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Old 10-24-2003, 11:26 AM   #31
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They haven't been really that stagnant. They developed the most powerfull engine in the ultimate motorsport, F1, waxing the butts of for example Honda and Toyota in every race. I bet some of that know how is now trickling down to undeserving hooligan riff raff waste like ourselves.



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Old 10-24-2003, 11:38 AM   #32
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If these preliminary revelations are even half right, this long time BMW owner and club member is going to have a GREAT time reading the crap in BMW ON and OTL as the in-crowd has to make all sorts of philosophical changes to their core beliefs in order to assume the appropriate "rah-rah" attitude. Dammm, 04 is going to be an interesting year! Long live "airheads" and "Airheads"!

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Old 10-24-2003, 11:46 AM   #33
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If more people would pay for it, I'm sure it would be on every bike. Unfortunately, ABS has an "old man's" image in the market today that's unlikely to change in the near future.
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:00 PM   #34
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The engineering is fascinating no matter what you think of the whole package. Let's see how it works before passing judgement. Remember the Germans follow the beat of a different drummer.



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Old 10-24-2003, 01:54 PM   #35
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I want the naked version!



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Old 10-24-2003, 02:13 PM   #36
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Old 10-24-2003, 02:21 PM   #37
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I'm a bit non-plussed at the girder front end myself. It does look a touch archaic, but I've had looks be very deceiving before. I'd want to try it before I wrote it off. Those BMW guys do pull some pretty cool tricks.



Especially since the girder just flat out isn't as good as the springer anyway. (And the main reason the springer is good has to do with translating the direction of motion in radically raked front ends anyway.) Given that this has a much more normal angle of 'fork' legs, it might work out.



The shaft drive is pretty inexcuseable, though. 2 additional changes of rotation direction, when none are neccesary, is just inefficient. Just because you're making power isn't an excuse to waste it. It's what I keep trying to tell all these programming neophytes. "But processor and RAM are so cheap!"



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Old 10-24-2003, 03:24 PM   #38
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I put an earlier comment,[haveing an 1150RS], the ABS brakes saved my butt in a close ,triple digit, immediate<with a capital M] situation, best brakes on the planet
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:50 AM   #39
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I have read some about this Hossack front suspension, and it appears to be a pretty effective system for high performance riding. I believe it has been prototyped on one or two racebikes in England with great success. Glad to see something new coming from BMW.
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Old 10-25-2003, 12:05 PM   #40
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Heil BMW !!!
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