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Old 03-25-2015, 04:25 AM   #1
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Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Sydney, Australia
Oddometer: 137
GSW Maturing 20k+ what's changing?

I have just clicked over 30,000km on my April 13 GSW. Observations:

The engine is freeing up and the idle noise of "rocks in a tin can" is long gone. Funny a guy asked me on a new GSW the other day if his had a problem as he could hear that noise. Yep you know the answer "they all do that" but it will go with maturity my friend!

I recently got back from a 4500km tour of Tasmania 2 up. Fuel economy was 5.0l/100km an improvement of 4% on earlier 2 up trips at 5.2l/100km.

Still feels great and I have grown to love the ease of the engine mapping to set everything up at the click of a button e.g going from Dynamic to Enduro for a 400m stretch of dirt then back again when back on the tar.

I always thought the GSW was better off road than the old GS I.e more sure footed with the front end less likely to slide out on tricky corners. I went out in some very slippery Off road conditions last weekend and couldn't believe how much trouble my mate was having on the old GS. We both had 90/10 tyres ( with low pressure) and in the dry he runs rings around me off road but was clearly struggling up hills whilst I just powered on straight past him.

How and what are you finding as your bike matures?
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:33 AM   #2
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Joined: Jan 2013
Location: earth
Oddometer: 1,154
am at 22,000 kms.

the bike is getting stronger and smoother.

neutral is easy to find. Gearbox is great.

I have full TTX Ohlins on it and the handling is sublime.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:59 AM   #3
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Location: ABQ, New Mexico
Oddometer: 1,183

Although JVB reports some GSWs are past the 60,000-mile mark, I felt I was doing well with 32,000 miles on my '13 GSW.

Agree on all points...what a great bike. Getting better and better...

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2013 BMW GSW (traveler)
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