Magura Hymec Clutch System for BMW GS 700:

Purchased from Amazon and installed by A&S Motorcycles, Sacramento.  They did a great job– Thank you A&S!

This clutch is the BEST!  It is smooth and easy on the hand.  It made a big difference in Vicky’s riding, especially off road on technical terrain.  The stock clutch system caused hand cramping and fatigue that limited my ability for extended riding on trails and dirt.  No more problems since the clutch was installed.  I’d buy it again in a flash!  I highly recommend it especially for a petite woman who loves riding a big bike on the dirt.

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Touratech is now carrying the Magura clutch kit. The price is about the same everywhere. It will cost you about $300. Sounds like a lot, but no more cables. Clutch cables cost about $75. You choose.

There is a warning from Amazon that says the item does not fit the 2015 BMW F700GS, but it did and it is FANTASTIC.  The stock clutch was tight and especially troublesome when riding off-road.  If you are a woman that LOVES the dirt, this upgrade will make a tremendous difference in your riding.

If you decide to install this yourself, this video from Magura goes step by step how to do it. It is in German. The GS800 and GS700 are the same. You could save $250 on installation if you do it yourself. We had A&S BMW do it, it was the first one they had installed. They did a nice job.

Touratech Adjustable Folding Rear Brake Pedal Kit for BMW F700GS:

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The problem is that when standing on the pegs Vicky’s foot is too small to reach the brake lever.  With the stock lever, she has to move her foot forward so that only the heel of the boot is on the peg, plus rotate her foot inward to reach the brake lever.  Such a movement is awkward, slows responsiveness to terrain and braking speed, and causes the entire body to shift position.

After a month of riding I can say this rear brake pedal is a perfect solution for my little foot problem.  The pedal is adjustable forward for big feet and most importantly for me, it is adjustable to the rear so that now I can reach the pedal by changing the angle of my toe when I stand on the pegs.  Braking is smoother and I am more confident and secure knowing that stopping power is responsive to the touch of my toe.

Center Stand for lowered BMW GS 700:

BMW GS700 Factory lowered has no center stand on it. So if you are going to be able to fix the bike on the road you need one.  Very easy to install, except for the springs, be prepared to lose some skin. $179.00.  Also for off-road training at BMW off-road academy classes, use of the center stand is required for some class exercises.  Use of the center stand is not easy for a small person, especially if the bike is loaded.  It takes skill and practice to be able to put the bike on and off the center stand.

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Bash Plates

All of our bikes have protection on them. The Engine on most adventure bikes just hangs on the the frame. Old bikes and motocross bikes have a frame under the motor, not so for adventure bikes. I think the first thing you should put on your bike is a good Bash Plate. This could save you thousands of dollars in repair of a fractured casing.

The 2017 BMW GSA 1200 comes with a little tin pie pan attached to the bottom of the engine, it become essential to put some protection under this expensive bike ASAP.  I shopped around and knew I wanted to put on a baseplate that would not transfer energy from the impact to the engine. That left me with only one choice. Altrider’s baseplate. Just look at the difference in the picture below of the stock BMW baseplate and the Altrider one.  Wow.

BMW GSA skid plate comparison stock and Altrider
Altrider bash plate on the left and the stock BMW baseplate on the right. You decide.

The installation took me about 30 minutes, so it was easy. The only tricky part is it uses the center stand for the rear support. Follow the instructions and you will be fine.

The BMW GSA also has very vernable cylinder heads. Now BMW GSA has the head protection on the bike stock but is known form bending up into the head with a simple fallover. So I thought this needed reinforcment. Hence I bought the AltRider BMW OEM support brackets.  About $215 worth of steel that basically is suppose to prevent the OEM bars from bending into the cylinder heads. The installation for this replaces one of the engine mount bolts and has a very secure connection to the OEM guards.

Then if that was not enough I was still worried about the cyclinde heads getting a rock breaking the cases. So I bought and installed the Ricochet case guards. The installation on the right side was easy took about 5 minutes. The Left required a little bit of drilling and mount bending to make it work. Also I think these will need to be removed to get the cylinder head covers off to adjust the valves. I hope the dealer doesn’t have too much trouble with my add ons.




