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Old 01-05-2011, 01:54 PM   #1
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Old 01-05-2011, 02:16 PM   #2
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Ergos fall a bit short only with marginal seat-to-peg room. The standard seat sits at a modest 31.5 inches; optional-at-no-extra-charge seats bring it 1 inch in either direction. Adjustable footpegs would be a worthy addition to a multi-purpose bike like this one. Mirrors are mounted a little too low for easy rear views.
That's because you're doing it wrong - mirrors aren't to see what's behind you - they're to see what's beside (and slightly to the rear) of you! (i.e. what's in the next lane)

Couple that with a "Lifesaver" over-the-shoulder-look before switching lanes, and you'll never get smooshed by that Corvette or Caddy you didn't see filtering-up behind you in traffic.


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Oh yeah, almost forgot; Nice review, F-bomb'n Cool bike! As Mr. DeWaal was pointing out: BMW is really steppin' it up in the "Wow!" department. Make 'em really want it, and they'll starve themselves to afford it.
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Old 01-05-2011, 04:03 PM   #3
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Like always there are a few disappointments with these middle weight bikes.It does get the job done but there is stiff competition and it will be interesting to see how BMW develops it over time.It's a nice bike but right now the Ducati has the greater appeal.To me anyway. Good Job.
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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Oh yeah, almost forgot; Nice review, F-bomb'n Cool bike! As Mr. DeWaal was pointing out: BMW is really steppin' it up in the "Wow!" department. Make 'em really want it, and they'll starve themselves to afford it.
Thanks, 'Hawk! Yep, BMW, Ducati and Triumph are ones to watch.
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Thanks, 'Hawk! Yep, BMW, Ducati and Triumph are ones to watch.
In this genre, don't forget the new (to North America) Yamaha FZ8.
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In this genre, don't forget the new (to North America) Yamaha FZ8.
Which we'll ride next week...
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Which we'll ride next week...
Woot!
Man, this is a GREAT time to be riding motorcycles!
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Ya baby! It is a naked party! Sounds fun

Looking forward to shootouts and more ride impressions. These bikes are the future. Good to see the manufacturers paying more attention to the details. This BMW looks very well turned out. Still waiting for the mythical crossplane FZ1 to hit the roads. That would be cool.

By the way, over on the FZ1 board, Ivan's Performance is starting in on the Ninja 1000. The Ninja is sporting a 13hp gain through the midrange and top end with just an Akra full exhaust system The current reading is 142 hp and loads of torque. It is still early in the game. The bike needs mapping with a Power Commander as the part throttle settings are off with the full exhaust in place and secondary butterflies removed (Ivan found these restrict power). Of course the Z1000 uses the same engine. Nakeds can be fun indeed!

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Still waiting for the mythical crossplane FZ1 to hit the roads. That would be cool.
That would be sweet!


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By the way, over on the FZ1 board, Ivan's Performance is starting in on the Ninja 1000. The Ninja is sporting a 13hp gain through the midrange and top end with just an Akra full exhaust system The current reading is 142 hp and loads of torque. It is still early in the game. The bike needs mapping with a Power Commander as the part throttle settings are off with the full exhaust in place and secondary butterflies removed (Ivan found these restrict power). Of course the Z1000 uses the same engine. Nakeds can be fun indeed!
It's amazing what the pros can do to improve performance, just a little tweak here and there.
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I was reading a technical journal article on the MID switch technology. Solid-state switches that cannot wear out, are impervious to weather, temperature (within reason), and ham-fisted mechanics....it's like science fiction. I hope the technology gets into more bikes and equipment than just BMW bikes!

I had not heard of the "pivoting balance arm" engine balancer before. Did BMW happen to give you any cutaway or line drawings of the engine? Maybe I can find something on Google Image; I'd like to see how that lays out.

I'm always surprised at how tiny the F series bikes are. There were 3 of them at the last rally I attended, and they just seemed too damn small. I guess I'm just too used to the hulking Vee or the old HD.
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