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Great review, but like others, a bike that fast would just mean speeding tickets for me. My Valkyrie makes me break enough laws as it is.



However, I would suggest someone do a better job proofing...several spelling errors. Sorry, former English major, I can't help it :)
 

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Reading to much European motorcycle press will cause you to pick up some of the grammer and slang. I almost have to be concious not to spell 'tire' 'tyre'. I'll watch the *** slang though. In the big city here saying, "Man, I'd really like to smoke a *** with this beer." may get you more than you bargain for.
 

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Why is it that I find myself frequently thinking of buying a Valk these days? That big v-6 is like giving the finger to the typical cruiser crowd. I love it. All that engine hangin' out everywhere gives me a woody.



Hate the rune though. They should be shot for that abomination.
 

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Walther p99

"Something about it says "Walther p99" to me." Who knows given 007's current association with BMWs you might see him on this bike in the next Bond Film. However, Bond uses Walther ppk right? Sorry I don't have any use for handguns (nor assault weapons ) , I'm strictly a rifle and a shotgun man so I wouldnt know the difference between a ppk and a p99. Not that I would deny your right to own a hand gun.

When it comes to handguns my thoughts are summarized by Tom Sellick in the movie Quigley Down Under "Didn't say I didn't know how to use one, just didn't have much use for one" My brother-in-law the ex-cop said "A shotgun and a good dog are the best ways to defend yourself"
 

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Can't carry a shotgun concealed. Therefore it seems that a shotgun is all but useless unless you're at home. Wife and I both have concealed carry licenses, and carry almost at all times.

007 now uses a P99. Switched in the new guy's first movie.
 

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Not Even the Same Category

With all attributable respect they are not even in the same category---one is a super sport bike, the other trying to find an identity to justify it outlandish price tag. If that category is luxo-super sport bike, I know of many a Heli-bar, Double-Bubble and other accessories added to a Busa and the like that put this BMW to shame for substantially less money. It would take BMW pricing this model at around $11K to compete and BMW will never do that, because they believe in their own minds that they are comparable to a venerable Porsche 911 mystic and engineering, which that are not. Even Porsche realized that refined design still has to make the numbers game in its category, hence to continual refinement of the 911. Where BMW deserves credit is for the new hex-head oil-cooled engine and the R 1200 GS that has earned all the accolades that it receives.
 

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You've lived 90% of your own life without a bike, and now you say you can't imagine how painful living without a bike is? Do you have memory issues?
 

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You are technically correct. However the geometrically challenged sometimes refer to 180° horizontally opposed engines as "a 180° V-6" (or V-2, 4, 8, 10, 12 etc.) Of course, we all know that a 180° V is a flat line in reality. -Sean
 

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The bike I just sold was a ninja 500, so I think I have had my fill of kawi vertical twins for the time being. Great bikes, especially in the city, but just not what I am wanting.



I am moving to a land of heavy snows, so I think I will just wait until next spring. Until then I can torture myself with ever changing desires for the next bike. Soon instead of urban riding it will be mountain roads! Sweet!
 

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Great review. (But somebody needs to check the spelling.) I liked the skepticism, and I have to admit that the styling is a little, well, strange. Overall though it's a bike I'd want to have. After seeing the Japanese roll out another batch of cruisers (too slow, too upright) and liter bikes (too fast and too uncomfortable), it's nice to see BMW preparing to kick some butt. And thank goodness they put the "partial integrated" brake system on it. I really like that system, as the front lever lets me do all of my speed braking, and I can still trail brake the rear. Seems like all of the innovation is coming out of europe these days. Kudos to BMW for having the stones to roll out a new front suspension on a flagship bike.



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First, nice job by MO getting a test on this thing. First I've seen so far.



Second, at the price I'm sure BMW will be asking, I don't understand all the fuss. I like the innovative thinking that went into the front end, but nowhere does Yossef indicate that it's a big leap forward from telescopic forks. Performance seems nice but, again, nothing mind-blowing considering the bikes already on the market. The looks: eh. But I do applaud the effort to separate the K1200S (and BMWs in general) from the pack. They just forgot to make it prettier.



They should also never, ever, show the bike in chassis form. It looks like a thalidimide-addled shopping cart. I've seen more impressive looking hand trucks. Just show it without the fairing so you can see the duolever.



As we probably all suspected, most of the fuss is simply that BMW has managed to produce a bike that is competitive with the Hayabusa and ZX-12--only for about 5k more.
 

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In one of the motorcycle magazines, they also gave this bike a lukewarm reaction. On the front forks, although they were eagerly expecting some improved handling, it was not the case. They placed in it a luxo-super sport category for those who wanted comfort above all else.
 

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High altitudes? Over 6000 ft? Get a large displacement bike. Power seriously decreases at altitude. Much more noticeable on a 600 than a literbike.
 

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The irony is that in States where concealed carry is easily issued you don't often need one! Criminals are cowards and they usually move to places with easier pickings.

It's nice to live in a place where the cops thank you for killing a burglar. Unlike LA or NY where they do everything they can to prosecute the homeowner.
 

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Who's fussing? BMW will charge the moon for it. It'll sell to the well-heeled in limited numbers. For that sort of money I'll own 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 motorcycles and have 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 times the fun while the Beemer owners are posing up and down Sunset. Life will go on. All will be well.



 
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