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I like it but it could use a higher tail to complete the look. Maybe a cowl like the TLR hump.. :hail
 

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that electronic adjustable suspension seems cool, and with 9 settings one should be able to find something that works fine, but maybe not perfect? looking foreward to a full review.
 

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I don't think BMW ever once claimed that it would be a "Hayabusa beater." The only people who claimed that they claimed that were the Hayabusa riders.
 

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I don't think BMW ever once claimed that it would be a "Hayabusa beater." The only people who claimed that they claimed that were the Hayabusa riders.

I don't know if they did or not but Cycle World sure did. Oh well, another one tried and another one failed. I think the yellow/grey combo looks pretty sweet and I'd take one in a second.
 

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Good link Jason...

Mykl...You're right, BMW never stated that they were shooting to be on par with the big dogs, they just want to be in the same arena....The new 1200 is too heavy and expensive to compete with the big 4, but it looks good, and if you've got money, it'd be a great bike...
 

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I'd love to have a BMW for sport touring or adventure touring purposes... I just can't justify spending that kind of jack for a bike, though.
 

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Mykl said:
I don't think BMW ever once claimed that it would be a "Hayabusa beater." The only people who claimed that they claimed that were the Hayabusa riders.

BMW gave inflated HP numbers from the factory ( which all manufacturers do) at a press conference and the mags took it and ran with it. Labeling it the Hayabusa Beater
 

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I like it but it could use a higher tail to complete the look. Maybe a cowl like the TLR hump.. :hail
It's german, they could care less what it looks like so long as it functions as planned.
 

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BMW gave inflated HP numbers from the factory ( which all manufacturers do) at a press conference and the mags took it and ran with it. Labeling it the Hayabusa Beater
I haven't heard that BMW claimed more than 160 hp at the crankshaft. The Hayabusa makes 150 at the wheel, right? Are the people who work at magazines retarded or have I heard wrong?
 

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I haven't heard that BMW claimed more than 160 hp at the crankshaft. The Hayabusa makes 150 at the wheel, right? Are the people who work at magazines retarded or have I heard wrong?
My copy of CW says 157HP output (doesn't say wheel or crank so who knows). I'm sure the mags just talked it up like crazy. You know, "OOOOO nobody will really care unless we claim it'll beat the fastest bike out there right on the cover in bold letters."

My thoughts are this: I hope they keep the bike as a long-term product because I'm seriously interested in buying one as my next bike in a year or two. I'm guessing you feel similar about your bike since it occupies the same segment as mine - It's a great sport-touring machine that's geared more toward sport but has the capability to go long distances in comfort. Plus it has tons of power on hand. I have three major complaints about the Busa that arise form the way I use it. First is that they seem to have forgotten to put a windshield on it at the factory (easily fixed with ZG ST windshield), so-so seat (easily fixed with a corbin), and finally...chain drive (not so easily fixed). Having had a GSX-1100G with a shaft, I long for the days of hopping on my bike without worry of dirt and water, chain stretch or cleaning/lubing the chain every 300 miles.

Take my Busa and add shaft-drive on to it and I'd be happy for years. So hey, if it makes 150+ HP, is comfortable, AND has shaft-drive then it's the perfect sport-touring machine. I don't think it's overly expensive. My previous two top-contenders were the R1200GS and ST1300 and they were both around 15k or more. Give me a shaft-drive hyper bike and I'd pay 15k easy. Plus I think it looks pretty cool.
 

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Mykl said:
I haven't heard that BMW claimed more than 160 hp at the crankshaft. The Hayabusa makes 150 at the wheel, right? Are the people who work at magazines retarded or have I heard wrong?

Oops, the BMW website claims 167bhp and 2.8 second 0-60. We'll see if it's true.
 

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In about a month or so, when my new bike comes in, and when I'm done with the break-in, I'll go have it dyno'd and I'll post the results. Until then, you guys oughtta start a pool to see where it comes out! (grin)
 

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In about a month or so, when my new bike comes in, and when I'm done with the break-in, I'll go have it dyno'd and I'll post the results. Until then, you guys oughtta start a pool to see where it comes out! (grin)
Keep us updated man. I'm very interested to see what numbers this bad boy puts out.
 

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Busa folks I have spoken too could give a shit about the latest Beemer for the most part. Interesting bike though...

It's all them AARP Members riding Blackbirds that BMW is aiming for. I think it even comes complete with a Viagra prescription... Ya Know, just to help out them poor old codgers... :)

Seriously though, I'd like to be riding something "OTHER" than a jap bike for awhile.
 
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