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Re: Boring Metal Winner (BMW)

Umm...ever ride one of these overpriced, gimmicky, eyesores? I've owned and ridden many bikes - from American cruisers to Japanese supersports. I've found that each bike has it's own unique character, strengths, and weaknesses. BM's are no different. What they may lack in visual appeal (purely subjective) they more than make up for in engineering innovation, quality, and dealer support. If you think ABS and telelever suspension are gimmicks, you've obviously never experienced these features in action. As far as price, BM's are less expensive then Harley's and about the same as Ducs. BM's hold their value too - unlike Japanese bikes. As far as the R1200 CL - ya, every bike maker puts out a clunker now and again, but to judge a new bike before it's even hits the dealer floor pretty much negates your credibility and opinion.

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Hubb
 

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It’s an excellent debate. The great thing about bikes and the folks who ride them is their passion and loyalty to ‘their’ bikes. Like I wrote earlier, I’ve owned many bikes and ridden even more. Harley’s are great and there’s not much better then cruising around, feet forward and relaxed. Japanese sport bikes are a hoot. If your talking bang for the performance buck, you just can’t beat ‘em. Owned a few and even got ‘em out on the track once and a while. MV? Gorgeous. Had the opportunity to demo a Brutale S a couple weeks back. Nice inline 750. Guess what though? A Gixxer 750 would dust it and you’d still have money left over for a bunch of gear and aftermarket add-ons. So how ‘bout the BM’s – that was the original point right? See, the fact is, until the bike actually hits the streets, you just can’t judge it. Opining that it’s – (oh, what was that pithy acronym - Boring Metal Winner, right?) - a lousy bike without even riding the thing is just not credible. It’s cool to have an opinion about other BM’s (again, I agree with you on the CL) but you may want to at least see the new bike in the flesh first. When I first saw the Duc 999, I thought – blick. But then I saw one at a show and realized pictures just didn’t do it justice. Of course, the new K bike may be uglier to you in person.

Here’s what I do know. The telelever / paralever suspension is the best road-bike suspension I’ve ever experienced. The lack of fork-dive takes some getting used too, but once you do, you’d be amazed at how much more confidence you have when leaned over on a tight, bumpy, curve. The thing just never gets unsettled and loves trail-braking. BM dealers and support are top-notch. Every new BM includes roadside assistance (which you may never need, but it’s nice to know that if you break a chain or clutch cable somewhere in the middle of no-where, help is a phone call away). BM dealers treat folks like adults, whereas (in my experience) the Yama-Honda-Kawa-Zuki folks are just out to move as many bikes to as many clueless pimple-faced teenagers with a permit as they can. BM’s hold their value. Japanese bikes don’t.

I guess by now you figured I own a BM and love a good old-fashioned debate. Yep, got me a ’03 R1150R (in addition to a ’99 Speed Triple and a ’00 YZF600R). Guess you could say I have issues. Anyway, paid less then $10k for the new BM out the door, including heating grips, a nice sports screen, accessory socket, center stand, and luggage mounting kit. Not exactly overpriced, eh? My BM dealer sponsors regular group rides, has free how to clinics, loaner bikes, free drop-off and pick-up for service, a nice lounge area, and tons of really good riding gear. My Yamaha dealer? Well, they do have a rude service counter woman and a Coke machine that eats your change. The Triumph guy is a little better, but still not in the same league as BMW. Oh, and BMW dealers all offer test rides. So, when the K-bike hits you local BMW dealer floor, go ride one. You might just be surprised. Or not. Either way, it’s all good.

Ride On!

Hubb
 
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