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Old 02-14-2013, 06:18 AM   #5341
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http://www.mcnews.com.au/2013_Bikes/...00GS/Intro.htm

Not sure if the above has been posted already? Much of it has been lifted from the official BMW info here https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/press...hmentId=207949

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #5342
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http://www.mcnews.com.au/2013_Bikes/...00GS/Intro.htm

Not sure if the above has been posted already? Much of it has been lifted from the official BMW info here https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/press...hmentId=207949

Enjoy or ignore as you see fit

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Indeed a copy. Possibly an October article.
I enjoyed ignoring it.

Safely ignore this too:

http://emotodigital.com/2013-bmw-r1200gs-review/

...they call it "review" (!?!?!?). It is just like a paragraph and full of mistakes about the bike (they couldn't even copy BMW press release properly).
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #5343
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Well, I don't really worry either. If the price was an issue I would have bought something else.
Why did I buy one? Cause I want one and I can.

And as a plus side: Since it is officially used for professional purpose (I use it to commute and work in a heavily congested area) I get quite a lot of my money back from the taxes.
Interested to know more about this. Are you a contracted/freelancer? If so, I can see how part of the purchase can be written off. If on a W-2, I don't think you can do that...
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:58 AM   #5344
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Interested to know more about this. Are you a contracted/freelancer? If so, I can see how part of the purchase can be written off. If on a W-2, I don't think you can do that...
In Belgium it's allowed for any worker using a motorbike to commute.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:00 AM   #5345
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In Belgium it's allowed for any worker using a motorbike to commute.
ah, Belgium, makes sense! Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #5346
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Anybody know who was the second rider that seems to have hit Kevin's dropped GS?
Maybe he has published more data about the incident?
Other rider involved was Alun Davies from adventurebikerider.com. Sounds like he crashed while trying to avoid Kevin's crash. Apparently, very dusty conditions made it difficult to avoid the incident. Alun has been offline other than to say he is back in the UK now and recovering.

Maybe we'll get the details someday, but I've certainly been off road with a big group and huge dust clouds obscuring sight lines. Almost anything can happen. Leads me to believe more and more that whatever happened, it will turn out not to be bike related.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:49 PM   #5347
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Other rider involved was Alun Davies from adventurebikerider.com. Sounds like he crashed while trying to avoid Kevin's crash. Apparently, very dusty conditions made it difficult to avoid the incident. Alun has been offline other than to say he is back in the UK now and recovering.

Maybe we'll get the details someday, but I've certainly been off road with a big group and huge dust clouds obscuring sight lines. Almost anything can happen. Leads me to believe more and more that whatever happened, it will turn out not to be bike related.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:40 PM   #5348
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In CA the smog warranty on our cars covers pretty much everything emissions related until I think at least 80,000 miles or 8 years, IIRC.
It is a common misconception that "everything emissions related" is covered under the 80K emissions warranty. In actuality, each car has a specific list of things that are covered and they're generally only the big ticket items (cats, ECU, etc.) and a few sensors. Anything maintenance-related is not covered.

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #5349
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electronic suspension and riding modes

How necessary are the electronic suspension and riding modes? Serious Q, I'm currently riding a 2006 vfr, which has abs only.

The electronic / riding modes are a couple of thousand onto the base price, the dynamic package is 2,800 on base price in Ireland.

For a bike which makes 120 hp, I think?, is traction control / rain mode a necessity? I've never owned a bike with any riding modes or electronic suspension adjustments and would genuinely like to know if inmates think they are worth paying for?

I'm going to buy either the bmw 1200 or ktm 1190 and am following both threads here. The Irish motorbike show is on March 1-3, and test rides should be available after that weekend. I know the ktm dealer is only importing the 1190 with the electronic package, I'm not sure if a base bmw will be available or for special order only.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:16 PM   #5350
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For a bike which makes 120 hp, I think?, is traction control / rain mode a necessity? I've never owned a bike with any riding modes or electronic suspension adjustments and would genuinely like to know if inmates think they are worth paying for?
It depends doesn't it. In the case of my bike, it is definitely good to have when you fit knobs. (The tires that is).

If you never fit anything but street tires and they are "sticky" then the torque may not break traction unless you are trying.

However is you are using it as a "all roads bike" it comes in handy, especially on long rides on semi street tires when you don't want to spend 8 hours concentrating hard on marginal surfaces. You let the bike's brains concentrate a bit on that and you look out for the rest.

If you only ride a few hours on dry days on street tires you are getting less "value" I would say.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:37 PM   #5351
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How necessary are the electronic suspension and riding modes? Serious Q, I'm currently riding a 2006 vfr, which has abs only.

The electronic / riding modes are a couple of thousand onto the base price, the dynamic package is 2,800 on base price in Ireland.

For a bike which makes 120 hp, I think?, is traction control / rain mode a necessity? I've never owned a bike with any riding modes or electronic suspension adjustments and would genuinely like to know if inmates think they are worth paying for?

