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Old 03-29-2013, 12:00 AM   #7651
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...and LED turn signals?
I think I am beginning to appreciate the long stalk of the turn signals, whether it is LED or bulb based. I knw LED ones are short stalked.

The longer stalk will help differentiate the yellow light from the main lights at night, either from rear view mirror of the front care or oncoming traffic.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:48 AM   #7652
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Typically the left grip needs to be hotter than the right one as it is on the metal handlebar which conducts heat from it. The right one sits on the throttle tube which insulates it.
BMW is actually smarter than that. Both grips use the plastic sleeve to keep this from being an issue. That is why it takes two throttle sized grips if you ever replace them.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:11 AM   #7653
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I like it too!
Sometimes I'm wondering if BMW could have done something different with the beak?
When it first appeared on the Suzuki DR800 (Dr. Big) I didn't like the beak but gotten used to it I guess.

That's why I have the Touratech beak on order
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:32 AM   #7654
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Look what followed me home today
Do I look like a happy camper or what?



happy camper indeed. I'll post a simular pic today as well, but with a bit of snow on the background.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:36 AM   #7655
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Picking up my bike tonight. Since I live only 5 min from the dealer I could not resist taking a peek at the bike this morning as it was being prepped

Time sure moves slow today...
Got my appointment at 11am, but I've been awake since 4am. These hours pass really slowly.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:37 AM   #7656
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Got my appointment at 11am, but I've been awake since 4am. These hours pass really slowly.
I was exactly the same the day I picked mine up
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:39 AM   #7657
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Not true.
The sensors are still there (both move sensors and receiver for optional remote).

In "old" GS, alarm deactivates by itself (!) after a few days (don't remember how many) to not kill the battery. I actually found this weird when I read it in the (old) manual. Don't know if it was like that in future revisions and/or current model.
I'm not aware that there is an optional remote for the alarm, but would have thought that the receiver could be disabled electronically....

I've got a self built alarm on my bike, which also self activates and has two vibration sensors, two tilt sensors and a reed switch - it consumes 6mA, so will never run my battery down... I'm sure BMW could do even better....
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:51 AM   #7658
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I'm not aware that there is an optional remote for the alarm, but would have thought that the receiver could be disabled electronically....

I've got a self built alarm on my bike, which also self activates and has two vibration sensors, two tilt sensors and a reed switch - it consumes 6mA, so will never run my battery down... I'm sure BMW could do even better....
Doesn't the BMW alarm has a second battery for the alarm like in my 'old' F800?
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:56 AM   #7659
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The shift lever was hard to get to without angling my toe in toward the centerline of the bike. If I tried to slide my entire foot inboard my boot would hit the ball on the end of the side stand deployment tang.
So they mounted the lever low (or turn counter-clockwise as you look at it from the side). Easy fix.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:02 AM   #7660
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Doesn't the BMW alarm has a second battery for the alarm like in my 'old' F800?
Yes.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:12 AM   #7661
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One to two years from now.
Speculation on the watercooled GSA, or has that been mentioned by BMW somewhere and I missed it?
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:16 AM   #7662
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Bought one yesterday from Lonestar in Austin. Rode it 200 miles today on the best roads Central Texas has to offer.
You saved me from drooling on it in the showroom. Thanks!

I knew they were getting some in, but haven't had time to stop in to see them yet. Looks like I'll have to wait now since I think they don't have any more in inventory.

Congratulations!
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:27 AM   #7663
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Speculation on the watercooled GSA, or has that been mentioned by BMW somewhere and I missed it?
History.
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:39 AM   #7664
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Thanks. It may be a few days before I can sit down and answer your question in detail. My research team and I are in the final debugging stages of a new web app we're developing (for primary care) before we start its pilot testing. And I'm working as a moto ref tomorrow for a bike road race.

Briefly though I can concur with what others are saying about the GS here. The bike feels light, throttle response is impressive, clutch is very light (and takes some getting used to), and it likes to tuck into curves. The seat is the best OEM seat I've experienced but haven't had a chance to put any serious distance/time on it yet.

The Explorer is a bit taller bike with more seat to peg distance. While the GS is smooth, the TEX is still smoother and the 1200cc triple is just an amazing motor. Both the GS and the TEX are excellent road machines capable of also doing forest roads and light off-road (at least for this non-dirt experienced rider).

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Congrats
Eager to hear about the differences with the explorer
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Old 03-29-2013, 05:42 AM   #7665
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Spec is pretty standard for the Premium package. ESA, upgraded computer, mount & power for the Nav IV/Garmin 660 GPS, spoke wheels (which I prefer), no LED lights, no TPM, no alarm.

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Nice bike, congrats. So what's the full spec of yours?
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