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First riding impression new GS

http://www.motociclismo.it/edisport/moto/notizie.nsf/NewsPub/53B539A9278B9123C1256E1D0031FBA2?OpenDocument

The Italians have a first riding impression.
Google translated it like following:


"Paralever, Telelever, motor boxer cooled to aria& Sliding the technical characteristics of the new R1200 GS during the aerial travel towards the Sudafrica, theatre of the presentation test , the data more important seemed that one of the maximum power: 100 CV to 7.000 turns ! And via to fantasticare on the new performances, finally remarkable, of "boxerona" enduro the Bavarian one.
Joints to destination, after to have been it modernizes on the technical-stilistiche innovationes from the illuminant presentation to the international press, are finally the moment to see it from the true one . That dire& it is strange, is various, in a sure disarmonica sense, with those its asymmetric look , the facade with the "spout" and the semiempty posterior part , but it cannot be denied that since endured it is understood that GS is one.
Then it has succeeded what not you aspects. It seizes the motion in order to go up in saddleback and endured the first surprise . Light E'. That is, he is the much less heavy one of previous GS 1150 . Miracle? Not. Rationalization, redesign, optimization and a bag of other "&zione" that as turned out they have given one new GS in order indeed.

Between the hands, on the flanks, with the small instrumentation under to the nose and the plexiglass hardly over, the confirmation is had that the "loss of weight" has been , than those 20 kg in less (dichairati 228 kg) is effectively remained on the screen of the computer of planners BMW.
The guide position is comfortable and natural. The zone of the tank is grip, the handle-bar more close and the footrests to the just height. Altogether it is more collection regarding 1150. The feet rest to earth with facility and all this simplification is reassuring because the dimensions of the motion do not seem preponderant on those of the pilot, than, even if of not high stature, it will be felt less inhibited in maneuvering it.
Once in motion if it appreciates some endured the ease of handling , of a level disowned to the progenitrice because the front chassis communicates large feeling of guide . Less abrupt E' in the reduction in fold and has lost something of the classic feeling "to be on a railroad" that was had with the old GS, but is also the much most progressive one , before "fell down" in order then to leave itself in trajectory, hour is sincere and homogenous. On road insomma it goes very better .
In offroad if of it it appreciates the reduced weight and the optimal maneuverability. The only note the muoviamo to the handle-bar, hour more low and rear and for this less effective one for the guide in feet on the footrests, that one that more is suited to the guide in cross-country vehicle when it is begun mean it.
Optimal in all the surfs the rubbers Metzeler Tourance , guarantors of large grip on asphalt and an unexpected sincerity on the compact South African sterrate tracks, where without hard work or the minimal apprehension we have touched the 180 km/h.
Effective also the suspensions , with a calibration of guess base that renders the sensitive motion to the variations of "fuoristradale" the street mantle o&. The Paralever between the other is improved, ago to feel little the transmission that hour is sweeter and transmits little reactions to the ciclistica. Wanting to synthetize we could say that with GS 1200 one goes strong in all the conditions and us account of the single speed becomes watching the tachimetro.

And then the motor . E' always he, "boxerone" the BMW , but hour has two more large pistons that never. Nevertheless to the lower-middle regimes it vibrates very less than before . The previous propeller of 1130 cc gave all and endured, after the 5,000 turns it had little other to say. This new propeller of 1170 cc is more "round" . Until 5.000 turns it is progressive and regular , it gives to an optimal push without peaks or bendings, but over it has changed character and in spite of the maximum power it is declared to 7.000 turns, is pushed beyond without uncertainties also. With these premises the resumption dowries could not that to be optimal, it is for progression that for dolcezza: also from 1.400-1500 turns in sixth march , the grip handle is turned and it is shared from whichever slowing down.
Bond also the change . The new helicoidal gears have giovato to the dolcezza of innest Certo, are always change BMW with clutch record to dry, but also in the precision of the grafts it has been a step in ahead.
Finally the brakes , to the height of the situation in all the surfs. On the exemplary of the test there was the ABS but we have held it nearly always disinserito for via of the frequent divagazioni in cross-country vehicle. Of it we will test better the effectiveness in occasion of the deepened test which we will subject new GS 1200.
Once it returns to you from along turn, like every in love motorcyclist of "own" the motion, there are stops to you to observe the renewed GS newly, stavolta with the eyes of who "it knows".
Strange it is strange, useless to deny it, but the GS appeals to therefore. It will have makes the eye us and as it has happened with previous 1100 and 1150, also this will come digested.
The eye falls on the thin and leggibile instrumentation , the tubes of the metallic structure that encircle it and on the plexiglass of the windshield . On purpose, to regulate it in height is just a childs' play, does not serve not even the tools. Behind dominating the scene there is the enormous noise suppressor and the intentionally $R-a.vista structure reggisella. It would come to think that they could put two fiancati ones to us but it has been intentionally left "opened" in order to confer dinamicitÓ and lightness to the posterior part.
We, for hour, the promuoviamo, and do not see the hour to have it between the hands in order spremer it as he must , also on the test bench!"

Maybe some of our Italian S riders can give a better translation

Hugo
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oh, i sure as freak hope so!! that wasn't supposed to be English, was it?
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The BMW Motorcycles of Detroit web site has a new page featuring information and pictures of the new R 1200 GS.

The information comes from the BMW South Africa web site, but their server seems a bit slow so we added the information directly to our site instead of just adding a link.

To find the page, go to www.bmwdetroit.com and click on the "click here to enter" target. Look to the lower left portion of the home page for the link.
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From babel above:

"Between the hands, on the flanks, with the small instrumentation under to the nose and the plexiglass hardly over, the confirmation is had that the "loss of weight" has been , than those 20 kg in less (dichairati 228 kg) is effectively remained on the screen of the computer of planners BMW."

It starts out a little bit erotic, but I think it ends up saying that the weight loss isn't as much as the specs indicate.

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The German magazine Motorrad also features a riding impression.
"Enough oomph from 1500 rpm, then at 5000 still a little raw but after 6000 is runs a lot smoother and without hesitation to the 8000 rpm limiter. As agile and rev happy as only a tuned GS would do.
The new gearbox is finally is it should be: no false neutrals/gears, exact shifting and no metallic 'klunk' when putting into first gear.
The typical GS characteristics are there: small turning radius, short first gear, seating comfort, the feeling of always being in control.
The reduction of 30 kg's is definitely noticable, during riding and manouvering the bike when not running it.
The fueltank and steer are a lot smaller, the pegs a little lower but the ground clearance was increased. The seating position is more active while still retaining enough comfort."

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Now there is an english riding impression for everybody who missed it...
http://www.insidebikes.com/bikebible/reviews/bmw/r1200gs/review_main.htm

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Nice bits Huggy. Thanks

A couple things sound really cool Forged instead of cast telelever and swingarm. Sodium filled exhaust valves. Also some detail on the knock sensor. Sounds like an automotive unit i.e. audio (which is really normally a piezoelectric shock sensor) instead of the more normal bike practice of sensing it indirectly via spark energy (not that more than a few bikes do even that) Very cool. And unlike the electric sensing, not as easily skewed by mixture/mapping changes. Very cool. Good bet an RS will come before an S. I sure hope I'm wrong.
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Guys check out this review by Kevin Ash - a British Journo who contributes to the Australian Two Wheels Mag. I think he's pretty objective although he likes conventional suspension.

Link to UK Telegraph Article
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