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Talking Why BMW.

Hey all.
I have a silly question for you. Why did you all choose a BMW? I have always liked the sleek look and style of a BMW, but what was the deciding factor that made you buy one? I think they are very cool looking, but they are also pricey as far as I'm concerned! Just a friendly question!!
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Ease of maintenance (the old ones anyway) reliability, decent power where you need it, good stable handling, and a pleasing engine cadence whilst motoring down the road.

Those are the reasons I'm going to give when I finally buy one!
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I love the styling of the older BMWs too.
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I went into the local BMW dealer out of curiosity and loved what I saw, they look high tech and they are, I think mine R 1150 R is a perfect blend of speed and comfort, people always say wow thats cool! I didn't know BMW made bikes and then I tell them they have been making them for over 80 years, I saw an intervew on TV with a BMW exective, he said he attendend a meeting discussing the idea of producing automobiles in addition to the motorcycles they were having such great success with and weather or not there was money to be made form them, imagine that. people who don't know ask me if they are the most expensive motorcycle avaliable, they also have a certain class to them that I love.

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I'm not a BMW owner, but I hope to be one someday soon. I'll tell you what's drawn me to the brand.

First is the styling. When I began looking at used bikes in my price range I never thought I'd be looking at some BMWs. When I stumbled across the GS models, I was smitten. And though a GS is still out of my starter bike ballpark, it led me to the F650s, which I also love the looks of. Hard to put it into words, but no other bikes I've looked at have struck me that way.

Second is reliability. Even the lower-cost, older bikes I've been looking at rate high in online reviews I've found. I can honestly say I haven't read a bad review yet.

Finally, its that they are more unique and unusual, especially around here. Whether it's cars, houses, or other larger-ticket items, I've always been drawn away from the beaten path. There are plenty of used bikes out there that will suit my needs. But I like the idea of riding something that turns heads a bit. I love the thought of someone saying, "Hey, cool bike. What is it?"
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Full disclosure: I'm not a BMW owner.

BMW has a long history of making quality bikes and I think the dependability would be a huge factor in owning one. The one I have ridden (Old R series 1000) felt really smooth and comfortable to ride, it could handle the twisties really well also.
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My decision came in the form of beauty vs. function. I was looking to get a bike that was vintage. I was shopping around for Japanese, British, Italian and German bikes. The deciding factor was made after realizing that i didn't want a signature oil stain in my parking space. Although I like working on my bikes, i'm more of a maintenance freak than a roadside emergency repair enthusiast. Hence my final decision to by a 1972 R75/5. It has been a joy to own and ride. And it looks fantastic.
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Price and ease of financing were the simple reasons why I bought one. I knew BMW was better quality than Japanese brands and held better resale value. And, when they will finance you at 0.9% interest and no down payment, it was a no brainer. My other choice was a Harley V-Rod but H-D wanted 10% down and had some astronomical interest rate.

Best decision I ever made.
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Price and ease of financing were the simple reasons why I bought one. I knew BMW was better quality than Japanese brands and held better resale value. And, when they will finance you at 0.9% interest and no down payment, it was a no brainer. My other choice was a Harley V-Rod but H-D wanted 10% down and had some astronomical interest rate.

Best decision I ever made.
Untrue. They're a good bike, as good as Japanese bikes, but not any better. As a matter of fact, their fit and finish has degraded over the years. The controls are cheap and cheesy-looking now, and they just don't have the same quality "feel" that the older ones do. I really like BMW's a lot, but the older ones seem to attract me more.

Thirty years ago, your statement held water, but now it doesn't.

As far as picking a BMW over a V-ROD goes, that was the best decision of your life!! As a motorcycle mechanic that has worked on all brands, I can assure you that Harleys are junk and V-RODs are the junkiest!!!
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Why I chose a BMW

I finally purchased a 1986 K-100RS it was red. I have always wanted one back when they firstcame out. Classic styling and they just plain and simple looked cool. I have had 17 different bikes before this, mostley from Japan had a small interlude with Nortons, fun when they run!!
Now I have had this RS for 2 years and it is a great bike. Have been on a few 3500 miles trips and it performs great, comfortable tons of power, well almost. Been reliable and when it has needed things fixed I can fix it.
I like the old ones, they are cheap to buy and maintain plus in the world where everything looks the same they still stand out. I get a lot of compliments on it. Plus ....The harley crowd even wave as an added bonus!
Buy one, and ride the day lites out of it! Enjoy!
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Why?

