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Old 08-28-2001, 04:34 PM   #91
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The front of the CS coming out of your stomach. Someone call Siggy Weaver quick. The Corporation has brought the beast to earth.
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Old 08-28-2001, 04:34 PM   #92
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I don't think the he's being hasty at all. Nobody is having a tough time deciding between a CBR929RR and a K1200LT. They're in WAAAAAAAY different market segments. That's like saying someone is torn between a VTX1800 and an Aprilia RS125.



Anyway, there's a reason that the K1200LT is so much heavier than the CBR929RR. Actually, several:

1. Integrated hard luggage

2. Shaft drive

3. Huge fairing

4. Good passenger seat

5. Accessories, like sound system and heated seat

You get the point.
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Old 08-28-2001, 04:42 PM   #93
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"They're in WAAAAAAAY different market segments."



So what? Reread what I posted.
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Old 08-28-2001, 04:51 PM   #94
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Old 08-28-2001, 05:03 PM   #95
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This looks like the perfect bike for commuting. The snap on luggage and stuff is very practical. The Rotax/BMW single is a very nice engine and gets excellent gas mileage. The looks are odd, but I think I could get used to them, maybe even like them. I hope the price will be more reasonable than the GS. Maybe it will. BMW has been coming down on the R-R, with the R 1150 R about $500 less than the last R 1100 R before the RL price cut. Maybe BMW will take advantage of the strong dollar/weak euro to price this thing a little more competitively.
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Old 08-28-2001, 07:45 PM   #96
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No need to find a Metallurgist because the answer is very simple. Get rid of the over priced and often incompetent union laborers and BMW would save a bundle on overhead. If Harley would do the same, maybe even their bikes would be reasonably priced.
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Old 08-28-2001, 09:02 PM   #97
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That's a GREAT line. I love it!

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Old 08-28-2001, 11:20 PM   #98
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YA know, though I'm a harley rider, I have to agree with you. Pretty fair assessment but I'll stick with my superglide, ride safe
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Old 08-29-2001, 03:19 AM   #99
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"Ferris" has pretty much hit it on the head. Like Honda's late, lamented (by some) Pacific Coast, the F650CS is a practical motorcycle, with styling that basically says, "I don't care what you think."



I don't mind the styling, and I love the idea of belt drive, single-sided swingarm, and cast wheels instead of spokes. I looked at an Aprilia Pegaso (in a HD showroom!) last weekend, and the MSRP for it was nearly $8000, so BMW's not even that far off on price for a Euro street thumper. What I really can't understand is why, on a bike that is even more street oriented than its predecessor, they don't offer factory hardcase saddlebags as an option. The GS had lovely (if expensive) expandable hard bags, but this doesn't even seem to be an option on the CS.



If my HawkGT ever dies, a used CS will probably be its replacement.
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Old 08-29-2001, 05:20 AM   #100
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Yes, the Pegaso and the F650 USED to be based on the same bike but starting with the 2001 F650GS it has nothing to do with Aprilia. Also, the Aprilia does not have ABS brakes or fuel injection.
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