The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Dorsicano, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. cug

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    For us, the show was worth it. We were looking for a potential new bike for my wife and she had a chance to sit on everything that was even remotely interesting - even on the GS. She can pretty much flat foot it with her 5'7" and 32" inseam.

    I think the GS looks better (less "sporky") in person, the windshield adjustment is pretty good, looks like it might give a fairly turbulence free ride, it felt fairly light, the seat was much better than on the older GS, felt more like the seat of the RT.

    So, overall I really liked it. Will take a test ride when the demo bikes come in. Not sure whether it's for me. I got the R1200R bug again, which was also the most interesting bike for my wife.

    But have to admit, compared to any of the European bike shows, the IMS is a freaking joke. Two very small exhibition halls barely filled. But at least most of the manufacturers were there, not many aftermarket guys though. Next time I plan my European vacation around Intermot or so.
  2. petzi-baer

    petzi-baer Been here awhile

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    Just back from the bike show in San Mateo, and BMW had the new R1200GS and HP4 to show. Although it is heavier it looks to me more compact, than the outgoing model. And yes you can sit on it .....

    Didn't spent too much time, but the BMW guy was answering lots of questions and from what I overheard not all details are settled for the US model.

    Petzi-baer
  3. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    :nod It was on the center stand when I swung a leg over it. Pegs felt a bit higher... then I remembered I put the after market pegs that are on my current GS in the low position.

    One thing I noticed is that the radiator shrouds that really stand out in the images don't do so as much in real life. Anyway, some misc images:

    Lots of knee room
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    Luggage rack detail
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    Radiator detail
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    Note the small bit of fixed clear plastic under the adjustable portion of the windshield. The gap between the fixed and variable portions increases as the shield is raised. I think that will result in less turbulence for the rider. Hope so, anyway.
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    This bike had halogen lamps
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  4. cug

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    Leg room was great:

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    The bike looks small in that shot as the camera was relatively high. I'm 6', 34" inseam.

    Comparison:

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    Felt great, too.
  5. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    You look pretty good on that R. Some say we buy the GS despite of it's looks and not because of it, BMW should consider making a more visually pleasant one (even asking more for it) :-). Love that new beak shape, well, it will grow on me.
  6. cug

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    It was pretty comfortable - surprisingly. I had my hiking boots on, so even slightly thicker soles, but it was actually pretty comfortable.

    Also a pretty good fit:

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  7. ridepjride

    ridepjride Migrant

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    Cutaway drawings from BMW's 3-ring binder at San Mateo show today. Plastic covers messed up clarity, but you can see the basics.
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  8. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    I've lookled at this before, curious if BMW changed the part number for the small European LED turn signals,
    they look similar to the 2012 turn signals but who knows, a small difference and there goes hard earned EUR 160...

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    Something like this would be nice:
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  9. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    I noticed this standard halogen lights does not have the daylight running lights below the high beam, it as the empty space. Does it mean that the DRL is an option as well?
  10. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    K1600 is a touring bike, so okay Georgia worked. Any place in California, definitely can be the home of he GS. Especially in SoCal, we have mountains. We have desert (sand). We have rocks. Changing elevations. Scenery. All of these welcome GS type bikes, hence riders. We even have BMW's official GS training center in Angeles National Forest mountains. Well Starbucks too! Panera Bread too, if that helps. I'm just say'n :1drink :ricky
  11. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    BMW's US headquarters is on the East coast..............
  12. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Been here awhile

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    There are 3 headlight option:

    Halogen with small normal tungsten light and presumably the low beam is fixed on as it is now.
    Halogen with LED DRL below the high beam.
    Full LED low beam, high beam and kinda horseshoe DRL round the high beam.
    It's been suggested that the full LED might not be avaliable in the states. You guys will know better about that than me but none of the show bikes have had the LED lights so it might be correct.
  13. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    I can not understand what makes people think the LED lights won't be available in the States?

    BMW and Audi (and probably Mercedes and the high end Japanese cars) have had LED lights - at least surrounding the headlights - for the past two model years. Why would they penalize bikes and prohibit an obvious safety feature?
  14. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    California also has more adv posers per capa than all the other states combined so you maybe right.
  15. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I think the problem with a California intro is that it is not exotic. IMHO, BMW likes to portray the GS as a bike to ride across the most remote corners of the globe, so it needs to be someplace that looks to be out of a National Geographic safari of some kind.
  16. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Well, think of this way, those Clint Eastwood movies with tough and remote locations of Mexico, perhaps shot somewhere in California. We have green forest too, think of Muirwood Park just 20 minutes north of San Francisco :freaky
  17. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    Okay you got me there. Can't argue with that. :jose
  18. MANXMAN

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    With both rims being 1/2" wider on the new GS and the tires now being basically sport bike tires and wider also (120 width front and 170 width rear) I would like to know what we are going to do about fitting dual sport tires.

    The bottom picture shows a proper dual sport tire fitted so I am guessing the narrower 110 front and the 150 rear TKC 80s for example can be used on the wider rims. If that is so, then I wonder if the wider rim is a good idea when running lower air pressures in the tires on rougher sections of the trails. Possibility of the tire coming off the rim?

    One phone call to Woody and he will be able to lace up the previous narrower rims to the new hubs and solve that problem, but that sounds like a very expensive route to go.
  19. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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    Cug, did BMW have the F800GT there?
  20. cug

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    No. That one wasn't there. Would have loved to sit on one.