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    2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
    « on: 2015-04-22 04:06:54 »
    Hello all.  I am a newbie to the K1600GTL bikes and this forum, but a long time BMW rider.  I searched the forum for the answer before opening this topic in hopes that the answers were out there.  I apologize if I am opening up a duplicate topic.  I am going to purchase either a 2014 or a 2015 Exclusive in the next couple of weeks.  My salesman says there are no differences between the bikes.  Another salesman told me that there was some slight difference allowing saving of custom settings, but he is no longer around to ask.  I can save quite a bit on the 2014.  I just don't want to get it home and then wish I bought the 15.  If the 2014 is the same, I had better get a deposit on it before it is gone.   If the 2015 has changed, is it worth the extra money?  Any and all advice is welcome.   Thanks in advance!
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      Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
      « Reply #1 on: 2015-04-22 10:01:35 »
      I got my K1600 GTL Exclusive in October 2014.  I don't know about any changes for the 2015 models but all I can say is that mine has every setting, adjustment, gadget, connections, features etc. etc. etc. that you could possibly want !!!!!  I don't fiddle around with settings once I get a bike set up the way I like it so changing settings and saving them doesn't bother or interest me.
      Some advice (based on experience!) - 1. get the (clear) paint protection set if you are planning on doing a lot of touring. Stone chips left a couple on small marks on my fairing. Also, the top of the panniers can get marked by pillion/rider getting on and off.  2. Consider getting a set of pannier protection bars in case you drop it from a stanstill/manoeuvering it (it's a very heavy bike!) - see the topic in the Accessories section (I purchased mine from China). 3. Also in the Accessories topics are tips on cheap pannier protection rubber strips for the side of the cases.   
      I hope the above is of some help. Best of luck with the bike.   
      Éireann go Bráth.

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        Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
        « Reply #2 on: 2015-04-22 10:08:48 »
        AFAIK no changes. The Exclusive was introduced in 2014 so it would be a bit soon. Normally they start changing things after about 3 years.
        Frank (NLD),             BMW K1600 GT Red (2011); top case w/brakelight, comfort package, safety package, F2P, black Wunderlich bars, PDM60, Autocom SPA  |  Other bike: Moto Guzzi V7 850 California (1975)

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          Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
          « Reply #3 on: 2015-04-22 10:09:50 »
          BTW welcome to the forum and congrats on the upcoming purchase.
          Many safe and happy miles.
          Frank (NLD),             BMW K1600 GT Red (2011); top case w/brakelight, comfort package, safety package, F2P, black Wunderlich bars, PDM60, Autocom SPA  |  Other bike: Moto Guzzi V7 850 California (1975)

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            Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
            « Reply #4 on: 2015-04-22 17:10:22 »
            I know of no differences except hopefully a 15 bike wont  suffer from switch or remote fod problems which has been an issue on some 14 ones. Remember its 25 lbs heavier than a normal GTL so adding lots of protective ironware only adds to the fun.   
            « Last Edit: 2015-04-22 18:27:04 by RTman10 »

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              Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
              « Reply #5 on: 2015-04-22 19:54:56 »
              Thanks to everyone for the replies.  As far as the bike being heavy, I currently own my 2nd K1200LT - I do understand heavy.  The Exclusive feels lighter than my K bike, even if it is not.  I also own an R1150RT that makes my K bike seem extra heavy when I switch back to the K.   As far as pannier protection, I planned on that.  I never thought about the paint protection and that will be a must.  I was unaware of the fob problems and I will search and read about those.  I am leaning towards the 2014 and spending the savings on the accessories.  Thanks again for all of the great advice.  Again, any and all advice is very welcome!
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                Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                « Reply #6 on: 2015-04-22 22:31:10 »
                Welcome to the forum.
                According to the current Motorrad magazine, there will be a new Exclusive released with different (bagger style) side bags, different exhaust and changed fairing. They published a few (brand new) spy photos (there have been some blurry pics around for some time, but the new ones are better and show the bike from different sides). It's hard to say if it will be an improvement. I still like the looks of my Exclusive  8)
                No release date published yet, but 2016 is probably a good guess.
                It doesn't have to make sense. It's ok if it's just fun :-)

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                  Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                  « Reply #7 on: 2015-04-23 02:27:45 »
                  I was told that the New 2015 transmission "clunks" less?  Is there backlash in the rear spline?

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                    Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                    « Reply #8 on: 2015-05-03 05:50:43 »
                    Well, I pulled the trigger on a 2015 GTL Exclusive today. Sure is a big change from my K1200LT and my R1150RT.  Hated to see them go, but oh well.  Only got to put about 100 miles on it today, but can't wait to start racking up the miles!   I do believe the transmission is less clunky than the 14, but it may just be I got more used to it.  It seemed smoother right out of the showroom though.  Now I have to pair the new SENA 20's duals and put some miles her.  Can't wait until morning!  Thanks again for all the advice.  Hopefully I can be a contributor soon.
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                      Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                      « Reply #9 on: 2015-05-03 08:14:54 »
                      Don't drive yourself mad trying to pair your second Sena to the bike.  Its not possible.   

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                        Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                        « Reply #10 on: 2015-05-04 22:04:36 »
                        Thanks!  Knew that going in but opted for the Sena vs. BMW because of cost and sound quality.  Still don't have everything paired but I plan on doing that tonight.  Just have bike music so far for the solo ride to work today.
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                          Re: 2014 vs 2015 Exclusive
                          « Reply #11 on: 2015-05-05 02:03:00 »
                          My Sena works well overall but in the mountains it is a bit sketchy.  It works better when I just pair it with my smart phone.  I like the voice hands free voice dialing and the GPS interaction