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post #1 of 107 (permalink) Old 03-28-2017, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like BMW has been listening to GW owners.
ABS Pro, xenon headlight, heated grips and seats, Multi-Controller, cruise control and removable saddlebags and top trunk. New options include Reverse Assist, a reverse gear that is engaged using a button on the left handlebar and controlled using the starter button, and Shift Assistant Pro, which allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts. Other options include the adaptive headlight, Keyless Ride, Hill Hold Control, central locks, forged wheels and a full line of accessories.

http://ridermagazine.com/2016/11/08/...t-look-review/
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post #2 of 107 (permalink) Old 03-28-2017, 10:12 PM
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ABS Pro is something I wish my Level 3 Wing had. BMW definitely has my attention.
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They drink Champagne. (93 octane )

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Aren't enough dealers and too expensive to have work done on. I'm also only 5'9" and think in the Arkansas hills the bike is too tall for me to be safe with co-rider.

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They drink Champagne. (93 octane )
The BMW gets about 10% better gas mileage. I don't know whether that will make up the increase cost of Champagne or not,....I had/have both, 3-1800's. The K1600 is not for everyone but I have been impressed and still em after 41000 miles. Even at that, I would still buy another 1800 Wing.
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Very nice but I have heard you have to be on CEO wages to afford to service it
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Very nice but I have heard you have to be on CEO wages to afford to service it
I do my own oil changes etc on the K1600. Had the valves checked at 34K for the first time and all were in specs,...cost $520.00. That's my total of repairs and service cost in 41K miles.
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I do my own oil changes etc on the K1600. Had the valves checked at 34K for the first time and all were in specs,...cost $520.00. That's my total of repairs and service cost in 41K miles.
Good to hear so there not that complicated to service
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While the reverse is a nice option I found it not concern for me, I have no problem backing up with the lighter weight of the 1600. BMW should put a functioning set of engine and bag guards on these bikes the zero speed drop is quite costly.


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Sounds like BMW has been listening to GW owners.
ABS Pro, xenon headlight, heated grips and seats, Multi-Controller, cruise control and removable saddlebags and top trunk. New options include Reverse Assist, a reverse gear that is engaged using a button on the left handlebar and controlled using the starter button, and Shift Assistant Pro, which allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts. Other options include the adaptive headlight, Keyless Ride, Hill Hold Control, central locks, forged wheels and a full line of accessories.

http://ridermagazine.com/2016/11/08/...t-look-review/

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BMW should put a functioning set of engine and bag guards on these bikes the zero speed drop is quite costly.
The Golding is one of the rare exceptions when it comes to minimal damage in a tip over. Nearly all my bikes require aftermarket protection to prevent/minimize damage in a tip over, although with a much lighter bike, that situation doesn't happen that often (dropped one bike in the last 15 years).

If there weren't aftermarket options, for protection, I would be concerned, but as this is readily available, I think it's a none issue when you are purchasing a $27K+ bike.

I think BMW has set a very high bar for the Goldwing to follow, I don't think Honda will....

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