R18 - The closest thing to an airhead in a while?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by the_babaji, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. infinityedge

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  2. OLD GREEN

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    I don't know, I kind of dig it. It's black with white stripes and a roundel on the tank, low bars, solo seat and no fucking wind screen to obstruct the view from my open faced helmet and sun glasses. What's not to like? If this really comes to market, it'd be the closest opportunity I'd ever have to walking into a dealer and buying a modern R69S. Throw some bags on it and you're good to roll. And, It looks like it's got enough brakes to stop it as a bonus. How could you not find enjoyment in that? It doesn't have to be the only tool in your shed, you can park it next to your RTW GSPD or your commuter RT.

    I think some of you guys might be so old that you forgot how much fun riding a stripped down bike can be. Leave the Aerostich on the hanger once in a while, feel the wind in your face, take a chance, live a little. You might find a whole new way to enjoy motorcycling, or hopefully at least the insight to not judge others for how they enjoy it.
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  3. Mobiker

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    My main problem with it is it looks like it would get uncomfortable real quick. Being as I am a geezer, comfort has become a pretty big priority.
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  4. Tripletreat

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    Okay, the Montauk was not an airhead. My bad. Technically it had an "oil head" engine, if I have my "street" names correct. However, it couldn't be considered anything other than a cruiser, and an ugly one at that! BMW has turned out some really oddball designs over the years.
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    greentreephrog Been here awhile

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    Obviously I'm getting too old and grumpy. I see lots of narcissism masquerading as 'cool', and not much motorcycling.
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    Drz forks may fit?
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  7. BMWGSA

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    I'm pretty sure that BMW is not targeting "Geezers" with this bike. Harley and other manufacturers are looking to the future so they can build a customer base for the foreseeable future.

    Welcome to irrelevance!
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    Yes, everything is about style, and engine size. I wonder how many of their target customers know about the poor reliability of modern BMWs? By focusing on the heritage BMW may have intended to give the impression that its built to a high quality standard, as opposed to a price.

    The reason I actually like the looks is that the designers have gone in the opposite direction of the "angry insect" styling. But me buying one? No, too much still left in the proper BMWs :-)
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  9. Mobiker

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    Thank you :queenie
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    You know...at first I was overwhelmed by the honor of being welcomed to the irrelevance by a luminary such as yourself, but after giving this a little careful consideration, I have to wonder if this is a good marketing strategy on BMW's part. I mean, how many youngsters flexible enough to rock the ergonomics will have the money for what is sure to be a very expensive motorcycle? Who has that much disposable income for play pretties? Geezers! That's who :nod

    If you want future customers you build something like BMW's 310's or Harley's Street line.

    I'm not sure who this bike is for :hmmmmm
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    I am sure that they have much higher paid people than us sitting around thinking about how they're going to capture the next Market. Perhaps they have seen something that we have not yet come to notice. Again how much time do you have left compared to how much time do these young people have?

    I feel BMW is looking ahead.
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  12. Mobiker

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    Based on my experience, this is not an indicator of intelligence, knowledge, or efficiency.
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  13. SculptD

    SculptD Smells like tech

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    Who is going to buy this? Nobody, it's a concept.

    What young people have the dough to buy one? Almost every 25 year old I pass on the sidewalk could buy 2 or 3.

    It's not intelligent, efficient, rational, etc. Good! Fun!

    This is intelligent efficient and rational:

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    This is inefficient, poorly mechanically designed, a functional nightmare, etc....but, come on.

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    I agree. There have been several bad decisions made by those "higher paid people". My favorite was the valve seat problem.
    It took BMW years to figure that one out. Independent machinists had that handled at least 10 years before BMW had a clue.
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    The car isn't bad, too ! :lol3
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  17. Andy FitzGibbon

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    It's a concept. If it is even ever produced, it'll be a much-watered-down version of what's being presented. Save your hatred for the final product :D
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  18. Mobiker

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    Uh, my comment about intelligence, etc. had to do with "higher paid people". Not the bike. But whatever. Carry on.
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  19. Mobiker

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    No hatred from me :dunno
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  20. lucky6600

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    The concept is delivering the "image" but the actual product.

    The successful of R9T gave BMW the idea of back to " simple by choice " which is the concept of successful running airheads in current days.
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