I realize i need more time under my belt coming from a S 1000RR.
That's quite a change...
Maybe I just need more experience or time on the bike but something about first gear or even the throttle....its physically not snappy like a sports bike. More like a soft roll.
BMW softened the throttle in 2018 compared to earlier bikes. Bren Tuning
can take care of that
Problem I am having is, I am trying to re learn how to give this bike a smooth throttle. Somewhere between 1-8% throttle there is like an engine catch. I notice this more exaggerated when your at a high RPM and you down shift...if you hit a slight bump on the road and rotate your wrist a bit thats enough for the bike to react somewhat jerky motion. I guess what I am trying to say I wish there was some more tension in the throttle but I get it its a cruiser we dont want sore wrist lol.
Play with the different ride modes Rain, Road, Dynamic, which alter the throttle response somewhat. These riding modes can be changed while stopped, or on the fly by pushing the Mode button to select the new riding mode, then briefly pulling in the clutch and dropping the engine to idle until it switches (a second or two).
And sometimes, it's just putting a few miles on to learn the subtleties of a new bike.
Also, I havent figured out how to set the digital speedometer they said to turn off the radio but still see nothing just that the radio is muted now.
You have to enable the digital speedo using the menus and Scroll Wheel. Push the Menu button several times until you get to the Settings menu. Use the ScrollWheel to select User, then push the ScrollWheel right to select that menu. Move to Background and select, then move to Speedo and select. Push the ScrollWheel to the left to move back up the menu tree.
Which setting sets the softest suspension? I was messing around with road alot all felt the same fells like the bike just raise or lowered my position.
Comfort, Normal, Sport modes adjust damping rates, and can be changed while riding. Rider, Rider with Luggage, and Passenger with Luggage adjust the preload (ride height), and the bike must be stopped before the menu to make those changes appears.
Lastly, the handle bars. I dont have large hands but the bar feel thinner to grab. Almost like grabbing a noodle compared to a bat. Is that just my experience?
BMW does like it's skinny grips...
Solutions include Grab On Grip covers
, Grip Buddies
, wrapping with tennis racket tape, or replacing the grips with something larger.
And yeah, we've all been there. Most of us just sat down and read the BMW manual to get the answers we needed...