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(Motorcycle USA)   Keep your helmet on, but BMW has just introduced a new 90th anniversary retro motorcycle   (motorcycle-usa.com) divider line 58
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2012-11-18 02:06:36 AM

xnmw: dickfreckle: JohnnyC: Nope... didn't find that bike with the sidecar there. Did find this old BMW in the pictures though:

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It was in a really small hallway at the museum though, so I couldn't get a good shot from the side.

You probably already know this, but the BMW logo is a spinning airplane propeller.

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They were banned by treaty from manufacturing war engines, surviving by making bicycles of all things. 

I'll ride bikes that turn me on more (including my current one), but will probably never have the sort of relationship I had with beemers. They just kept going. And going. There was never anything particularly sexy about them, but sex appeal don't get ya home.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/living-a-lie-bmw-logo-not-based-on-spinn in g-propeller.html


Former BMW employee here. Not from a dealership, from the headquarters in Munich... Both are supposed to right. The colours of the flag of Bavaria and the propeller thing.
Well, that's what they taught employees during the brand behaviour training thingy anyways.
 
2012-11-18 04:15:23 AM

TwistedIvory: dickfreckle: I've done both 955i and 1050 (I have a 955i motor in my living room, for no apparent reason). Frankly, there isn't a tremendous amount of difference. Both made me harvest seat foam with my ass cheeks in first gear alone.

And I was kind of underwhelmed, but my Italian twin is a 996cc Ducati engine and my Japanese four is a 1349cc Hayabusa engine. My Sprint ST would start to suck wind around 110 or 120mph on a spirited ride, and that bothered me. I expected a bit more.

For city commuting I take the KLR650 (though it's more dirt-oriented these days) and for highway droning I tend to take my SV650N. The Monster, B-King, and CX500T come out on other occasions (and one day my GSX-R 7/11 will rise again!).


I agree with damn near all of this, including the KLR. It's a bike I've always wanted to own but never got around to. SV is simply one of the best daily bikes out there. Depending on which particular Monster, chances are I'm gonna dig that as well. I know what a CX500T is, but have never ridden one. Have seen several around town, including one that leaks oil a few blocks down from my place. That's an insult to the owner, not the bike.

KLR 650 is on my list. I don't need one, but I gotta have it. However, I am not a wealthy man. Back in the day I could afford multiple bikes, but now I need to be cautious.
 
2012-11-18 04:27:28 AM
Sh*t, I didn't finish the post, regarding your comment about Triumph:

My thing is commuting. I'm hardly ever at triple digits. Close, but not typically. My thing is acceleration and usability in the commute scenario. That's why I seriously dig Triumph Triples, as they marry brute force with the ease of riding it every day.

It's the same reason I liked BMW all the years, but the Triumph is a more violent bike. My rig is now aging poorly, so a decision has to be made. I lean Triumph because she has always been good to me, with the added bonus of giving a chubby every time I FOT.
 
2012-11-18 04:50:00 AM

TwistedIvory: My Sprint ST would start to suck wind around 110 or 120mph on a spirited ride, and that bothered me. I expected a bit more.


I am posting too much, but I'm drunk and unable to ride. So here we are.

If I may ask, how were you riding when you Sprint started sucking wind? I'm not trying to insult you; genuinely curious. Perhaps we just have different ideas of what "sucking wind" means.

Bothe the 955i and the current 1050 scared the sh*t out of me. No, neither were state of the art. But vicious as all hell.
 
2012-11-18 09:31:09 AM

dickfreckle: I agree with damn near all of this, including the KLR. It's a bike I've always wanted to own but never got around to. SV is simply one of the best daily bikes out there. Depending on which particular Monster, chances are I'm gonna dig that as well. I know what a CX500T is, but have never ridden one. Have seen several around town, including one that leaks oil a few blocks down from my place. That's an insult to the owner, not the bike.

KLR 650 is on my list. I don't need one, but I gotta have it. However, I am not a wealthy man. Back in the day I could afford multiple bikes, but now I need to be cautious.



The KLR is surprisingly versatile. I geared mine +2F for easier highway riding, but I'm thinking about going back to stock since I put on the knobbies and switched to the SV for long commutes (and I need to gear the SV a bit differently, too).

The SV650 is a surprisingly good little bike. I've also owned an SV1000, though, and was less impressed. It was definitely fun, but it was never as fun as my Monster and its subpar gas mileage did little to endear me on the other side. However, with my work gear (which weighs a fair few pounds) and myself (I'm about 260, probably 270 in my daily riding gear) if I ride sensibly I return mid- to high-40s on the 650. The KLR routinely returns 50 to 53mpg.

I'm definitely not wealthy, but I've made some good motorcycle decisions that have allowed me to to profit from selling/trading bikes. The upshot is that I now have six motorbikes for much, much less money invested than you might think.

dickfreckle: If I may ask, how were you riding when you Sprint started sucking wind? I'm not trying to insult you; genuinely curious. Perhaps we just have different ideas of what "sucking wind" means.


My Speed Triple was pretty fun in lower gears; the gearing has a lot to do with that, I believe, because the Sprint ST was much more sedate. Most notably, though, I was on a spirited ride with some buddies (on a built Bandit 1200, and on a nearly-stock VFR750) and I couldn't keep up on my 1050 triple. This wasn't for lack of skill, but simply because the engine ran out of steam. Where I should've been fine pulling hard in fifth, or so I thought, I felt like I was having to constantly downshift to fourth (or third). The bike topped out around 140, which also seemed too low.

Now, I RARELY ride like that. Heading out to the desert/mountains and wicking it up is a pretty rare occurrence for me these days, but I like to be able to do so when I want. The Sprint ST was a slick, comfortable, mostly capable bike but I feel that with 1050cc there should've been more oomph.
 
2012-11-19 04:20:01 AM

Kuroshin: ChubbyTiger:

Meh. Boxers keep your toes warm when it's cold out.

So do boots.


No, actually, they don't. Let 45 degree damp air flow over your feet at 70 mph for an hour or two, and you'll find out that your feet are really, really cold. A full fairing is a wonderful thing in those situations, and I'd imagine that heated grips/vest/whatever would be a wonderful thing (never had any of the electric goodies).
 
2012-11-19 09:56:25 AM
Oh, they're trying to be like Ducati! Brilliant!

Step 1) make awesome retro bike
Step 2) product placement in Tron
Step 3) immediately discontinue bike
Step 4) Profit for used bikes, I guess?
 
2012-11-19 10:24:45 AM
Is this bike supposed to be "retro?"
 
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