Find below the current setup of my BMW R 1200 GS MY 2010.
I wouldn’t remove any item, except for the few I mention explicitly.
The bike has been updated from time to time.
Essentially, during each trip I note some worthwhile improvements that we may wish to have for the next trip, or interesting feature we have seen on another adventure travellers’ bike.
The easiest way is to look at the latest bike picture of our Iceland trip.
To see where we put our gear, see our checklist page.
BMW R 1200 GS customisations:
Touratech Extreme (built by TracTive Suspensions), front and rear. Rear spring rate 150 N/mm, front spring rate 55N/mm. The suspensions work excellent with full load and the bike ride improves quite a lot. Though, the suspension are somewhat hard for my daily commute to office. I have them since end 2014. No complain at all.
Be aware of the fact that the bike rises a little so that the side stand becomes a little short. I bought a side stand enlarger and added (with 4 screws) an aluminium extension to it ca. 2.5cm: check that when closed there is margin to the exhaust pipe.
I replaced the original exhaust with a titanium one made by SC-Project, saving 2.8kg (BMW-5.3kg, SC-2.5kg). Will sooner or later also replace the front collectors
I replaced the usual AGM battery (AGM Exide ETX, 4.7kg) with a lithium one (Aliant X4, 1.6kg), saving 3.1kg. I have it since end 2015 without any issue.
Plastic BMW cylinder head protections
Touratech cylinder protection bar
Touratech fuel tank/crash bars
Touratech protection for clutch and brake liquid canister
Touratech steering stopper
Touratech battery vane protection
Touratech front light protection shield
Touratech throttle potentiometer protections
Touratech fuel line/injectors protectors
Touratech pivot point covers
Touratech protection of exhaust flap
Wunderlich large under motor protection
Wunderlich cardan protections (lever guard and rear DoubleShock)
Wunderlich oil cooler guard, Carbon side covers and small frame guards
Wunderlich Windscreen -VARIO- – smoked grey. Wish to replace with the BMW R 1200 GS windscreen instead. Vibrates in off-road
Wunderlich handle bar riser
Kahedo comfort seat rider and passenger “Fresh Touch”. Fresh it is, perfect in rain, but also hard like stone…to be changed asap
Double USB plug
Electrical connection for heated under gloves (make KLAN) for passenger, i.e., my wife
BMW auxiliary beam lights
MyTech Alluminium side panniers (46L + 41L)
Each pannier holds also two Touratech canister holders
Touratech Companero tank bag
Touratech Tool bag universal/Pannier lid bags (6/12L),
Touratech crash bar bags
Enduristan Tornado 2XL Pack Sack (82L)
Enduristan XS 12 Base Pack (12L), placed on top of the Pack Sack. It helps also to support the passenger’s back
MyTech Alluminium Tool Case in between frame and right hand side pannier
ToolTube, version MegaTub (left/right) on front crash bar. One tube contains also the Dual Sport Tool Roll
Touratech auxiliary bag below the luggage rack
MyTech Alluminium top case (41L). The choice to use the MyTech top case or the Enduristan Tornado 2XL Pack Sack depends on the trip. If off-road is foreseen, and in general, the preference is for the pack sack: better weight distribution, gear organisation and weight (the weight of then top case alone is 6.1kg, while the pack sack weight is 1.6kg). Recently, I use the top case only for daily commute to office or weekend trip.
Zumo 550 with Touratech support (note: the original Garmin plastic support, to be connected to the Touratech Alluminium support, broke into two pieces in Iceland 2018 after too much vibrations)
Custom made sun shield for the Zumo 550
Garmin Gpsmap 64st with Touratech support. Yes, I have two GPS. I use the Garmin Gpsmap 64st as backup until my old Zumo 550 dies. Touch screen GPS tends to fail on adventure trips (heat, dirt, gloves). I’ve already exchanged the touch screen on the Zumo myself once. We also use the Garmin Gpsmap 64st for hiking and moving around in the towns. We rarely use the mobile phone for this purpose to save batteries/credit for emergency cases only.