The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. Daxaar

    Daxaar n00b

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    Clutch control on the GS is no different to any other bike. I think you're struggling because you're nervous of dropping your new bike which is perfectly normal. Keep riding, do some slow speed practice in a quiet, flat area and you'll start to relax and enjoy it more and better control will come naturally.
  2. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Interesting, one of my biggest impressions during the test ride (besides the power :evil) was how extremely light the clutch lever felt. Far lighter than my Super Tenere's and Road King's. Maybe it's all relative compared to what bikes you are used to.
  3. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    My last bike was a 2012 Kawasaki Versys 650 and it had a heavy clutch lever feel to engage it but when you had to hold it in it really was no effort. The GSW clutch lever is easy to pull in but is hard to hold in for long periods, it is like you are fighting against a large spring, it pisses me off in slow bumper to bumper traffic and as I said I can feel it in my wrist.
  4. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    I am definetly stressed about dropping it but more concerned about stalling in traffic and having a cage run into me.

    I agree I need more practice, I just hate practicing in traffic!
  5. paulW

    paulW Been here awhile

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    You will get there with practice. Don't be cute - keep the revs higher than you need. That way you won't stall it! The finesse will come naturally if you keep wanting to improve. Enjoy your bike, paul
  6. At adventure

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    Vos try using the rear break more (like a hill start) and release the clutch before easing of the rear break. It comes naturally after a while.
  7. IB1

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    An audacious colour combo with the black guards.

    Before my 1200GS I had a F800. Compared to that bike I feel as the 1200LC is easier to handle.

    Don't be afraid, if you happen to drop it is is quite strong...
    The clutch is a bit lighter than normally. If you are afraid of stalling just give a bit more throttle and use more clutch. For the rest: training. Drive round in quiet streets at lo speeds till you get the hang of it. I do occationally stall when in rain modus since the throttle is less sensitive then. And if you do stall, just start it again. :D
  8. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Don't over think it mate:deal just ride it like your last bike and you will get the feel in no time.
  9. cyclingjetpilot

    cyclingjetpilot Adventurer

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    Yes, sorry for the mix up. I have the Metzler Tourance Next's.
  10. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Actually tonite I took off in 2nd gear by mistake and it was a lot smoother!

    I am actually digging my choice of black crashbars now. it looks a lot more brutal!
  11. IB1

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21413285&postcount=551
    I am still waiting for the upper bars (and the LED fog lights). Side cases not fitted in the pictures.

    The crashbars make it look more agressive and 'heavy duty', less sporty.
  12. cjack

    cjack Been here awhile

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    Ah the Next. Very impressive wet test I saw on them. One of my heart in the throat issues. I was wondering about the Pilot Road Trails since I am mostly on roads...I have the Met Tourance last generation tires on my GS Rallye.
    Also I get a ruma ruma ruma sound from the bike and was thinking it sounds like mechanical parts going in and out of sync but maybe tires. However when I pull in the clutch and coast, it kind of goes away.
  13. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I like black crash bars, scratches are easy to touch-up and it's hard to notice them afterwards.
  14. kindofblue

    kindofblue Ride it like you stole it

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    You might try adjusting the clutch and brake levers at the levers themselves. Push out on the lever and move the dial there so that the lever comes closer to the grip. I did that and it now engages like what I'm used to with my other GSs.

  15. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    :nod On the bike I test rode I found that setting the dial to 1 for the clutch lever worked best for me. That was surprising as I usually like the lever further out.
  16. Stinez

    Stinez Rhymes with Heinz :D

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    This thread is too long to search so I'll just ask:

    Has anyone posted pictures of the BMW crash bars installed on the wethead? :ear

    Does anyone remember who or where the pic is?
  17. nwpa

    nwpa Generally amused

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    Look in the show us your bike thread.
  18. Desert John

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    Still waiting for my BMW crash bars to arrive at my Escondido (SoCal) dealership.

    So has anybody received theirs yet? How about the BMW luggage rack?
  19. Farang Paul

    Farang Paul A Late Convert

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    I had to order my new LC without a test ride.

    Sales here in Thailand are good (despite the price being double that in the USA and Europe). Dealers are moving the new model faster than they can get them from the Fatherland and see no need for a demo.

    I borrowed a 2006 GS and was happy with everything except the heat being generated from the engine in stop/start traffic. The ambient temp. here is 34 centigrade so riding fully geared up can be hell on wheels, if the bike is blowing heat up your leg it makes it even worse.

    I read lots about the semi water cooled engine improving efficiency but nothing about whether it adds to comfort.

    Ironically the only spec I could buy and not be on a waiting list for 6 months includes heated grips!

    Hope someone on this forum with experience of the LC in a similarly hot climate can ease my fears that I should have gone for a fully cooled Tenere or Triumph
  20. IB1

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    Where I live it is highly doubtfull I will ever experience 34C. But a fully watercooled bike also emits lots of heat in city start stop traffic.