The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. chug_bug

    chug_bug Adventurer

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    Does anyone know why they bother with parking lights these days?
  2. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Been here awhile

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    No just badly setup boxes. Every one of them was damaged dogs because the gears weren't shimed properly or they had a design flaw in the case of the Honda's. I have broken more than that but they don't count because they were on the quarter mile so was expected. Nitros will do that lol.
  3. chug_bug

    chug_bug Adventurer

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    I had a F800ST which the gears broke inside, you couldn't shift from 5th to 6th in the end.
  4. Marki_GSA

    Marki_GSA Been here awhile

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    In the EU anyway its because of old laws that they haven't removed. Construction and use says you need them so they have to put them in
  5. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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    No longer Gertrag is what I read a long time ago as well when BMW cancelled the agreement with Getrag but Honda? I kind of doubt it.
  6. Beemerlover

    Beemerlover Been here awhile

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    Why? :ear
  7. milo

    milo Been here awhile

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    I thought they are sourced from a company who builds transmissions for Honda?
  8. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    More likely, this is the case.
  9. DannyZRC

    DannyZRC Been here awhile

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    AFAIK Honda does pretty much everything in house.

    Honda automatic transmissions in cars are quite different to conventional automatics, they do their own PGM-FI instead of buying it from bosch etc etc etc. I think they worked with someone a little on SH-AWD, but even that was primarily honda with outside eng. consultation.

    Since the new GS's gearbox is inside the engine cases, surely it's built in house by BMW. Maybe they outsource the gears, but I imagine they make many of the parts and certainly perform all the shimming/assembly into the engine case.
  10. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    I'm not sure about that. I have a 2007 K 1200GT in my garage and word is that its' transmission was / is made by Gertag, and I beleive that was confirmed by a BMW Service Manager. Which brings up a point that I have not come across in all the speculation I have been reading here. Looking at the new GS, it's driveline is now on the opposite side of the bike as comparred to all previous GS's, but the same as the newer GT's. And when you consider that the new Boxer has a stacked transmission, and wet clutch, just as the KGT's, it becomes obvious, to me at least, that BMW has incorporated some of the technology that went into the develomement of the new K series of bikes. And as an owner of numerous BMW's over the years, from Airheads to Brick K's and both generations of Oilheads, if my GT is any example, there are going to alot of post from new owners about how these bikes shift as comparred to the old models. I like to consider myself pretty good on my BMW's, with smooth being the operative word, and it has taken me almost a year to get pretty " smooth " when it comes to running thru the gearbox. However, if my presumptions are accurate, at least new owners of the new GS will have had the slant 4 K bikes, and their owners, as Beta testers. :lol3
  11. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    So are you saying the K bikes shift more smoothly than boxers? I'm not clear.
  12. Beemerlover

    Beemerlover Been here awhile

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    From what I've heard and been told by dealers and techs, BMW doesn't really manufacture anything substantial in house. They design & spec the parts and assemble them in house, but other companies actually produce the parts.
  13. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    They make most of the engines...not the F series though.
  14. TuonoBiker

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    Doesnt this describe the vast majority of auto and bike manufacturing? I guess engine and drivetrain could be a tossup...well, more drivetrain. My guess is most mfgs produce their own engines.
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    They're bound to build more than Aprilia, and that doesn't keep Apes from being good bikes.
  16. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    No, just the opposite.
  17. RichBMW

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    I went with some friends to the bike show yesterday, and spent a while looking at the new GS. Compared to the outgoing model, it seems more solid and purposeful. The pictures don't do it enough justice. BMW has spent a lot of time on the important things, and although I obviously haven't ridden it, I think this bike will be a corker.

    The side stand and centre stand are more rugged, the screen adjuster is a fantastic idea, and should have been thought of years ago. The new display is much better. There are lots of buttons, but shouldn't take too long to get used to. The cross spoke wheels have a Matt finish which looks good. Overall, BMW has hit the nail on the head with this new bike IMO.:clap

    It's gonna be a long 3 months:lol3
  18. Nyuscdjs

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    If you had to choose again between the 2012 GSA or the 2013 GS, which would you do? I'm faced with this choice coming from a 2005 1200GS and would be very interested in your opinion.

    Thanks
  19. khale

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    I'm coming from a 2005 r12GS to having my deposit down and salivating over the new 2013 waterboxer.
    My father has a 2012 r12 GSA triple black and it is a NICE ride. I rode it for the first time this weekend. It feels like a Cadillac on the tarmac, but I can instantly tell it's ready for off road as well with a wonderful ESA, which the 2013 will have as an option.
    If you are looking to do long distance rides and don't care to stop a lot, get the GSA because it has a bigger fuel tank.
    If you are looking for more horsepower, lighter bike, get the 2013 water boxer. I don't like riding more than 100-150 miles without stopping, so a large fuel tank isn't for me. It's going to have the same features/options and more that the 2012 GSA has, minus the large fuel tank and crash bars. It will have a really neat LED package feature(i hope it's available in the states).

    My vote is going to be on the 2013 water boxer. I've sat on it at the road show and it feels great. Unfortunately, they didn't have a key so I couldn't hear it started.

    Remember, the 2013 is an ENTIRELY different bike, almost everything is new on this bike. You are taking somewhat of a risk as a consumer being a beta tester for BMW, but I'm really not too worried about it. If there's a major problem, BMW will do a recall. You'll have a 3 year warranty as well.

    Welcome to ADV :)
  20. RichBMW

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    IMO, go for the 2013, as it will be an awesome machine. I run a 2012 triple black 12gs and am trading it in against the new model. Yes, I've lost a bit of money, but its so gonna be worth it.

    I'm not normally suckered in to getting the emporers new clothes, but this is my only vice in life and numbers on paper isn't gonna get the heart racing as much!:lol3