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Old 07-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #76
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As far as the looks of the new Adventure goes, I like it much more than the base model with those Gladiator helmet things over the radiator.

One thing I really like about both the LC GS models is the improved gearbox. My 09 has a very clunky gearbox and way too much drive line slack making riding off pavement a real pain.

Had hoped that BMW would have put the narrower wheels from the previous model on the Adventure but sadly the didn't. Thankfully Woody's Wheel Works is ready to re-lace the hubs with narrower rims from the old model and has already done a 21" front wheel for those of us who would prefer that size.

There appears to be more clearance between the lower fork brace and the front tire and that is a great thing.

The higher rear luggage rack doesn't seem to be a step in the right direction though. I guess it could easily be taken off and a guy can make a rear plate
that will be flush when the passenger seat is removed.

All in all, I like most of what I see in that picture and am looking forward to riding it and see how it compares to the existing model.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #77
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who cares about the bike, i just want the damn adventure cases for my new watercooled gs.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:47 PM   #78
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BMW, P L E A S E , P L E A S E , P L E A S E offer the option of a 21" front wheel or better yet, just offer it as standard for the Adventure model.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:41 PM   #79
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BMW, P L E A S E , P L E A S E , P L E A S E offer the option of a 21" front wheel or better yet, just offer it as standard for the Adventure model.
You, me, and about 16 other guys think that is the way to go but thousands think we need smaller wider front wheels and thousands trump us few.

Bummer.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:06 AM   #80
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is it just me or does it look like LED lights installed on the crashbar just in front of the cylinder head, looks like 3 small led's there.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:07 AM   #81
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I'm doubting the LEDs. If you look closely you will see those crash bars will need to come off for valve checks etc, and the whole lower side appears to be one piece, adding a wire disconnect in that just seems unreasonable.

So yeah they probably are LEDs
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:54 AM   #82
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BMW, P L E A S E , P L E A S E , P L E A S E offer the option of a 21" front wheel or better yet, just offer it as standard for the Adventure model.

Taken a look at the assortment of current tires for these these things? Everything is going in the other direction- road biased. Check out the number of water cooled 12s that come with wire rims- seems to be diminishing every year. Thank your highway peg, cruise control, ESA, ABS, TPS, plastic bag brethren- Not enough of the market for these bikes is demanding that they be light, simple, dirt capable. Hell- even KTM is giving in to the demographic tidal wave. These are road bikes at this point. If you want to beat the shit out of it (and often yourself) off-road.... go for it. They're happy to sell you replacement parts when you need 'em.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:18 AM   #83
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Taken a look at the assortment of current tires for these these things? Everything is going in the other direction- road biased. Check out the number of water cooled 12s that come with wire rims- seems to be diminishing every year. Thank your highway peg, cruise control, ESA, ABS, TPS, plastic bag brethren- Not enough of the market for these bikes is demanding that they be light, simple, dirt capable. Hell- even KTM is giving in to the demographic tidal wave. These are road bikes at this point. If you want to beat the shit out of it (and often yourself) off-road.... go for it. They're happy to sell you replacement parts when you need 'em.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #84
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If you want to beat the shit out of it (and often yourself) off-road.... go for it.
To that point, I hope nobody looks up any of my posts when I go to sell my beloved 09 GSA someday. Planning to list it as a garage queen that made weekend trips to Starbucks.

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:03 PM   #85
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Crash one with those bags off road- go ahead.....Bring duct tape, straps, and cash
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Crash one with those bags off road- go ahead.....Bring duct tape, straps, and cash
Ah! Ok, I saw "plastic bag" and all I thought of was like a zip lock sandwich bag. I didn't think of saddlebags.
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:38 PM   #87
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Ah! Ok, I saw "plastic bag" and all I thought of was like a zip lock sandwich bag. I didn't think of saddlebags.
Many moons ago there were umpteen threads on here about changing locks on "system" cases. The system apparently involved replacing a lot of broken lids and bases!~
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Old 07-18-2013, 12:41 PM   #88
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Many moons ago there were upteen threads on here about changing locks on "system" cases. The system apparently involved replacing a lot of broken lids and bases!~
Having managed to break a case on an R1100RS, I do know how that goes.

Jesse bags now. Mo bettah.
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I'm on my second set of Jesses- never going back to plastic or side loading again
Am on my second set, too.
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