RoadRUNNER’s Budget Project Bike

May 17, 2014 View Comments by

Here are the criteria we started with when we set out to choose RoadRUNNER’s next project bike. Cheap, as in $1,000 or less. Running, it had to be able to be ridden before we sank any money or time into it. No title issues. Ready to go on tour with minimal investment. And that’s pretty […]

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RoadRUNNER Project Bike: 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL

Dec 13, 2012 View Comments by

The Bavarian luxury tourer is, without a doubt, a solid motorcycle. It even garnered our “Motorcycle of the Year” award in 2011. Millions of dollars were spent on research and development, and countless engineers were put to work to create the best luxury sport touring motorcycle on the planet. Arguably, BMW has achieved this. The […]

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Project Bike Upgrade Evaluations: Fully Farkled BMW F 650 GS

Oct 19, 2012 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s publisher, Christa Neuhauser, asked me to ride the BMW F 650 GS that Jim Parks has done a series of articles on, and to give my evaluation of the added aftermarket items. The timing coincided nicely with my being in Maggie Valley for the annual RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend, allowing me to ride the BMW […]

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Project Bike – Part IV: Final Modifications

Aug 24, 2012 View Comments by

In the final installment of this series, we further improve the long distance touring capabilities and comfort of the F 650 GS with installation of an aftermarket suspension and a custom seat. Touring Enhancements Install Time           Retail Cost*    1. Progressive Rear Suspension (part #465-5017): The handling and carrying capacity of a […]

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Project Bike Part III: Transforming the BMW F 650 GS Into a Serious, Long-Distance Touring Motorcycle

Jun 13, 2012 View Comments by

Part III of this series raises the basic touring capabilities of the BMW F 650 GS to a higher level of performance. Although different riders will have their own priorities and opinions, we generally consider the following enhancements to be cost-beneficial for long-distance touring on this motorcycle.   Touring Enhancements Install Time Retail Cost* 1. […]

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Project Bike – Part II: Mechanical Assessment and Basic Touring Equipment Upgrades

Apr 09, 2012 View Comments by

Prior to purchasing the used BMW motorcycle, we inspected it for a number of potential mechanical issues, including rust spots, fluid leaks, mechanical malfunctions, errant engine noises, cracks in the seat or bodywork, cracks or dents in wheels, or excessive chain and sprocket wear. We also checked for evidence the bike had been raced or […]

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Project Bike: Versatile Touring Motorcycle on a Budget – Part 1

Feb 14, 2012 View Comments by

Part I: Acquiring a Used Bike Step 1: List Key Features Desired Before beginning the search for a prospective touring motorcycle, we first established the key features we wanted the bike to have. Here are the 10 things we looked for: Comfortable Seat Height: A bike with a seat height of approximately 30 inches or […]

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