Rethinking preconceived notions...BMW F 750 GS

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And if you want to manage the heat off the bike or set it up with cool modifications, Rottweiler Performance has you covered.

Definitely looking for some heat solutions. Looking at the Rottweiler Performance link not sure where to even start. Not thrilled with idea of going back to power commanders again. I see black dog has some kind of heat shield.

Congratulation :)
I was thinking you would get the Africa Twin, reading your testdrive about it.
Very reasonable thought, it was in my head very much. In the end I had to think about what I'm truly going to use the bike for...a 21 inch tire it not the best setup for what I'm honestly going to do. I really liked the AT, but the setup and price of the KTM made me give it a shot.


New thread for the bike: https://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?threads/the-next-chapter-ktm-super-adventure-s.28706/#post-414323
 

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Even with the joke of a windscreen set to the highest position, the bike is rock solid stable with very, very low vibration coming through.
I realized yesterday the windscreen on the demo bike was the optional short screen. That also came as a revelation to the GM.



Stock screen is much taller and better. Wanted to correct the record on my "joke screen" comment.
 

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Been a long time since I did an update on the little GS. I put the first 600 miles on it, and I've done the most recent 600 on it as I get it ready to take to the dealer for the first valve check. Which is my first area where I can offer some negative feedback. The 12K mile service interval is annoying. I've been quoted $800 for the 12K service. Ouch... but I've also looked at what it would take for me to do it, and I just don't want to go there. I've reached the point in life where time is in short supply. Spending that limited time wrenching is not my happy place.

I've had a good opportunity to compare the BMW against my KTM. Back to back to back...750 vs 1290cc. You may be surprised to learn I don't dread getting on the little bike. It's plenty quick and enjoyable. Has more of a luxury feel than a sporty bike feel, but is no slouch.

Initially we never really used the speed shifter. Only after I figured out how to use that feature on the KTM did we both start using it on the BMW. Just like the KTM, it's a total game changer and elevates the level of riding enjoyment. DM got used to it and now it's common for me to hear her laughing back there as we need to pass on the 2 lane WV roads we frequent. BMW is not as smooth in speed shifting as the KTM. Expecially going first to second. There is a RPM range in there that is downright abrupt. If you know where to do it, first to second is fine, but shift between 3.5K to 6K and you'll miss the clutch. Otherwise it's very good and always worth using. Clutch levers are for starting and stopping.

The BMW has better TFT software than KTM. I like my KTM, tons of information screen, but the BMW look so much nicer. Again, part of that luxury feel. I'll also probably give the TFT navigation edge to BMW. Once you learn it, you can navigate it without needing to look as much as KTM. The on-bike navigation is crappy on both bikes, but the BMW is the better system of the two.

Overall the bike has been mechanically flawless. DM loves it. She was so nervous giving up her Tenere, but could not be more pleased with how this bike meets her needs. She thinks it's great looking (very important to her happiness), the thing will cruise all day out west at 85 MPH with no effort and plenty of engine left in reserve. It is not intimidating and she puts it in situations she would never have done on the Tenere. This bike has been a home run for her.
 

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[QUOTE="Dirt_Dad, post: 441319, member: 80]She was so nervous giving up her Tenere, [/QUOTE]

I for one am glad she did. :)


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