Soon Our 1 YEAR Review of our 2013 BMW F800GS Bikes


We have owned our new now old bikes for 1 year.  I will soon post a review of our bikes now that we both have over 8000 KM’s on them, been off-road, taken decent length trips to assess its road competency and also here I will post an issue we have run into regarding the OEM canbus/socket plug.

In our review I will try to compare as much as I can the F800 to the Triumph Tiger 800XC that we rode for only 44 days to Alaska and they gave them back to Triumph Canada in 2011 and our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes too.

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Gerbings Recall


JUST FYI! If you have this model jacket I would recommend getting it fixed or replaced while you are not needing to use your liner. ;-)

WARNING: Gerbing’s Plug CompatibilityGerbing uses coaxial plugs that meet our exact quality specifications. Other manufacturers have not shared their coaxial plug specifications, nor supported testing, so that we can assess whether they match our plug quality and are compatible with our plugs. Therefore, Gerbing cannot recommend that you connect anything other than a Gerbing plug to a Gerbing plug regardless of how similar the plugs may look, may feel, or may appear to fit or work together.

Made in NC: Gerbing’s Heated Clothing


RESTORING CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IS KEY

Back in November 2012 we sent Cheryl’s right glove and liner to Washington and Gerbing’s for repairs.  There is usually a two week turn around.  Middle of December we get an email saying her gear would not be returned until 2nd week of January 2013.  By this time I was pissed because we ride all year-long and heat is a must in the winter.

I bought Powerlet gear because my liner shut down as well.  We went with Powerlet because well, let’s be honest….We LOVE Gerbing’s but we have had to send our gloves and/or liners back in the past because of faulty wiring and shorts.  Also, I was mad so why not try another company??? Continue reading

Gerbing’s Temperature Install


Just like what we had on our BMW 650′s Cheryl installed her permanent temperature controller today.  Instead of installing the built-in port she decided to go with the plug just hanging outside the faring as you will see in the pictures. 

Centre fairing had to come off

Cheryl has done this two times before tonight…most would cringe drilling a hole into the plastic but it really looks neat and tidy in the end…when we sell the bikes this comes with it… ;-) Continue reading

TWO Simple Accessories


There are few things that when you buy new bikes that you must have as repeat farkles (accessories).  We have a few that we will use again and again as long as we ride DS bikes. 

Fork seal protectors for one…the owner says use sunscreen on the outside…sounds weird but makes sense.  Keeps them from fading and every once in a while you take them off…wash them and use a little WD40 0n the inside and you are good to go.  A lot of riders forget their fork seals when kiting out their bikes.  When off-road little pieces for crud get in there and can make a day of fun riding into a nightmare if one of your seals blow.

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It’s all in the POWER!


For More Info on all this stuff go to Powerlet Equipped

I got a message from one our readers on FB and he asked about how we charged our phones while on our trip riding the Triumph Tigers.  The answer is really easy and I thought I would share what works for us and perhaps might assist anyone looking for a charge while out on the road.

Both the BMW and Triumph bikes have a stock powerlet plug, looks like this

This socket mounts on the top of a panel providing a low clearance installation. Unlike cigarette sockets these Powersport Standard Connectors are smaller in size, rated at 15 amps. Continue reading

Gerbing’s Headquarters Tour (Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th 2011)


We headed out from Maple Ridge to Shelton, Washington on Sunday morning, Nov. 6th with our goal to be at the Gerbing’s Headquarters on Monday, Nov. 7th. The whole purpose of the trip was to get to Gerbing’s, trade in our old liners for their new micro-wire liners and to deal with some warranty items like our Y connectors. So, we decided to make a trip out of this and carry it over 2 nights. We are trying to get away on the bikes every 5 weeks for fun rather than just commuting.

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