Originally Posted by OConnor
Didn't KTM have water pump issues on the 950? That's what BMW needs is ANOTHER weak link. I'd be more worried about radiator damage than added weight. Crushed my DRZ radiator a few times.
Yes but is this a Q&A issue or a water-cooling issue? How many liquid cooled motorcycles have had water pump issues? Yes KTMs 950 is notable for it but KTM also has had outsourcing issues going back to the early 640ADV. Q&A is the issue not water-cooling.
The BMW has significantly more locations to place and protect the rad compared to the DRZ. I would think if you've crushed the BMW rad you've probably got more pressing concerns.
Provided BMW place this in a secure area I don't see the risk increasing compared to where the oil cooler is today. Certainly compared to the placement of the early GS oil coolers low, and out in the open.
My HP2 oil cooler is high and to the side. I have dropped it more than I can remember, over 30 times in one rallye, and never had an issue.