to analyze the chip and fix or replace.

Apparently, from the information I received from Wolf BMW, it is not to their service manuals programmable.

Another, solution would be to open up two and see the differences. However, that takes a friend who will let you possibly destroy his computer as well as yours. I haven't even looked at it to see what is involved in getting into it. Ie how to you take the case apart without breaking it.

Second. If you can find something in Germany please let me know. I have a call into a site in England that claims to be associated with a number of Used parts stores however I have had no response yet and that has been a week. Not looking promising.

Third. I know the feeling about MPH & KPH on the bike. On my first test ride I am casually going down the street in a 40K zone and wondering why I am catching up to traffic so quickly. Thankfully I didn't catch up to a cop.
I can see my using the cruise control. It has saved me several tickets in the car and I can feel the speed there much more than on the bike.

Finally, as for the snow, I guess "Lots of snow" to my daughter is less than I thought.

Good riding

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skydiver said:
I don't know how MPG is calculated on this, but would expect it is in U.S. gal. I was wondering why my mileage was so small when I looked at the on board computer. Thanks for the heads up.
Just multiply your display reading by 1.2 to get your MPG in Imperial.
 
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