I-BMW.com I-BMW.com

Welcome to the I-BMW.com forums! - You're currently viewing as a limited access guest. By joining our free member supported community, you'll gain access to post/ reply, communicate privately with other members (PM), or globally via "real time chat", respond to polls, upload photos, post classifieds etc. Membership is fast so, Register @ the Ultimate Sport Touring Portal!
Should you not receive an email with activation link, check your SPAM settings or please contact us and include the ID/ email address you registered with.

Go Back   I-BMW.com > Alternate bikes > All 'Other' Motorcycles
User Name
Password
Home Register Gallery Classifieds FAQ Members List Calendar Donate Mark Forums Read

All 'Other' Motorcycles Discussions of other than BMW Motorcycles

Vendor Sign Up | Want to see your name in neon blue? | Want a neat reflective sticker for your ride?!

Reply
 
Thread Tools.. Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-30-2011, 09:16 AM
FastEddieb's Avatar
FastEddieb FastEddieb is offline
Site Chaplain & Exorcist
Post: 5,322 Thanks: 89
Thanked 463 Times in 239 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA USA
Back to basics...

As back story, DYLJim is home for a while, and encouraged me to actually get out and RIDE yesterday!

Met him at the "Crossroads of Time", rode across the Cherohala, then home (with a new Ducati friend discovering the joys of TN68). Jim was wringing out his MV. I was on my '03 Buell Firebolt, and had time to reflect on some of the things it doesn't have:

Heated hand grips...
ABS...
Linked brakes...
ESA...
Adaptive headlight...
Rider Information Display...
CANBUS...
Immobilizer Ring...
In excess of 100hp...
In excess of 2 cylinders...
Valve clearance intervals...
Coolant change intervals...
and who knows what else.

But what the little Buell does have is:

The right feel...
The right sound...
Torque...
Power in my "Goldilocks Zone" (not too much, not too little)...
Flickability...
Great fuel economy (in excess of 50 mpg)...
and the ability to remind me of why I ride.

Those who know me know I'm not averse to gadgets. And for those of you with K1600's or whatever on order with some or all of those bells and whistles - ENJOY! But I think back to what drew me to motorcycling in the first place, and part of it was the fundamental, elemental nature of it. And speaking only for myself, some of that fundamental nature is lost in much of BMW's current offerings, none of which really appeal to me in the least.

I'm not dissing either of my current BMW's - K RAPIDO and my sidecar rig. Both also continue to bring me pleasure, but for me are right at that line of complexity, just starting to border on "too much".

The most recent MOA magazine had a letter in it where a BMW owner visited a Harley dealer and made a point (kind of smugly, I thought) of all the things his bike had that Harley's don't. I'm mentally composing a response to that, stating some of the thoughts already mentioned above.

Anyway, me, at the high point of the Cherohala:



On a closing note, I thought $100 was a fair price to ask in order that I not post here how DYLJim got totally SMOKED by some dude on a GS coming down off the Cherohala. But I concluded that that would be petty, so I won't.
Reply With Quote
The following (2) I-BMW members 'like', thank -or- are 'shouting out' to 'FastEddieb' for this post:
  #2  
Old 06-30-2011, 09:27 AM
MaicoBMW's Avatar
MaicoBMW MaicoBMW is offline
Desperate Outlaw
Post: 1,422 Thanks: 0
Thanked 43 Times in 26 Posts
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Tallahassee, FL USA
Re: Back to basics...

Good for you Eddie, that smile says it all.

And let's not be too hard on Jim, he is probably just a little rusty.
__________________
Jerry

'11 Ducati Multistrada S Touring - Red
'99 R11S - Black

Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-30-2011, 10:43 AM
Pete_Tallahassee's Avatar
Pete_Tallahassee Pete_Tallahassee is online now
I-BMW Rider of the Year 2007
Post: 5,729 Thanks: 1,001
Thanked 968 Times in 410 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Tallahassee, FL USA
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaicoBMW
Good for you Eddie, that smile says it all.

And let's not be too hard on Jim, he is probably just a little rusty.

I won't tell anyone.
__________________
Pete


02 Kawasaki KLR 650..."Goat Killer". Now living in Chile
2000 K1200RS RED
2017 Honda CRF250L ABS ... My "LRP"
2018 BMW S1000R Catalano Gray

"Where you stand depends on where you sit"
Rufus E Miles JR.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-30-2011, 10:45 AM
woody16550 woody16550 is offline
Has gotten a ticket or twoÖ
Post: 497 Thanks: 550
Thanked 154 Times in 106 Posts
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: west vancouver, BC canada
Re: Back to basics...

