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    Bill the Cat geisterfahrer's Avatar
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    GS "bill"

    I've been wondering about the ginormous "bill" BMW has put at the front of its GS bikes. You know, that big piece of tupperware that sticks out in front like a bird beak.

    Is it there only for "esthetic" reasons, or is there some other purpose?

    At least on my G650GS, it serves as a housing for the horn...
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    it funnels air to the oil cooler.

    most call it a "beak"... and the bike looks kind weird without it.

    well, for that matter, it looks kinda weird with it, too...

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    It's a styling thing. The beak should resemble the high fenders that offroad motorcycles have, like on this old GS:

    I think BMW copied it from Suzuki, who made this DR BIG in '88:
    -=- if you always see the road ahead of you, it's not worth the trip -=-

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    Without the beak it'd look like a KTM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Philippens View Post
    It's a styling thing. The beak should resemble the high fenders that offroad motorcycles have, like on this old GS:

    I think BMW copied it from Suzuki, who made this DR BIG in '88:
    Good observation.

    You could have posted the second half of this response in the "Jeez, does Triumph have *any* shame?" thread.

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    Purely a styling affectation. Like fins on late 50's cars.
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    What, no one's mentioned down force?

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    I was just about to. The down force generated definitely helps keep the front wheel down during acceleration otherwise it is constantly up in the air!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy View Post
    Good observation.

    You could have posted the second half of this response in the "Jeez, does Triumph have *any* shame?" thread.

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    Heh... Yeah, didn't Suzuki have any shame?

    Hint: The high fender/beak was on the R80 G/S long before the DR-BIG. http://www.bikeexif.com/30-years-of-the-bmw-gs

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    Heh... Yeah, didn't Suzuki have any shame?

    Hint: The high fender/beak was on the R80 G/S long before the DR-BIG. http://www.bikeexif.com/30-years-of-the-bmw-gs
    The high fender yes (like I said), but BMW didn't make it into a beak straight away, did they? Or did I miss something? Not that it really matters anyway. It's all the same in the end. If you look at all the bikes, there's very little that is really original.

    We would have ended up with some crazy looking bikes if everything should be original...
    -=- if you always see the road ahead of you, it's not worth the trip -=-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy View Post
    Good observation.

    You could have posted the second half of this response in the "Jeez, does Triumph have *any* shame?" thread.

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    touch? !!!

    there's a saying in the ad biz that goes "there's nothing new under the sun."

    ian

    ps => man, i wish Suzuki would sell a bike like that here in the US now. Ditto with the Yamaha Tenere 650

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    Purpose?

    It holds the computer's temp sensor, up under the beak and aerodynamics, wind tunnel thing. It needed a beak to flow! I have seen some owners taking the beak off, ugly without it. Nice Suzuki, never seen that one. Randy

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