You know Dano, I was actually going to get a harley. I mean everyone looks at me and then there is the inevitable question,"Do you ride a harley?" 6'01 285 lbs, Shaved head, four inch goatie, okay I can see where their coming from. But, as I was looking very seriously at the new Fatbob I thought "Why restrict myself to the road?" I grew up in the desert riding dirt bikes. Got my first bike when I was 5 powered by a mighty lawnmower engine. Been off-road ever sinse. But as I am now in sicily there seem to be more fences here then I ran into in Nevada. So I have to take a trip to get off-road now. For all these, long drawn out reasons , I turned to my wife and said," Tired of me being in the house? By me a new R1200GS Adventure." And can you believe it....she did. A few month later I was flying to Germany to ride it home and 900 miles later I couldn't be happier. This bike puts all the others I have had to shame and then some.
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I personal fell in love with the classic look of the old airheads. My father -in-law has a beautiful 73 r60 that he turned into a bobber that was a wonder to see. The mom-in-law had a 74 r60 sitting in the corner collecting dust as she had given up riding. After over a year of asking she finally agreed to sell it to me.( dirt cheap i might add to). I don't like being a conformist, and I wanted a different bike that you don't see everyday.
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Since I can remember Bikers rode Harleys, Sport jocks rode Rice Burners and Motorcyclist’s rode BMW’s. I always fell into the sport category, loving the cheap thrill ride to work with the weekend corner blitz and I still think Japanese Bike’s offer the best value for the money, anybody that say’s otherwise doesn’t know their ass from a hole in the ground.

But age forced me to go the Motorcyclist rout, so I ride a BMW, it’s the smoothest running motorcycle I have ever been on, the sweet droning exhaust note drones on as if saying “ I’m still going to be purring down the road when you have long since turned to worm food.”

Everybody knows what I’m talking about when I say “Motorcyclist”; these are the people who ride their bike day in and day out, because their motorcycle is not their only form of transportation through necessity but through desire. They may have the means to drive a cage on that frozen February morning but they don’t, instead they hop on their Motorcycle and in my experience that motorcycle has been a BMW more often then not.

I’m not one of those guys, but this season I’m going to go has far as mother nature and my body will let me.
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I saw a bike and I wanted it. I checked all the specs and it had what I wanted. Next time it may be something else. Next month I plan on a test ride. But that also is BMW.
But wait til I see the 2010 models. Maybe I'll go back to a Honda.
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Hey all.
I have a silly question for you. Why did you all choose a BMW? I have always liked the sleek look and style of a BMW, but what was the deciding factor that made you buy one? I think they are very cool looking, but they are also pricey as far as I'm concerned! Just a friendly question!!
MY 2001 1150gs is smooth as silk, super quiet, I sit upright, and is easy on my knees that don't bend very well.
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Smile 10 years on

In june 1998 I owned a 1984 GPZ1100, the one with the fuel gauge on the tank, nice riding position and not to slow at all, on one of my trips to the local bike shop I spotted a k100rs out front for sale, black with white wheels, floating disks, 16 valve engine and one of the best standard exhaust's I had seen on a K, 54k on the spedo, 91 model in good condition. I felt it was time for a change, I have rode jap bikes for years and no matter how much you spend on keeping the machine goin, when it came time to sell you lost more than you had spent. So after some research, I found the only negative was the price of parts, yes nothing is cheap if it has the flying propeller logo on it.
Deal done my GPZ & $7000 I now ride a german bike, I soon was used to the silly indicator switches (dont use them), but the motor took a while to learn how to extract the best from the power it has, once the art is learned it is surprisingly quick.
Not a superbike but at the end of a full days ride you feel like going back and doin it again very comfy no stiff neck no sore knees. I have now owned "Stella" over 10 years, am I happy yeah will I sell it Never.
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Beemers because they're so far ahead of the game...ABS before anyone else, heated grips, luggage that detaches by use of a handle, chips that allow you to run less than perfect gas (in my ADV) anti-dive suspension, reliability etc.
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I have always REALLY wanted to have two motorcycles. One of which is a Dual Sport BMW. I have no idea why but it's one of the two bikes that has inspired that weird desire thing on sight. There are a few cars or other items that do it to me as well but not much else comes close to the burning want when these things are concerned. I have idea why. I must have watched Long Way Round 10 times over the last few years paying more attention to their rides than anything else. The dream vacation is of course a ride something like what they did (just far shorter, I don't think I have that kinda of stamina).

