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post #1 of 12 Old Nov 13th, 2010, 3:50 pm Thread Starter
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I was showing my wife the pictures of the K1600s in the latest issue of BMWON. Show looked at the dash picture on page 69 (at least it would be 69 if all the pages had numbers) and said "that looks like something in an old car." So much for the "state-of-the-art" K1600...

The sad part is, I have to agree with her. Why go retro on the dash for such a technologically advanced motorcycle?

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It's simply state-of-the-art electronics and full-color displays wrapped in a Retro design.

I'm not sure it's my favorite style either but honestly, it's such a small part of the overall riding experience that I really don't care too much . . .

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Easy-to-read, big, round gauges may be retro for a reason. They just work. Personally, I like the mixture of retro and high-tech. The end results tends to be a bit classier. It's when designers shoot for something to look bleeding-edge and/or futuristic ... it just ends up looking contrived and almost silly. And, it's out-dated VERY quickly.

Just me two pence worth.
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Easy-to-read, big, round gauges may be retro for a reason. They just work. Personally, I like the mixture of retro and high-tech. The end results tends to be a bit classier. It's when designers shoot for something to look bleeding-edge and/or futuristic ... it just ends up looking contrived and almost silly. And, it's out-dated VERY quickly.

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Have a look at clocks on the 7 series bimmer... you will see a similarity. Classically elegant.
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It's simply state-of-the-art electronics and full-color displays wrapped in a Retro design.

I'm not sure it's my favorite style either but honestly, it's such a small part of the overall riding experience that I really don't care too much . . .
No doubt the technology is state-of-the-art, but the wide, cheesy plastic around the gauges and display just has the cheap kitchen appliance look to me. I like large analog gauges, but if you look at many modern cars this is done in a nice integrated display without the cheesy wide separators. I think BMW could have made the 1600 dash look like something out of a modern car or airplane instead of looking like a 60s Buick.

Something like the instrument design of the Hyundai Genesis for example. http://www.hyundaigenesis.com/sedan/#/gallery/

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It reminds me of a juke box. You can have classy and even retro that look classy. Triumph have done some nice panels. Keeping it in house, there wasn't much wrong with the '09 RT panel.
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Like a 1965 Mustang?


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Easy-to-read, big, round gauges may be retro for a reason. They just work. Personally, I like the mixture of retro and high-tech. The end results tends to be a bit classier. It's when designers shoot for something to look bleeding-edge and/or futuristic ... it just ends up looking contrived and almost silly. And, it's out-dated VERY quickly.

Just me two pence worth.
I agree, it is not a design, at least from my perspective, where one heading out for a ride one day will say, what was I thinking.

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I'm not sure it's my favorite style either but honestly, it's such a small part of the overall riding experience that I really don't care too much . . .
It may be a small part of the overall package but it is the bit I will be looking at to get info from on a regular basis and the design is pants! What is with the all square bits just thrown on, why not make it look good (symetrical)?
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Speedo and Tacho should be the same size, why change a design that works? Just because you can does not make it a good idea! If you want retro what about the K100?

Ooh, ooh and while I'm on a rant; the speedo should be on the right with the tacho on left for heaven's sake.
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Like a 1965 Mustang?

It"s not BMW that is retro, that is 1965 Mustang that is so ahead of time...
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