Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Nibley, Utah, USA
Horsepower means nothing on a touring or sport-touring bike, unless your definition of sport-touring is crossing the country doing one quarter-mile run after another. Torque means everything to the sport-tourer, it is what pulls you effortlessly up a hill when packing double and gives you a usable launch exiting a corner. Trimming 14hp from the "S" motor will be a good thing if it results in more mid-range torque.
A better question is what BMW plans to do about the general buzzines and unrefined feel that the S, and presumably the new GT, exhibit in comparison to the old K1200GT and to a lesser extent the FJR1300. All I-4 engines have an inherent buzz from their lack of perfect primary balance,a lack that can be helped but not cured with balance shafts. On the old K1200RS/GT this was eliminated via rubber-mounting. So the real question is what's the engine mounting system on the new GT? Rubber? Or solid? If the latter, then can we expect the new GT to exhibit at highway speeds the same lack of refinement, that feeling of "busy-ness" that has the rider constantly searching for a 7th gear, that the S already exhibits??