IMHO, BMW's aren't bad, just overprized - especially here in Europe. BMW's are really good bikes, very close to perfect. BMW could build perfect bikes, if they wouldn't try to make even more Money ( as all companys ) They have a almost perfect bike, like the "new" watercooled R 1200 GS, work on the teething problems and got that bike really almost perfect. When everyone is satisfied, the guys from the controler branch jump in and it goes like this : "Geee, we have this almost perfect bike now. But can't we change this or that part. To make it cheaper in the production ?
Then the misery beginns.
When I finally decided to replace my 2005 BMW R 1200 GS last year, I went to the castle of my local BMW King ( Dealer ) and begged on my knees, to get a 2015 R 1200 GS for a test ride. After I was found worthy enough, I finally got one. Compared to my old outworn R 1200 GS, I found the new R 1200 GS a bit stiff on the road, but rock steady. The additional 25 hp gave me a little smile. But in the end, that 2015 GS had to many little shortcomings for me. The engine ran a bit rough, the transmission was noisy, the driveshaft generated vibrations, the pipe was to loud for me and on that really hot summer day, the engine generated so much heat that it felt uncomfortable, the windshield got wobbly when the going got faster, the speedometer is to small, the rearview mirrors too ...
So, in the end - no new bike für me in 2015 !
This year, when the summer came, I needed a new bike bad. Really bad ! Same procedure. Again to the castle of the local BMW King, on my knees in the dust, ... please, pretty please your royal highness, lemme ride one of your precious R 1200 GS ! I know I'm just a blue collar worm and no dentist or M.D., but please give me one of your jewels.
I got a 2016 R 1200 GS. But man ! Was I disapointed. That bike had a stability problem. That came, as I learned after some research, from some new ( and for sure cheaper ) bearings.
My local BMW King gave me even a R 1200 GS Adventure for a test ride that day. The Adventure had a better stability, but not that rock steady feeling I had with the 2015 GS. And honest, that bride was just a bit to fat for me. But I liked that olive drab coulor or that particualar Adventure. That bike looked almost like a Leopard tank from ther German Army !!
So I climbed again my old 2005 GS - frustrated. Next day I went to the closest KTM Dealer. I got a 2016 KTM 1290 Super Adventure for a ride and fell in love immediately. What a lovely mean beast
I had tears of joy in my eyes - that flowed horizontal.
I guess the BMW crowd is very pleased, that I don't ruin their gentleman rider reputation anymore. All you guys with your fancy BWM driver suits, funny flip-up helmets and neon coloured safety vests
- celebrate !
First thing I did, after I got my KTM from the dealer - I went to my grandchildren. Have you guys still that "My grandpa rides a BMW" T-Shirts ?
Yeah granpa !
Burn'em ! I'm an outlaw again !
You can't fall in love with a recent, almost perfect BMW because they don't have much character. To love a BMW, I guess you must have the mindset of a german government offical