The BMWs are (finally) coming

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by elamofo, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Lps2009

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    10.000$ for a taiwanese scooter ...... dont think so :)
  2. JerryH

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    I thought the same thing. But look at the price of a Silverwing or Burgman 650. It's pretty much on par with those, and they almost certainly use parts from Taiwan. ALL of BMW's bikes and cars use parts from Taiwan, as do many other high dollar brands. Several even use parts from Mainland China. I wish the U.S. would put a heavy tariff on anything imported from China, even on stuff imported from other countries that use Chinese parts in their products. The invasion of cheap Chinese junk is causing our whole country to fall apart.

    The scooter craze was basically started by Vespa, and ended when Vespa pulled out of the U.S. market due to problems with the EPA. Recently it has come back, with scooters of all different brands. I don't know why. It would be easy to attribute it to the price of gas, but I seriously doubt that would get people out of their cars unless they were riders already. Most car drivers that don't ride are vehemently opposed to bikes, and wouldn't go near one. Most of the scooters I see around town are 50cc-150cc, and sadly many of them are Chinese. Maybe there are more people riding now, attracted by how easy scooters are to operate, with no clutch and no shifting. But, in my state, you still have to have a motorcycle license to ride them, so you must first learn how to ride a motorcycle. It could just be that motorcycles have become too expensive.
  3. John Bentall

    John Bentall Been here awhile

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    Bloody hell - another one for the ignore list!
  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    You'd be surprised after a factory tour or two in Taiwan or China when you
    see a Kawasaki and similar bikes on the production line..

    Kymco knows how to make good bikes.
  5. max57

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    I have thought a lot about scooters, since I have been riding a scooter since 1971. I think scooters are being preferred by many riders for practical reasons. A small scooter can have weather protection and be quite narrow, since the motor is under the seat or beside the rear wheel. The final drive is enclosed, unlike most motorcycles with an exposed chain that requires frequent attention. The center of mass is low, making them easy to manage at low speed. Scooters can carry a lot of weight. One thing scooters are not is inexpensive. They cost a lot for the size motor inside. Despite the cutesy image,scooters (the good ones) are extremely rugged and durable.

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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  7. Tommythewrench

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    WE HAVE 1 GT Here at the shop!

    www.pandorasmotorsports.com

    We just finished uncrating it Saturday morning. a loaded black GT. If anyone has any interest let me know

    423-468-4104
  8. klaviator

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    Your ignorance is showing.
  9. oldenuf

    oldenuf Been here awhile

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    I read the scooters are manufactured at the BMW factory in Spandau, Berlin.
  10. Lps2009

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    10.000$ for a taiwanese scooter DONT THINK SO <<<<<<
  11. elamofo

    elamofo Been here awhile

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    Would you buy a BMW car/suv made in America? Or a Camry or Accord?

    How about a Lincoln made in Mexico?

    How about a Buick made in Germany?

    By the way, you're from New York City, New Jersey? And you used a period instead of a comma and put the dollar sign at the end? Interesting.
  12. Lps2009

    Lps2009 n00b

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    got your curiosity rollin didnt I .....hahahahahahahahaahahaha
  13. gec343

    gec343 Been here awhile

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    I am impressed with the new BMW Scooter. I presently ride a GL1800, but at age 70, I see one of those BMW's in my future, probably one or two years from now.

    However, the switch from motorcycles to scooters will be very easy for me, since I developed my love of two wheels on a 1952 Allstate, then a new 1958 Allstate crusaire. It will be like my second childhood!!:clap
  14. klaviator

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    I've been living my second childhood since 1980 when I bought my first motorcycle:D
  15. elamofo

    elamofo Been here awhile

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    Anyone see/drive the C600 Sport version yet?
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    Brooktown Geezer scooter guy

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    I had previously seen both at the International Motorcycle show last December, but I I happened to be near a BMW shop today, so I stopped in to see them. The production models are so much nicer in fit and finish than the ones I saw at the show. There is no mistaking the BMW DNA in these scooters. The way the electronic windscreen works on the GT is like something you'd expect from BMW, and it makes my Burgman electonic windscreen seem like second string. The display has lots of useful info, the heated seat and grip controls are convenient.

    The Sport model sits a little lower to the floor, has black powder coated wheels, stainless inserts in the foot area, and just looks more like an elongated sport bike. I had thought the GT might outsell the Sport, but having seen the sport in person, I may have been wrong on that assumption. All three bikes the dealer received were already sold.

    I am hoping to test ride one at another dealer soon. Very nice scooters.
  17. Moto Mark

    Moto Mark Been here awhile

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    I've got a Sport on order and it should be here next week. I rode the shop's demo last weekend and I was very impressed. My previous maxi was a Piaggio MP3 500 so it's not much of a comparison but the Sport accelerated quickly with very little lag and I had plenty of legroom, something I was lacking on the Piaggio.

    Overall I'm really excited and look forward to hitting the road.
  18. klaviator

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    I had the chance to see and sit on both of the BMW scooters at the Cycle Show in Atlanta today. I am not a big fan of most maxi scooters and the riding positions of the Japanese Maxi's range from terrible (SW, Majesty) to bearable(Burgman, T max). I actually liked the riding position of the Sport although I did not really care for the GT. My wife also preferred the sport as a passenger. Although the BMW's weigh about as much as a Burgman 650, they felt much lighter. I won't be in the market for anything for a while but the BMW sport is now on my possible wish list for the future. I will be interested in seeing how easy the maintenance is on these. I can't afford to pay the huge servicing costs the dealers are likely to charge so being able to do my own maintenance is a must.
  19. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Happened to be at the local BMW dealer and they had a 650GT out for a demo.

    All I can say is, WOW...what a great bike...definitely very comfortable, with lots of room, electric windshield, good storage, nice fit and finish and you can put a rack on it for a topbox. Very nice dash display as well. The salesguy turned the motor on...I didn't ride it, but you can tell that the engine has a lot of power and torque...way more than my Silverwing. It runs about $11.5K or so...I think the Burgman 650 is around $10K. I'd opt for the BMW, I think.

    Really nice machine...hope they sell a boatload of them...
  20. gregbenner

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    If you can't afford one, don't buy one. Or,.....get a better job?:rofl