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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 2011, 2:24 pm Thread Starter
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Berlin Factory Videos

Here are some interesting videos taken at BMW's Berlin factory.


1/5 - Exterior shots & mechanical production
Slant/4 motor machining starts at 4:23
Frame welding starts at 10:30


2/5 - K1600GT 6 cylinders engine assembling
Slant/4 assembly starts at 4:43
Slant/6 assembly starts at 9:40


3/5 - Automatic & craft paint shop


4/5 - K1600GT assembling line
Full K1600GT build


5/5 - Final test & motorcycle packaging
K1600GT dyno test starts at 6:02

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Thanks for this, very interesting. So detailed you could almost see them not tighten the cam drive sprocket bolts properly...
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Thanks for this, very interesting. So detailed you could almost see them not tighten the cam drive sprocket bolts properly...


I did notice the new hollow cams have a single large round-head bolt stuck through the end of the cam, rather than the weakened lobe/flange and two smaller screws used on the Slant/4 engines.

Interesting . . .

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Cool....did you buy one yet?

Interesting to see how many of the current 12/13 design features have carried over. Thankfully NOT the cam! Almost looks like it might hold up for a while.

One thing that is glaringly obvious though. They certainly do have a rather quiet / pretentious / uptight / German attitude going on in their work environment. Not that it's bad bad thing to be focused but..... just sayin'.

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Hey, I heard hammers in the background of one of those videos. That can't be good. Probably one of my future bikes.

I did notice they use women on their graphics. I was at some BMW rally and the Shoei helmet USA honcho was there and he told us they found woman can do graphics far better than men can and it is obvious if you look at their higher end X-12 graphics helmets which seem to have some 3D depth to them in the sunlight. Interesting the Germans found that too.

Like their paint booth robotic stuff, although I found myself saying, "Hey! You missed a spot!"

Yeah, I saw that new cam layout on the 1600 engine. Seems they learned their lesson on the two dogs driving anther gear set and another cam too off one. Too much inertia for what they were moving down the line for those two little ears on the intake cam.

That 1600 engine sure has a lot of very high-pitched whine though. Don't know how I'd like that and probably would need ear plugs to stop that. Maybe a different pipe if that is where the whine is coming from. Never heard a 6 banger Gold Wing make that much high-pitched noise.

I did like that yellow S1000RR at the end though. A bit of ghost flames and it would be hot!


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....That 1600 engine sure has a lot of very high-pitched whine though. ....

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This is their way covering up or adding to the other signature sounds.....you know...the clunk....the grind....the box of rocks....the tap....the chatter....now we have the "whine"! ....NO wait.....that's just the sound of disgruntled owners.

Seriously though it does look like they've at least learned a few lessons from the current GT's. It sure would be nice to see them put something out that gets back into that 6 figure mileage with confidence range. I like the idea of a 5 year unlimited or some such higher mileage warranty. Sure would go a long way towards the confidence factor.

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Seriously though it does look like they've at least learned a few lessons from the current GT's.
Well technically BMW never 'learns a lesson.' They just make totally unrelated, coincidental design changes.
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That 1600 engine sure has a lot of very high-pitched whine though.
That's just the classic K-whine, updated for the new decade.

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Boy, what an unreliable pile of dung the K13 is/was compared to the new bike. Just knowing I may have to replace a timing chain and possibly cams under an extended warranty many, many thousands of miles and years down the road has me convinced to trade this turd now.

I'm sure the K16 won't need a timing chain as the years and miles roll by.....Let's see my Concours did at 67K, my buddies FJ did, etc.

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Really enjoyed the heck out of those videos Ken, thanks so much for posting the links. If I didn't still enjoy my 2008 model GT I'd seriously be in the market for the new bike. And with only 9,000 miles I've hardly even broken it in, right?

What was the substance the engine builders were applying to the blocks and components? I'm speaking specifically of the bright orange brushes. I know what the dots mean from the pens, but I'm unsure about the orange brushes. My guess is oil of some sort.

Great viewing for those of us who are fans of BMW.
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