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Old 01-31-2008, 05:03 AM   #21
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Does anyone know if you can get bags a top box for a Hypermotard? I honestly think a tank bag would be fine for anything i would need but just in case.... And to be honest a friend of mine wants to go coast to coast so if i can get bags and a top box... though i'd prefer if it was something easy to remove that doesn't leave god awful brackets behind. Am i asking for the impossible?
Yep- you can get bags and a top box- It's called the MultiStrada. You keep throwing out ideas, but in the end the bike you need IS the MTS1000. Just think about it for a minute. Same motor, same basic frame, slightly different brakes (but optional ABS), same tube bar- what else do you need? The Milti is perfect for you.
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:48 AM   #22
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BMW's new electronic system while good in theory has left a lot of people stranded with their fuel pumps shut off. It's to be seen is they are solved for 2008.
A quick search for "canbus fuel pump" at BMW MOA Forum turned up exactly one such situation. Was a first yr canbus bike having fuel pump problems down in Mexico.

While I'm sure Seru can go to Adventure forum and turn up more, I do have better things to do with my time - and this thing I can garouunnntttee - Seru will bytch about BMW's no matter what. Then again, I think HD makes the most boring products in the bike universe, so that makes us even I suppose.

Ace is right - folks consistently overestimate cost of BMW ownership. And another thing, BMW owners are notoriously whiney about their bikes. Princess and the Pea syndrome.

And finally (FINALLY!) my 07 R12RT has STILL not puked its final drive NOR has it had a canbus glitch. And the stuff about having to have the double secret built with solid unobtanium super duper gel battery charger is nonesense...a plain old battery tender hooked directly to mr gel cell works jus fine...

and my fav BMW dealer guy - who will forever go unnamed - NO hints! - is always telling me great stories about know it all GS "Druids" and so forth. To be in the BMW fold is to never be without laughs at the expense of your overpaid brethren! That alone is worth the price of admission - admittedly a high price.

My bottom line advice to the initiator of this thread is this: if the BMW is going to stretch your budget, don't do it! If it won't, give it a try. But go to a good dealer (join MOA, access forum and learn who is who) and buy a nice low miles used one with plenty of warranty left....
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Old 01-31-2008, 06:05 AM   #23
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You left out my friend that got a serious butt-kicking from a BMW dealer for having the gall to actually price-shop a BMW! Sounds like a fun crew to deal with! And for the record, you aren't even with Seru, cause he doesn't own a Harley.
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Yep- you can get bags and a top box- It's called the MultiStrada. You keep throwing out ideas, but in the end the bike you need IS the MTS1000. Just think about it for a minute. Same motor, same basic frame, slightly different brakes (but optional ABS), same tube bar- what else do you need? The Milti is perfect for you.
Correctamundo! When I was shopping for the new bike, the Strada was on the final list. Versatile, practical, fun, (as much as any Duc can be) and fugly. Right up my alley. But, it turns out that the Duc dealer thought I should beg for the priviledge to buy his bike, and the Suzuki place worked hard to win my business.
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to be honest with you the only reason I don't like the multi strada is that is really fugly... not in a way i like. though I'm sure i could get used to it...
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:18 PM   #26
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In a Finnish motoring mag BMW 650 Xmoto (not Xcountry) was dead last in mid size allroader comparo. Most expensive, worst. But your self esteem may need some propping up by a fancy brand.

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Old 01-31-2008, 12:26 PM   #27
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to be honest with you the only reason I don't like the multi strada is that is really fugly... not in a way i like. though I'm sure i could get used to it...
Yeah, I thougt my 21yo K100rs was ugly when I bought it. I, also, thought it was top heavy. Weird how things change......
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Although I'm repeating myself...

Triumph Tiger!

Especially the new one! Goes anywhere, top box and hard bags are available and the bike provides somewhere to put your legs.

The motors are dam near bullet-proof, and require a valve clearance check every 6000 miles. Most of the 955s need few adjustments. Don't know about the 1050s. And the sound the motor makes at about 5500rpm and up is guar-on-teed to put a BIG grin on your face!

A Dealer in the SouthEast has a Black '07 (non-ABS) for $9525 OTD, and if you want ABS, he has White and Orange ones for $10,500 OTD.
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Although I'm repeating myself...

Triumph Tiger!

The motors are dam near bullet-proof, and require a valve clearance check every 6000 miles.
Is that a typo pushrod? Valve clearance every 6K? That seems really frequent to me. The Strom calls for 15k, and most people don't bother with it until 30-40k from what I'm seeing on the boards.
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Is that a typo pushrod? Valve clearance every 6K? That seems really frequent to me. The Strom calls for 15k, and most people don't bother with it until 30-40k from what I'm seeing on the boards.
The early triples were a bit of a handful. The current 1050 models are not nearly as bad. I believe the interval is 12k. It just a shim and bucket set up so little difficulty for the mechanically inclined.
BTW- Ducs were 5 or 6k and the current air cooled bike is 7500. You know what Ducati did to space the interval- changed the manual. Nothing mechanical changed. Go figure.
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