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johnnyb 04-28-2006 12:51 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
the weirder the better the BMW guys like it. Eclectic yes that's what they are. And as those dudes gain age and dementia, the farther the Germans must push ze weird envelope.

redlegduke 04-28-2006 01:02 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

I think your own comment "pick up a used Beemer" shows how far off you are with your negative comment on BMW quality. BMWs are one of the few bikes you can safely buy used and yet be assured of a long service life. All the jap bikes are disposable, Harley reliability speaks for itself, ditto Italian.


Buzglyd 04-28-2006 01:24 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
It's like the Saab people requiring the ignition switch be on the floor or else they won't buy it.

GM throwing Saab badges on a TrailBlazer has to be really spoiling their lutefisk.

seruzawa 04-28-2006 01:26 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
Really? Would you like to see the list of used Japanese bikes I've bought really cheap and then put tens of thousands of trouble free miles on?

Compared to my riding friend who has 5 BMWs and who is constantly repairing them? He crows about the great quality too, while he writes checks to Doug-the-BMW-repairguy.

johnnyb 04-28-2006 01:30 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
Time is nigh for foot-operated turn signals i am thinking, the latest in safety tech makes it impossible to shift into gear. Sit in ze garten und have another weiss bier.....

12er 04-28-2006 02:30 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
Someone tall like me that wants a naked bike I would assume is the target market. Being as the first gen FZ1 and Tuono both have knee notches in the tank about 3 inches below my knees. This K fits like a glove, too bad I want the GS Adventure. Still the blue and white pinwheel will end up with my money either way.

supecoop 04-28-2006 03:00 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
Nice write-up Gabe, but BMW's naked sportbike looks like a bulky, heavy, ugly Aprilia Tuono R, without the Italian bike's "scapel-like precision" steering that MO loved so much. Maybe a comparison with the Tuono R is called for?

OhioSteve 04-28-2006 05:04 PM

Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R
We could spend our time learning from each other, instead of criticizing our least-favorite brand.

As for the bike, I think that a long wheelbase is a big asset if you plan to ride at aeronautical speed. The 'busa and the ZX-14 are also rather long bikes. But I cannot see the point of automatic suspension adjustment.

Gabe 04-28-2006 05:20 PM

I'm Guessing the Target Market is Puzzled, Too...
But BMW is puzzling. I think the target market is the guy who likes the power and performance of the K1200S but dislikes the plastic-coated look.

It's for the guy who would buy a Dodge Viper roadster (no top).

spep 04-28-2006 06:13 PM

Looks interesting but...
... for that price? For that heavy of a bike? No thanks.

I've been searching for a *light* powerful standard for quite some time, and seemingly every candidate out there weighs a million and a half pounds. I'm pretty close to just buying a K6 gixxer 1000 and putting a damn handlebar on it. Is a 150hp standard that weighs under 400 pounds dry too much to ask?

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