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Old 09-29-2005, 08:02 PM   #11
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BMW already has an F650CS and GS, they are thin, light, have ABS option and the CS is belt drive so no chain oiling. The gas is below the seat so it feels more scooter size than motorcycle so for me it is a hoot in LA traffic, in fact it is my primary LA transport.
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:09 PM   #12
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Impossible? Yamaha does a decent job with the TDM/TRX twin and the Triumph Bonneville's aren't bad, though not exactly powerhouses. By the way, Honda 350's were not bad either!
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Old 09-29-2005, 08:18 PM   #13
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Well after I found out the F650CS was discontinued I was hoping for something even lighter and smaller, a BMW standard/motard. Looks like they decided to go more sporty as they have with their other bikes. Looks like they kept the single sided swing arm, which is good, hope they kept the belt drive from the CS vs a chain. I also hope they kept the gas under the seat, but it looks like they ditched the storage tank and put on a traditional gas tank Handle bars look like clip-ons vs the more comfy standard style bars the CS has now. In general I am disappointed as BMW no longer has a beginner friendly standard any more.
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Old 09-30-2005, 01:58 AM   #14
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Are you kidding? One word: COUNTERBALANCERS. The modern triumph Bonneville engine family has them, as does EVERY modern parallel twin, such as the Yamaha TDM, MZ 1000S, Kawasaki ER6, and certainly this BMW 800. I bet it'll be smooth as silk. Remember, IT'S A BMW.



For what it's worth, I've ridden 197os era Kawaski KZ750 twins, and those are pretty smooth too.
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Old 09-30-2005, 02:10 AM   #15
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I think ABS will be the primary reason folks pick this bike over other better bang-per-buck bikes. I'm eager to read some reviews on the bike, and I applaud BMW for at least trying to fill the void between its thumper and uberbikes. However, as you mentioned, the costs will be the deal breaker.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:16 AM   #16
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Dude, you have no idea what you're talking about. I've ridden the current Bonneville T100 and it was so smooth you could have told me it was an inline 4.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:20 AM   #17
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I read that the 800s are not the replacements for the singles. They are meant to be more of a mid-level BMW. I also read that a new single would be launched next fall.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:53 AM   #18
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You do realize, if it was called a "Ninja 800r", people would complain about the fugly/bland front...



Nice bike. Pitty its going to be WAYYY too expensive. Get a Ninja 650 ABS instead. Oh wait, its only europe that gets the ABS...

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Old 09-30-2005, 03:54 AM   #19
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The Kawasaki ER-6n/Ninja 650 has a ~$500 ABS option... In EUROPE.



Complain to Kawasaki the next time you see them, saying you want the ABS option here.

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Old 09-30-2005, 03:55 AM   #20
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The CS when I rode it jsut felt underpowered. Actually, it has "enuf" power. But it really would have been much better with 60-70hp (a twin) rather than the 35-40 hp (single).

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