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post #11 of 41 Old 08-15-2019, 06:35 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeB-JB6nwdY Maybe somebody wants a Harley but better?

So, am I in the minority? Is this something any of you will rush out and get?
Rush? No. But after my initial, kneejerk, "what the heck are they doing" reaction, it makes sense. Their first cruiser (forget the alpha-numeric designation) was beautiful, but underpowered. The bikes didn't sell, and they got snake-bit. Fast-forward to the B/GA. No, they're not really cruisers in the American sense, but we can dip our toe a bit and make it LOOK a little bit like one without spending all the R&D on an actual, traditional cruiser. That way, we'll see if the concept is compatible with BMW. The B/GA sold, and viola', here we are.

This bike, to compete, had to have similar displacement to H-D/Indian, vibrate with a bit of potato potato, and be air cooled. So who IS "the guy" or gal who'll buy it? Someone who wants a H-D, but can't stand the "lifestyle" or social stigma, so much so that s/he wants a similar to better-quality bike, but farther removed from H-D than Indian. A bike to give a middle finger to Harley convention, and be subject to insults from them, but "Look at your cheap rice burner" won't be one of them.

Rush out and buy one myself? No. Never as a 1st bike. I do want one, eventually; I can see myself buying one as a 2d or 3rd bike to ride around town and take short trips on, after it's been around long enough to have the teething pains worked out, and then that year model be a couple of years old with low miles on it so I can buy used.

We'll see if I'm right, but I predict they'll sell a ton.
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Never. I am a motorcycle rider. I don't want a prop to play some pretend Marlon Brando wanna-be with the neighborhood barflies. But some people do. That's why there are all kinds of rides.

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Watching the video made the second time today I thought to myself: "What jugs!" (Paraphrasing Gene Wilder's character in Young Frankenstein)

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Like it? Yes
Buy it? Likely not - unless it was a second bike and funds were no object.
Good strategy for the Mothership? Most Likely.
Kudos I say, to BMW.
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Watching the video made the second time today I thought to myself: "What jugs!" (Paraphrasing Gene Wilder's character in Young Frankenstein)
I believe that was "Oooh, nice knockers" all good lol
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I think it looks good, but it's not for me. I bought the B because of the performance AND looks. The B is capable enough in the twisties (regardless of naysayers) and looks good doing it. I can say without a doubt the B is PLENTY capable of pushing a hard riding ST 1300 owner through Scott road( a wild local hilly, twisty road that my B is airborne over the tops. A mini Isle of Man kinda). Plus I can spend 10 hours on the B. If the B only had looks I wouldn't own one. This bike LOOKS to me to do neither. Plus it has the boxer engine which is not my first choice, or second choice, or third choice but it does look nice. For a bar hopper it would be kinda cool I guess but that's not my thing personally. BMW can't go too wrong trying to please different people, and if they do the market will let them know anyway. A very close friend of mine wants a new Indian bad, and for his riding style it will work for him. It would never work for me but that's okay, it's not my money or my way to enjoy a ride.
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Don't like it, but like it that it will be on the road.
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Watching the video made the second time today I thought to myself: "What jugs!" (Paraphrasing Gene Wilder's character in Young Frankenstein)
Monty Python: "She's got huuuuuuge (hands gesturing expansively at chest level) tracts of land."
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Don't like it, but like it that it will be on the road.
This kinda goes along with my thoughts of why I'd like one, but ONLY if I could get a good deal used, and if it was a 2nd or 3rd bike, never a primary ride. To me, it's rolling art, and of the kind that says, "You don't have to embrace looking like a 1%-er or enter the pirate lifestyle to enjoy a cruiser."
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I believe that was "Oooh, nice knockers" all good lol
Nice ones might be in there too, but here's the scene I was thinking about (hope the link works):


What a great movie.
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