I agree that is too bad that the GS wasn't included. The Rockster however is to ugly for even a BMW fanatic to love. Great bike underneath the homliness however. Same as my buddy's R1150R, which looks worlds better. VWW
If only I had a bigger garage. I think the Rockster is one of BMW's all time best looking bikes. I guess you have to normally like BMW's to hate it. Strange. Of course, I also like the Ducati Multistrada and the current Buell line-up.
I like the Rockster. The only color I'd have a hard time digesting is the green and black. I came very close to buying a R1150R as my first bike back riding again, after about 17 years. Ended up going with a F650GS Dakar ABS partly because of the .9% financing BMW offered back then also. Loved looking at the note and seeing only $6.95 in interest.
I thought that was the most funky (and not necessarily good funky) thing I'd ever seen when I first looked at it but it really grew on me. I got more compliments on that bike than any of the three bikes I've owned over the last four years. People would roll down their windows and ask me questions, kids gawked at it, girls seemed to go for it. Except one who told me, "that's not a motorcycle". Guess it didn't have enough chrome on it.
Anyway, turned out to be a great bike for the city with all the crappy roads and what not. It could do five hours touring in a day and leave you no worse for wear. If you saw a bumpy dirt/gravel/fire road it wasn't off limits. All and all a really good motorcycle. The only time I got really pissed was when I had it up to about 105 mph and an Escort started to pull away from me. Nope, didn't like that.
What an utter crock! Yo BMW. Are your customers sissies now? I mean, isn't the prototypical BMW rider a "nut-job" who rides in his impervial to the elements top-shelf gear in any and all weather? That washes his bike by fording streams at a whim? Why is it Gerbing resellers are more often than not BMW dealerships? Do the purchasers not wear their heated gear now?
Or is it just USA BMW riders who are sissies and revert to their cages when the temps head below 40F? I ride practically every day in Chicago down to 5F and 2F so far this season.
They ought to limit the deal to those who actually ride to the dealership.
Be still my heart.... BMW puts its overpriced styling errors and leftovers on sale. Like Michael Jackson at a strip club, I just can't get excited. Only interesting bike to me is the K1200GT, but at 17 large, I'd rather have an FJR with crappy financing, thank you.
Maybe the persecuted RUBs in Seattle will now trade in their chromey noise makers and buttless chaps for BMW bikes and gear more befitting their station in life. Only then will they STFU.
This is interesting coming from BMW. Typically BMW dealers don't get good sales deals from the factory. This means that they can't ****er much with a prospective buyer. Sounds like now they can.
Thing is, dealer profit is maybe $2,000 on a BMW. Sure, that's two large you say but consider this....
Yamaha dealers make about that on a $10,500 R1. If you're selling a $17,000 K1200LT then there oughta be more money in it for the dealer.
A guy on bmwsporttouring posted the actual dealer cost of the BMW lineup. The margins are pretty small, I think. This was backed up by my buddy who sold BMW's for a while (but now is doing something else).
right, but Germany and much of the EU unlike Japan has unions dictating terms of their employment, a whole month when the country shuts down, less than 40hr work weeks etc. So yeah, why shouldn't the BMW's cost more than a Japanese bike to reflect the much higher costs of production? So far BMW has managed not to price themself out of business. We'll see how many more years it takes for the anti-capitalists to destroy the country. And after they lose their jobs as a direct result of voting communists into political office, they'll instead riot and demonstrate against their ex-employer instead of lining up the politicols to be shot or at least run out of town.
Now we know what isn't selling: the soon to be extinct cruiser line, whacko Rockster (yes, I know it's a fine bike underneath- but ohhh that Johnny5 exterior!), soon to be extinct K12GT and the soon to be updated/replaced R-RS - "r.i.p." o' first of the type 259's. I saw my first one on the road in Utah - on the glorious State Route 12 back in Sept 93.