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I commute 126 miles a day, not counting pleasure rides. I've had the bike 11 months, I just had my 3rd valve adjustment done, which need to be done every 8,000 miles... I'm on my 2nd set of tires since getting the bike, and I need new ones. I'm on my 2nd chain, and I need a new one. How much do you ride your bike?
 

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I like their new print ad that says "yeah, I have a hairdresser, his name is Helmet". :)

 

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Oh, and it wasn't new when I bought it, they haven't made them in a few years... it's a '93, had 19,000 miles on it when I bought it, and it has 45,000 on it now.
 

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I've seen the Harley Screaming Eagle... and it IS ugly, but I gotta say it's 2nd on my list of ugly bikes, followed by the The GS 1150 heads the list, followed by the Screaming Eagle, then that BMW cruiser thingy (sorry, can't remember what it's called) and then the copper colored Hayabusa, which looks ok in other colors...
 

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A lot of the reason BMWs have a high reported "return to dealer" is that BMW owners demand perfection of their expensive machines, and come back with issues owners of other brands would just let slide.

The other reason is that new BMWs have 3 year 36,000 mile warranties. That's plenty of time and miles to find a defect in a bike. It is not uncommon for them to exceed the mileage before they exceed the time. When you put over 12,000 miles a year on a motorcycle in all conditions, you will uncover more issues than if you cover 2,000/year.

And before we go crowing that the GS ugly-which is is-keep in mind its utility. Every single thing about that bike is there because of an engineering decision, not an aethetic one. One of my favorite stories a GSer told me was when he was waiting at a red light and a Blackbird pulled up next to him. The Honda rider opened his visor and said, "Race you to Texas!" The GSer replied, "Okay, but we don't get to use any roads!"

It's all about real-world utility. If you live in a city and will never leave the asphalt, congratulations and enjoy your well-built plastic sports bike. But if I'm going on a six hundred mile ride and a hundred of them are on dirt or gravel, I'll take the R1150GS over a CBR-whatever any day.
 

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Ok, first thing... I like beemers cuz they're different. The boxer engine etc, etc. I even like the cruiser... different and funky and I've lusted after a GS (any gs any year!!!) for years.

HOWEVER... I must disagree with the comment "Every single thing about that bike is there because of an engineering decision, not an aethetic one" . These bikes were not meant to be ridden truely off road.. .they're like the sport ute 4x4's... you ride them cuz they look tough. How often have you seen GS1150's riding the motocross trails? They are designed to look cool, be comfy, tour well and... be asthetically pleasing to their target market. Just like Harley, just like Ducati and just like the Jap bikes with stupid wild graphics.



 

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Well, IMHO, the Honda Pacific Coast is extraordinarily ugly... but not the ugliest.



On the other hand, this is why they make all kinds of bikes, isn't it? :)
 

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And that my friend, is why they make different kinds of bikes. I'm glad your GS makes you happy.



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Hey I never said I did not think Jap bikes are great. I have owned a 95 Magna before my 1000R. It was hard for me to get rid of the Magna, but once I rode the Beemer, there was no going back.



So BMW does not make a serious sport bike, I am not a serious sport bike rider. Neither are 98% of the jokers on the road. I have taken my bike out on the twisties and dropped a couple of guys on 600 class race replicas. Is my bike faster? No. But unless they push their bikes to the outer limits, the Beemers will do just fine, and you know what? After a couple hundred miles I still feel good, better than I ever did on my Magna. There are lots of "good" bikes on the road, but every time I get off mine, I know I have one of the best ones on the road. At least for what I want in a bike.



Sport bikes are super neat, but I will take the torque of a boxer any day of the week.
 

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It's not copper... it's pink!

Kawasaki did it with their ZX11 one year (wierd pinky colour) and it didn't sell - the black one's certainly did though. Too bad Suzuki couldn't learn.



Perhaps colour doesn't matter when you're the baddest GT out there... whatever.
 

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I owned a BMW R90 for 15 years and it had trouble every year. I bought a Suzuki Bandit and I never have to do a thing to it ,and it cost half as much as the BMWs. I don't buy the German quality thing at all. It's a torque monster too.
 

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Motocross trails? Come on lets keep a little reality in the discussion. Granted your not going to take a 600lb machine over a set of triples. But if you need to get almost anywhere in the world a GS is the best bike on the planet to do it. I dont know of any other bike that can do as much as comfortable as the GS as well as hauling as much with you. They'll cruise along at over 100 mph for hours on end, out handle 80% of the bikes out there. The GS cannot be compared with Ducati, Harley and others. Doubt me? Take one for a demo ride, it speaks for itself. I almost bought one, but bought a 02 K1200RS instead (cant rave enough about that one). And I already have a 00 KLR 650, though that thing blows compared to the GS...
 

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Now the fallen off quote I just dont get. I see my 02 K1200RS as the most advanced bike out there. Power assisted ABS brakes, anyone else out there with that? Telelever from suspension that doesnt dive when you hit the brakes but still soaks up the bumps under hard braking. Cruise control, not a throttle lock. Everything you touch is adjustable for touring or sport play. Then the motor that just cant be discribed without riding one. The power is there at 1000rpm all the way to redline. Torque for days, great aerodynamics. Granted its almost twice the weight of an R1 but I love that weight when you get hit by a 40mph cross wind. Actually most of the weight vanishes at speed. Ive never ridden anything that stops as fast or as controlled. Price is a factor but it made me sell my car, I have no need for it anymore.
 
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