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Old 04-11-2007, 09:52 AM   #21
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Default Crashworthyness?

Any feedback on how the Xchallenge survives being dropped? Surely some journo going around the "hard" course put it on the ground a time or two. Can this thing survive a crash or will it be in the shop for 4 weeks and $3000 every time I bounce it off a rock?
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:52 AM   #22
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Default Re: A Factor of X: BMW G 650 Series

No no, not the blinker fluid.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:53 AM   #23
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As long as you promise to never use the phrase: "spent exhaust gases" (are there any other kind?) you're good with me. Seriously, I subscribe to Motorcyclist, Cycle World, and American Iron, and your articles are their equal or better. Plus I can screw off at work enjoying your online magazine. Keep up the good work!
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:00 AM   #24
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by the steam blanket and the key to the steam chest
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:05 AM   #25
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Default Re: A Factor of X: BMW G 650 Series

I'd love to have another Airhead or an early K. I think BMW lost their way when they went to the Oilhead-power linked ABS design. I think they, like Honda have let the car guys take over.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:07 AM   #26
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I really like the looks of these bikes and think they would be a lot of fun to blast around on, as would offerings from KTM and the new Duck. I wish someone (JAPAN!) would make more (1) bikes like these so I could afford them. As a whippersnapper I would love to own a Beemer, Dookat, or Katoom, but I don't gots the scratch.

These bikes can't be expensive to build and most parts could be sourced from existing lines. Stiff frame, any lightweight and punchy single or twin wil do, cool-but-minimal bodywork, throw on decent but not top of the line suspension and you're done. Let me pick up some handguards, a windshield and aluminum-look hardbags for a little extra. $65hundy and it's a done deal. Just make it cool and not a four cylinder. I got a fun, upright, lightweight bike to scare old ladies with around town, and can bolt on my accessories and be gone for the weekend (or week). What's so hard about that? Why do I have to pay 9G's for this...
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:15 AM   #27
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Default Re: A Factor of X: BMW G 650 Series

How much do they weigh in at?
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:16 AM   #28
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Next to the can of prop wash (aka bucket of steam).
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:20 AM   #29
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Er, um... Without implicating anyone -- I said anyone damit! -- in answer to your question: pretty darn good.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:27 AM   #30
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Hmm... I woulda swore Al put those spec charts in there.





Let's see, according to BMW we have:





Xchallenge -- Dry - 318; Wet - 344





Xmoto -- Dry - 324; Wet - 351





Xcountry -- Dry - 326; Wet - 353





These weights are sans options and accessories, of course.

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