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    Picked up my new 2022 BMW R18 Bagger a couple of weeks ago. Just took it for the first service yesterday. On my first ride out, the warning indicator was telling me to get the bike to service. It went out automatically after a few hours and never came back. The service department checked and didnít see any issues.

    I have notes that the BMW Motorrad Connected App loses connection for Map mode after a short period. As part of the service yesterday, they did provide a software update as apparently one is already available. Also, there is one coming for all TFT equipped bikes in November that is intended to address a number of issues. As part of my visit yesterday, also had engine bars installed.

    Rode home after service yesterday and didnít have any issues. Really loving this bike. Iím coming from a 2011 1600GTL
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    Hav no idea why pics are upside down.

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    Looks great- even upside down. Picture orientation problems usually are due to the interpretation of how the pictures were taken and the camera vs the forum.
    Hope you have good luck with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    Picked up my new 2022 BMW R18 Bagger a couple of weeks ago. Just took it for the first service yesterday. On my first ride out, the warning indicator was telling me to get the bike to service. It went out automatically after a few hours and never came back. The service department checked and didnít see any issues.
    Maybe the bike date was wrong and it reset itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    Hav no idea why pics are upside down.
    I was able to re-upload pictures that are now properly oriented.
    Current bike: 2022 R18 B
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    I was able to re-upload pictures that are now properly oriented.
    Looks like BMW may have skipped the torture seat theory and made it comfortable right out of the crate
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    Picked up my new 2022 BMW R18 Bagger a couple of weeks ago. Just took it for the first service yesterday. On my first ride out, the warning indicator was telling me to get the bike to service. It went out automatically after a few hours and never came back. The service department checked and didnít see any issues.

    I have notes that the BMW Motorrad Connected App loses connection for Map mode after a short period. As part of the service yesterday, they did provide a software update as apparently one is already available. Also, there is one coming for all TFT equipped bikes in November that is intended to address a number of issues. As part of my visit yesterday, also had engine bars installed.

    Rode home after service yesterday and didnít have any issues. Really loving this bike. Iím coming from a 2011 1600GTL
    Thanks for the heads up on the update. I'm still a few hundred miles from the break in service. They ride like a dream, don't they? It has taken me a bit to get used to the dry clutch. I have also had a bit of trouble with the app and connecting. They need a bit more polish on the trip planning aspect on the app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    Picked up my new 2022 BMW R18 Bagger a couple of weeks ago. Just took it for the first service yesterday. On my first ride out, the warning indicator was telling me to get the bike to service. It went out automatically after a few hours and never came back. The service department checked and didnít see any issues.

    I have notes that the BMW Motorrad Connected App loses connection for Map mode after a short period. As part of the service yesterday, they did provide a software update as apparently one is already available. Also, there is one coming for all TFT equipped bikes in November that is intended to address a number of issues. As part of my visit yesterday, also had engine bars installed.

    Rode home after service yesterday and didnít have any issues. Really loving this bike. Iím coming from a 2011 1600GTL
    Nice RIde. I'd like to pick your brain for a bit if you don't mind. I'm from the k1600 crowd as well and have been considering a bagger or TC, but all I hear is bad stuff about it. I get it, most will defend their particular bike and bash anything new, but from one k1600 rider to another, how is the feel? Have you taken any long-distance rides in it? Do you find you have any issues with excessive heat on your legs/feet? What about foot placement, any issues stretching out?
    Thanks, and again.. nice looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgebri60 View Post
    Nice RIde. I'd like to pick your brain for a bit if you don't mind. I'm from the k1600 crowd as well and have been considering a bagger or TC, but all I hear is bad stuff about it. I get it, most will defend their particular bike and bash anything new, but from one k1600 rider to another, how is the feel? Have you taken any long-distance rides in it? Do you find you have any issues with excessive heat on your legs/feet? What about foot placement, any issues stretching out?
    Thanks, and again.. nice looking bike.
    Me too; very happy with my K-GT. I use it part-time to haul our camper from event to event... I've put folding Ilium Works foot-pegs on the crash bars so I can extend my legs periodically on long trips & I love my taxi-beads. Have They come up with such a system for the 1800s? Pour Moi, that's crucial!
    FWIW, I tested a K16B and was suitably impressed, but a BMW mechanic in Texas told me explicitly not to pull a trailer with that bike because it's been lowered by the engineers... So, I shopped for used 16s in the metro DC area, and found a good deal at one of four dealerships!

