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Old 11-05-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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BMW Turn Signal Controls vs. Conventional

Has anyone had any experience with the older style BMW turn signal controls (On any of their bikes, not just the F800)? I am talking about the ones that had buttons on either side of the switch blocks. Just curious if anyone has used them because I seem to only hear complaints about it in almost every review.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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I hope most of us with pre 2013-models have used the turn signals

And the opinions about them are many. I like them but the horn switch is hard to find as a consequence.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:30 AM   #3
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I've used both systems for tens of thousands of miles.

My personal opinion is that both designs work fine and I don't have a preference for one over the other. But I do care that the design be standardized and since BMW was never going to convince the rest of the world to standardize on their design, I applaud them for bowing to convention and putting conventional turn signal switchgear on their new bikes.

BTW, while magazines have been generally critical of BMW's non-conventional system, they are some who have a decided preference for them and they're unhappy for the change. Which goes to show you can't satisfy everyone all the time. All engineering decisions have tradeoffs.

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Old 11-06-2012, 01:54 AM   #4
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people who whinge about the BMW indicators would whinge about something else.If you own a bike with theses indicaators they are quite normal.I grew to prefer them when i had my k100rs.In countries that drive on the left,the indicating to overtaking was a breeze just stick out your thumg as you roll on the throttle and automatically engage the rh indicator.
Its no different than having a european car and a japanese car,a modern bike and and old british bike..
As i say a week three rides after buying one you forget all about it
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:10 AM   #5
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I would probably be one to like it. That's part of the reason I like euro bikes and cars since they tend to be slightly non-conventional with a lot of things. I guess I will have to try a BMW with this setup.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:24 AM   #6
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I can't understand the fuss over the turn signals. The BMW has far more urgent problems.

The first time I rode it, it was queer as a hairy egg.

After that it just works. Swap to my Jap bikes and I get to the end of the street and fumble the turn signals every time, but after that it's ok.

Fix the wholly inadequate suspension Mr BMW.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
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If I'd wanted some nabby japanese turn signals on my GS I'd have bought the XC
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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If I'd wanted some nabby japanese turn signals on my GS I'd have bought the XC
They should have kept the old style on the 2013.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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the horn switch is hard to find as a consequence.
+1 on the horn. Anyone have a solution -- maybe rerouting the horn switch? If so I'd love to see it.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:05 PM   #10
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Has anyone had any experience with the older style BMW turn signal controls (On any of their bikes, not just the F800)? I am talking about the ones that had buttons on either side of the switch blocks. Just curious if anyone has used them because I seem to only hear complaints about it in almost every review.
I've used them. It took a little while to get used to them after the more conventional single side control. Even after acclimation the horn button still vexed me. Not better or worse imo, just different.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:21 PM   #11
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I prefer the conventional single button for turn signals. Sometimes when accelerating my thumb is not in the right position to activate or deactivate the signal.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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I prefer the conventional single button for turn signals. Sometimes when accelerating my thumb is not in the right position to activate or deactivate the signal.
Same here and the location of the horn. I got use to it but sometimes it's still awkward and prefer the conventional one.
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:26 PM   #13
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If you only have the one bike you get use to it. It is a pain in the ass if you have other bikes with standard turn signals. It is like owning one car with the typical gas on the right and brake on the left and another car with the gas on the left and brake on the right. Everytime I change bikes I have to look down to figure out where the turn signals are. It takes 2 hands to make a left hand turn with the BMW switches. It just doesn't make sense.
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+1 on the horn. Anyone have a solution -- maybe rerouting the horn switch? If so I'd love to see it.
I stopped using the horn and started punching mirrors off instead.

By God, they notice you then.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:08 AM   #15
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I prefer the conventional single button for turn signals. Sometimes when accelerating my thumb is not in the right position to activate or deactivate the signal.
they automatically turn off after 200 meters anyway...
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