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Old 06-07-2005, 09:25 AM   #31
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:38 AM   #32
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:46 AM   #33
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dude... that's the windshield... nothing can be done about it.
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:09 PM   #34
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I notice you testers were wearing the obligatory Beemer riding gear. Aerostich. I wear one on my SV650. If I'm shopping in a store wearing my stich, people come up and say "You must ride a BMW".



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Old 06-07-2005, 12:35 PM   #35
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Umm.. because the Busa's ugly... and not nearly as comfortable?
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:53 PM   #36
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Default Re: '05 BMW K1200S - U.S. Test

Great review, thanks gents.



Sean, educate me-



In the dyno test you only used the clutch between 1st & 2nd gears then popped through the other 4 gears without bothering.



Does this improve straight line acceleration? Is this damaging to the transmission or other mechanisms? Wassup?
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Old 06-07-2005, 02:29 PM   #37
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Default Re: everybody please just abandon fuel injection

Guzzi has FI right, but who would have guessed that Guzzis even had fuel injection?
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Old 06-07-2005, 02:46 PM   #38
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Nice review guys. I like the ESA option but that is not enough for me to trade my Kawasaki ZZR1200 for.
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Old 06-07-2005, 04:35 PM   #39
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Default Okay, I'm not Sean...

...and will never be able to ride like him, but I'll take a stab at answering your question.



Theoretically, clutchless upshifting will improve accelleration--if you do it right. There's less lag time for clutch work and engine RPM doesn't drop much. Motorcycles have a constant mesh transmission, so the upshift minus clutch won't do any damage--if you do it right. (I do not suggest clutchless downshifting.)



Now, "to do it right," all you have to do is unload the transmission for a split second by shutting the throttle ever-so-briefly. With a little bit of upward pressure on the shifter, it'll snick right into gear. Once you get good at it, if feels like one motion.



(Racebikes have quick shifters that cut engine spark briefly through a sensor wired to detect pressure on the shifter so the rider doesn't have to manually unload the tranny.)



Will it improve your street riding? I doubt it, but it's fun to do. On the track, it's preferred.



Now, I'm guessing that Sean uses the clutch between first and second gear (as I do) because most bikes prefer to be shifted with the clutch there; the difference in ratios between 1 & 2 are farther apart, making the 1-2 clutchless upshift kind of sloppy and herky-jerky.



Did I forget anything, Sean?
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Old 06-07-2005, 04:42 PM   #40
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First off, the K looks better in a solid color. Although, the huge wheelbase is distracting; it just looks too long. I'd almost expect outriggers.



But I'll have to stand by my initial impression: Other than the ESA, this bike doesn't do anything much better than any bike out there now.



Still, I welcome it. More cool bikes is never a bad thing and this one will have its audience. But, boy, they really should get the bugs worked out--especially at the prices they charge.
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