OLD V NEW
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