Aluminum Crash Bar Engine Guards for BMW R1200 GS & R1200 GS ADVENTURE

The KTM 690 comes with a small plastic bash plate.  Jon ordered a  heavier bash plate from Blackdog and installed it on the 690.  It is very large as you can see in the pictures below.  It is also heavy adding weight to the bike as well as reducing ground clearance.  But it offers maximum safety for critical engine parts that need the extra protection for aggressive riding on rocky terrain.



When Jon purchased the KTM 1190 he was planning for aggressive off road riding.  So he had the dealer include an upgraded KTM OM bash plate for the bike at delivery.  He is very happy with this upgrade.

We just purchased from Moose Racing a carbon fiber bash plate for the DRZ 400 SM.  The factory stock bash plate is a small plastic coving that seems fragile. Jon worked on the installation a couple of hours already but it is not yet completed.  So far, mounting has been complicated by misaligned screw holes and an imperfect fit to the DRZ’s engine shape.  Jon put the bike back in the garage for now.  Vicky is injured and will not ride for another 8 weeks at least.  So, he has some time to problem solve this addition.  A full review is forthcoming in the next few weeks.

The BMW GS 700 is a lowered model having only 6 inches of ground clearance so a rugged bash plate was installed soon after purchase of the bike.  The Altrider model fits snuggly to the BMW engine thus minimally compromising already low ground clearance. It has been a true bike engine saver too because Vicky hits on the rocks often and sometimes teeter toters to clear obstacles on the trail, for example small whoops, logs, rocks.  Often rocks fly up and “bang” sounds ring out as Vicky rides along rocky trails due to rocks flying up and into the bash plate.  Jon put a sturdy, large bash plate from Altrider on the BMW and we are sure it has saved the engine many times.

BMW Altrider Bash Plate (1 of 1)
BMW GS 700 Altrider Bash Plate

Case Savers for the DRZ400SM

With each bike you learn what will break when they fall over. The DRZ400 is know for the shifting lever and break lever breaking the soft cases of the motor. A simple fall over could end your ride. For $30 you can prevent a case fracture. These are simple pieces of steel that protect the soft motor from impact. Very easy install.



these are from Thumper Talk. You simply glue them on. I’ll update after we’ve had them all for awhile to see if they stay on and work.


DRZ Lowering Link

Vicky is short. Yep I said it she is about 5 foot 3 inches on a good day and needs a bike that is close to the ground.  So when she was looking for a new dirt bike she went with a DRZ400SM. Lots of power and with the small wheels lower than it’s 21 inch front wheel brother. It was still to tall. Which gets us to lowering links. The little bar will lower the suspension by about 1.75 inches. I also softened her rear shock to the minimum preload. After doing the her kick stand was too tall and my be the cause of her fall over accident that broke her left leg.

Installing a lowering link takes about 15 minutes and really does work. The cost anywhere from $18 on Amazon to $70 from your local motorcycle store.

The Kickstand on the DRZ 400SM was too long so Mike cut out about a cm and welded it back together, making sure the foot lands squarely on the ground. It looks great. The KTM’s also have very long kickstands due to there high suspension and there is companies that will shorten your kickstand for about $80, if you don’t have a welding neighbor handy.

Steering Stabilizers

I first starting using Scott Steering stabilizers on my KTM 520 exc to help with Sand Racing, it will help the sudden turn of the front wheel when you hit a rock and high speed and can prevent an accident. I was able to move the stabilizer from the 2002 KTM 520 exc to my 2016 KTM 690 enduro R with the mount kit.  Vicky, after a bad crash due to hitting a rock, wanted a stabilizer for     her DRZ 400 SM.  The mount for her bike is a bit tricky.  It had to be a top mount with a very long bar that is welded directly to the frame. Luckily our neighbor Mike was willing to help. He’s an aircraft mechanic so working on a motorcycle doesn’t phase him.

My 2016 KTM 690 enduro R mount is a sleek sub-bar mount, much nicer. but works exactly the same. and the box can be transferred from one bike to the next. Which means you can steal it with an allen wrench in about 3 minutes. So far haven’t had that happened. As you can see the stabilizer is mounted below the bars and backwards.

