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Old 08-24-2013, 08:53 AM   #10546
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Emoto, for the first 1000miles the Next seemed like a very good tyre, it felt like a sport tyre in terms of stability, quick turn-in and breaking. That said, it was a surprise to find it was 'not bad off-pave', and not just graded forest roads. Mud/sand was an exception, Next was not happy in those conditions, which was expected. By 2000 miles it was becoming very squared in the rear, by 4000 I was approaching the wear strips, the rear was beginning to squirm, and you could feel the shoulder leaning. I stopped taking it off-pave. The front at about the same milage developed a slight vibe leaning. Those curvy little lines in the thread on both sides of the center are placed in the position where the lean is commonly. They developed a substantial step between the edge closest to the center and the outside edge. I think this caused the vibe?
I now have 4000miles on the TA2, I still have more then 1/2 thread, (rear). They are squaring a bit, (to be expected). Great traction, wet/dry, they inspire confidence. Front was used for the first time yesterday off-pave, 2-up, graded dirt/loose gravel with lots of elevation change, switchbacks, and curves, it felt similar to the standard Tourance- predicable. I was satisfied after nearly 2 hours of dirt.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:55 AM   #10547
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #10548
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Just read the comparo in the October Motorcyclist. They have essentially called the new GS the best motorcycle in the world.
In the history of the world.
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Old 08-24-2013, 03:32 PM   #10549
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:05 AM   #10550
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[ GS the best motorcycle in the world.

And a paid BMW advert to accompany it !!
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:34 AM   #10551
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Rear wheel balancing jig

FYI, had the rear wheel off yesterday and the Marc Parnes jig for balancing the rear wheel that I bought many years ago for my 2005 R1200GS does indeed fit the 2013.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:17 AM   #10552
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That 'let off the throttle vibration' virtually went away after changing my oil at 600 miles with full synthetic 5w-40...I wasn't expecting that. Leads me to believe the factory fill is non syn or some type of break-in oil.
Pretty sure the bike have synthetic from the factory.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:44 AM   #10553
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That 'let off the throttle vibration' virtually went away after changing my oil at 600 miles with full synthetic 5w-40...I wasn't expecting that. Leads me to believe the factory fill is non syn or some type of break-in oil.
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Pretty sure the bike have synthetic from the factory.
Possibly not, as EJ says it might be a specific break-in oil. According to BMW Motorrad's Head of Technical Support and Warranty (not going to argue with him), from the first service onwards the only approved oil is (fully synthetic) Castrol Power 1 Racing SAE 5W-40 API SL/JASO MA2 which may be difficult to source on the open market (the nearest equivalent in Castrol's standard range is 10W-40). Perhaps they do this weight specifically for BMW.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:17 AM   #10554
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Are they trying to sway people away from BMW on purpose? That's just ridiculous


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Old 08-25-2013, 10:22 AM   #10555
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[ GS the best motorcycle in the world.

And a paid BMW advert to accompany it !!
The American Motorcycle Consumer News did a full review also...
The last word... "Wow!"

http://www.motorcycleconsumernews-di...pm=2&u1=friend

The magazine is subscriber supported only and runs no advertisement. Granted, they still need to play nice so they get invited to the press events and are provided with bikes to test.

They did whine about the new clutch and the need for computers and electronic equipment to maintain the bike would prevent at lest one tester from picking this as a RTW mount. Still, it seems that the press generally give the bike very high marks in every category. After my test ride I was confident enough to put my deposit down for a fully loaded 2014 1200GS in white.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:10 PM   #10556
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Just read the comparo in the October Motorcyclist. They have essentially called the new GS the best motorcycle in the world.
Does seem appropriate; now doesn't it!
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #10557
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Anybody cares to scan any of the two for those of us that don't have access to them?
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #10558
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My GSW came with the TA and I am very happy so far (1,xxx miles).
Congratulations on your new bike. When did you buy it? I take it you got it from Seavers. Enjoy the beauty. I was there yesterday, they had a seminar presented by CHP. It was good and very informative. I sat on the the GSW with low seat. Low seat is a crap, hardly any cushion.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:01 PM   #10559
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:34 PM   #10560
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Anybody cares to scan any of the two for those of us that don't have access to them?
How about I zip 'em up and leave 'em on my google drive for you to review.
Both of these magazines are available on-line, in digital format and well worth the subscription fee.

[mod edit - link to scanned articles removed]

It's a zipped file, so download, extract and enjoy.

http://www.motorcycleconsumernews-di...pm=2&u1=friend

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