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Old 07-08-2014, 06:26 AM   #1
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2014 GSW US Version vs Euro Version (Comparison)

To start with a little back story:

I owned a 2014 GSW in the States which I put over 10000 miles on. Decided to pack up, sell everything, and retire in the Philippines. Before leaving CONUS I ordered a new 2014 GSW here in the Philippines. Here they import the Euro edition. I made a few observations in my short 15km ride home today:

The Euro edition comes standard with LED turn signals which is a welcome departure from what I had on the US Version

I have noticed a significant change in fueling, throttle response, idle, and overall performance. I am going to go out on a limb and say that it probably has a lot to do with the additional emissions requirements for California. The bike feels much more responsive and smoother fueling. Feels like the bike has a few more horsepower.

The headlights can be turned off on the Euro version

The speedometer is even more difficult to read now that the majority of the dial is triple digits (KM)

I ordered the exact same bike with all the same options except I opted for alloys this time rather than cross spoke wheels.

Just wanted to put it out there since I have had first hand experience with both models now.

500 KM update:

Noticed the exhaust is noticeably louder than the US version especially at 4k and up.

Another weird one is the horn is louder than the US version...(this one beats me)

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Old 07-08-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Hmm, wonder what modifications could be made to take off the California junk. I'm interested.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:57 AM   #3
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Interesting, thanks for the info.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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I am going to go out on a limb and say that it probably has a lot to do with the additional emissions requirements for California. The bike feels much more responsive and smoother fueling. Feels like the bike has a few more horsepower.
More likely to do with a newer, revised mapping and/or better fuel quality than in California. The equipment for California doesn't do anything with regard to responsiveness or fueling in general. It only prevents fuel vapor to leave the bike.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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Rode 500 km today. Also noticed the exhaust is noticeably louder than the US version and that the horn is a lot louder than the US version.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:07 AM   #6
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More likely to do with a newer, revised mapping and/or better fuel quality than in California. The equipment for California doesn't do anything with regard to responsiveness or fueling in general. It only prevents fuel vapor to leave the bike.
It might be due to mapping changes but I would say probably not better quality fuel. I am using 95RON here from Shell. I filled up in Metro Manila and once in the province as well no difference between either.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:42 AM   #7
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Euro switch gear...

Can you post a photo of the headlight switch?
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:02 AM   #8
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2014 GSW US Version vs Euro Version (Comparison)

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Can you post a photo of the headlight switch?

http://www.motorcycle.com/gallery/ga...DI_NOISSES_PMT

Not from my bike but found on Google. By default the headlights are on auto with an icon on the speedometer. If you press it you can toggle on and off. Button next to hazards.

As opposed to the US version : http://www.rideadv.com/Portals/43106...0Handlebar.jpg


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Old 07-09-2014, 10:24 AM   #9
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That's not entirely correct.
With EU bikes you still aren't able to go stealthmode at night.

You can either have the light on Auto-mode: Ligth switches between lowbeam and daytimerunninglight (horseshoe) according to lightconditions

Or you can press the button and run lowbeam together with the daytimerunninglight all the time.

Swichting off the light entirely is not possbile.
Riding at night without lowbeam is also not possible.

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Old 07-09-2014, 12:34 PM   #10
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Louder horn? Can anyone verify the Part number for the EU horn?
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:26 PM   #11
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Louder horn? Can anyone verify the Part number for the EU horn?

This is all in my opinion. Or I might have had one that was built on Monday in the states.


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Old 07-09-2014, 06:57 PM   #12
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How much is a GSLC in Philippines ??? Love to retire there.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:46 AM   #13
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How much is a GSLC in Philippines ??? Love to retire there.

It's a little less than $32000 after taxes and registration. All options except for heated grips and spoke wheels.


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32k USD ?? Whow !! Here in Singapore , a GSLC is 40k SGD on the road with no accessories at all.
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:27 PM   #15
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32k USD ?? Whow !! Here in Singapore , a GSLC is 40k SGD on the road with no accessories at all.
I guess BMW Autohaus has some connections with customs here. I paid 1.35M pesos for it. Based on a 43 pesos to the dollar rate it comes out to 31395 USD plus I had to pay 1800 USD for comprehensive insurance.
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