The All New LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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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.
  6. Centurion210

    Centurion210 Attitude Indicator

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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...
  7. 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"?
  8. Centurion210

    Centurion210 Attitude Indicator

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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...
  9. 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!
  10. 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...
  11. RuckedUp

    RuckedUp Long timer

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    Thanks Ill take a look at that
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    The LC I rode shifted like a Ducati. Snick snick. And yeah, my 07 GS Adv and my HD are both "agricultural", comparatively.
  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You still hanging out on BMW threads acting like you are superior?:norton

    Jim :brow
  16. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Nah, I don't want to tread on your turf. :D

    Just putting the Kool-Aid slurper perspective in perspective. As a BMW owner myself, I'm sometimes amazed at the lengths my fellow brethren will go to avoid acknowledging that their bikes may have flaws. :eek1 :lol3
  17. VolInGA

    VolInGA Been here awhile

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    Really not going to any great length there. Preloading the shifter has been commonly recognized as a "proper" technique for shifting for decades. Every bike I've ever owned shifted much smoother when shifted using this technique. Search forums for just about any bike brand and you will probably find a "clunky shifting" thread with the same response, preload the shifter. Perhaps you have just never been enlightened and what may seem smooth to you on your Harley, may seem like a clunky box of rocks to someone else. Lol, the lengths some Harley owners will go to......
  18. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    I've only owned two Harleys out of about 50 bikes including six BMWs. The beemers were always the clunkiest and my Road King snicks so smoothly into first that I don't even hear it. But now you've got me all curious, will try preloading my Dakar's shifter on my ride home tonight and see if that helps.... :patch :lol3
  19. herrdirektor

    herrdirektor Been here awhile

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    Same here. The bike is not likely to adapt to the shifting technique of the owner. It should be the other way around. I can make my LC shift poorly when being sloppy, but I don't have to since it is easy to adapt. :D
  20. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Can you elaborate on the technique you think the LC GS requires?