The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    That is what passes for news here. "Pisses down for 4 months straight" isn't a headline here.

    Upside - lots of good bike time.

    Downside - Fat women with sunburn.

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  2. iride4u

    iride4u Been here awhile

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    No problems with heat so far, I have had it out in temps that are over 100.
  3. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

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    I have a deal with my wife. If I get a new bike, she gets a new purse. When I got the GSW, she got a Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. She never complains about me getting a new bike now.
  4. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

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    I've ridden mine in 103ºf (39.4ºc) heat and it was great.
  5. Dahveed

    Dahveed Sumo Biker!

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    I've been looking for the Anakee wilds and have not found a store that has them. I was told the Karoo 3 are a short-lived tire. Sticky, but short-lived. And they aren't cheap. I don't mind paying $200+ for the rear, but I want it to last more than a few weeks of riding.

    I know people that run an Anakee 2 on the rear and a TKC80 on the front of their '07 R1200GSA. They like it and they're hard on tires.
  6. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Sweet.

    Here's one for the collective.

    I've ridden the GS - i'm interested in either the GSA or RT (LC) - but i'm not really all that fussed about all the bells and whistles gizmos (heated grips and a race can and i'm sorted).

    Now 2 dealers i've spoken to go into tooth sucking mode when i say the above - "Oooh Sir - but all our patron's want the fitted Jacuzzi and fondue machine.."
    ..and then start going on about rider demographics and potential resale value.

    Is it really that big a deal having all the bolt ons?
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've got a friend who didn't like the previous ESA and preferred to install Ohlins instead. But it came bundled on his GSW and he rates it really highly. The LED headlight is also worth splashing out for imo, far better than the halogen.
  8. emack

    emack Adventurer

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    I assume you're getting it from Lititz? That's where I test rode one a couple months back (they were really nice), but they didn't have any bikes coming in for some time so I had to end up going to Hermy's for mine. Long ride for me (almost twice as long as it takes me to get up to Lititz), but they've been good so far.
  9. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    Performance Cycle in Denver is a pretty good source for dual sport tires- You will have to remove the wheels yourself- but their prices are great and they usually maintain a good stock.

    303.744.2011
  10. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Trans-am Cycle is about 3 miles from my house, but they didn't have any bike in stock. I've had my RT serviced there a few times, they do a good job.
    Had to make the ride up to Hermy's. They are one of the best BMW shops around. Bought many bikes from them before.
  11. TuonoBiker

    TuonoBiker Been here awhile

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    Hermy's rocks...I'm probably 8 miles from Trans-am. Never liked them in there...the one sales guy (who isn't there anymore) was really nice but the owner/manager dude was always grouchy and a bit rude...never felt like giving him a check for 20 grand. Hermy's is the complete opposite...plus they have gear and plenty of other rider's that like to stop by. Always a bit nice when you can shoot the breeze fellow riders on similar bikes.
  12. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    In the US the LED option only comes with the "premium plus" trim level. If you pick and choose your options you have to order the Dynamic package to get the LEDs... That's ASC, Riding modes, ESA, computer pro, and GPS prep.
  13. Centurion210

    Centurion210 Pilot in command

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    That all changed with the 2014 model year; apparently, as of next month, you can order each option individually. This, according to the BMW Motorrad news release regarding the 2014 R1200GS...
  14. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    Thank DOG- what happens if you delete all the add-on electrocrapola and just get a "motorcycle"?
  15. Centurion210

    Centurion210 Pilot in command

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    Good question. They must have an army of lawyers preventing them from doing just that because even the basic package gets the Rain and Road riding modes as well as ABS and ASC... I think the electronics are here to stay, for better or for worse...
  16. RuckedUp

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    Took the bike up to the Arctic circle after the 600 mile service. So far so good! My one complaint well I have a few but the major one is the shifting. I thought my Harley clunked into gear but the BMW is giving it a run for shit shifting 1-2-3rd gears make my hairs stand up when I shift.

    Starting to piss me off a bit when I think BMW I think smooth as silk not panhead slop!
  17. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Apparently some owners have found the clutch master cylinder to be overfilled and reducing the amount of fluid smooths out the shifting. No idea if that will work for you, just passing on a possibility...
  18. RuckedUp

    RuckedUp Long timer

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    Thanks Ill take a look at that
  19. sbrownn

    sbrownn SlowMo

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    I have found the my bike can shift poorly or great depending on my technique. The fact that it can shift great at one time and poorly the next makes me realize it is not the bike but my technique. I'm not saying the same for you; perhaps you got a poor shifting bike. Just don't generalize about either BMW or them all because my bike shifts great when done properly.

    What is properly? Here is my best guess at proper technique for the LC. First, make sure to pre-load the shift actuator, then, lightly pull back the shift lever until the clutch just disengages. Here is the important part. When the transmission shifts up to the next gear, feather the clutch back in instead of just releasing it; match the ground speed and engine speed. If this is the technique you are already using then perhaps you just got a lemon. When shifted like this my bike is smooth as whipped cream. Shift it any other way and it can clunk just like a Harley.
  20. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Lol, the lengths some BMW owners will go to justify their bike's "character." Fwiw, my Harley doesn't clunk, or need a "proper technique" to shift smoothly. :rofl