Went to my local BMW/Honda/Ducati/Aprilia dealer today. They had an HP4 on the floor and told me it was sold. A 20yr old kid in the Air Force came in, denied credit twice, so he got a cosigner. When outfitting himself with gear, the salesman told me the kid was upgrading from a Suzuki Bandit and was going to use this $25,000 machine to commute to and from the AF base. In two years, he plans on joining the AMA to do some races too!
Wanna take bets on how long til it's on Craigslist with the phrase "only down once, slight damage"?
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Let's talk a little bit more about the HP2.
With the new water cooled heads it should get a boost in HP. That is one nice ride. I rode an early version and loved the feel. They get that thing up to 140-150 and it will will sell sell sell. I could possibly be convinced to part with my '01 Mille.
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You know the s1000rr is an amazing bike, but it doesnt have the same soul. My dad has the s1000rr and it handles great and has insane power, but I still look forward to getting on my old 996
Soul they say.
All 1000's have soul. All have very different temperaments. V-twin, inline, V4, whatever.
S1000RR's are only guilty of doing everything right. It's comfy and fast without being Busa pigfat.
If they had a lower price point and/or BMW dealerships didn't like to go on raping sprees, you'd see even more of the fucking things flocking around.
That and it's so unspeakably ugly that it offends me.
Talk about appliances.
Wonder what kind of maintenance and repair history will form on that boat full of electrical goodies? It is enticing to say the least, but I can see it needing to be in a shop some and the costs being pricey when things go wrong. Which matters to a lot of people....exp those riding the boring 180HP R1s and CBR 1000RRs and ZX 10s & stuff.
I climb aboard my 75HP 92' Ducati Superlite and I realize that it gives me about as much riding pleasure as a person could want for the street. Sound, looks, torque, handling stability, sound...uh. Whatever blows your skirt up. I guess I'm kinda stuck in that era. The 1098R may be the best motorcycle I have ever ridden, though.....but it's fucking scary fast for my lame ass. All the 1000's are that way. Hard to use that power on the street a lot without regular visits to the judge.
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As a race bred steed, the S1000 is a failure. As an absolutely psychotic yet practical street machine, it's fantastic.
Out of the I4 bikes, I think the GSXR's have some of the most character. They have a great sounding howl to their exhaust.
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I really like the gsxr 600 and 750 for track bikes. Very easy to ride, to me anyway. The fact that they were easy to find cheap and came with tons of spares was nice too!
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This bike is amazing, PERIOD. I know the 2011 had a factory engine reversal but aside from that. It is one of, if not the best production motorcycle out there. My .02