The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. atg

    atg Been here awhile

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    Hi;

    I live in São Paulo, Brazil. We are in the tropics and, at least during the summer months our weather gets quite hot. Temperatures above 30º C are an everyday occurrence with highs up to some 38º C.

    Over the years I have had a number of water cooled bikes with the implicit electric fan ( VStrom DL 1000, Kawasaky ZX 11, VMax, Suzuki 750, etc ) so I am quite familiar with heat that blows up your legs. Of those, the ZX 11 was by far the worst as when the fan started to blow my legs started to cook ! I remeber once I went for a short ride wearing shorts ( didn't know better then...) and just couldn't ride it !

    On the other hand I am surprised that you found the 2006 GS heated your legs too much. I have had 3 GS before my LC and found them to be the most bearable heat wise of all the bikes I had in the 41 years I have been riding. On those 3 GSs I have ridden over 180.000 Km so I can say I have some experience. Furthermore, I use motorcycles on a daily basis as I don't own a car anymore. ( I just gave up on our local traffic ).

    On my first test ride on the LC I paid much attention to this problem as living in a hot climate just as you do, it worried me quite a bit. I found that the way it blows the hot air, pretty much at 90º of the bike's left side it didn't bothered me at all. In fact, I couldn't feel the hot air coming out.

    Although my LC is brand new and it has so far only 850 Km on it, in this short experience I confirms that I can not feel the hot air coming out of the radiator blower, However, personnaly, the heat from the engine on GSs neer bother me at allAlso, I find that the clothing ( no shorts anymore ) isolates any heat that may come out from the engine and, in this regard I find it as much heat producing as the previous models; as I mentioned before, in my case, no heat at all.

    Its a shame you don't have the Premium versions in Thailand, but, nevertheless you got a FANTASTIC byke ! Since my first GS I found them to be great bikes and each a small improovement over the previous one ( 2005/2006/2011). The 2013 LC, however, is really something else and, doubtless, the very best bike I have ever riden !

    Congratulations on your new bike and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine.

    Andre
  2. Rauven

    Rauven I like the cold...

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    Norway here. Ordered the bike in January, piked it up at the beginning of April, and as for today no crashbars or vario cases. There are none to be delivered and BMW doesn't have a clue when there will be any. I'm slowly starting to get impatient. If they don't deliver by the beginning of June I'll just cancel the order, get my money back and buy from some other company.
  3. Kaj

    Kaj Gessu

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    Sounds weird, situation different at your neighbours, Finland.
    Ordered mine in February, delivered mid April with crash bars and full set of Varios.
  4. IB1

    IB1 Long timer

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    From BMW: still waiting for my tankbag. Paniers arrived mid april. Crashbars (from TT arived last week). LED fog lights from TT aren't in yet (looking outside and seeing the grey surrounding caused by the light drizzle that has falling out of the skies all day :hmmmmm)
  5. maximo de la maximus

    maximo de la maximus Abracadabra Holmes

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    To date I've gotten the rally seat, led aux lights, larger footpegs, and crash bars... all bmw. Still waiting for the solo seat conversion, and oddly, the enduro pro plug.

    Panniers made it to the front door as well but these are TT not bmw.
  6. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    :norton Mine came in yesterday. We got it set up today. Learned two things today. The computer well not except the LED turn signals. Throws a code and blinks fast. There is not a line to change it when the tech had the computers hooked up.
    The wire from the computer plug is hot all the time. So cannot be used as a switchable lead, like on older GSs.
  7. khale

    khale ride dirty

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    Here's what they look like.
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  8. oz97tj

    oz97tj Been here awhile

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    I learned the same thing with the LEDs. My dealer has sent a service message into BMW for updated software. Did yours? I'd assume the more calls they get for this the quicker they will allow it.
  9. GhostriderADV

    GhostriderADV Adventurer

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    Did some laps on the BMW wasser boxer at Pacific Raceways, WA, with Optimum Performance Rider Training.

    Thank you so much to South Sound BMW for the test ride and trusting I don't return with a 15k+ ball of metal.

    Thanks Adam with Ghost Film Works for the photos!

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  10. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    When I picked up in Sydney this week I also needed a tank bag and reluctantly took the BMW Large bag for AU $450. I thought it was too big and expensive, after using for three days now I must say I totally love it. 100% waterproof and with a clear panel on top for phone, tablet, maps, etc.

    I keep a full set of waterproofs and gloves in it and still have room for other stuff and it is expandable.

    Good luck with getting yours, cheers.
  11. IB1

    IB1 Long timer

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    I ordered the small one. On my previous beamer I had both small and large and I never used the large one cause it was to big. I am rather short and it got in my way.
    In a small one I normally put: sunglasses, phone, sandwich (or equivalent), 0.5L bottle and some gloves.
    Works like a charm. Hoping I can pick mine up before my trip at the end of the month.
  12. PPiA

    PPiA Pete

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    Is orange an option?
  13. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    No, but is dirt simple and dirt cheap to do it.

    Blue LED also not an option. :D
  14. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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  15. GhostriderADV

    GhostriderADV Adventurer

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    No. This bike has been painted to offend the KTM folk. haha. It's only two panels to paint. Any competent home brew weekend-warrior painter can knock it out in an afternoon with about 40 bucks of materials.

  16. NLS

    NLS My bike needs washing...

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    http://www.bikeit.gr/test-bikes/on-...kimes-on-off-2013-bmw-r-1200-gs-maniatis.html

    A Greek test.
    Use Google or Bing to translate.

    They like it very much. Tested on and off road. They make spec comparison with old. They measured real HP (and is the first time I get realistic results, because I've read even about real HP being MORE than claimed - which I don't believe is ever the case). Also for the first time they seem to have reached top speed which on the dials indeed goes up to 240Km/h (yah!) and not the 220+ that I've read (and which is TOO CLOSE to my 2007 max. speed).

    Also some nice photos (but low res).
  17. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Does "rolling the throttle off fully" (i.e. against the stop) disable the cruise control? If so, I'm kinda mystified...

    This is the most relaxed position (for me, at least), and would seem to somewhat defeat the effect of a CC.

    The TEX I test-rode a while back seemed to behave this way. The electronic CC (Tuneboy) I installed on my Duc MTS1200 does NOT behave this way (and is very nice).

    For LD riding I find it very relaxing to roll the throttle fully closed, and "rest" my hand against the throttle stop. If this disables the CC, then...hmmmm.

    Anyway, just wondering...thanks for any responses.

    --Doc
  18. Gary Stofer

    Gary Stofer Been here awhile

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    Yes, rolling against the throttle stop disengages the Cruise.
  19. sbrownn

    sbrownn SlowMo

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    I haven't tried rolling off the throttle to disengage the cruise control but there is no problem riding with the cruise control set and the throttle fully closed. Just came home from coffee exactly that way.
  20. cjack

    cjack Been here awhile

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    In the case of riding with the throttle closed there is no issue with the cruise maintaining the speed. However, if riding along, you close the throttle, that means you want to slow down. For the cruise to try to maintain speed, would be wrong. BMW cruise on their motorcycles has always operated in this way.