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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

To look at, the new Euro4 GS is not much dif­fer­ent to its Euro3 fore­bear. The main changes have been made to the gear­box and shaft-drive in an at­tempt to smooth out the GS fur­ther. Be­fore the test I thought these up­grades would be im­pos­si­ble to de­tect when out on the road, but I was wrong.

I no­ticed the im­proved smooth­ness straight away. The gear changes are much smoother, it falls into gear lightly, even more so with the gear shift as­sist (quick-shifter) sys­tem. There is no clunk­ing or no­tice­able jolts from the shaft-drive it’s just very smooth. When rid­ing the old and the new bike back to back you ap­pre­ci­ate the changes im­me­di­ately and they are very wel­come.

Con­fus­ingly, this isn’t the full-on 2017 BMW. Think of it more as a stop-gap for Euro4 com­pli­ance. BMW’S 2017 ma­chine is ex­pected in show­rooms early next year.

They’re the same to look at but the new bike is so much smoother on the move

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