The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    Look what followed me home today :D

    I've been reading about the new GS for a while now but wasn't going to get one without a test ride. Did that yesterday and Sandia BMW had a red GS w/ESA that nobody had reserved. Triumph Explorer is now up for sale.

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    Do I look like a happy camper or what?



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  2. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    That's a shame, I'd prefer to not have to go through the menus every week, but guess I'll get used to it
  3. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    and that being said they don't have to rely on the bikes... they always make the big bucks out of the cars. That's why they treat their motorcycle section as "Stiefkinder"
  4. RichBMW

    RichBMW Long timer

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    Nice bike, congrats.:clap So what's the full spec of yours?:deal
  5. dsavage

    dsavage Been here awhile

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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. In the more than 60 bikes I have owned and the four other GS's this is by far the best and most fun one ever. I have read complaints and concerns over the throttle response, suspension, and the other nit picky issues we can all find with a bike. However, this time BMW got it right. Really right.
  6. tallguy-09

    tallguy-09 Smile 4 Miles

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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.

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  7. Sal61

    Sal61 n00b

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    Yeah, yeah..
  8. nwpa

    nwpa Generally amused

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    Very nice...congratulations. Looking forward to hearing reports back (and I'm jealous at the difference in weather between you and me right now).
  9. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Awesome! What options did you get? And give us a comparison of it with the explorer when you have time. :clap
  10. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Congrats...post up some pics when you can. Does yours have the ride modes? No complaints about the throttle ?
  11. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

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    If I trade in all three bikes I may have a decent down payment. Maybe freeing up the garage space will convince the wife.
  12. Jaqen H'ghar

    Jaqen H'ghar Valar Morgoulis

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    When I order mine soon, maybe this Saturday, I will order it with the alloy wheels, I do like the spoke wheels but they are only available at this time in the silver finish, now if they had the option to get them in the black finish like the old GSA's wheels, that would look really good, especially in Thunder Gray, but that's not going to be doable until the GSA version comes out in a year or two, then I'll order a set of GSA wheels in black. The new GS W/C has different size wheels then the GSA of yesteryear so its alloy for now.
    I wonder how much Woody's wheels would charge to......nevermind, I don't have that much $$$.
  13. dsavage

    dsavage Been here awhile

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    I have the ride modes but I also have no complaints with throttle response. When you twist the grip, the bike responds immediately. There is zero lag. Mine is white just like the one posted.
  14. Unleaded

    Unleaded Unit Train

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    Congrats on the new GS - love the looks of it.

    How does the bike compare to the Explorer? What did you prefer about the GS?
  15. Serp

    Serp Been here awhile

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    Here's my new GS I picked up a few days ago. Had a great long-way-home ride with it but haven't been able to ride since due to work getting in the way. The bike is absolutely amazing! Looking forward to riding it this weekend. :D

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  16. maximo de la maximus

    maximo de la maximus Abracadabra Holmes

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    Yes- that's right. In reading about it before hand I had imagined having to "unload" the engine to a point where it was awkward. After testing it you're right- very intuitive. On a few very quick shifts (almost cluchless) it didn't engage the cued up mode but I was impressed on how easy it was to use.

    Some more miles today. The more I get used to it the better it gets.

    Also- for me anyways neutral is easier than on the previous. It's much smoother than the engine noise would indicate. Had to buy a new pair of gloves as the grips melted mine... OK-just kidding. Easier to get up on the center stand but really, who cares- the bike's ride delivers. Enjoy it for that! Looking forward to what the other tire options are though.

    Warm weekend ahead.... Oooouuwwww.
  17. maximo de la maximus

    maximo de la maximus Abracadabra Holmes

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    I tried to answer this just before but you bring up the tractor!- which I agree is key to the bike. I also think that feel and familiarity are key to that type of control. In my very brief experience I was able to do the same type of maneuvers I've learned to do on my older model but it took a lot more concentration. With that said It's already getting easier and that's just an indication of my learning curve... and I'll be the first to point out that it's probably the "archer not the arrow". Tractoring (is that a word?) on my 06 felt kind of gritty on all three controls- the new ones are so smooth (maybe a different sound feedback as well) it just takes a bit of schooling.

    FWIW- getting some wheel spin is just flat out easier!
  18. Dude69

    Dude69 Usurper of Gov'ts

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    1 hour of demo riding schedule... Vroom Vroom!!!
    :ricky.....:muutt
  19. Japanviking

    Japanviking Adventurer

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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 :D

    Time sure moves slow today...
  20. fess

    fess Adventurer

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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.