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Old 01-28-2013, 04:44 PM   #4471
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First lay down, perhaps? Ouch! Hope the bike was ok!

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:56 PM   #4472
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If you drive a car aggressively, or in challenging condition you would quickly see why ABS is a real benefit for cars and pickups. to my knowledge ... I believe all new cars and pickup come with some type of abs. some are simple abs and others are quite sophisticated stability control. The abs on my bike kept me from locking my front wheel on a tar snake...which without it would have put me down in a 6 lane intersection. I will never buy a new bike without ABS.
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But try to use the same abs in Winter ... It will stabilise those who do not know how to. And you will brake in a much longer distance ... For some people, it may be ok, but personnaly, I pulled the ABS fuse years ago.

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Old 01-28-2013, 05:18 PM   #4473
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If they have double the amount of wheels that could lock up, wouldn't hey need ABS twice as much?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:31 PM   #4474
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A report from S.A.
http://canadamotoguide.com/2013/01/2...h-bmw-r1200gs/

Could be 205.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #4475
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Maybe ...

But try to use the same abs in Winter ... It will stabilise those who do not know how to. And you will brake in a much longer distance ... For some people, it may be ok, but personnaly, I pulled the ABS fuse years ago.

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For that type of condition, I like the handlebar switch on the BMW rather than having to pull a fuse and put it in again when conditions change.

They tell me that on the new LC GS they have the different ride modes operated fron a handlebar switch except for the electronics bypass (the equivalent of "Slick" mode on the S1000RR). This was deliberate as they want the rider to pull a fuse and be fully aware that she/he has chosen to deactivate all the electronic aides (and I guess take full responsibility for any consequences).
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #4476
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They didn't have to add water cooling, but were forced to. I still like my 83,000 miles 2007 GS 1200 without it better, it's a simpler bike and more robust in case of a fall. The dry clutch is still working as new, though I never abused, nor babied it.
It may overheat in stationary traffic but that hasn't happened even on 4th July "parade" exiting NYC and then Chicago.
I do like the CAN BUS, allot less wires overall, and having a GS 911 makes troubleshooting and maintenance a breeze using the app on the phone or a laptop.
As far as suspension, I like my custom sprang, manually adjustable Hyperpro shocks and don't think I need someone else to program preset settings that are a compromise. Plus the original shocks were shot - front after only 6k miles leaked and was replaced in warranty.
Since ABS and Traction Control can be turned off, I think it's the best of both worlds. A skilled and always aware rider may never need either, but it's not me, so it's nice to know they're there when I have a brain fart.
Being that we are a consumer driven society we are convinced the right thing to do is throw away old stuff and buy new one as soon as possible.
I'd rather have more time to ride than work more to get more money to buy a new motorcycle, but that's just my .002 cents.
If someone has both the funds and time to enjoy the new machine, they deserve it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #4477
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Maybe ...

But try to use the same abs in Winter ... It will stabilise those who do not know how to. And you will brake in a much longer distance ... For some people, it may be ok, but personnaly, I pulled the ABS fuse years ago.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:47 PM   #4478
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Bet you own a harley, don't you.
I had a 1200 GS I owned 6 years ...

For now, I only own a KTM 690 2011 (which has a whole lot of electrical problems ) I work around even though I'm ignorant, that I'm both mechanical and electrical engineer (power electric, control panels, programmable controlers and CNC and servo drives), I'm also It specialist and stone cutter ... The last being the most important since its the main reason why i'm working in an incredibly dirty environment.

I know more then the average what's happening when electronic get close to water.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:54 PM   #4479
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Not 205, or if it is then I missed the original. Thanks for posting. Good read.

A tidbit that may answer a a question I have seen a few ask:

"There’s no doubt the BMW R1200GS has set the standard in adventure touring. It is the benchmark by which all other adventure bikes are measured, and the bar has just been raised (it may be raised further with the planned release of the Adventure version in the fall)."

