The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    So who's going to the Long Beach Motorcycle show this weekend to see the new GS?
  2. Montauk

    Montauk Been here awhile

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    I will be there on Saturday before noon. BTW, Long Beach BMW is having a special event in the morning.
  3. slojon

    slojon SLOJON

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    I'm sorry but I think the whole thing looks as ugly as a hat full of stretched %#@&*$ ! I'll stick with my 2009 GSA or get a late model GS.
  4. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    The R1200GOATSE? :lol3
  5. TuefelHunden

    TuefelHunden Been here awhile

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    And which GS isn't ugly? There aren't any beauty contest winners in the entire GS line. Great bikes, butt ugly.
  6. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    I think the word is utilitarian:lol3
  7. dougpaw57

    dougpaw57 Adventurer

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    Looks like I'm not going to make it, I'm having back surgery next Thursday. Only the second time I've missed since the mid-ninties.
  8. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    :photog

    Jim :brow
  9. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    You misspelled Farmall. :evil
  10. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    That's the worry bead doo-dad! :1drink
  11. khale

    khale ride dirty

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    Jim! Are you getting the new Wet Head? I'll be doing my own repairs, so would love to see you diving into the bike. Maybe I can offer help with video/editing.
  12. chiefrider

    chiefrider Chrome won't get you home

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    Lookng at the recently released photos of this new powerplant, I am pleased that it gets the multiplate wet clutch, and access to the clutch internals seems to easier than any previous boxer twin. Looks to be a simple matter of draining the oil, popping off a cover, with only needing a new gasket and oil to put back together.

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    My Airhead GSPD can have the clutch accessed by removing the transmission & Paralever assembly with the motor in place. It is my understanding that Oilheads require complete removal of the engine/transmission assembly to access the clutch. Clutch work should be rare on this new unit, and easy to perform, without major disassembly of the motorcycle.

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    My question is, could the transmission be as easy to service? Looks to me that one could remove the Paralever assembly and pull the rear cover while the motor/transmission case are still in the frame (think "trap door" transmissions, like the old Harley Sportsters). Not that this type of access should be necessary very often, if ever, in the life of the motorcycle, unless they leave a circlip or something out of this new transmission.....:rolleyes!

    Tom in Salem
  13. kirkmoon

    kirkmoon Making up for lost youth

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    Anyone care to comment on the possibility that heat radiation from the radiators onto the rider's thighs might be problematic in warm weather?
  14. cug

    cug --

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    Yes, it'll be too hot. You won't like. Leave the first year bikes to the ones who don't care ... :lol3
  15. khale

    khale ride dirty

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    Come on, really? Give the BMW engineers some credit. They are afterall some of the best in the world. I'm pretty sure they thought about that and did extensive testing...
  16. cug

    cug --

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    Pssst. Ever heard of irony?

    This whole topic about too hot ... I have never rode a bike that was too hot to ride in proper riding gear. And I rode a few ...
  17. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    I recall someone posting a picture showing a small deflector in place to move the air away from the rider's legs...how effective it will be, who knows.
  18. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    I sat on the bike at the San Mateo show. From that perspective I don't think your thighs will feel any heat at all.
  19. kirkmoon

    kirkmoon Making up for lost youth

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    Really? I've been on more than a few that were very toasty.

    This is a potential problem on any bike with high mounted (most commonly side mounted) radiators that discharge their heat load along the side of the bike. The Yamaha FJR had this problem for many years. I'm sure there are others.

    Never, ever had an issue with heat riding on my GS1200 oilheads.

    I suspect that given the relatively minor role that the water cooling plays vs.air cooling it will not be a problem. Time will tell.
  20. kirkmoon

    kirkmoon Making up for lost youth

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    Thanks. If the heat discharge is directed low and laterally enough it shouldn't be a problem.

    I've just been on a few bikes with high lateral radiators where the heat from the radiator dumps right on the legs, either while in progress or, worse, when the fan is running while stopped. Not usually an issue on normal or cool days. Can be unpleasant on hot days.