To date, attempting to signal the direction of your intended turn whilst riding a BMW precipitated the following sequence of events: Horn honk; confusion induced wobble; signal in the wrong direction; confusion induced wobble; horn honk; turn while signaling in wrong direction; horn honk; signal in correct direction post turn; horn honk; continuing to signal; signal cancelled. But no longer, the company has finally brought its indicator switch mechanism in line with that of every other manufacturer.
We actually kid. While certainly unique, we never had a problem with
BMW's old system and fear that it's fallen victim to the increasingly
endemic Companies Listening to Old Fart Journalists Syndrome. You see,
tasked with not only stuffing themselves with all the free food and
drink they can fit in their surprisingly large stomachs, motorcycle
journalists also find themselves needing to review multiple bikes after
spending only a few minutes in the saddle of each. Afraid of actually
criticizing the machines themselves for fear of loosing their access to
those free meals, the old fart journalists instead find silly little
niggles to complain about. The BMW indicator switches were one of those
niggles. Just like iDrive, if you employed a small fraction of your
brain's capacity, you could figure them out in about 30 seconds. But
that 30 seconds of time was enough to spoil the day of many a crotchety
old man, so now BMW riders will have to switch on their indicators just
like everyone else.