I understand the mood over there would have been affected greatly by the death of Kevin Ash, but nevertheless I have got a peculiar sense from all the launch pieces online so far that the journos were a bit underwhelmed.

They give plenty of compliments, but it feels like their hearts aren't in it. Is that just the circumstances? Just me?

It is as though from the changes on paper they were expecting the new bike to feel more like a Ducati or KTM, while retaining traditional GS virtues. But when riding it, it was same old traditional GS virtues but with the volume turned up.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #4480
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I understand the mood over there would have been affected greatly by the death of Kevin Ash, but nevertheless I have got a peculiar sense from all the launch pieces online so far that the journos were a bit underwhelmed.

They give plenty of compliments, but it feels like their hearts aren't in it. Is that just the circumstances? Just me?
Not just you, I got the same feeling.

Speaking of Ash, BMW's ongoing silence over the details of the accident after nearly a week is getting a bit strange.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #4481
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I understand the mood over there would have been affected greatly by the death of Kevin Ash, but nevertheless I have got a peculiar sense from all the launch pieces online so far that the journos were a bit underwhelmed.

They give plenty of compliments, but it feels like their hearts aren't in it. Is that just the circumstances? Just me?

It is as though from the changes on paper they were expecting the new bike to feel more like a Ducati or KTM, while retaining traditional GS virtues. But when riding it, it was same old traditional GS virtues but with the volume turned up.
I have had the opposite feeling. Most of the online reviews so far have been overwhelmingly positive, probably too much so. I mean I want the bike to be fantastic, but I want the low-down on what things they didn't really like as well. For a person looking to get a new GS, most of the reviews so far saying it is like the old GS but better in every way is a pretty big endorsement IMO.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:44 PM   #4482
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Speaking of Ash, BMW's ongoing silence over the details of the accident after nearly a week is getting a bit strange.
Agree, with this. It's possible they want to wait for the Police report and it's likely to be a small department that is well aware the world is watching so they want to be sure they have it right before making a statement.

Regarding reviews...they seem quite positive to me, but of course most new bike roll out reviews do....so the question is, reading between the lines...is the bike great or merely just improved some? You almost have to be very familiar with the writing style of the author to know and of course there is the tragedy hanging over them which can't help but dampen enthusiasm to some extent I would think.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #4483
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I understand the mood over there would have been affected greatly by the death of Kevin Ash, but nevertheless I have got a peculiar sense from all the launch pieces online so far that the journos were a bit underwhelmed.

They give plenty of compliments, but it feels like their hearts aren't in it. Is that just the circumstances? Just me?

It is as though from the changes on paper they were expecting the new bike to feel more like a Ducati or KTM, while retaining traditional GS virtues. But when riding it, it was same old traditional GS virtues but with the volume turned up.
I guess we tend to find the words that support for our own opinions.

To me, Shawn Thomas from RawHyde sounds far from underwhelmed or that his heart isn't in it when he writes:

"As my work continues, I find myself reflecting on what made the event so memorable. Of course, the new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS—a machine I have eagerly awaited for a very long time—was a shining jewel of the experience. The improvements are countless; the opportunities for further enhancement are miniscule. Never have I ridden its equal."

And in his time he has ridden quite a few bikes at their limits
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #4484
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To me, Shawn Thomas from RawHyde sounds far from underwhelmed or that his heart isn't in it when he writes:
Yes, wasn't alluding to that as he is yet to post his review. Looking forward to it.

On the Ash tragedy, this link that EJ posted over at the Road Warriors tribute thread suggests the possibility of criminal charges. Bad to worse. If it's accurate, it likely explains the absence of comment.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:47 PM   #4485
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Yes, wasn't alluding to that as he is yet to post his review. Looking forward to it.

On the Ash tragedy, this link that EJ posted over at the Road Warriors tribute thread suggests the possibility of criminal charges. Bad to worse. If it's accurate, it likely explains the absence of comment.
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