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Old 04-01-2005, 07:59 AM   #31
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Great reviews Sean. I personally find the ST's looks to be interesting in a pleasant sort of way. Heres hoping that a R1200R is soon to be in the offing. VWW
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:00 AM   #32
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But you'd owe child support every week. Ain't love grand?
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:29 AM   #33
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Location: Brown BMW in Pomona (arguably best dealer in LA, and no I don't work for them, other dealers I went to are snobs though unless you come in looking like a million bucks).



When I took my little thumper in for service (BMW service is silly expensive), they had all four bikes on the showroom floor (S, ST, RT, and many GS). I think they are doing an open house this saturday if you are in the LA area, but people were taking them for test rides while I was playing on my laptop.



Most people came in to check out the RT, and it is very nice and comfy to plop your butt on. The ST is also comfy, much more funky in looks, especially the nose/lights. If I were going sport I would get the S it looks much smaller in person than it does in pictures (Kind of reminds me of a much nicer looking Triumph Sprint). Brown has a nice little touring route to test the bikes on that is a nice mix of highway, "canyon" twisties, and suburban streets.



Personally I am weird and in love with my butt ugly F650CS, but I think it takes an eccentric type to buy one of those, especially at the price BMW gauges it's customers for (Although the fit and finish and extra goodies blows away my old SV-650 and Triumph Thunderbird Sport). For lane splitting, canyons, and city riding I wouldn't want anything bigger, In fact I think my next bike I will go smaller, along the lines of the Suzuki DRZ-400 Supermoto (Does anyone know of any other right from the dealer CA street legal supermoto bikes).
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:32 AM   #34
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I can only afford one or the other. Can I ride the RT to a country with no extradition?
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:32 AM   #35
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Thanks for the information, that helps me understand the BMW owner loyalty.
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:57 AM   #36
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Strange....that is exactly how I feel about Harleys...go figure.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:09 AM   #37
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Last months issue of BMW ON has some great pics of the ST...a couple of which were used for this MO story. If you know a BMW addict, borrow a cc. Most of the ON article is a copy & paste job from BMW NA, but is has detail galore and worth wading thru the adspeak. And by the way, great job, MO!



I'll agree that the ST has a pretty whacky ft end. I imagine a Parabellum or Bailey windshield will be out by late summer to get rid of that V...



But it don't make no nevermind - as the working class sez round these here parts. Me & my sweetie would be a lot more comfy on the RT anyhoo.





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Old 04-01-2005, 09:16 AM   #38
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No worries, cobber.



Anyway on a more serious note can we find out how tall Sean is? I am interested as the airflow on my '04RT could be better - I'm 6'2".



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Old 04-01-2005, 09:20 AM   #39
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Hey, some people think Roseanne Barr is hot too. No accounting for taste.
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Old 04-01-2005, 09:54 AM   #40
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Finally! A bike (ST) that rips the fugliest bike albatross from the neck of my DL650. The RT looks like a DL holding its breath.
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