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    2019 Wethead 1254cc Engine

    Some information about the new Wethead 1254cc engine: https://riders.drivemag.com/news/ent...ampaign=Riders
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    2019 Wethead 1254cc Engine

    Nine more horses. Now if itís a variable timing one thatís a significant upgrade. Without they it's certainly not enough of an upgrade to make me change from my '17. But a welcomed upgrade for one in the market for a R bike.


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    From the linked article: "... their entire R-suffixed line-up ..." Um, R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure, R1250R, R1250RS and R1250RT all have R prefixes

    Also, "... we could expect to see Munich going further down this road." BMW Motorrad is based in Berlin.

    These kind of easily avoidable factual errors make the entire article itself suspect in my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    From the linked article: "... their entire R-suffixed line-up ..." Um, R1250GS, R1250GS Adventure, R1250R, R1250RS and R1250RT all have R prefixes

    Also, "... we could expect to see Munich going further down this road." BMW Motorrad is based in Berlin.

    These kind of easily avoidable factual errors make the entire article itself suspect in my mind.
    I don't recall BMW changing the complete line up in the past all at the same time. Earlier info on the new engine had it coming out for the RT only and wasn't it 150 horses all made possible by variable timing?

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    People are free to guess all they want. Until there is info published directly from BMW, take anything about the new motor with a grain of salt...
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    Another story from a link in the S1000R upgrade post in Hotheads.
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...2-2019-s1000rr

    The GS has traditionally been the first model to come out in any new intro. RT next and Roadster last, not sure where the RS falls into the mix

    https://www.cycleworld.com/2019-bmw-...covered#page-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by strataj View Post
    Earlier info on the new engine had it coming out for the RT only and wasn't it 150 horses all made possible by variable timing?

    Jay
    I think the RT was used as a test mule because it was easier to hide most of the new engine with the large fairing.
    I was hoping all the 150 HP rumors were true, but I figured a 25 HP increase would be too good to be true.
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    Looks like it'll be less than a month until we find out: http://www.intermot-cologne.com/home/index-4.php
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    Which bikes will get the new engine? I believe it would be cheaper to go on forward with only two boxer engines instead of three. Since they haven't announced next years colour for the RT, RS, R and GS, my guess is that all will have the new engine. The bikes with the non wethead have already been announced by BMW.

    I don't care much for 150hp if I will rarely use it. IMO, VVT will probably bring more low end torque and mid range than high end power.
    I would consider replacing my bike in 2020 with a new RT if the new engine comes out in 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patm View Post
    Which bikes will get the new engine?.
    All 5 Wetheads will get the new engine in 2019.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    All 5 Wetheads will get the new engine in 2019.
    Yes, it seems that way. Here's a link to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) document dated 8/30/2018 which specifically states that:

    https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad...254_0d8_hn.pdf
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    But, and this is of vital importance, what clever nickname will be have for it? Big head, fat head since it will be a bit bigger to hold the variable mechanism. Shifty head, (if there are reliabilty problems then a slight change might be in order) Varihead?

    Rod

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    Fathead! That's the one!!!
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    VVTWetHead is too long, I say VETHead. Say it with your favorite Bavarian accent
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    Quote Originally Posted by rguy View Post
    VVTWetHead is too long, I say VETHead. Say it with your favorite Bavarian accent
    +1 perfect

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