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Old 02-13-2006, 05:32 PM   #11
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Default Re: New R1200s

They might mean 122 hp per jug. Just like the latest ss crop.
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Old 02-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #12
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Default What Motorcycle IS "worth" $14,700?

And what car is "worth" more than $20,000? And why are people paying $600,000 for tiny, unimproved lots in San Francisco? Why is saffron $150,000 a pound?



Sure, I'll probably go faster on an R6, but the BMW is inarguably a unique product in a lot of ways, and if soemthing is unique and produced in small quantities, and there is a demand, the price will be high.



Sorry to seem pissy, but one thing that truly irks me is when an opinion is stated as fact!
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:00 PM   #13
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Saffron is $2,000 a pound.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:55 PM   #14
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Default New R1200s

This is an interesting bike, and it looks terrific.



It is especially a departure from all previous sporting BMW's, though. Crappy passenger seat (shoot, why bother? That seat's positively R1-esque! Just make it a solo bike), no obvious place for the hard bags....hope they sell 'em with heated grips!



What I wonder about is what it's target market is. Although it looks like it would be fun as heck in the real world, those HP and weight figures aren't anywhere near competitive with modern big 4 supersports.



Maybe they're shooting at the SS1000 Ducati (dropped after this year...ouch) or Buell XB12 (I know, completely different vibe, but it's another odd bike out), or maybe the Paul Smart LE Ducati. Maybe even the Tuono.



Bikes that aren't cutting edge in speed or handling but have bags and bags of character and let's face it, go faster than most of us can anyway.
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Old 02-13-2006, 08:13 PM   #15
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Default Blame W.

The rising euro, yen , Canadian dollar etc. is no accident. Big Federal Deficit Spending by the W. Good for U.S. exports though.. oops but Chaney says tax cuts will make us spend our way out of deficits right Buz. Until Uncle Sam gets his credit card bill after W is done in office.. It's 80s all over again except boomers are retiring yikes.. Think I'll move to Canada before its to late.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:08 PM   #16
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Default Re: New R1200s

Er, try Munich for the head office of BMW, and Spandau in Berlin for the Motorrad factory. Stuttgart is the slum where they make Mercedes and Porche!



I like the look of this - lighter and more powerful than my R1100s, and as a benefit, uglier too!
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Old 02-14-2006, 12:45 AM   #17
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Default Re: Blame W.

Lets have an MO Bake Sale to fund "he who must not be named" move to Canada.
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Old 02-14-2006, 12:49 AM   #18
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What's this? A group that doesn't grasp the BMW bike zeitgeist?



Who would have EVER thought such a thing possible?
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Old 02-14-2006, 12:50 AM   #19
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Gabe, what part of tokoloshgolem's post was "opinion is stated as fact"?



Just asking.
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Old 02-14-2006, 01:07 AM   #20
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Default Re: New R1200s

My only experience with this model was an 1100 that had this tremendously funky factory paint job. (Yellow and Black)



I was getting my brick worked on, so the dealer gave me the 1100 ride for the day. (How many of the big 4 dealers will do that?)



The first thing I noticed about the bike was, for a sport bike, it was really comfortable. The bike fit really well. (I'm 6'2")



The next thing that jumped out is how light the bike felt for being as heavy as it is. This made it surprisingly flickable on the back roads, but still solid as a rock on the interstate. A fairly pleasing ride.



My one complaint was, Superbike looks, mini bike motor. The thing had no power at all. I joked with the dealer after riding the bike, saying that it needed about 30 more horses. Then it would be a really nice bike.



Looks like I got my 30 horses! It will be interesting to see how they change the feel of the bike?



I can hardly wait for a test ride!

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