New R1200GSW Incoming!

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Andrewmc, May 3, 2013.

  1. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    :clap

    Putting money down on a 2013 R1200GSW on Tuesday at The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage! Thunder Gray Metallic, fully loaded (even the fancy LED headlight). As far as I know, should be one of the first, if not the first fully loaded model in the state. Should be here before the end of the month!

    Demo model will probably be rideable at the shop within the next couple of weeks for those that are on the fence!
    #1
  2. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Oddometer:
    972
    Location:
    Wasilla, Alaska
    :freaky

    Woo hoo! Congrats:thumb
    #2
  3. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    Thanks! Now for some Touratech and Dainese Shopping... Haven't decided whether to go with the BMW Rallye or Dainese Stradon Jacket yet, but my Rallye 2 is well overdue for an upgrade.
    #3
  4. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    895
    Location:
    Anchorage AK
    Congratulations - you'll get many miles of smiles on that beast.

    I saw some pretty sharp looking Kilimanjaros upstairs. Great jacket for the conditions here.
    #4
  5. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    It's finally here! I got to take my new baby home today and finally got to play with all of the modes and settings. I've ridden a demo model that is pretty bare bones off and on, and I'm really liking the riding modes, ASC, etc.

    Foklift man bringing her in!
    [​IMG]

    Being BMW the front wheel cost extra so as a broke college student I decided to opt out. Should be fine without though, right?
    [​IMG]

    Home in the garage. That LED is spiffy! I might have to get the LED Auxiliaries to compliment it...
    [​IMG]
    #5
  6. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    Sorry to divert your "new-bike-thread"... Is that oem LED headlamp assembly available as retro-fit to the F8 ?
    #6
  7. bug67

    bug67 Hazard Avoidance

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2006
    Oddometer:
    777
    Location:
    Hereandnow, AK
    Congrats! :clap
    #7
  8. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    It isn't retro-fittable, no. Someone might figure it out eventually, but the ECU and canbus will have an absolute fit over it.
    #8
  9. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    Well, maybe I can paste one onto my KLR ?
    The Kwaker has always been a little short on electrons, though it packs plenty of gasoline.
    #9
  10. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2011
    Oddometer:
    274
    Location:
    Anchorage, AK
    If you're looking for more lighting you're better off retrofitting a projector to your KLR housing (or any housing that will fit in the KLR fairing), and going with a bi-xenon HID setup. Same that they use in Porsche or any higher end automobile. Best light output without any glare.

    And congrats Andrew! Post up some wheelie pics!
    #10
  11. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    I just figured out what the 'W' stands for...
    What kinda rubber comes on the new WATER Buffalo ?
    Looks like Bridge-stonish ... and strongly asphalt biased
    #11
  12. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    Those are Michelin Anakee 3's. They are a moderate dirt/pavement tire. Most new GS's don't come stock with knobby tires unless requested by the dealer. They've done pretty well so far, surprisingly sticky in the corners even with a perpendicular tread pattern.
    #12
  13. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,917
    Location:
    Wasilla Alaska
    Just like it has a fit over everything else.
    #13
  14. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    1200 GS still come stock with 19 inch spoke front ?
    #14
  15. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    Cast wheels are standard, spokes are extra. Both fronts are 19's.
    #15
  16. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    WELL ??
    Hows it ride ?
    Saddle nic e ?
    Hows cruise rpm in top gear?
    Windscreen adequate? Buffeting ?
    Burned a full tank yet? Fuel economy ?
    Hows the tires on gravel ?
    .
    .
    You gonna sell it and buy a V-Strom ?
    #16
  17. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    So now that I've got a few hundred miles on the bike, a couple of updates and notes:

    All of the electronic aids (ASC, ABS, Dynamic ESA, etc) are fantastic. I finally got to mess around in the dirt a bit, and the different modes have been great to play with. It really makes a huge difference to switch from Rain to Road, to Dynamic to Enduro or Enduro PRO. The power changes are intense, and the ABS and traction control differences are very noticeable.

    The Dynamic ESA is crazy. That's the only word to explain it. There was a bit of a learning curve going into the first few corners, but it's amazing how solid the bike feels in the twisties. The rebound self-adjusting is the most noticeable part. Hitting bumps mid-corner doesn't throw your line off one bit, which can be helpful on our wonderful roads

    The new transmission and wet clutch are awesome, and the clutch pull is almost non-existent. The higher revs take some getting used to, but it's really a big improvement once you ride it for a bit.

    The best thing about the bike in my eyes is the weight distribution. even though it weighs about 13 lbs more than last year's bike, it feels 50-75 lbs lighter, almost like riding a wide F800GS, but more planted thanks to the smaller front wheel. I've always noticed that the oil-heads feel a bit light in the front, and all of that is gone on the new bike. There's no "floating" sensation in the front end any more, even under heavy acceleration.

    The new Anakee 3 tires have performed very well so far, and have a lot more grip than I was expecting.

    I'm still in the honeymoon stage, so there aren't really any complaints on my end so far. I definitely put a lot of thought into this purchase, and was pretty aware of what I was getting my self into. While I'm going to own a lot of bikes in the future, I already can tell I'd be perfectly happy with nothing but a GSW for a long, long time.
    #17
  18. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,664
    Location:
    Homer, Alaska
    But, you are keeping the KLR for a loaner bike, right?
    #18
  19. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    431
    Location:
    Palmer, AK
    Psh, of course!
    #19