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Old 08-25-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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Does the new 2014 RT sound this bad?

I've been watching videos on the new RT since the recall--can't test ride...
Anyway, does the new RT really sound this bad?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...hiFnpr8k#t=182
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:55 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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I've been watching videos on the new RT since the recall--can't test ride...
Anyway, does the new RT really sound this bad?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...hiFnpr8k#t=182
All boxers sound like a wet fart.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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You're wasting your time if you're trying to determine what a bike sounds like, off of a crumby video uploaded to youtube, recorded with a smartphone, and then listening to it on crumby speakers.


In short, the 2014 RT sounds just fine (that said, since a riding companion owns one of the few 2014 RTs that is on the road, as they purchased it without ESA.....)
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:45 PM   #5
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I've been watching videos on the new RT since the recall--can't test ride...
Anyway, does the new RT really sound this bad?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...hiFnpr8k#t=182
No, it does not.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:18 PM   #6
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No, it does not.
You're right, it's worse.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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You're wasting your time if you're trying to determine what a bike sounds like, off of a crumby video uploaded to youtube, recorded with a smartphone, and then listening to it on crumby speakers
+1

Go listen to some RoyalJordanian videos for properly recorded sound, and only
if you have a hi-end hifi rig connected to your PC.

Otherwise it's pointless.
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Old 09-02-2014, 08:24 AM   #8
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Vid clips are misleading at best when it comes to reproducing sound, especially the low freq sound. Poorl recording techniques, low quality recording technology, and poor quality playback technology on our mobile, lap top, and desk top devices, add up to produce only noise.

The boxer motor is one of my favorites because of it's flat power curve, good fueling, and very nice voice. My R12R cam head has an Akrapovic slip on and I've removed the exhaust flapper valve. It now has a GREAT baritone voice.

There's a '15 GSA heading my way and I'll make the same changes simply because it sounds soooooooo nice!

As always YMMV.

Perhaps the biggest different in sound you'll notice between your GSA and the new wethead is engine noise. You'll hear things coming from the wethead you've not heard before from a boxer motor.

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Old 09-02-2014, 08:42 AM   #9
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One of the most descriptive lines I've heard about big boxers is they sound like an old man coughing. That came from a fellow that owned a dealership from the time of Airheads to the Hexheads. The newer 1200s with the flapper valve have some volume when revved but the sound of a 180 degree twin firing every 360 degrees dooms it to forever make phut phut phut sounds similar to wet raspy bodily function noises. I had a set of open peashooters on my R100 and I liked the sound myself.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:50 AM   #10
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The Boxer will never sound better to me then a Ducati V2 (like the S2R monster
for example) or a Tuono V2, but it's very subjective of course.

It has a very different sound to everything else (well, their own 360 deg parallel
twins sound similar) and some people will love it, some will hate it, but anyone
who passes up on a bike they might enjoy because of the way it sounds is not
that bright IMHO.

I'd be more worried about the 1200 LC GS not surviving the 50.000km marathon
ride that I just read from german Motorrad (gearbox blew up at 44.000km),
making it the 5th or 6th big BMW that didn't manage to finish that review.

It's always the transmission, shaft or engine issues that bring them to a stop.
One or two of those 6 were 'K' bikes too.
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:12 PM   #11
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I've been watching videos on the new RT since the recall--can't test ride...
Anyway, does the new RT really sound this bad?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...hiFnpr8k#t=182
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No, it does not.
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You're right, it's worse.
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The Boxer will never sound better to me then a Ducati V2 (like the S2R monster
for example) or a Tuono V2, but it's very subjective of course.

It has a very different sound to everything else (well, their own 360 deg parallel
twins sound similar) and some people will love it, some will hate it, but anyone
who passes up on a bike they might enjoy because of the way it sounds is not
that bright IMHO.

I'd be more worried about the 1200 LC GS not surviving the 50.000km marathon
ride that I just read from german Motorrad (gearbox blew up at 44.000km),
making it the 5th or 6th big BMW that didn't manage to finish that review.

It's always the transmission, shaft or engine issues that bring them to a stop.
One or two of those 6 were 'K' bikes too.
There's no "better" or "worse"...... just different.

Just like music, some like Barry Mantilow, some Sting, or Taylor Swift, or Freddy Mercury, of Vanilla Ice, or Bob Dylan, or Muddy Waters, or....... etc. It' your ear, you decide what make you smile the most, simple really.


Any bike that makes YOU "worried" should not be a bike YOU buy, life's to short to be "worried" about what might happen. Have YOU ever had a BMW leave YOU stranded at roadside?

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Old 09-03-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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Roadscum asked".........Have YOU ever had a BMW leave YOU stranded at roadside?

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Yes.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:53 AM   #14
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Any bike that makes YOU "worried" should not be a bike YOU buy, life's to short to be "worried" about what might happen. Have YOU ever had a BMW leave YOU stranded at roadside?

Paul
Me? No.
But I had a friend with R1200GS (circa 2011-2012) that had more issues then
all of my bikes listed in the signature line combined. He's on a Japanese bike now.

Even when I was in a position to be able to afforrd one (F800ST), I couldn't
justify the cost of it compared to a VFR800 or Bandit 1250 at the time so
I passed..

The only BMW I seriously want is the R1200R.
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