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Old 03-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #7231
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Took the bare-bones demo out this afternoon for a quick romp. BMW is going to sell a lot of these. That engine is a hoot and pretty much gives you power anywhere you need it. I was in 6th (which is a rare place to be on the RT unless I'm slabbing it) and just gave a tiny little blip of the throttle and I was OFF! Same thing in each gear. The throttle took a couple minutes to get used to, but man, is that thing responsive.

Coming off the RT, it was abundantly clear that the wind/weather protection was nowhere near as complete, but that was to be expected. I had to run the grip warmers on high, which I very rarely need to do on the RT. Handguards would have definitely helped. Temps were int the low 40s/high 30s. The handlebars are pretty wide, again, compared to the RT, and overall, the GS was very comfortable. Can't wait to see this engine in the new RT form-factor sometime in the next year or so.

Again, BMW is going to sell a shit-ton of these.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:09 PM   #7232
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I am just back from the closest dealer to me in Baton Rouge, LA. They had the owner out doing a break in run on the demo. There was another of the 2013's there as well. I only sat on it and compared to the "2013" right next to it (2013 in name only, it was a 2012 style). I found it to be narrower where the seat meets the tank but the bar reach and view seemed similar as did the felt weight. The quickly adjustable wind screen and electronic cruise seemed very nice.
A new one didn't come home with me because apparently I was expected to pay full MSRP without discussion..... Yeah that aint gonna happen.
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:42 PM   #7233
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Rode the new GS - No neutral...

Yesterday I rode the new base model R1200gs. The bike has more power than mine (my bike is '05 and 2 gens older) but felt very similar handling. I did have one complaint. I was virtually impossible to find neutral. WTF?

Anyone else have this problem?

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:03 PM   #7234
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I did have one complaint. I was virtually impossible to find neutral. WTF?

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Yes. Most of the time i can find neutral without too much effort.
Sometimes it is however very difficult to find neutral.
One time at a stoplight i just gave up trying to find it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #7235
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Yesterday I rode the new base model R1200gs. The bike has more power than mine (my bike is '05 and 2 gens older) but felt very similar handling. I did have one complaint. I was virtually impossible to find neutral. WTF?

Anyone else have this problem?

Bob-
I didnt have this problem at all. Compared to previous boxers its harder to find but to anyone used to jap bikes its no different. Your foot will develop a feel for it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:19 PM   #7236
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Work for BMW?
I pretend to work for a dealer in Norway, they pretend to pay me
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #7237
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Yesterday I rode the new base model R1200gs. The bike has more power than mine (my bike is '05 and 2 gens older) but felt very similar handling. I did have one complaint. I was virtually impossible to find neutral. WTF?

Anyone else have this problem?

Bob-
I could find it but it was fairly easy to push past it while trying.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:36 PM   #7238
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Is that threaded hole for height adjustment ? Maybe it's just the pic ,but it look like the side stand would contact your boot if the pegs were run in the low position.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #7239
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I pretend to work for a dealer in Norway, they pretend to pay me
Which one? Would be nice to know where adv people dwell so I know where to go when my gets delivered ;)
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:44 PM   #7240
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I am just back from the closest dealer to me in Baton Rouge, LA. They had the owner out doing a break in run on the demo. There was another of the 2013's there as well. I only sat on it and compared to the "2013" right next to it (2013 in name only, it was a 2012 style). I found it to be narrower where the seat meets the tank but the bar reach and view seemed similar as did the felt weight. The quickly adjustable wind screen and electronic cruise seemed very nice.
A new one didn't come home with me because apparently I was expected to pay full MSRP without discussion..... Yeah that aint gonna happen.
With the high demand for these bikes you may have to wait till the 2014 model or maybe even later for dealers to be willing to haggle.... there are people counting the days till they get theirs. I doubt any of these animals will go out dealer's doors for anything below MSRP. They do have a $1000.00 incentive from the factory for the 2012 models......
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:46 PM   #7241
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Which one? Would be nice to know where adv people dwell so I know where to go when my gets delivered ;)
Rauven, you may want to wait till this guy gets a raise so he doesn't "pretend" to work on your bike...hahahahaha....joke, buddy, I'm sure you bust your ass for BMW...
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:47 PM   #7242
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Is that threaded hole for height adjustment ? Maybe it's just the pic ,but it look like the side stand would contact your boot if the pegs were run in the low position.
I think you're right. I believe it's in the middle position now but have to check. It's height adjustable in three positions. According to the bmw site the lowest position is the same as the stock pegs. I didn't realize this before you mentioned it (the dealer did put them one before delivery of the bike).

I wouldn't mind lowering the pegs a position, but that doesn't seem to be possible with this side stand.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:52 PM   #7243
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Which one? Would be nice to know where adv people dwell so I know where to go when my gets delivered ;)
Really don't want to stick my nose out, but if you can keep a secret it,s about 130 K north of Oslo.
...and was only joking about the payment we're a big happy family here
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:30 PM   #7244
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Really don't want to stick my nose out, but if you can keep a secret it,s about 130 K north of Oslo.
...and was only joking about the payment we're a big happy family here
Ah, the one around Hamar ? That's pitty, ordered my in Oslo :) Would be nice to have a fellow adv inside man :P I guess I could take a break in ride for the service id You promise not to just pretend to work on it :P
Btw, You can mention to the sales people to check their emails. When I was asking for offers they didn't even bother to reply :P
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:03 PM   #7245
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Right, I've been out in the garage and had another look round the bike. No Enduro pro plug under the seat, so I'll get onto my dealer on Monday. The rear seat is a little fiddly to remove at first, but once you have the knack, its easy.

Here are some more pictures

Pivot Pegz
Touratech side stand enlarger
Touratech radiator guards
One world sticker
Touratech tail bag
And a picture under the seat, as requested
Nice bike, very nice. Thanks for posting the photos.

Max :-)
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