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post #1 of 41 Old 08-15-2019, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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I do not like this at all. If I wanted a Harley, I would go get a Harley or blow the dust off the couple in the garage. I'm not knocking it, it's just not for me and it disapoints me because it feels like BMW trying to be Harley. I understand marketing and branding and expanding but it just looks contrived to me.

Maybe somebody wants a Harley but better?

Interesting to see from concept to production...

So, am I in the minority? Is this something any of you will rush out and get?

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I really dislike the B and GA so there's no way I'm going to like this thing.
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As an update to the 1930's R5 its impressive, but i'm not really into that style of bike.


I bet it'll be a big seller though when on sale next year.
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I really like it, I don't want one but I do like the stripped back minimalist look. Good luck to BMW and good on em' for trying, I hope it sells well.
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Different strokes for different folks. I was thinking it before I read what @Johnnybow had written. Lots of folks don't like the B or GA...for various reasons. My sense is that they wonder why BMW would take their touted sport tour platform and reduce it to a sport-bagger. Assumption is because they wanted to sell more bikes in the american market and Americans buy a lot of bagger styled bikes. And lots of folks like the ergos of the bagger. It flowed from the Roland Sands one-off concept 101. There are a couple of the R9T bikes that appeal to me stylistically, but ergonomically no freakin way. There is something about this bike that I like. I guess it's the minimalist style. Not quite steam punk but not far from it. Would I buy? Nope, not unless I was just collecting motorized artwork. Bikes are often beautiful to look at...I mean, who wants an ugly bike no matter how fun? Well, maybe, but not at BMW prices. But the true beauty of a bike is like a good woman; the cosmetic surface may fade and sag, but the heart inside, and what she does to make your heart thump, that's the one to keep. I don't see my heart thumping for miles and miles on this thing. It would turn heads pulling into the parking lot for tacos on a Saturday afternoon, though.

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I don't think BMW is trying to be Harley. They're just trying to sell motorcycles. A lot of folks in this country have partaken of the Harley Kool-Aid and think the only motorcycle available is a cruiser/bagger style. They recognized the BMW brand as an upscale brand and see that a bagger is available. The consumer doesn't have to wear Harley crap and they get their cruiser bike.

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I do not like this at all. If I wanted a Harley, I would go get a Harley or blow the dust off the couple in the garage. I'm not knocking it, it's just not for me and it disapoints me because it feels like BMW trying to be Harley. I understand marketing and branding and expanding but it just looks contrived to me.
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I don't know if you're in the minority, but I agree with you.

I came from Harley's. I gravitated to BMW because they were much more about function than image. But I can't fault BMW for doing what they can to increase market share. As long as they just nibble at the fringes with bikes like the B, GA, and possibly now with this R18, I'll stay a BMW fan.
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Reminded me if this one sort of except for the wooden rear brake shoe. I would have to black out the engine covers and exhaust.
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Its okay, you would have to really want that look. But then I feel the same way about a lot of bikes. If someone gave me one of those other bikes I wouldn't ride it that much but it would look nice in the collection. There is however a long list of other things I gotta have (like a GS) that I would use before I would even consider buying one of these.
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I have always liked the look of a bobber for nothing more than show and cruising around town. But really, something would have to be done with the engine in this one. It is monstrous. The size and protrusion of the cylinders in this BMW engine takes away from the look of the rest of the bike. A nice KTM V-Twin would look good in there (are you listening KTM?). I do like the reversed brake and clutch levers, those are cool. And I think the Goldwing still has the title for largest production motorcycle with a boxer engine at 1833cc. Maybe he meant largest two cylinder boxer engine?
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