I'm going to buy either the bmw 1200 or ktm 1190 and am following both threads here. The Irish motorbike show is on March 1-3, and test rides should be available after that weekend. I know the ktm dealer is only importing the 1190 with the electronic package, I'm not sure if a base bmw will be available or for special order only.
Given that none of us have ridden the bike I don't think you're going to receive a good answer to your question. Check the numerous reviews that have been published in the last few weeks as that is all we have to go on at this point.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #5352
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How necessary are the electronic suspension and riding modes? Serious Q, I'm currently riding a 2006 vfr, which has abs only.

The electronic / riding modes are a couple of thousand onto the base price, the dynamic package is €2,800 on base price in Ireland.

For a bike which makes 120 hp, I think?, is traction control / rain mode a necessity? I've never owned a bike with any riding modes or electronic suspension adjustments and would genuinely like to know if inmates think they are worth paying for?

I'm going to buy either the bmw 1200 or ktm 1190 and am following both threads here. The Irish motorbike show is on March 1-3, and test rides should be available after that weekend. I know the ktm dealer is only importing the 1190 with the electronic package, I'm not sure if a base bmw will be available or for special order only.
Years of riding without traction control taught me to use the throttle judiciously in slippery conditions so for me it's not a must-have. But I don't mind having it either on the S10, I'm sure it will prove useful offroad.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:41 AM   #5353
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How necessary are the electronic suspension and riding modes? Serious Q, I'm currently riding a 2006 vfr, which has abs only.

The electronic / riding modes are a couple of thousand onto the base price, the dynamic package is 2,800 on base price in Ireland.

For a bike which makes 120 hp, I think?, is traction control / rain mode a necessity? I've never owned a bike with any riding modes or electronic suspension adjustments and would genuinely like to know if inmates think they are worth paying for?

I'm going to buy either the bmw 1200 or ktm 1190 and am following both threads here. The Irish motorbike show is on March 1-3, and test rides should be available after that weekend. I know the ktm dealer is only importing the 1190 with the electronic package, I'm not sure if a base bmw will be available or for special order only.
Well this is both a long AND and old discussion.

Since I ride (and drive) before the era of mainstream electronics, the keyword I think is "necessity". Yes under normal or maybe under MOST conditions a rider (or driver) will normally do whatever is needed in case of emergency. What happens for the few (or even ONE) time that he doesn't? Maybe you are tired when it happens to need "assistance", maybe the surface is loose (when not expected to be loose I mean), maybe you are a bit over your capabilities and you haven't realized, maybe all these.

I consider myself a person that does not panic easily and NORMALLY handles emergencies ok.
Yet, on my Dakar (with the elementary ABS) I happen to still be alive (and my wife), because the ABS saved me.
I won't go into details - except if requested - but I will just say that where it almost happened, a car was already down and while we were trying to catch our breath (because ABS saved us) two more cars almost fell down.

With my 12GS, ABS has assisted me few times, ASC has allowed me to go closer to the edge more safely.
If the safety electronics are ok, then when you feel them working means you did something wrong. If it's a bit wrong you would most probably "fix" it yourself. I used "most probably" and ONE time this doesn't apply, then the money are worth it.

Electronics are good if they are tuned to be "last resort". Usually BMW does this right. This goes for ABS and ASC.

Now for electronic suspension and riding modes, we are not talking about necessities but rather about cool things that make your life easier. That is up to you.

All these said, I think rider training should take place first WITHOUT any electronics assistance. Else there is a possibility that people will start taking it for granted and let the bike make the decisions. This I am against (like you I believe).
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:49 AM   #5354
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All these said, I think rider training should take place first WITHOUT any electronics assistance. Else there is a possibility that people will start taking it for granted and let the bike make the decisions. This I am against (like you I believe).
Thanks all for the replies.. I'm not against advances in technology, I've seen the introduction of traction control in MotoGP improve corner speed and safety and I have spun up the rear tyre when the roads are very wet or icy (and didn't enjoy it!). Overbanding and white lines on the road can catch you out, as we all know and these are scenarios I could see traction control assisting a rider.

I will take a long test ride and make my mind up then.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:01 AM   #5355
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Thanks all for the replies.. I'm not against advances in technology, I've seen the introduction of traction control in MotoGP improve corner speed and safety and I have spun up the rear tyre when the roads are very wet or icy (and didn't enjoy it!). Overbanding and white lines on the road can catch you out, as we all know and these are scenarios I could see traction control assisting a rider.

I will take a long test ride and make my mind up then.
The main thing about safety electronics that I cannot stress enough: Yes you are great rider (by "you" I mean everybody)... for the ONE time where your superior expertise is not enough (because there are 100 other variables in the equation), then it's worth it.

Bare in mind that GS is also stressing the "one world" thing. Meaning that maybe you are fine in your country and what you consider "normal", you know what to expect more or less. What happens if you go somewhere "worse". In my country some research has shown that some tarmac parts inside Athens have worse traction than the traction measured in white lines in (I don't remember which country). :) I can imagine this only being worse with the crisis.

Both bikes you are interested in are great (actually for me KTM has always been the ONLY real contender to GS - even if the path they follow is a bit different). Both have electronics btw... The 1190 manages to be uglier than the GS though (something subjective of course) and certainly more things are "conventional" in KTM (great quality conventional) than GS, which can count for you as negative or positive. Since you are coming from a street background, I think you will like GS more.

If these two are your choices, you are already win-win.

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