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Why new isn’t always better!

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It’s been a while since posting but thought I would share.
Bought my RNineT is 2015 and have covered 22k miles so far. It’s still in my possession.
Just taken delivery of a 2023 RNineT and just turned the key not a few hours ago. Immediately didn’t like the feel of the new throttle and the sound is just terrible. Bike feels very sanitised compared to my old trusty.
Took a short spin and is nowhere near as engaging or agricultural as the older bike which was a lot of the charm.
It’s not that my old bike has suffered or deteriorated over the years as it felt this way from new and the bike is still standard

Now what to do. Double down and get an exhaust (easier said than down in the new Euro 5 bikes apparently) or live with it and see what happens? I already know how much less of a bike it feels than the older one so I don’t think it will get better without some serious intervention. And the lack of feel through the throttle! What’s that all about
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Interesting. I wonder whether we have more people in the forum who had a chance to notice that. (Most here probably only own one, and “that’s the one”, you know) I had similar experiences with recent generations of the same car.

Euro 5 is a b*tch, not too much the manufacturers can do if they want to comply and therefore be legal - and sell their product. The noise levels have a tight limit (also different jurisdictions in Europe have started to rule that bikes over 95db are now just illegal on their roads, see Tyrol in Austria), and the emission limits are also challenging for the engineers. That’s why for a long time it was unclear whether BMW would even be able to come up with an upgraded nineT version that’s Euro5 compliant. It took them quite a while to figure this out. (But they did, and only lost 1 hp…)

But ateotd still probably better than an electric bike, right? ‘Cause in the long run, it looks like that’s our future, unfortunately.

PS: found an older long thread where this was already discussed in detail: Euro 5 2021 RNineT - test ride impressions
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0-100km/h in 3s,…. Why need to go faster??
Famous Rallye driver Walter Röhrl: „Beim Beschleunigen müssen die Tränen der Ergriffenheit waagerecht zum Ohr hin abfließen"

“Upon acceleration, the tears of emotion must flow horizontally towards the ears”

That’s why!
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