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Hey all.
I have a silly question for you. Why did you all choose a BMW? I have always liked the sleek look and style of a BMW, but what was the deciding factor that made you buy one? I think they are very cool looking, but they are also pricey as far as I'm concerned! Just a friendly question!!
Good question more complex than it sounds. Quality? - I don't think so (maybe in the past). Better power and ride? - No. Cost? - fuk no. Uniqueness? - Yes. Racist reasons? - maybe. Snob factor? - probably. I considered buying a R1100S and visited a lot of different forums to read up on the bike. That's when I found out that BMW forums are different. Not bad, just "different". My other choices are the ST1300 and FJR 1300. So far from what I read (comparison shopping) I can't see why anyone would buy the BMW over the Honda or Yamaha. Except maybe in the name of brand loyalty or some other nostalgic reason.

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Why BMW?
Isn't that like saying
"Why gold"?
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Hey all.
I have a silly question for you. Why did you all choose a BMW? I have always liked the sleek look and style of a BMW, but what was the deciding factor that made you buy one? I think they are very cool looking, but they are also pricey as far as I'm concerned! Just a friendly question!!
Let me start off with saying I am a newbe to this site (Hello) I have been riding bikes my whole life since age of 4 so 37 years. Have had alot of dirt bikes and raced them and have owned a few japanees bikes, Suzi GS450, Suzi GS750E, Suzi GS1100E, Honda CB750SS, and currently own a Suzi SV650S. Growing up my DAD had 13 BMW motorcycles in the garage at one time and was hooked on BMW's. As a kid for some reason I didnt care to much for them till now. I like the sporty looking jap bikes and never seen a BMW that was sporty looking in my opinion till just recently. Maybe I leed a sheltered life? who knows! I commute 80 miles one way to work on my SV and have put 12,000 miles on her in 5 months and she seems to be wearing out already with 24,000 miles. I love to ride and want something reliable thus focusing on BMW. Well I saw and now cant stop thinking about the BMW R1200S. Man is she classy,sexy, and sporty (Yellow is sexy).
I want one bad and am doing my research first.
If someone on here owns one (of course someone does) how do you like it? how does it handle? any issues with her? hows the service on them easy to maintain? do you service it your self? is it comfortable to ride on long distance like 80 miles a day one way? I am 5'8" tall would this work for me? do they vibrate your hands and booty to sleep? any help with convinceing me to buy one would greatly be appreciated but the truth is what I need.
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I can't speak to the R1200S but I can say that my R1100R is very smooth, booty and hands are fine after my one hour ride to work, oh and about heated grips OMG ya gotta get them!
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I saw" Making Hanable" and wanted an old bike.BMW was the only choice.
No old Brit bike for me.
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BMW has always been known as a quality manufacturer. I've seen some that blew my mind away on how well they were built. I'm hoping I can pick one up later down the road when the price is right, I never heard anything bad about them to be honest- only positive feedback.
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Hi all. I'm a newbie to this site. I'm really looking for personal testimonials regarding the new 800GS. Before starting a thread, I'm required to make three posts. What better thread to begin with... Why BMW?

Well, I guess I accidently entered my last post before I answered the question. Nothing like a grand entrance. For starters, I've got an '06 F650GS. I originally bought it as a commuter. Nearly 70 mpg. I didn't realize that it would become the gateway drug to my new addiction... Adventure Touring. Living in Southern Oregon, I've got endless opportunities for part dirt / part road expeditions. Not to boast, well maybe a little, I just got back from a two-week BMW tour of Germany. I hit Oktoberfest and Intermot in one fell swoop. 240 km on the Autobahn on an R 1200 RT. Why BMW? BMW truly embraces the concept of adventure and offers the right tool for max pleasure. Smooth power delivery, adequate power, heated grips, abs, great looking. After watching the Long Way Down, my friends make fun of me for riding a "chick bike". After riding the 1200, I think the 800 may be the bike for me. Any thoughts?

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I did a test drive event and rode the 1200,I didnt like it.It is too big,too heavy and too gentlemanly.I didnt like
the smooth power delivery.It may be because of the fuel injection.When I ride a bike I like a"punch in the face"
type accelleration.
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Also I didnt like how wide the bars are.
I have broken my collar bones several times and the wide bars didnt work for me.
They didnt have a 800 to try and the 650 seemed too girly.(lol)
I have since gone to the dealer and sat on the 800 in the show room.I feel the bars are a little wide for me so I would cut them narrower or go after market.
I was reading the spec sheet and it looks like the 650 and 800 share mills
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bore/stroke 650 gs
82mmx75.6mm
b/s 800 gs
82mmx75.6mm

bhp for 650
71@700rmp

bhp for 800
85@7500rpm

so you maybey able to get some more ponies from the 650 with an 800
computer or a chip
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Thanks for the info

