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No Strom for me but thanks for the help!
Well, I was all set on buying a Vstrom. I was on a very tight budget for this new bike but I came across a 2002 BMW K1200RS that I couldnt pass up on. For 6k dollars, it only had 13k miles. 130hp 4 cylinder, electronic cruise control, side cases and some other BMW luggage. I just couldnt pass it up. Alot of you helped me through the Vstrom buying process and I wanted to say thanks. Someday I may still buy one. I think it may be better as a 2nd motorcycle for me and leave the beemer for longer rides and touring. After one test ride it did seem like a fun bike. Well, thanks!
And I hope you live in a cool climate the K series Beemers are hot with a fairing on [I know, I used to own one and have the "roasted nuts" to prove it]
And my R1150GS cost me a small fortune in repairs and maintenance in the twelve months I owned it
I will never own another BMW again
The V-Strom on the other hand is shaping up to be an awesome multi purpose bike :beatnik:
You will be back, and we hold no grudges here
Originally Posted by ockerstrom View Post
So..........Tell us how you really feel about BMWs'.
I appeciate the lack of confidence you guys have in BMW . This is my tenth or eleventh BMW and I havent had alot of trouble. I have owned a K1200RS and GT before and I am not concerned about heat (never a single problem either). I dont know where anyone is coming on that. It only puts out minimal heat on the shin but very minor. I had a ST1300 before and I hated it. More problems than any of my BMW's combined and to top it off it was very unstable at 90+mph and put out so much heat I had to stop because my nuts felt on fire. This on top of all the poorly designed efforts on Hondas part. I guess we all have differnt experiences but so far my BMW experience has been good. So far my japanese bikes have all had more problems than my beemers with much poorer build quality. Not trying to stab at the strom but I dont see why all the negative thoughts toward BMW. I appreciate all the help for buying a strom and someday I may buy one. I enjoyed the 650 I rode but I think I had too many concerns over outgrowing the 650 motor and the cost of adding luggage and other trinkets it needs. I just found that the beemer seemed like alot more bike for ME on a very tight budget. Also, I do my own repairs/maintenace so I dont pay outragous prices for service. However, I should note that having service done on my ST1300 was over double what my R1200RT cost for service at a dealer. I guess the responses have been a bit shocking on what was suppose to be a thank you for what has been a positive experience on the board. My reason for looking at a STROm had nothing to do with escaping BMW, but more out of a tight budget and maximizing my dollar.
Last edited by Monkey Man; 11-28-2009 at 10:23 PM.
Originally Posted by Monkey Man View Post
Just ride and enjoy (until that final drive craps out) .