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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bringenufgun, Apr 17, 2011.
Truer Words Were Never Spoken.
Blaine - +1. Call it my own ignorance ... but these BMW's are the only real bikes I've ever known. And I love it. They seem capable to me and are quite fun .... And that's the point, right?
Wuh? Lift handle...? Seriously?
Yep. The one on my /5 used to dig into the back of my knee when I was standing riding uphill.
Seriously? Yup. Seriously. Do you ride standing on the pegs bowl legged? Otherwise I don't see how that grab handle is not going to get into your leg big time. It bruises my leg BADLY in between my MX boot and my knee if I leave it on. I don't see it being a problem while you are standing up putting through a rally or posing for a photo standing up on the pegs on that 'ruff' perfectly smooth pea gravel road. Nevertheless, if you lean back a bit while standing. Say while dropping into a ditch or motoring through some actual ruff, not your typical super smooth photo op, and you need to lean back a bit while standing up. THAT will get your leg into that lift handle big time. IF you don't ride bowl legged.
I guess the two I've had didn't have a lift handle, and it never would have occured to me to want one.
The only thing worse than those rounded grab handles is the kick start lever on the R80 G/S...!
A real PITA.
On the showroom floor at the local Duc/Triumph/KTM dealer. Owner's personal collection...
There I was ......................... sitting on the porch with a BB gun and a camera, watching those damn kids ...................... if I catch one of them on my grass, there will be hell to pay !
Damn kids ................... we weren't like that when I was young !
This one was built by Bill Kurtz at Atlanta BMW ... I stopped in to get a couple consumables, and found it. It is for sale ... don't know how much ...
It is lovely. I'm smitten.
That looks like its an ST, basically. Right? Wonder why he gave it pod filters while the airbox is still in situ?
That's where the battery is....
they ripped the idea from this bike...
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more poser bikes?
Since when did this thread become a "bobber" thread?
i hear that!
they are sharp, but not scramblers
On the otherhand these guys keep it on the straight and narrow....
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Straight and narrow? I could go all day without seeing people standing up on the pegs for a pose. At least one day?!?! I thought it was funny the first 100 times I saw 'the pose' but that was a long time ago! :huh I guess if I think about it long enough I still think it is funny since I am laughing right now.
Lighten up Shaft, I see your point, but if you rode off road with 4 inches of suspension, you might stand up all the time too!
Besides, there may be a "sweet jump" right ahead of them.
Maybe `Desert Sled` is a more apt name for those two bikes. I agree with the comment about riding short travel suspension bikes on dirt, your kidneys would be turned to mush if you didn`t stand up a lot of the time.
I was running an R1100GS with standard suspension until recently and I had my riding position set up so I could comfortably stand up for many kilometres if I wanted to; it certainly helped banging over the corrugations in the Northern Territory some years ago.