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Old 08-18-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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so I just got a new bike and i'm starting to think the world is against me....

I just got a used GS500F yesterday (first bike!) and I was so eager to jump on it and teach myself the ways of the rider.

So I go out this morning to get registration and the title transfer. After 30 min of waiting I was told I needed to get it reinspected since i didn't have the "green sheet" from the inspection....

I'm like "ok, no problem, perfect time for me to ride a few times around the block, add some gas, and get the inspection." I put on my gear and have the key in the ON position and I'm about to start the engine when my gf calls. She talks a lot. 5 min to tell me 1 thing. By the time I hang up, the motor won't start - battery is dead.

I run out to Oreilly's, get a charger, and 1 hr later i'm ready to go....except one problem, the clouds have rolled in and it was starting to rain. awesome.

It stops after about an hr, but I decide to wait for it to dry up a little bit. So I run some errands for my dad, including filling up a gas container and adding air to a tire on his 3-month old BMW (for some reason the tire pressure monitor came on this morning; he didn't have time to check it out so he carpooled with my mom). So somehow i come up with the GENIUS idea of taking the gas container in his car while filling the tire up with air at the gas station. On the way back, the container (which happens to be rounded at the bottom--WTF why would you design a gas container that way??!??!) falls over and the spout BREAKS OFF!!! and so i spend the rest of the afternoon trying to clean up the gas and get out the odor instead of riding around on my bike

/end rant

btw hi, I've been a troll since I was looking for a motorcycle, but now I finally got one! but haven't ridden it yet because of the aforementioned.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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It will only get worse when you start riding a lot on public streets and it seems like every cager out there wants to take you out.

But I hope you have a better riding experience soon. Just stay safe and stay sharp.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:40 PM   #4
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I'm SW right now, near Bellaire High School, but I go to school at UT Austin. Down here until the semester starts
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:57 PM   #5
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Well, we always recommend msf.

Otherwise, wear your gear and take time and patience to learn the bike and learn to read traffic/road conditions. As for rain, get use to it in Texas lol


what year/model bmw? was the gas can in the back?
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:30 PM   #6
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yea, I took MSF already, but we were given little 125cc bikes. not too sure how a 500cc bike would feel.

It's a 2008 335i...the container was on the passenger side in front of the seat.
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:35 PM   #7
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:37 PM   #8
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Sounds like a bad day all together
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:41 PM   #9
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beleive me, a day of riding gets a shitton better than that. You'll be up and going in no time.
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ur good then; all you have under that carpet is a circuit fuse block, foam, glute and carpet.

Keep those windows rolled down. the headliner and pillar trims like to absorb the fumes and would take even longer to get it out.
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yea...i'm hoping tomorrow will be a new day and it will go the way today *should've* gone haha. now I just have to see how the skies are feeling.
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ur good then; all you have under that carpet is a circuit fuse block, foam, glute and carpet.

Keep those windows rolled down. the headliner and pillar trims like to absorb the fumes and would take even longer to get it out.
so I was reading that I should rip out the carpet to clean under it sine the gas could've gone down there...do you think that's necessary? i read that the foam and padding like to absorb the gas. I'd like to avoid ripping out stuff as much as possible :P
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If you want we can meet up and help you get going. There is a lot of nice roads down here to learn on, but I would recommend a empty parking lot 1st. Good luck and be safe.
Thanks for the offer! Pearland seems a bit far away tho, wouldn't want to inconvenience you that much. I've got a HCC campus not too far away from me with a giant parking lot (it used to be Incredible Universe, remember that store?) The lot is usually pretty empty on evenings and weekends.
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no; there's nothing under there to hurt.... just dry it out, wash it down a bit. a wet vac wouldnt hurt to try to remove the vapors.

If you really wanted to, four bolts hold in the seat, you can even keep the connector connected and lean the seat back against the rear seat; pull the step over plate off(straight up, 4-5 clips hold it in place. Pull the corner kick panel if you'd like but you should be able to pull up the carpet after that a little, enough to see how the glute looks under the carpet.

Worst I would imagine is a discoloration if the carpet pigment is a darker color. Otherwise, its simply for eliminating the odors.
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awesome, thats for the advice! you seem really familiar with the newer 3 series, you got one yourself?
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oh nice, always cool to have experienced mechanics help you out hehe
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Sorry about your bad day. Hopefully tomorrow will be the best day ever- being out all day on the bike. Congrats on the purchase and welcome to MH!
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petrol spill in the new bemer?
, that sounds like a test given to you from the divine heavens.
If you see your way through this, than you are ready to start riding, because trust me, especially in Houston, riding WILL test your patience.
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haha fantastic choice on new bike. i recommend the 500's. imo, if a 500 is too much for someone they shouldnt be riding, and the 250's are so underpowered i feel they are unsafe. the gs500 is a great all around bike. im looking for one to replace mine!
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