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Old 03-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #6886
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in other words with out a ( bottom) drain plug... it wont be so hassle free.... or am i missing something
Perhaps someone with the new bike can answer Mr. Obvious' question
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #6887
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Guess I'm just not seeing the big woopty doo on the led lights. I mean Starbucks isn't open at midnight so who needs the damn LED lights? Cool factor yes, wait another two months for one..nope.
Nothing wrong with this setup. You'll eventually be changing bulbs but the technology is totally proven and you should be able to find these bulbs even in remote places of this planet, I'm staying local so I want LED.
I find that LED front profile pretty cool, overall it's not exactly a beauty so the LEDs (incl. turn signals) help if you ask me.

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Old 03-19-2013, 08:35 PM   #6888
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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...15&hg=33&fg=74

If you look here you'll find the final drive has a drain plug on the bottom outside, a filler plug on the top rear outside and an oil level plug midway rear inside.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:08 PM   #6889
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Did you know getting your hands on a set of Vario Cases is almost impossible. Had SF BMW order mine today, said there were none in the US to be had. And they aren't sure when they will be able to get more. ODD!!
My dealer has my cases but my built-in-January bike is nowhere to be seen. This delivery scheme of BMW's flat bleauxs dog. I am resenting BMW's nonsense more and more every day; they are generating hella bad will with me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:13 PM   #6890
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in other words with out a ( bottom) drain plug... it wont be so hassle free.... or am i missing something
You are missing something. On earlier bikes you had to remove the wheel to get to the fill plug. On the earliest hexheads you had to remove the abs/speedo sensor as there was no specific fill plug.

The new bikes have a drain on the bottom and a fill plug that looks like it does not require wheel removal.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:42 PM   #6891
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AFAIK, my '12 camhead requires wheel removal, and detaching the FD from the torque arm to drain with the FD rotated backwards about 90°, as the drain is on the back of the housing, not the bottom. Filling is from the inboard side.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:30 PM   #6892
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AFAIK, my '12 camhead requires wheel removal, and detaching the FD from the torque arm to drain with the FD rotated backwards about 90°, as the drain is on the back of the housing, not the bottom. Filling is from the inboard side.
Correct about the wheel removal, but there is a drain plug on the bottom so detaching the FD is no longer required.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:42 PM   #6893
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Did you know getting your hands on a set of Vario Cases is almost impossible. Had SF BMW order mine today, said there were none in the US to be had. And they aren't sure when they will be able to get more. ODD!!
was at this German dealer
http://www.kohl.de/motorrad/neumotorraeder/bmw/ last week, and asked if he already had the vario cases in stock.
The guy at the counter checked and told me that they have 251 left, and 251 right side cases for the new LC already in stock..
maybe he took some of your US cases just for their shop
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #6894
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DRL (the one that won't be available in the US, looks weak. I'd rather ride with proper low-beam.



and a different picture of the U-shaped DRL, here it's nice and bright (camera exposure dependent...)
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:13 PM   #6895
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was at this German dealer
http://www.kohl.de/motorrad/neumotorraeder/bmw/ last week, and asked if he already had the vario cases in stock.
The guy at the counter checked and told me that they have 251 left, and 251 right side cases for the new LC already in stock..
maybe he took some of your US cases just for their shop
I'd like to see that dealer's stock room . I'm sure that number is what BMW Germany has at the distribution center for the whole country. A little bit crazy that Germany would have that level of stock given the bike isn't even available for sale there yet, but places where it is have no stock
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #6896
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I rode the new LCGS today

Rode the stripped down demo today in Escondido, CA. It didn't have ESA, computer, LEDs or semi-active suspension. But is was a hoot, with acceleration like my Tuono and it felt lighter (but wasn't of course) than my '10 GS. I actually forgot to try the cruise control which is one of the main reasons I'm getting it. The windshield works perfectly at today's 90 mph test and it handled the twisties on Bandy Creek Road with aplomb. I loved it.

Sadly, the next three bikes coming to the dealership lack the LED headlights so mine is currently being built and is expected in about six weeks. By then all accessories should be in. I was told today that the cases, etc. are in and the only lacking accessories are the Akra slip-ons and the tinted windshield. Oh, and it sounds sort of loud.

Had to put new Tourances on my soon-to-be-traded-in GS today because I'd sort of planned on making the tires last until the trade. Oh, well, it'll be a selling point with almost new tires, right?
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:33 AM   #6897
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Sadly, the next three bikes coming to the dealership lack the LED headlights so mine is currently being built and is expected in about six weeks.
I'm quite skeptical about the 6-week estimate. My dealer told me the same thing when I ordered mine two weeks ago. But some folks here who ordered last November still haven't seen their bikes yet.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:44 AM   #6898
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@Tallguy,

Even if the larger led ribbon on the full led option provides better lighting, the main reason for the difference is photographic : the camera is facing the light at the same height on the second picture while it is a little above on the first.
It looks brighter but it is not. Juste like if you put your face in front of any laser or led, you'll blink.

Then, the reason in Europe is because of a law that forces new vehicles to be lighted even during the day. This is not new for bikes that used to be lit by day to be seen by cars. Purpose is to be seen in rear mirrors.
So new cars now come with led ribbons.
Some manufacturers play with that to differentiate their cars : some shapes make the car easy to identify. "this is an Audi"...

I think BMW uses this not to provide a better light but to be recognized easily.

Anyway, led lights have white color that is well perceived even when they are small size.
What really matter is the night vision.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:44 AM   #6899
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But some folks here who ordered last November still haven't seen their bikes yet.
Some? I think you mean none in the U.S.
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