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Old 10-24-2003, 06:43 AM   #21
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The purpose of the "swining" arm is to fend off the non-BMW riding swine you may encounter.
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Old 10-24-2003, 08:25 AM   #22
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Right. It serves to keep the "hogs" away. This feature is only effective on approaches from aft of the beam (that's from directly to the right and the left, and back fo all of you nautically-challenged).



For approaches forward of the beam, it has the trick front "porks".
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Old 10-24-2003, 08:52 AM   #23
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I agree. Even if it isn't at the absolute cutting edge it's still a big step in the right direction for them. It would be cool to see some competitive sportbikes come out of Germany. KTM seems to be getting pretty serious too.
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:04 AM   #24
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The dogs I just bought my K1200GT. It'll take me 2 years to convince my wife I need to upgrade! Might be a good thing I now won't have to upgrade the headlight to a HID, I'll wait. Or mavbe not.
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:05 AM   #25
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I'm very much underwhelmed. Styling that looks not much different from every other big-bore hyperbike out there. A transmission that goes through a 90-deg turn at some point so they can run a shaft (shaft made sense in the K and R bikes... not so much with an across the frame engine). And while its great to see new ideas for front suspension and control, is that "Hossack" design really that much different a concept to the venerable girder forks of yore (and current chopper fame) and worth all the ink that will be spilled in its favor? I just hope they give it a cool name. "Blunderbuss" comes to mind.
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:35 AM   #26
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Dude! He called you a pu$$!!!
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Old 10-24-2003, 09:39 AM   #27
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R1150 GS rider here who would be happy to put the (on target) criticism to better use even if just to fantasize about replacement/additional bikes, but why won't more companies put some kind of ABS on more of their model lines? Am I the only one with such limited pretensions to professional brake modulation ability and with such unpredictable riding enviroment that ABS is an ass-saver, not a nuisance?



And note to MO staff - with specs on bikes, why not some kind of index of how insurance companies rate them? We all talk about cost, but when I was comparing two bikes that I actually could fantasize about - the Honda VFR and the Ducati ST4 ABS, guess which one I "couldn't afford'? The Honda with a $4,000 annual premium. Overall, the Ducati looked like a bargain at $1,900. So, in the real world, how the unpredictable insurance companies rate bikes is as important to ongoing affordability than the Sticker price.



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Old 10-24-2003, 10:25 AM   #28
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Yeah, I agree. ABS is good. BMW's may have some wierd points, but their latest brake systems are freakin' awesome. As for the insurance, I feel your pain, which is why I don't insure for collision/theft etc. anymore -- just straight liability, as much as they'll give me. $200 a year usually does it for my bikes.
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:13 AM   #29
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If you look at the frame pic (3) there seems to be no end how low you can go. How 'bout a seat height of 10" anyone?



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Old 10-24-2003, 11:16 AM   #30
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They are not overweight or overpriced either, at least in comparison to german women.



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