Sounds like a great day. I guess none of the GS riders on this forum have seen this thread yet. I'm sure there will be some comments , what with all the sh*%&^t they take about being so ugly and slow.
__________________
There are those that make things happen , those that wait for things to happen and there are those that sit back and say wtf just happened. It's not the number of years in your life that matters as much as the life in your years.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-30-2011, 10:56 AM
Loggiebone's Avatar
Loggiebone Loggiebone is offline
Go Ugly Early
Post: 11,423 Thanks: 361
Thanked 843 Times in 553 Posts
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FastEddieb
On a closing note, I thought $100 was a fair price to ask in order that I not post here how DYLJim got totally SMOKED by some dude on a GS coming down off the Cherohala. But I concluded that that would be petty, so I won't.



Well...he's just a little "out of practice"...isn't he?
__________________
Doug

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-30-2011, 10:58 AM
Loggiebone's Avatar
Loggiebone Loggiebone is offline
Go Ugly Early
Post: 11,423 Thanks: 361
Thanked 843 Times in 553 Posts
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by MaicoBMW
And let's not be too hard on Jim, he is probably just a little rusty.

Maybe he was riding the H/D version of an MV?
__________________
Doug

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-30-2011, 12:09 PM
FastEddieb's Avatar
FastEddieb FastEddieb is offline
Site Chaplain & Exorcist
Post: 5,322 Thanks: 89
Thanked 463 Times in 239 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA USA
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Maybe he was riding the H/D version of an MV?

I had to notice how the floorboards were limiting his lean angle!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-30-2011, 01:55 PM
Flyboy's Avatar
Flyboy Flyboy is offline
(Moderator) MR. GSA Man!
Post: 13,982 Thanks: 2,370
Thanked 1,885 Times in 1,141 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: NYC & Lower Hudso, NY usa
Send a message via Skype™ to Flyboy
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FastEddieb

On a closing note, I thought $100 was a fair price to ask in order that I not post here how DYLJim got totally SMOKED by some dude on a GS coming down off the Cherohala. But I concluded that that would be petty, so I won't.


Oh, so cruel! Maybe the GS rider just lost his brakes
__________________
If you want something in your life
you've never had, you'll have to do
something you've never done."

Tuono V4 1100 Factory 2016
04 k1200RS Zebra.Sold
07 R1200GSA
01-SOLD K1171RS
05 R1200GS...SOLD
06 K1200R..SOLD..so long!

Learn something or simply find entertainment on i-bmw? Then why not consider supporting us via a donation?
See the "Donate" link on the NavBar in the middle of every page! Do it now NON NEONS . Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-30-2011, 02:24 PM
DEPARKER1817's Avatar
DEPARKER1817 DEPARKER1817 is offline
Breaking Wind
Post: 1,574 Thanks: 5
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Clemmons, NC USA
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FastEddieb
As back story, DYLJim is home for a while, and encouraged me to actually get out and RIDE yesterday!

Met him at the "Crossroads of Time", rode across the Cherohala, then home (with a new Ducati friend discovering the joys of TN68). Jim was wringing out his MV. I was on my '03 Buell Firebolt, and had time to reflect on some of the things it doesn't have:

Heated hand grips...
ABS...
Linked brakes...
ESA...
Adaptive headlight...
Rider Information Display...
CANBUS...
Immobilizer Ring...
In excess of 100hp...
In excess of 2 cylinders...
Valve clearance intervals...
Coolant change intervals...
and who knows what else.

But what the little Buell does have is:

The right feel...
The right sound...
Torque...
Power in my "Goldilocks Zone" (not too much, not too little)...
Flickability...
Great fuel economy (in excess of 50 mpg)...
and the ability to remind me of why I ride.

Those who know me know I'm not averse to gadgets. And for those of you with K1600's or whatever on order with some or all of those bells and whistles - ENJOY! But I think back to what drew me to motorcycling in the first place, and part of it was the fundamental, elemental nature of it. And speaking only for myself, some of that fundamental nature is lost in much of BMW's current offerings, none of which really appeal to me in the least.

I'm not dissing either of my current BMW's - K RAPIDO and my sidecar rig. Both also continue to bring me pleasure, but for me are right at that line of complexity, just starting to border on "too much".

