Well, my friends... Got the 7.0 upgrade today at Touring Sport in Greenville, SC and.....as I type this... I am one happy bastage.
I rode for a couple of hours after she got juiced and hereís my initial impressions..
Idle was all over the place varying from 800-1500 after the bike was warmed up. Sometimes it would just die.. moving or sitting still. It would sputter, gurgle, spit..Embarrassing at stop lights.
The erratic idling is gone.. No matter what I did today.. bonsai fast or old-codger slow, when I came to a stop she idled at a perfectly steady 1100rpm...No gurgling. Smooth as Angelina Jolieís butt after a long, hot shower.
The bike backfired enough that it was embarrassing.. especially when downshifting from hi revs or any engine braking. Hated to have anyone riding close behind me.. not that that happens often. Doh!
The bike still backfires some but to a much lessor degree... Iíd guess 30-45% less. Not perfect but an improvement. Could it be better?? Yes... but I didnít cringe and salivate like Pavlovís dog every time I chopped the throttle on the way home.
Throttle action was very touchy.. Action was razor quick which made it very hard to be smooth in speed transitions especially when going fast at high rpm..or when the bike was very hot. At times the bike would accelerate and decelerate as if Katherine Hepburn were at the controls.
The word that comes to mind is.. ďlinearĒ. The power-band is much smoother and user friendly. No problem holding a steady speed on or off throttle.. None of the choppiness that I had before.. zero.. nada.. none. I donít know how many of you have installed a Rhinewest chip in your RS, but the difference is just like that...night and day linear smoothness. The new power-band has fewer highs and lows in the 2K-7000rpm range.. itís just about perfect. I had to keep the speeds down on the way home as the Blue Meanies were out in force so I didnít do any running in the higher rev range..
The install took about an hour and since I had complained to BMWNA and already had a case file with them ..they did the install at no charge. If I had NOT complained prior to my visit I would have had to pay for the install. .. and I would have been pissed.
It's a little too soon to say that all the previous problems are gone for good, but it's obvious, at least to me that this new 7.0 software is a vast improvement over the 6.0. It is almost everything I was hoping for. Iíll sleep good tonight.