Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oxnard, CA, USA
Y'all aren't looking at it from an engineering point of view, but I guarantee that BMW is. Those old reservoirs are very difficult to machine, and thus very costly. Also, BMW tends to use a lot of common parts across different bikes. So if they can save $20 per reservoir over 100,000 bikes, that's 4 million/year off the bottom line. If they save $50 each, that's $10 million. And if you think cost cutting isn't important in this economy, ask yourself why BMW and other manufacturers are cutting way back on the Cycle World shows.
Also, the new reservoirs are taller but less wide, which makes a big difference on the sportier bikes with much narrower handlebars. Space counts here quite a bit.
Even though BMW is known for their technical innovations, they are still an evolutionary company, with products being refined and improved over time. Some of those improvements are so good that other manufacturers follow suit (ABS), and some turn out to be not so good (power ABS).
If it wasn't for the constant refinement, we'd all be riding K100's. Or air-cooled boxers, for that matter.
But trust me when I say those reservoirs are here to stay. If that makes some folks feel better about keeping their old bike rather than upgrading, then so be it. It is a free market, after all.
'13 Dark Graphite Metallic K16GTLD, 24K miles and counting...
'09 Magnesium Beige Metallic K13GT, 60K miles miles and counting...
'02 Mauve Metallic K12LTC, 106K miles and sold
BMWLT#145, IBA# 366, MOA# 111996, SCMA# 24032
All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .
Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
Last edited by Meese; Feb 14th, 2009 at 3:02 pm.