The most recent MOA magazine had a letter in it where a BMW owner visited a Harley dealer and made a point (kind of smugly, I thought) of all the things his bike had that Harley's don't. I'm mentally composing a response to that, stating some of the thoughts already mentioned above.

Anyway, me, at the high point of the Cherohala:

On a closing note, I thought $100 was a fair price to ask in order that I not post here how DYLJim got totally SMOKED by some dude on a GS coming down off the Cherohala. But I concluded that that would be petty, so I won't.
Eddie, I couldn't agree with you more. Sometime Less is More.
__________________
Parker
2008 Ducati HM Red, BMW 1985 K100RT Brown

Bikes that I have loved before:
Maico,Ossa,Husky,Triumph,Norton,Moto Guzzi,BMW2005 K1200S
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-23-2018, 01:42 PM
FastEddieb's Avatar
FastEddieb FastEddieb is offline
Site Chaplain & Exorcist
Post: 5,322 Thanks: 89
Thanked 463 Times in 239 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA USA
Re: Back to basics...

A bump from 2011!

Itís in the freakiní 70ís in N GA - in FEBRUARY!!!

Rode the little Buell into Blue Ridge this morning. Iím still in love.

Reply With Quote
The following (7) I-BMW members 'like', thank -or- are 'shouting out' to 'FastEddieb' for this post:
  #11  
Old 02-23-2018, 02:33 PM
jcw's Avatar
jcw jcw is online now
Site Contributor
Post: 3,893 Thanks: 563
Thanked 775 Times in 444 Posts
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FastEddieb
A bump from 2011!

Itís in the freakiní 70ís in N GA - in FEBRUARY!!!

Rode the little Buell into Blue Ridge this morning. Iím still in love.


Quite an awesome looking painting.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-23-2018, 02:47 PM
Karlb's Avatar
Karlb Karlb is online now
(Moderator) My Life is a Blur
Post: 11,474 Thanks: 675
Thanked 959 Times in 473 Posts
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Crockett, TX USA
Send a message via Skype™ to Karlb
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by FastEddieb
As back story, DYLJim is home for a while, and encouraged me to actually get out and RIDE yesterday!


On a closing note, I thought $100 was a fair price to ask in order that I not post here how DYLJim got totally SMOKED by some dude on a GS coming down off the Cherohala. But I concluded that that would be petty, so I won't.
Was it a big guy with a ginger beard?
__________________
2016 S1000XR
2007 X Challenge
Reply With Quote
This I-BMW member either likes, thanks -or- is 'shouting out' to 'Karlb' for this post:
edl
  #13  
Old 02-23-2018, 04:06 PM
FastEddieb's Avatar
FastEddieb FastEddieb is offline
Site Chaplain & Exorcist
Post: 5,322 Thanks: 89
Thanked 463 Times in 239 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Mineral Bluff, GA USA
Re: Back to basics...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Karlb
Was it a big guy with a ginger beard?

By Jehovah, I think it was!!!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-23-2018, 05:06 PM
justjoe's Avatar
justjoe justjoe is offline
Dolt Commander
Post: 11,504 Thanks: 4,208
Thanked 4,425 Times in 2,217 Posts
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Knoxville, TN US
Re: Back to basics...

I'm was not fast enough to dust DYL-Jim in 2011 on my K-S. The GS makes me faster!!!
__________________
Joe

Keyboard Hero!
A product of "unfortunate upbringing...Ē
Dolt, One of Five!

Life is good!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-26-2018, 11:24 PM
johnod's Avatar
johnod johnod is offline
We doan need no steenkin badge
Post: 407 Thanks: 1
Thanked 17 Times in 10 Posts
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Tortola, BVI
Re: Back to basics...

I'm starting to feel this way as well.
I just took the ABS out of the K1200RS, we all know why.
Last winter I removed the crappy FI from the HD and installed a Mikuni.

I also have a Buell 96 S2T, I like it a lot , very basic, comfy , fun.
I can fix most things on it myself, even better than that, I can see them, and get to them easily.

I'm actually thinking of selling the BMW for the reason that it's too complex, that , and I don't ride as fast, or as far, as I used to.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools..
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:41 PM.


I-BMW.com is via vBulletin Version 3.5.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 1998 - 2018, I-BMW.com LLC .
Page generated in 0.62739 seconds with 14 queries