Originally Posted by SQD8R
Actually no it's not BMW forcing the change; it's emissions standards.
The same thing happened to Porsche in the early 90's. That's when they introduced the water-cooled flat-6. All the purists cringed, but now you have a 3.8 liter non-turbo motor making 450-hp. The old, air-cooled twin turbo motor made the same HP, but it wasn't nearly as efficient or clean.
Progress needs to happen. I do agree that an adventure bike doesn't need 115-hp. My 1150 is plenty fast for me, but more importantly it has the grunt down low to pull like the tractor it is.