I know BMW bikes are really nice, but their aesthetics never did anything for me. Now, those sexy Ducs are another story. I'm a bimmerhead, I really want to like the looks of BMW bikes. Please...somebody make a sexy bimmer bike for once.
Agreed.. Other than certain aspects, they are pretty dull to me as well. I really hope BMW gets into making a retro-styled bike. If they made a reissue R90S I would sell my car and my kidney to get one.
I have an older Ducati Monster M900. I like it but it's starting to show its age. I want to upgrade soon but won't be able to until school is done. I'll probably end up with a new Monster S4 RS. The sport classic 1000 is tempting but I'm not sure about the wire spoke wheels and lack of passenger seat. I also want a bit of a power upgrade.
Ah, but the GT1000 comes available in a 2-up version. That would be the one I would get. I'm pretty sure the spoke wheels are for tubeless tires, and also pretty sure you could get cast wheels for it. And the 1000 has 92 HP, which serisouly, should be enough for anyone down here in reality. If you like to live anyway. If you track it, okay, maybe, but then why would you race a bike like that?
Anyway I test rode a Monster 620. (I told him to give me the easiest bike to test ride.) I was impressed with some things, not impressed with others. The sound is awesome. The power is smooth and useable. The ergonomics weren't great, but could be customized I'm sure. I don't like the posture of bikes like that, so that wasn't helping anything. But it was fun to ride. Most surprisingly, it didn't handle much better/differently from my bike, which has almost the best tech from 1974. This really surprised me. Also, the brakes weren't amazing. The front brake was good, but mainly because of decreased lever effort. The rear brake was surprisingly weak. I thought my rear brake was weak (it's a drum, and I think the shoes are partially glazed). But this thing was just as bad.
Anyway, I'm going to the event on Friday when Duc of Seattle gets the GT1k, and I will see what I think of it.
j, quick question. I see that you live in Seattle. How do you find riding in the rain down there? I'm moving to Vancouver, BC in september to goto school there and I'm a bit worried about my riding time being cut down considerably. I've rode in the rain before with no problems but I don't like getting soaked all that much.
Get rain gear and good tires, go slower, learn to avoid manhole covers, white crossroad markings and arrows, railroad crossings, heavy white painted lines, oil slicks (the middle of the lane); make yourself visible and remember that you are invisible, and it's really not that bad. I ride in my leather Vanson jacket and Fieldsheer rain pants all the time even in downpours and it's no big deal. I never get soaked. In prolonged rain I sometimes wear a yellow rain jacket, but mainly for visibility. I rode all through the winter off and on, down into the 20s, though cold and rain together are pretty unpleasant. People were looking at me like I was insane, but it was fun and I was perfectly warm. Ice is kind of scary though.
Hopefully you are riding in good gear all the time anyway. You know they use a wire brush to remove gravel and pieces of clothing from your wounds if you beef it, right?
ATGATT: all the gear all the time.