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Old 12-01-2004, 08:44 AM   #52
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Default Ouch!

Man oh man it got cold in here all of a sudden.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:50 AM   #53
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Default Aw, c'mon, longride, a LITTLE new ground.

The 916 broke new ground with the single sided swingarm and underseat pipes, neither of which was available in a production bike at the time (or maybe ever?).



The MV, I'll grant you, was the apotheosis of refining sportbike visual design at the time it was introduced, rather than all new stuff.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:52 AM   #54
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Check out



http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/BMW-VW/BMW-VW.htm



for what a boxer 4 bmw would look like.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:54 AM   #55
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Default Re: Well, OK, it's different...

LOL! Mighty infallible Honda proved that you in fact COULD go broke by underestimating the taste of the American public.
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Old 12-01-2004, 08:59 AM   #56
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Default Re: Aw, c'mon, longride, a LITTLE new ground.

BMW has had single sided swing arms since the 80's.
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:07 AM   #57
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Default Only one side.

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On the GS series, maybe? Do you know what model, when?



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Old 12-01-2004, 09:32 AM   #58
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Default Re: Only one side.

Early 80's Gses. And the K bikes.



Try this.
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:47 AM   #59
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Default Re: New BMW R1200s, St and RT

Methinks Chris Bangle has a LOT more to answer for than David Robb. The new gen of BMW bikes has grown on me - and lots of others - while the new gen of cars has not...the butt end of the 7 series is flat out criminal. Mega buck car with an ass like an Accord. Accord - otherwise nice car with an ass almost as ugly as a 7 series Bimmer. Speaking of ugly....



Longride made a most excellent point re new designs being branded "ugly". For those who were adults in the mid 80's - remember the initial reaction a lot of folks had towards the first gen Ford Taurus? Next thing you know, revolutionary becomes "fleetmobile".



I'll freely admit to being partial to Beemers...having owned them for a long while - though not currently.



I'll just wait & see 'em in person before I make any plans to start a bonfire.



BTW - this was no scoop. This stuff has been googleable for 4-5 wks now...german sites.
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:22 AM   #60
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Default Re: I'd like to point out that...

...Aprilia, Ducati and Moto Guzzi do, in fact, end in vowels.



(But I hear what you're saying. And I also think the 999 is a lot better looking than most people do. I give BMW credit for being different. I just don't think they've hit the mark with these bikes, and especially, the 5 series sedan.)
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