The KTM 1190R and my new BMW have a stock steering stabilizer under the triple clamp to the frame. It helps a little bit but is not a Scott stabilizer. It is more for preventing high speed wobble than the rock sudden movement.  Touratech makes a after market replacement that cost about $500 if you are not satisfied with stock one. I would buy a Scott stabilizer for $600 instead and put a real one on. The way a Scott stabilizer works is that in side the box is a paddle with several small holes in it that push oil from one side of the box to the other when you turn your handle bars. If there is a sudden turn it is hard for the oil to get through the holes. The two dials are for high speed and lower speed control. I run mine very loose. It will be interesting to see what Vicky does with hers. I can tell you that when your bike if very cold the oil gets stiff and takes a few minutes to warm up.

Headlight guards

I guess the first thing to ask is are then necessary?  On older bikes the headlights are made of glass and will break when a rock hits them. Thus the reasons for putting on my wife’s 2015 BMW GS700. And it looks very cool.

The 2017 GSA 1200 has what looks like a plastic front plate protecting very expensive LED headlights. At first I thought, heck BMW must make a replacement front lens. No, they only sell the whole assembly for over a thousand bucks. Easy answer protect the lens with a Touratech wire grill and look cool at the same time. I put the same headlight protection on my last three bikes. You can see the headlight protection on the KTM 1190 below and had them on my BMW Sertao too. Price is about $120, very easy to install. You headlight beam will have see shadows but still plenty of light to see where you are going.


This is the stock 2017 headlight, with non replaceable plastic cover.
mounts on without grill
Touratech headlight grill installed.
You can easily clean the lens with or without removing the grill
BMW GS 700 has glass headlights


Always a good topic. What tires do you run. I have tried many but always go back to Continental TKC 80’s. They don’t last very long about 3000 miles on a rear a 6000 miles on front. But the grip great in most conditions and don’t scare me on the road at high speed. We have these on almost all of our bikes.




Motorcycle Windshields

BMW GS 700 windshield upgrade

The BMW GS700 comes with a very small windshield that really does nothing for the bike or the rider. For $250 you will make your bike look better and ride like a dream. There are cheaper shields but none work this well. Vicky can ride over 100 mph without wind being a factor.

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KTM 1190 windshield upgrade

The stock windshield on the 1190 is not too bad, it adjust up and down and actually blocks some wind. The larger shield is just better for long trips. If would have designed it I would have made it more upright. It leans back like a sport bike. I always use the new shield in the low position and always used the stock in the high position. At first it bothered me in dirt but now I don’t  even notice it it there. Very easy to change and mount in about 5 mins. For $140 easy choice.

Suzuki DRZ 400 Windshield Upgrade:

For the DRZ my windshield upgrade is the Rallye Windshield from Bajaworx. It is made of 1/8 inch polycarbonate thermoplastic that is scratch resistant and was so simple to install. It makes a difference in riding from home to off-road sites via the freeway.  I get this little bike up to 75+ mph with knobby tires, it’s smooth and I don’t feel the wind.  The windshield makes getting places quickly a smooth and comfortable endeavor. I have taken a few spills off-road since installing the shield and it has held up well despite the banging around the rocks. Pricing was very reasonable and it arrived quickly and well packaged. For merchant pricing and other details check out the shield on their website:



Tank Guards

Tank guards for the the BMW GSA 1200.  I have to wear a brace my left knee and it was scratching the gas tank. At first I duck taped some plastic on the left side, Vicky thought this looked cheap and it started falling off in the wind so I broke down and up graded to a $84 ruberized sticker.



I’ll let you know how they work out after a few thousand miles. I can tell you they are the heaviest stickers I have ever seen. It’s like putting a tire on the side of you tank for your knees.


I am a big fan of double take mirrors. They are held on by RAM mounts, which means you don’t need any tools to adjust them.  They also do not break. Well almost I did break one in a crash in Mexico but that’s another story.  I can say, there is no vibration with these mirrors and you can see behind you very well.  I buy them directly from the manufacture through the internet.  Cost is about $120 a pair. Cheaper than the OEM and no more looking for a 13mm and 14mm spanner to ajust them when you fall over.

Radiator Guards

I have put radiator guards on almost every bike I have owned. My KTM 690R came with good ones stock. The BMW GSA 1200 has two huge radiators with no protection. Looked like a future disaster in the making. So It was off to Big Dog Adventure for protection,  $120. Really nice looking and installation is about 5 minutes with the included zip ties. Perfect fit. No rattle. Lovely. No flying rock from Vicky’s rear tire is going ruin our ride.