Originally Posted by stuarth44
That was a good video
Do you think that BMW improved the cruise control on the 2006 ,7,8, K12gt?
I have just despatched the funds for mine(07) to San Francisco, I think by the time I hit the Coast 3-4 weeks from now, it,ll be too late to come much further North ? How late do you ride, or can you ride over your way
About the cruise on the newer K1200GT or K1300GT:
I did a short road test and frankly I was more concerned on noting differences in engine, handling, suspension, brakes.... the cruise-control was not something I tested much on the newer models. When I look at the parts catalog, I see roughly the same components.
The main issue with our cruise-control (2001 to 2005 models) has never been reliability of the cuise-unit, this is pretty much bulletproof. All problems are related to the micro-switches implementation AND the fact that they decided to implement a complex mechanism to shut the cruise when the throttle is forced forward. Like a cruise-control on a car, they could have limited the cruise shutdown to the brake(s) and clutch activation.
About you trip on the west coast:
Riding north 950 miles from San-Francisco will land you in Vancouver (Canada). A fantastic ride where you can follow the west coast. Vancouver and surroundings have very good mild weather until mid-october. Going east from Vancouver (toward Calgary, Toronto, Montreal) can be more problematic as you approach mid-September - it depends on the year. There is no snow until a bit later (in general) but it can get pretty cold over the mountains (between Vancouver and Calgary) ans also in the prairies (east of Calgary).
Where I live, near Monteal, we can ride until the end-of-October. Mornings can be chilly (35 to 50 F , 2 to 10 Celcius) and freezing point can be reached during the night beginning aound mid-October.
Please keep us posted on your trip.