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post #21 of 241 (permalink) Old 04-Apr-2019, 12:49 PM (742)
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Here is a link to a quite thorough riding review of this bike. They do mention "engine noise ( not in a bad way ).

https://advrider.com/2019-bmw-r-1250...ent=04_02_2019

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The engine note is somewhat muted. It emits a nice smooth growl and tells you itís really not working hard to do the job you are asking it to do. Frankly, itís somewhat ďagriculturalĒ sounding and I mean that in the best sense of the word. You can hear the engine internals working while doing their job. Itís a reassuring sound that the engine is not all that stressed. Youíll likely hear the engine working more than you will hear the exhaust or intake howling. So if the feel and sound of a howling engine are really important to you, the GSA will not float your boat. But if you are more concerned about getting from A to B without drama and with ease, the ShiftCam BMW comes through in spades.

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You're certainly not the only one with this complaint: I am collecting now several similar declarations from new owners of a GS 1250 and most members of the GS blogs I visit, do complain about the irritating noise... However, as my French dealer puts it :"most of his clients don't hear any abnormal noises at all, especially so when upscaling from an oil/air cooled GS, when they are of the opinion that "all" mechanical noises are typical for the watercooled engine... ".

Every time I do collect a new snippet of information reg. this problem I send it to my Belgian dealer who transmits it immediately to BMW in Berlin.
The more complaints are registered, the sooner some reaction may be expected from the manufacturer (who is known to only come into action when it's no more avoidable).
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Add me to the list as well. Very disconcerting for an otherwise wonderful machine.
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It would be nice to know what is causing this strange noise. On every ride I am thinking 'this doesn't sound right'. An explanation would alleviate my concerns.
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There is a discussion in the german GS-Forum too.
It seems, that the gear, that drives the camshaft has too much clearance to its neighbor gear. BMW is going to change the camshaft driving gear in one case I read about. There is no feedback yet, how it worked out. I will tell, if I get to know more.

The 1250 I drove did not make any more noise, than my 1200. I think it was even less noisy.

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There is a discussion in the german GS-Forum too.
It seems, that the gear, that drives the camshaft has too much clearance to its neighbor gear. BMW is going to change the camshaft driving gear in one case I read about. There is no feedback yet, how it worked out. I will tell, if I get to know more.

The 1250 I drove did not make any more noise, than my 1200. I think it was even less noisy.

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Can you please provide me with the link to the German blog ?

I can read German, but couldn't find the forum you're referring to.

Thanks in advance.
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There is a discussion in the german GS-Forum too.
It seems, that the gear, that drives the camshaft has too much clearance to its neighbor gear. BMW is going to change the camshaft driving gear in one case I read about. There is no feedback yet, how it worked out. I will tell, if I get to know more.

The 1250 I drove did not make any more noise, than my 1200. I think it was even less noisy.

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Thanks for the information.

I suspect that might be a different noise since drive to the camshafts (and valves) would not make a different noise when the engine is under load. I'm suspecting the noise is more of a big end, small end or piston slap type of noise (although I acknowledge that modern pistons don't have much of a skirt to slap).

The mystery continues.
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A "piston slap" like voice my GS 1200 LC makes at about 80 MpH. It is not very lound, but it sounds awful and is normal.
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The R1250 engine is considerably quieter at start up and tick over than the R1200. 'Cleverly' BMW have moved the noise further up the rev range. Presumably engine noise couldn't be eliminated so they 'moved it about a bit'.
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