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Old 04-29-2006, 12:56 PM   #41
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

Well said man, remember when their $hitty shifting problems were blamed on the riders "bad shifting techniques" ? And when it comes to attitudes... Don't even get me started! And the damm things are UGLY.
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:34 PM   #42
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

You have to admit though we have at least given it a try.
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Old 04-30-2006, 07:19 AM   #43
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Default On the contrary...

I believe it's for the GTS Coupe crowd--tougher looks, no-nonsense, menacing, (insert mean adjective here), etc...
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Old 04-30-2006, 08:50 AM   #44
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

I'm not sure which I like best - the bike or the predictable objections.



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Old 04-30-2006, 09:19 AM   #45
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Default regarding the servo brakes ...

once you get used to them you won't want to go back. i have them on my K1200LT and i absolutely love them.
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:43 AM   #46
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

"I can make up for it in the corners, but that thing is a cannon.



Sure you can.
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Old 04-30-2006, 09:47 AM   #47
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

I agree on principle but the balance on it is extremely well done; I'm not sure how they did it but it certainly doesn't feel that heavy. It's deceptive.



The trick is the low center of gravity - they use a dry sump and 55 degree cylinder angle to allow them to sling the whole engine extremely low.
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:19 AM   #48
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Default ...and another thing.

Nice chuckle from the wink-nudge bit on std. motojournalist complaints on BMW switchgear.



While this point has been made -seems like thousands of times now - by BMW folks: you get used to the switchgear real fast. It works fine, too.



And constantly switching bikes is a wonderful problem most of us don't have - or if we do we have only 1 or 2 extras.



I think the motoj's outta give the BMW switchgear topic a permanent rest. Bottom line: point has been beat to death.
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:25 AM   #49
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

I sort of agree with the BMW snob thing. Found the local State BMW Club chapter repulsive. "ABC" group is different as in a lot nicer.



Re rear hub problems...not endemic across entire line or years. Problem is very real, but isolated to a couple of models for a couple of years. Paul Glaves had a great analysis of the problem a couple of issues ago in BMW ON.



Can't argue with your math. Heck fire, I sold me ole BMW and bought a lightly used ST11 with 4K miles (with me being 3rd owner). Relentlessly reliable.
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Old 05-01-2006, 01:53 AM   #50
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Default Re: Gorilla in a Tuxedo: 2006 BMW K1200R

Don't forget guys and gals that this motorcycle offers something the less expensive brand X standard doesn't. What could that be you ask? Optional integrated luggage. BMW remains the only company that offers integrated luggage for virtually all of it's bikes, with just a couple of exceptions. The big four Japanese are adept at building all day comfortable liter class standards, but somehow they feel like we either never change our clothes on long trips, or we just love the look of our bike with big lumpy aftermarket "one size fits all" luggage.
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