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Old 03-26-2013, 07:06 PM   #7471
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I'm going to skip it. The key already has a coded chip in it and the alarm entails having an extra fob and I've heard negative things about issues with it. Anyone else that has had the alarm care to elaborate?
I've heard alarm being pain in the rear. Now if BMW had come with keyless ignition, then I think it wouldn't be a bad idea. Not sure why they didn't make it keyless already. What's the holdup?
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Old 03-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #7472
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Keyless ignition has its downsides. I've ridden off on my Road King only to realize later that I left the transponder in the garage. Had to input a PIN code through the turn signal switches to start it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #7473
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600 miles of trouble-free riding

FYI all the doubters. Here is one on the thumbs up side.
I picked up my new Viagra blue GS Friday. Then, it rained all weekend. Yesterday and today rode total of 600 road miles and am ready for first service later this week. I can report that the bike is better in every way than my 2010 double-cam. I also have not experienced any problems with the front end. No wobble or tank slapper tendencies of any kind. I am very pleased with the bike so far. By far the most powerful and best handling of any of the GS's I have owned (1100, 1150, and three 1200's). I felt a big step up from the old 1100 series to the first 1200. The new bike is that much better than the 2010 which was the best of my air/oil bikes. The new bike is faster, more stable, better trans., better clutch, better Vario bags, better wind protection (in high 30's and 40's for most of ride and a warm and safe heated jacket was all I needed).
I do kind of miss the old BMW turn signal switch though and find myself reaching for them still. Wonder how long that habit will take to break? But I seen nothing that makes me concerned about all the foo-fra stirred up by this forum about a defect in the front end. So for you doubters wringing your hands, grab the check book. This new bike is GREAT!
This is my first one without wire wheels and so far, I am liking the alloys. Nothing but mellow dirt for me these days so I figured I would give them a try.

I would send a pic but don't know how.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:33 PM   #7474
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Having had my bike for a few days now, I have noticed the following -

The DRL is very bright when it is the only active light.
When the dipped beam is on the DRL is also on BUT at reduced brightness.
I think the lower brightness DRL takes the place of what used to be the sidelight/parking light which you can see when you turn the key but don't start the engine.

Have a play and see if your observations are the same?
The Explorer has dual H7 low beams and this is OK but the BMW needs to dim the DRL in combination with H7, strange.


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Old 03-26-2013, 08:48 PM   #7475
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Now that this former oil cooler space lies dormant in North America (No standard DRL) what could Touratech mount here?
Radar sensor for automatic distance control in combination with cruise control?

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:04 PM   #7476
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Now that this former oil cooler space lies dormant in North America (No standard DRL) what could Touratech mount here?
Radar sensor for automatic distance control in combination with cruise control?
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You put your own DRL.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #7477
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Now that this former oil cooler space lies dormant in North America (No standard DRL) what could Touratech mount here?
Radar sensor for automatic distance control in combination with cruise control?

I vote for air horn, remote radar detector and laser jammer, oh and add a steering damper back there on mine as well
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:14 PM   #7478
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You put your own DRL.
That's a great idea, you simply pop it in where it belongs and wire it up in parallel with the small park light bulb in case of H7 .
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #7479
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That's a great idea, you simply pop it in where it belongs and wire it up in parallel with the small park light bulb in case of H7 .
Ya it is....or you could throw a set of Clearwater lights in that space as well.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:05 PM   #7480
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Read on a German GS forum that the new anti theft system does not come with a remote control anymore. You activate it via the on-board computer. I find that hard to believe because the remote on the old model was useful.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #7481
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The Explorer has dual H7 low beams and this is OK but the BMW needs to dim the DRL in combination with H7, strange.
Dual H4. And it has a 950w alternator, although I don't think this has anything to do with it.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:20 PM   #7482
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I tried the bike today in the showroom (just sit on).
Nice bike.
It was told that the new R1200GS was thinner than the previous GS.

Do you confirm my feeling that it's still larger (between the legs) than our HP2s

Thank you
perhaps you missed my question
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:09 AM   #7483
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What's American Ponderosa name doing in UK? We had Ponderosa Steak hose in Canada and USA, now I believe there are non-existence here.

Paul, you should be able to ride on the snow, like police do in Netherlands, the ride with spikes on their tires.
Spikes on my tyres, what an excellent idea. If I lived somewhere really cold I would give it serious thought. However, I can guarantee if I fit them now, the sun will be out and the snow will disappear. For the sake of all other riders out over Easter that would be one cool gesture, but no maybe not

Not sure how the snowbound Ponderosa near Llangollen got its name but there is another ponderosa near Dolgellau which is a cafe, bar and has accommodation. It is a shrine to John Wayne and has all the memorabilia



The red R1100GS in the foreground was my very first GS back in 1998, loved it and that was the first of many
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:32 AM   #7484
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[QUOTE=tallguy-09;21042960]The Explorer has dual H7 low beams and this is OK but the BMW needs to dim the DRL in combination with H7, strange.

Sorry tallguy, I was referring to the full LED headlight and DRL setup. Not sure how the standard lights behave
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:36 AM   #7485
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Read on a German GS forum that the new anti theft system does not come with a remote control anymore. You activate it via the on-board computer. I find that hard to believe because the remote on the old model was useful.
That's correct. The key fob is an extra, as you program the alarm activation delay on the computer.
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