Originally Posted by g_e_young
I completely agree - I used to get my CBR1100XX up over 130 as often as possible. But the question was why is BMW giving the new GS 130HP. Answer: Because Ducati put 130HP+ in the Multi. They would much prefer to have a lower HP figures for a number reasons, but they will lose sales to Ducati unless they match Ducati's HP figures. g-
I don't think BMW is upping the HP to "keep up" with the MS. The HP increase with the new boxer is just a product of the improved technology that comes with the water cooled motor. If BMW wanted a 150hp boxer I think they could do that right now and they haven't. I don't think most people are shopping both a MS and GS as serious alternatives. The MS is an upright sport bike and the GS is the Swiss army knife of bikes. If they were shooting for the same purpose and functionality then I would have to get rid of either my GS or MS. I think they actually compliment each other quite well.
'13 Ducati Diavel AMG #163
'09 KTM 65XC (son's ride)
Gone: '10 Ducati Multistrada 1200S, '11 BMW R1200GS, '10 BMW S1000RR, '08 BMW HP2 Megamoto, '07 KTM 950SMR, '05 BMW R1200GS, '94 BMW R1100R