    We saw a whole truckload of R18s at Barber's Vintage Days in Oct, but I had no need or desire to go test ride one. What pushes your buttons with this particular bike? BTW, we, Team-HSV are both LDRs and we tour for pleasure everywhere. We did ~20K this summer on our various machines (olde & new). https://www.barbermuseum.org/monthly-events/
    Happy Travels on your New Big Beast {which is even more Bigger than my bigly beast}!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgebri60 View Post
    Nice RIde. I'd like to pick your brain for a bit if you don't mind. I'm from the k1600 crowd as well and have been considering a bagger or TC, but all I hear is bad stuff about it. I get it, most will defend their particular bike and bash anything new, but from one k1600 rider to another, how is the feel? Have you taken any long-distance rides in it? Do you find you have any issues with excessive heat on your legs/feet? What about foot placement, any issues stretching out?
    Thanks, and again.. nice looking bike.
    What can I say? I bought the bike in September and have only put about 2000km on it. Iím looking forward to putting more mileage next year and also have longer trips. So far, I am impressed. Itís heavy initially but once you get moving, the weight disappears. Seating and foot placement is very comfortable. Iím 6í6Ē with a 34Ē inseam. I have not had any issue with comfort - yet. I also have not felt compelled to put my legs out. I actually had that more on my GTL. I have not had any issue with the heat coming from the cylinders but can say, it does get hot.
    Current bike: 2022 R18 B
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchandler View Post
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    K1600GT to the TC

    Quote Originally Posted by jorgebri60 View Post
    Nice RIde. I'd like to pick your brain for a bit if you don't mind. I'm from the k1600 crowd as well and have been considering a bagger or TC, but all I hear is bad stuff about it. I get it, most will defend their particular bike and bash anything new, but from one k1600 rider to another, how is the feel? Have you taken any long-distance rides in it? Do you find you have any issues with excessive heat on your legs/feet? What about foot placement, any issues stretching out?
    Thanks, and again.. nice looking bike.
    I also came from a K1600GT. I only had it a year and change but Im glad I made the switch. The GT was too tall and top heavy. Living in a wetter climate (PNW), I need to be able to put both feet flat on the ground when needed. With a 31"inseam, I could only put one flat or two tip toes. The TC is low enough that it feels lighter than the GT. The turning radius is a bit wider on the TC, especially when backing up. Its hard to see behind me when backing up due to the handle bar width and style. I haven't done anything more than a couple hours of riding in one shot but the engine heat wasn't a problem for me. I did have one instance of engine overheating but I think that was my fault for not being used to the bike just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfengstad View Post
    Picked up my new 2022 BMW R18 Bagger a couple of weeks ago. Just took it for the first service yesterday. On my first ride out, the warning indicator was telling me to get the bike to service. It went out automatically after a few hours and never came back. The service department checked and didnít see any issues.

    I have notes that the BMW Motorrad Connected App loses connection for Map mode after a short period. As part of the service yesterday, they did provide a software update as apparently one is already available. Also, there is one coming for all TFT equipped bikes in November that is intended to address a number of issues. As part of my visit yesterday, also had engine bars installed.

    Rode home after service yesterday and didnít have any issues. Really loving this bike. Iím coming from a 2011 1600GTL
    Congrats! I picked up my R18 TC FE in October as well. I came from a K1600 Grand America.

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