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post #1 of 12 Old Nov 6th, 2010, 7:36 am Thread Starter
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Motor Heat Mangagement On A 6 Cylinder

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While drooling over the lovely lines of the new GT/L, it occurred to me that BMW designers/engineers may have designed the body-work/faring to greatly eliminate the engine heat produced from such a large power-plant.

I currently ride (among others, including 3 BMW's) a Honda ST1300A. Although it is a great motorcycle, someone did not think of rider comfort as far as motor ventilation. When it is really warm, the engine heat will literally cook my left ankle. I always wear all the gear all the time, so my left foot and ankle are protected from too much heat (1st degree burns).

Of course we will have to patiently wait for test rides and evaluations, but it would appear that BMW designers have taken rider heat into consideration. As in some of their other designs, perhaps the engine heat is distributed at the bottom of the faring structure. If you notice the rather large cut-outs towards the bottom of the faring for the outside cylinders and the fact that the faring does not continue its lines all the way to the foot pegs.
Time will tell the final outcome, but it sure is fun to think about this motorcycle.

Thanks. Any thoughts?

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I had a K1300GT as a loaner for 2 days and did some highway runs and city riding and felt zero heat from the engine. I suspect the K16 will be the same, but until we start reading riding reviews, we'll just have to wait.
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My '06 GT and '10 Concours14 are both excellent at deflecting heat away from the rider(s). I don't see that this 1600 will be any different ... but only time will tell.
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Interestingly, I test rode earlier model Concours 14 (I am not sure if 08 or 09 model) and had heat on my legs :-) I wonder if it was fixed at model year 2010?
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My '06 GT and '10 Concours14 are both excellent at deflecting heat away from the rider(s). I don't see that this 1600 will be any different ... but only time will tell.

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Interestingly, I test rode earlier model Concours 14 (I am not sure if 08 or 09 model) and had heat on my legs :-) I wonder if it was fixed at model year 2010?
That is correct, it was fixed on the 2010 model. The redesigned body work not only looks cooler ... it IS cooler.
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I bought a 2003 FJR when they were first available and man that was a rather warm one too. Two years later I traded it for the 2005 FJR and it was better but, not perfect. I sold the 05 and moved on but, from what I have read they have been toned down a lot through the use of materials that reflect heat placed under the gas tank and on the panels.

Hope the GTL has a much "cooler chassis"..........

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With six linear pistons, the inner four are going to generate a lot of heat. I imagine they thought that through very carefully. I hope they get the plumbing right the first time out of the gate.

I am a little bit worried that both the European and US debuts were dry runs, no riding. I guess we will have to just wait and see.

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With six linear pistons, the inner four are going to generate a lot of heat. I imagine they thought that through very carefully. I hope they get the plumbing right the first time out of the gate.

I am a little bit worried that both the European and US debuts were dry runs, no riding. I guess we will have to just wait and see.
Well i would say there is plenty of riding already done over seas. I just typed in K1600GTL in youtube & got all THIS . Looks like 6 pages to look at.

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I don't think the CBX was water cooled was it? It did pretty well for it's day and made 100.0 n.p.

It pretty well confirms from these pages on you tube that the K12 is no longer the premier touring bike from BMW any longer?

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I don't think the CBX was water cooled was it?
The CBX is air cooled, but the engine is much more exposed so you did get good air flow.

I'm not worried about heat on the Slant/6. This is one area that BMW has down pat.

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I like the sound. Almost like a heavy silenced gas turbine.

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I like the sound. Almost like a heavy silenced gas turbine.
Plus one on that score. Finally a BMW I can get real excited about exhaust note.

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