What's Old is New again.

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by ozmoses, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. ozmoses

    ozmoses Ride On

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  2. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    meh
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  3. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    meh indeed.

    can't think of a retro thing that isn't an overweight, overstyled blahmobile

    and how are they going to pull off an aircooled motor? regs pretty much have killed that option
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  4. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    It kind of looks like a /7 in profile. At least the front half. The /7 looks better though.
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  6. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    It kind of looks like a /7 in profile. At least the front half. The /7 looks better though. They should call it the R1200/8.
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  7. Schlivitz

    Schlivitz Mercury Freefall

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    I lost interest when "sheer riding pleasure" fell victim to the "innovative technology".
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  8. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Ugh. Meh^3

    This new styling paradigm. I saw this in another forum here, referering to another brand of bike, but it fits: riding this seems to be like trying to hump a watermelon.

    --Bill
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  9. ozmoses

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    Obviously the graphic in that article is an artist rendering. To me the aesthetic seems bobber/cafe which I don't normally find appealing but in this case I actually do!

    I recall a while back getting jazzed about the MotoGuzzi Cafe Classic. As soon as I found out the "carbs" were faux, the love affair was over. I'm just curious how this new Airhead will be handled.
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  10. Tosh Togo

    Tosh Togo Long timer

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    The same... there's no way a modern streetbike that size will meet the emissions limits w/o fuel injection and a catalyst.

    And your justification for falling out of love with that Guzzi is pathetic. Think about it... you could have had the looks of "retro" carbs, but with the advantages of fuel injection.

    Sorta like marrying a pretty but penniless lady who likes to ride, and then she inherits a big wad of money. :1drink
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  11. R100RT Mark

    R100RT Mark Been here awhile

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    I never bought into the "regs killed large capacity aircooled motorcycle motors" tale and neither did, among perhaps the most obvious, Moto Guzzi and HD.
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  12. desmo

    desmo Been here awhile

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  13. R100RT Mark

    R100RT Mark Been here awhile

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    I do not think that there is a volume market for a new airhead motor unless it does everything the next generation water cooled boxers will do. I certainly do not think the current airhead owners will flock to a new airhead bike. Would position it as a limited edition at a premium over say the R1200R. If you are not going to sell a bunch might as well recognize this up front and at least try to male a decent margin on all you can sell.

    One parallel. Look at how frequently Moto Guzzi V7 Classics and Racers come up for sale with less than 5,000 miles on their clocks. Bought for show not go.
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  14. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    ... uh, yeah... constant loss??? :rofl

    --Bill
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  15. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Yer right, I'm just down with the flu and bein' negative.

    I still won't like it (see above).
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  16. ozmoses

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    Pathetic justification?

    How 'bout I like what I like & you do the same.
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  17. Fred C. Dobbs

    Fred C. Dobbs Adventurer

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    Check out "Travels with my Airhead" on that MOA page. No need for a "Retro-Airhead". The orginals are doing just fine.:norton
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  18. boxerboy81

    boxerboy81 Stay Horizontal

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    https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pres...lId=6&id=T0134025EN&left_menu_item=node__6628

    Looks to me like they're up to their ol' tricks to move on the last of the old models.

    The R100RS Last Edition Motorsport 1984, R100RSR, JPS (in Oz), Outback R100, Serie 500 R100RS, R100LT mono, R1100S boxercup replika etc, etc. They all represent times of dwindling sales of models being phased out.

    They do a good job of presenting & marketing them though.
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  19. boxerboy81

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    It'll be an
    "aircooled" R1200R with a special paint job.:wink:
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