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Old 04-25-2008, 03:20 PM   #31
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Not all of us BMW guys are old men. We'll I'm 33 but thats not really old is it?

Yes, I agree BMW is trying to shake the notion that they only make bikes for old dudes. I think that 10 years ago it was sort of true but the bikes in the last couple of years have been awesome.

Go ride one sometime, you'll be impressed.
.... we have, we have. Nothing particularly wrong with them. I really would like an R1100RS. But motorcycle purchase are visceral in nature. Myself I don't like them enough to pay the admission.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:09 PM   #32
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Default I want one.

I figure it'll cost about 26k here... same as the 1098, MV augusta F4 or the Aprilia.... and it should be just as well specced to be competitive. I'd love if it cost a bit less but i don't think it will.

Anyway i need to see the road version, hear it, and get some riding reports first, but I reckon i'll get one just to have something a bit different that's NOT a Ducati.

I just hope BMW don't over do the electronics and lose reliability... Pushing it home once and i'll be wishing i bought the gixxer.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:36 PM   #33
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Sorry, but it doesn't. Why does BMW charge more for bikes sold in the US? I've yet to hear an explanation. Because they can? Revenge for WWII? Maybe it's reverse dumping. We are subsidizing the euro riders. Why not? We seem to subsidize about every other country in the world.
Get Real!

Our Dollar is worth about USD$0.95
RRP on a fireblade is about $19k
Ducati 1098 $26k

We make cars that sell for 80K here and 30k in the states... they're made here, there's no taxes or duties or freight...they should be cheaper here. Jaguar sells cars here for 160k and 60k in the states... you guys have got it GREAT!

previously the US dollar was high and so you engoyed low prices... now your dollar's low and you're still enjoyinmg low prices cause they can't just jack the prices up as fast as your dollar drops.

The US market has (through bulk)meant many vehicles got built that wouldn't have otherwise... but on an individual consumer basis, you guys have always had it good.

besides. I just looked up the RRP for a BMW 1200GS in various countries.

US USD$14600
UK USD$18k
Australia USD$19800
Germany USD$19400

I really don't see where you're coming from, it's $5000 US dollars cheaper in the US than it is in Germany!

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Old 08-05-2008, 06:06 AM   #34
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Get Real!

Our Dollar is worth about USD$0.95
RRP on a fireblade is about $19k
Ducati 1098 $26k

We make cars that sell for 80K here and 30k in the states... they're made here, there's no taxes or duties or freight...they should be cheaper here. Jaguar sells cars here for 160k and 60k in the states... you guys have got it GREAT!

previously the US dollar was high and so you engoyed low prices... now your dollar's low and you're still enjoyinmg low prices cause they can't just jack the prices up as fast as your dollar drops.

The US market has (through bulk)meant many vehicles got built that wouldn't have otherwise... but on an individual consumer basis, you guys have always had it good.

besides. I just looked up the RRP for a BMW 1200GS in various countries.

US USD$14600
UK USD$18k
Australia USD$19800
Germany USD$19400

I really don't see where you're coming from, it's $5000 US dollars cheaper in the US than it is in Germany!
Nice try, but there's that pesky VAT in there.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:23 AM   #35
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yea so take that 20%+ tax and see what happens to your prices.

I love the Europeans that throw a fit about camera prices, WAHHHH its $5000 there and $5000 euros here! so its what $4100 euros before taxes. Yea..... free health care and they can all whine about high prices due to their overly inflated taxes!
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yea so take that 20%+ tax and see what happens to your prices.

I love the Europeans that throw a fit about camera prices, WAHHHH its $5000 there and $5000 euros here! so its what $4100 euros before taxes. Yea..... free health care and they can all whine about high prices due to their overly inflated taxes!
But.. but... but.. it's FREE! Just hope you aren't the 5001st guy to get colon cancer when the bureaucrats only ordered stuff enough to treat 5000 cases for the year. Maybe you'll last 'til next year. But next year you might turn 70 at which time that 'free' health care system cuts you off completely.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:32 AM   #37
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.....I checked out an R1200RT before I got the FLHT, a buddy of mine is a salesman at one of the local BMW joints. I thought it was a really nice bike, good handling, decent power, not as comfy as the HD but not bad, same basic price etc. The kicker was they didn't want to deal at all, I had cash down plus a trade in and they were all "there's the bike, there's the price" kind of thing. HD was willing to wheel and deal and I really liked the FLH better anyway so verpiss BMW...
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.....I checked out an R1200RT before I got the FLHT, a buddy of mine is a salesman at one of the local BMW joints. I thought it was a really nice bike, good handling, decent power, not as comfy as the HD but not bad, same basic price etc. The kicker was they didn't want to deal at all, I had cash down plus a trade in and they were all "there's the bike, there's the price" kind of thing. HD was willing to wheel and deal and I really liked the FLH better anyway so verpiss BMW...
And best of all you don't have to worry about exploding rear hubs and clutch jobs that require dismantling the entire bike.
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And best of all you don't have to worry about exploding rear hubs and clutch jobs that require dismantling the entire bike.
there's always that......new Harleys don't seem to require much more than oil, plugs and filters now and then. I don't know of any consistant problems with stock bikes. People complain about hot running but it's a 96 in. a/c engine, what do they expect? Use Full Syn. and get some air flow over the motor instead of idling along in some dam* Shriner Parade in 100* heat
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:52 PM   #40
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But.. but... but.. it's FREE! Just hope you aren't the 5001st guy to get colon cancer when the bureaucrats only ordered stuff enough to treat 5000 cases for the year. Maybe you'll last 'til next year. But next year you might turn 70 at which time that 'free' health care system cuts you off completely.

So let me get this straight. you whine about how Europeans pay less for their bikes. Then when it turns out that they actually pay more you whine about how they are comparitively overtaxed. or are you whining that they get free health care? or are you whining that their free health care doesn't work as well as US health care...

I'm losing track. Basically though it sounds like one way or another you guys get a pretty good deal so your initial Whinge about BMW over charging americans and the US subsidising Europe was a wee bit off track....

incidentally... what's the US deficit at the moment?

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