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Have a R1200GS TB and an R nineT, both MY2016.

The GS sounds like it's got a bucket of bolts loose in it. In comparion, the nineT almost hums...

Perhaps I should put an Akra pipe on the GS...
 

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On my '17 GSA, the noise is coming up through the big hollow in the fairing for the forks. It's a combination of tire noise and engine noise. My buddy has a '16 RT and his sounds like a turbine when he pulls away from me, when I'm setting on my bike. I've got to ride his RT and compare to the GSA.

I'm getting used to it - not bad, just different. Funny, my wife has a '17 GSA and she has not mentioned anything about the noise but she's used to a KTM690 and Husky 310 both on knobbies.
 

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I found different brand front tyres (tires?) make a difference to the noise emanating from the front of the bike. The original Anakee 3's were particularly noisy. I am now running Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail and they are considerably quieter. I agree with the posts in regards wearing ear plugs to make it into the perfect bike!!! The noise in 64,000 kilometres has not changed ...
 

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I found different brand front tyres (tires?) make a difference to the noise emanating from the front of the bike. The original Anakee 3's were particularly noisy. I am now running Michelin Pilot Road 4 Trail and they are considerably quieter. I agree with the posts in regards wearing ear plugs to make it into the perfect bike!!! The noise in 64,000 kilometres has not changed ...
It just sounds mechanical, like a bucket of bolts. :wink2:
 

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I have a 2016 with 52,000 miles

My noise description: Not a vibration or rattle. Sounds a little like cyclic "rasping" or running a belt sander over concrete, except less intense.

Mine is intermittent. Doesn't happen until the engine is warm. The sound typically gets loud around 3K rpm. It happens across all gears (usually I'm in 3rd or 4th). I can still hear it at lower rpms, but it is quieter and the sound repetition is slower.

The sound might last 5 minutes or an hour. Seems to come and go somewhat randomly. It is very obvious when it goes away.

It is worse under load, but when parked at idle I can just barely hear it under the normal engine noise, if it is present.
 

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I test rode a new GS this weekend (my third test in the last two years) and the engine noise was horrible. I thought I could get past it but before I finally put on ear plugs, it was almost a deal breaker. My ride home was such a pleasure on my 2010 GSTC, with its throaty exhaust and virtually silent motor (at freeway speeds) and in town the steady thrumming is music to my ears. I liked everything else about the new bike and I have a 2017 on order, but it's still clawing in the back of my mind whether or not I can live with the clatter. I'm really disappointed with BMW that they let their new motor sound so bad. I'm hoping maybe next year they'll address this with some sound deadening material or something. A $23K machine should have the sound of precision as all previous BMW's have had since day one. IMO it's the worst sounding motor in the industry. Granted, at full throttle the exhaust overshadows it, but cruising through town with no load on the motor, it's downright embarrassing. Shame on you BMW, get it fixed.
The year 2020 and the new 1250 engines are still noisy. Not as noisy as the 1200 but still a disgusting cacophony of noise that it seems only us BMW owners seem to put up with. If a car made the same noise it would be returned as faulty and a refund.
 
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