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My first 40 mile report!

I realize i need more time under my belt coming from a S 1000RR.


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.
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.



Does that make any sense to anybody?


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.


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.




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?

Wish I had some back-lit LED lights on my control handle

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Wow that’s quite the switch in extremes. That 1k is a beast. Assuming you have played with the tuning modes. Rain, road, dynamic? For me rain is smoothest and around town in traffic I often prefer this bc it’s smoother and I dont need/want to jump forward.

Been a while since my busa/zx12/Zx14r days. But I remember the snap you are talking about. Back then I wanted MORE snap. I guess I’m settling down. Lol

Had 2014 gtl premium spring 17 - winter 2019 (rode 25k miles). Bought used Wing to try out (10k miles), Nah-too boring and slow. Like GTL better, bought another GTL. Ha.
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Would this fix my handle bar issue?


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Wow thatís quite the switch in extremes. That 1k is a beast. Assuming you have played with the tuning modes. Rain, road, dynamic? For me rain is smoothest and around town in traffic I often prefer this bc itís smoother and I dont need/want to jump forward.

Been a while since my busa/zx12/Zx14r days. But I remember the snap you are talking about. Back then I wanted MORE snap. I guess Iím settling down. Lol



Hmmm good Idea i havent tried rain mode yet..just Road.

Wish I had some back-lit LED lights on my control handle
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I realize i need more time under my belt coming from a S 1000RR.
That's quite a change...


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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 for you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...
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Yes. There are a couple choices out there. Not sure what these skinny grips say about Germans.
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I put these on my first GTL in 2012 and bought a fresh pair for my 2016 GTL. A little shaving cream on the inside or a squirt of compressed air will let them slide right on.
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I love the BeemerBuddies/ GripBuddies. It fixes the small diameter grip problem. It will dull the heat coming through grip heaters, but it is totally worth it.

You can buy direct also. I have been through several sets. The most recent ones seem to have lasted a lot longer than the first ones I had on my Kawi C14.

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U need to do a Search for Euro 4 compliance that is what is causing your throttle to feel shall we say lagging or not crisp.


It can be fixed with a Bren tune but personally you need to ride it more.

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Wizard, grip puppies will take care of the tiny grip syndrome install them with hair spray on the inside of the grip puppies they will slide right on then stick. Throttle response sucks on the 17 and on k bikes Bren tuning is your friend. I have a grand America ride in dynamic engine mode and road mode on suspension setting. Enjoy your new ride 👍
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