Incomplete option list
I haven’t been riding motorbikes for a long as some. I followed the part I and II tests, passing, gaining road experience before taking and completing the advanced test in 1985. Since then I have ridden a wide variety of Japanese and European bikes, for commuting, pleasure and tours in all kinds of weather.
In all this time I have found using the single button indicator akin to being a right handed golfer, been given left handed golf clubs or driving from the UK down the South of France in a UK spec right hand drive car needing to stop at each toll booth, where the ticket collection or payment booth are on the left side. Basically awkward, as with the single indicator button that toggles from side to side, sticking out almost half an inch.
It’s not comfortable to the hand or fingers, so for me, it’s in the wrong place and badly designed. Bike manufactures have been for a long time, playing with the placement of this annoying single switch indicator system for years, until BMW did something about it.
They designed an ergonomically indicator switching system around the hand and fingers. For me, I no longer had to lift my hand off the bar grip to turn the indicators on or off and what’s better, you turn right, right thumb, turn left , left thumb, its intuitive, what could be simpler or better. For me, it couldn’t get any better.
I now have a collection of BMW’s and they have all got the same ergonomically designed indicator system, I love it, it’s brilliant in its design and simplicity of use. I don’t want to buy a bike with the single indicator switch, I hate it, it’s annoying to use and I’m not always sure it’s activated correctly! So for me the single indicator switch is distracting, taking my focus away from what I am meant to be doing, it’s dangerous!
So why when BMW have spent a long time and money developing the new GS, didn’t they build into the options list their indicator system? The new GS could be brilliant, but I won’t be buying one, I will probably buy another watch or something else of approximately similar value, that’s engineered, designed and finished in the way I appreciate.
MCN have been good at campaigning for better security and bike manufactures have followed, with the likes of BMW, can MCN now campaign for safer indicator switch system, that replaces the out dated single button system…… I thought BMW had right idea……..