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Old 12-16-2008, 07:18 PM   #11
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Gabe is on Motorcycle Daily now. Did he go rogue? Ive been looking for another thumper, more pipe dream than anything but an XR650 with a baja kit has been calling my name. At least I know now to only buy a 06 or older 650gs if a cherry one surfaced for the right price. I'd rather know its a rotax and not a knock off.
Not sure if the current 650 mill is really a knock-off. Note my reply above in re BMW's comment about its construction. All we can do is take them at their word unless someone plans to conduct metallurgy tests, or something. For that matter, the "original" was a copy of a Rotax. : ^ /
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:15 AM   #12
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So it's unsurpassed German engineering combined with superior Chinese assembly?
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:11 AM   #13
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In the case of the BMW G450, the engine is manufactured by KYMCO in Taiwan (Republic of China).
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:36 AM   #14
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Gabe is on Motorcycle Daily now. Did he go rogue? Ive been looking for another thumper, more pipe dream than anything but an XR650 with a baja kit has been calling my name. At least I know now to only buy a 06 or older 650gs if a cherry one surfaced for the right price. I'd rather know its a rotax and not a knock off.
I talked to Gabe a few weeks ago. CW eliminated his position so he's free lance again.

Maybe he didn't always pick the Honda first or something.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:52 AM   #15
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That job was not a good fit for Gabe. He was way too loose for that tight-a$$ed bunch over at CW. I'm sure they tried to make him toe the line, but he kept picking the Honda for last.
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:52 AM   #16
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I talked to Gabe a few weeks ago. CW eliminated his position so he's free lance again.

Maybe he didn't always pick the Honda first or something.
I was disappointed when he went to work for CW. Mainly because I refuse to read anything from Edwards' industry toadying rag. If Gabe is somewhere else I'll be able to enjoy his excellent stuff again.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:05 AM   #17
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I won't read CW either. They need a carload of peanut butter to go with all the fluff they put out every month.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:10 AM   #18
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If you like the Chinese BMW, you'll just love the new entry-level Harley made in China....ooops, I didn't say that...
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:35 AM   #19
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Isn't Kymco the 650 builder? If so, Kymco actually has products that don't suck. The scooters are pretty tough and they are building small dispacement motorcycles that are filtering through customs as we speak. BMW could have picked a much worse partner.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:08 AM   #20
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The tough part about building engines isn't the assembly. It's the engineering behind the design and R&D. I'm not afraid of a German-engineered, Taiwan-assembled motor.
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