2002 R1150GS Adventure
In September of 2002 I was at my dealer's, BMW Fort Worth, waiting for some new skins for the R1150RT. I was sitting next to a new 2002 Black/Gold R1150GS Adventure. The bike was yelling at me like no other bike before had in the past. It was screaming at me to take a ride. Since I'm weak I acted on the offer and I wasn't more than a block from the dealer's when I knew I would make a deal on the bike within the week.
Here's a pic taken after I brought the bike home.
For someone that sits tall in the seat the stock shield is totally inadequate. The solution is to either remove it entirely or get the Aeroflow Full Fairing. I chose the latter and couldn't be happier. I'm still able to see well above the windscreen and the pocket it provides is adequate. There's no comparison to the stock, non-adjustable shield of the GS Adventure. Quality and craftsmanship are spectacular and the mounting system ensures the screen is securely fastened to the bike. Check out Aeroflow Screens for more information.
I had hope the stock seat would be adequate for at least a 100 mile ride, but not a chance. After 50 my ass was screamin' for relief. I contacted Rocky Mayer and Bill Mayer Saddles to make me a custom seat. This was my first BMS as I'm a Day-Long man. But after contacting Rocky I decided to give him my business. From the time I spoke with him to the time I recveived the seat was 4 weeks. Simply amazing.
As of February 15, 2003 I only have 1400 miles on the seat. It's going to take another 1500 to fully break in the seat and provide a full authoratative evaluation, but for now the seat is performing wonderfully. I expect it to continue to mature and provide a high degree of comfort for those long days and nights in the saddle. Check out Bill Mayer Saddles for more information.
I opted for the Jesse Luggage. I wasn't really down with the BMW system cases. I heard reports of poor quality and, besides, there's no doubting the Jesse's just look damn good. Their quality and craftsmanship cannot be denied either. Check out Jesse Luggage Systems for more information.
Note the exhaust extension in the second picture. While some folks have not put on an extension my dealer and I were a little concerned about the exhaust heating up the contents of the left saddlebag. Since the kit didn't come with an extension, my dealer made one for me. My kind of dealer - BMW Fort Worth.
The stock lighting system isn't adequate for night time rides through the sticks with all of the critters out in full force. Plus, turning night into day is mandatory for endurance riders. I decided on a set of PIIA 520 fogs. These lights throw an absolutely gorgeous beam down the road. The spread of the beam is nice and wide and illuminates both sides of the road entirely. I'm not sure if I'll add a set of driving lights just yet. A few more night time miles are in order before making that decision. Check out the PIIA website for more information.
To protect the stock lighting system from debris I chose the clear lexan headlight guard from Touratech. It mounts easily, looks good and, hopefully, functional. I'm sure it will get a chance to prove itself soon. Check out Touratech USA for more information.
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