I appreciate your input redlinedave. I agree with you on the 1200, just too much bike. I've also sat on the 800, I'd really like to see what its got. My biggest complaint about the 650 is first and second gears. I want something with more punch and a little bit taller gears.
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I have just finished 4 years on Concours, and I enjoyed every mile er KM, but I came to realize that Ontario is a beautiul province and maybe I should see more of it rather than looking deep into the next rurn. I purchased the R1200CL with this in mind. Has all the bells and whistles that I require and the speed to enjoy them. Yes heavy and slower but still a great ride.
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To be honest I was able to get mine out of pure luck. I started on a Yamaha Virago 250 and had outgrown it. (I started riding it at 14, 4 years later I was still loving the gas mileage, but wanted something bigger, more powerful, and suited to highway driving, since that's what I lived close to.) I started to shop around to something new, maybe a middleweight sportbike like the R6S or FZ6 or ZZR600. A friend of my mom's was selling his 2001 BMW R1100S at the exact same time I was looking for a new one, so I asked if I could test-ride it. I instantly fell in love. I'm a 6-foot, 260-pound offensive llineman, so the weight of the bike didn't bother me and seat height wasn't an issue, although shorter people have complained about difficulty reaching the ground on this model. It had the power I was craving and the comfort I wouldn't have gotten on the middleweights my budget had me restricted to.
I wouldn't have been able to afford any BMW model if the guy hadn't cut me a sweet deal, so I guess I chose a BMW because it was the nicest bike I could afford and my mom's friend is awesome.
Why would I choose BMW again? Well, the R259 Boxer motor is absolutely bulletproof. No problems with it ever. The bike fits me really well, I'm not streched out to reach the bars or scrunched up with my knees at my chest. I get 40 miles to the gallon with a bit or self-control and the ever-present threat of the campus police. And It's dead sexy.
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Oh and one other thing. Heated Grips.
They rock.
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Ease of maintenace, great asthetics, reliability and a froup of fellow owners always willing to help with advice.
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I have been riding an airhead since '74. One of the most unique sensations of the shaft drive is the "lift" on acceleration and the "gryoscopic" effect of the opposing cylinder's force in a turn. You just don't get that with any other bike. Enjoy!
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Why not?

I have owned a few bikes from most of the major motorcycle companies. But I never owned or even rode any BMW before. So a friend had a 1994 K75s for sale for $500 because it doesn't run. So I bought it to see what the BMW experience is all about. Oh, by the way, I am going to post a thread about the fuel injection problem I am having once I get the 3 post needed to start a thread.
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i just recently bought a 06 bmw k1200s, i previously owned a 05 cbr600rr and im still on the fence, however i do enjoy the taller bmw,luggage,45 mpg,and more top end power...but the acceleration feels so weird compared to the in ur face acceleration of the cbr.. im 6ft 200lbs and i fell more confident on the bmw and definitely more comfortable on the fact that the bmw actually has a seat not a piece of plastic w/ a piece of fake leather wrapped around it
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i bought my 1994 bmw becuase the price was right. i wanted a bike that could do it all on a $4000 budget
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I just bought my 2001 R1100RL for many reasons including: Simple engine design, dry clutch, low center of gravity, smooth ride, and ease of maintenance. I also like the uniqueness to the bike. On a ride yesterday, I saw: 1 Triumph speed triple, 2 sport bikes, and many, many V Twin Harley clones. Point being, nearly everyone in this area rides a V Twin, not many ride BMW’s. When it comes to mottos, instead of ‘Lead, Follow, or get out of the way’ I prefer Frank Sinatra ‘I did it my way.’
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I picked up a BMW because I wanted a Harley but it was 2003 and the sales person actually laughed at me when I told her I wanted an anniversary edition fat boy. She said they had people that had been cultivating a relationship with them for over 5 years just so they could get one of them and there was no way I was going to be able to get one. They even had the one I wanted on the showroom floor but wouldn't sell it it me.....they said it was already spoken for but it didn't have a sold sign on it.

I couldn't believe it....here I was, ready to buy and they made me feel like an idiot. I walked into the BMW shop and fell in love with the R1200C so I bought it and was happy for a long time.....until I saw the crossbones and just had to have it.

I've since come to realize my experience wasn't unique. Many people I talked to had similar experiences with that dealership and told me of other dealers to go to...that were friendlier and more helpful....which is pretty much true.

There's things I like about the BMW and one is the dealership here in OKC. They really are awesome, helpful and have never ever made me feel like an idiot. They also sponsor a lot of rides.

2008 - Harley Davidson - Cross Bones (FLSTSB)
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