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Old 31 Jan 2013
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GSA1200- long ride preparation

Hi all, planning a Singapore to Sweden ride with a 2009 GSA with 40000 km
I am all kitted with bike modifications to protect it- with covers for headlights, oil cooler, fuel injectors, hydrolic reservoirs and abs etc.
But I am keen to get input on
1. What should be changed- mechanical or electrical before a long ride: electronics, fuel pump, seals, clutch?? etc

2. What anyone brings in terms of spare parts- tools/parts etc

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Here you will get everything you need:

Fahrzeugausstattung | Touratech AG
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Originally Posted by ta-rider View Post
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Alternatively you could just have the bike serviced, fit new tyres and go, which is what I would do. Certainly my airhead GS needed no more when I set of on a RTW trip on it with 40,000 km on the clock and wouldn't expect your GSA to need anything extra.

For spares a clutch and throttle cable, a couple of oil filters and a pair of spark plugs.

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Originally Posted by mark manley View Post
Alternatively you could just have the bike serviced, fit new tyres and go, which is what I would do.
For spares a clutch and throttle cable, a couple of oil filters and a pair of spark plugs.
A service would cover most issues, but not all. Personally I have had two slave cylinders go out, so I would certainly have that checked carefully, maybe just replaced.

Also, personally I would ditch the OEM battery (which tend to die without warning) and probably bring a spare fuel pump. That' s probably about it...

And the R1200GSA doesn't have clutch/throttle cables, it is hydraulic.
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I would agree with swapping the battery also look at the fuel pump controller, the old one which was a bit dodgy is silver the new "updated" one is black, so if you have a silver one on your bike change it for the new black one and carry the silver one as a spare,

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Thanks for the info, 2 days ago my fuel pump electronics died...so I now have a new pump with electronics as the pump was starting to show some cracks and the battery was changed 6 months ago, they seem to last about 2 years
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Preparation for long ride

Pre - Checks:
- Full service your motorcycle before the trip.
- Install new Battery
- Install new front and rear tires (70% on road 30% off road)
- Fix Electric socket for charging Phones and GPS
- Check if your cables (clutch and brakes) and controls intact and working.
- Ensure that the frame, suspension, chain, and fasteners are all secure and intact
- Make sure the center stand and/or side stand isn’t cracked or bent, and that springs properly hold the assembly.
- Check if shocks and fork springs and fork seals are in good condition.

Motorcycle Tools:
Spanners, Plier, Cutter, Wheel Spanner / Axel adapter, Screw drivers (+ and -), Wrenches, Hammer, Socket Spanner, Torx keys, Allen keys, Spark plug spanner, Oil filter cap remover, Working Gloves, Duct tape & electric tape (partial rolls take less space), Wire, hose clamps, misc nuts & bolts, Air Compressor – Pump, Tire Pressure Gauge, Tire lever, Tire Repair Kit.

Motorcycle Spares
Rear tire, Light bulbs, Silicon fluid seals, Fuses all rates, Spark Plugs, Engine Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Air Filter, Ignition spare key, Fuel Pump bypass Electric cable,

Every day after long, walk around and do these checks:
Check tire pressure
Check tire condition, such as thred worn, cuts or bulge
Check engine oil level
Check coolant level
Check and adjust chain tension
Lube chain if necessary
Check frame, suspension, and fasteners are all secure and intact
Check any fluid leakage, and find the cause.
Check headlights (high & low beam), turn signals, and brake lights work.

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