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I’ve recently been reading a lot about air filter issues on BMW F800 GS models. A few of my readers have reported taking their bikes in for service recently (in the last 60 days), and having BMW swap out a new filter no questions asked. F800Riders.org has a thread going about this, here is the link to the air filter thread. I was pretty amazed to take my bike in for the 6,000 service and not have the dealer say anything about an air filter issue or recall. But after hearing horror stories of air filters delaminating (paper filter separates from the rubber gasket material, then gets sucked into the airbox, letting all sorts of nastiness into the motor), I decided to take mine apart and inspect it. The good news: after taking off the body panel, and inspecting the filter, mine was dirty, but still intact. The bad news: definitely no signs that my dealer got in there during the 6,000 mile service and even took a look at it. What about you? Have you checked your air filter on your BMW F800 GS? It takes about 20 minutes to do it, and you will have peace of mind if you see it with your own eyes.

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I read with great interest the entire 48 page PDF Arbitration document regarding Kirk O’Bee’s recently delivered LIFETIME BAN from competitive cycling. It’s not just a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo. It reads like a good mystery story, complete with a woman scorned, forensic hard drive analysis, and lots of names of other cyclists who now are going to have to do some ‘splaining. I’m talking about you, Nathan O’Neill. I’ve raced in a few races with O’Bee back in the day when I was still trying to race with the big boys. Got my ass kicked by him and many others. But I guess I was one place better than I thought. I have good, close friends who were at one time team mates with O’Bee. I wonder if their salaries would have been a little better had O’Bee not been on their team? How much team budget did this jackass eat up? What races did they not get chosen to go to, because O’Bee was on the roster? Who knows. What I do know is this, regarding the money we pay in license fees and club fees to USA Cycling, too much of it is going to attorneys tied up in arbitration hearings for dopers! We the dues paying members are paying for this shit! I propose to USA Cycling, that every time a cyclist is sanctioned, results nullified, and ordered to pay back winnings, they should also have to pay back every licensed rider and club a portion of the legal fees incurred by USA Cycling. That’s where the money is going. What do you think?

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