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    Quote Originally Posted by oiasghar View Post
    Looks like the clutch is on the front of the motor. Interesting! Or I am a complete idiot
    The clutch is beneath the motor, as is a portion of the gearbox. It appears as if you can access the clutch from behind the motor's front cover.

    I bet this engine is significantly more compact than its predecessors.

    I wonder what the wet clutch will add to the tractability of the GS?

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    I notice they have gone to a Permanent magnet alternator. I hope they have the reliability problem fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oiasghar View Post
    Looks like the clutch is on the front of the motor. Interesting! Or I am a complete idiot
    Not an idiot -- the front is a great place to put it -- easy access to service the clutch without having to tear the engine/tranny case apart. Saves axial length in the tranny region, too.

    Another interesting feature is the alternator mounted directly on the rear of the crankshaft -- lots of advantages to that, too, but getting to it for service looks like as bad a job as getting to an oilhead fuel rail or throttle junction box.
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    Who will be the first owner to post pix?
    keep it light enough to travel.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by oiasghar View Post
    Looks like the clutch is on the front of the motor. Interesting! Or I am a complete idiot
    Not just a wet head, but a wet clutch too. No more seperate gearbox for the boxers. The water cooling appears to be used just for the heads, specifically the area around the valves, hence the remaining cooling fins on the cylinders.

    This engine is revolution not evolution. It will be interesting to see the real world ride reports and some long term data on them.
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    Curious how the gear ratios compare to the current 1200GS?
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    any info on price? and is there a GSA model coming?

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    Finally! A wet, multi-plate clutch. Looks like it could be a 30 minute clutch change versus the hours and hours it takes now. This motor looks much more compact than the existing one.

    Now, I need to find a way to cram one of these into my "S".

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    How much for spline and rear end repairs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrugg View Post
    How much for spline and rear end repairs?
    Lots !
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrugg View Post
    How much for spline and rear end repairs?

    How about that final drive ?
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    Mixed feelings. Some things I like, some I don't. Am looking forward to reading reviews and ride reports on how it actually works.
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    These guys crack me up-
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    Same cruddy switchgear as the RT, don't care for the looks, more electronic goo-gaws. On the plus side, TBW and a wet clutch.

    Not feeling new bike fever here, I might feel different in a few years.

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    GS Adventure will be out about a year after the GS debuts, so says the article on the MOA front page.

    A real Cruise Control....THANK YOU!!

    I hope they make this one in a factory low suspension model like the did the Camhead GS.
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