||09-14-2012 04:52 AM
Originally Posted by Rick84
If the Chinese were to do a cheap knock-off of the BMW R1200RT—as they do with so many other things—it would wind up looking like the Triumph Trophy. Case & Point: The headlight assembly looks like it's from the we've-only-had-a-styling-department-for-6-months-and-we're-not-sure-what-things-should-really-look-like division and the rear end couldn't be any less devoid of style, definition and excitement.
You know, I've got a 1200RT. I'm not mad about the looks of it either. It looks a little like a bad mosaic or something...with a lot of disparate body panels strewn around...but it sure works well.
What concerns me more about this Triumph is the cost of routine service on it. It's a lot of work to get to the valves...something I wouldn't enjoy doing myself. Then you need bucket shims for adjustment. That means making appointments at dealers, getting the wife to pick me up there etc. etc. at least once a season, not to mention the big bill I'll get when I pick up my bike. I've been doing my own service on Oil and Hex Heads for years. It's easy and almost fun once I get focused. Liquid cooling is heavier and makes engine work harder. Having the jugs out on the sides provides leg protection in a crash, great engine cooling, low cG, and easy maintenance. That's a pretty nice combination.
My ownership experience with BMW bikes has not been flawless or cheap, but they do have some very nice products.