View Poll Results: My opinion of current BMW style (Specifically the GS model line)

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  • Ugly to the point I would not buy one

    33 17.37%
  • The style doesn't appeal to me but I would buy one anyway

    21 11.05%
  • Neutral - The current style doesn't matter to me

    43 22.63%
  • Attractive - I like the current style

    93 48.95%
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Thread: Why Ugly BMW's?

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    Cannonball Rider #52 darrylri's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hultman View Post
    Oh bull cookies! I'm no aerodynamicist, but someone is blowing smoke up yer skirt!
    I don't see your scientific analysis disproving it cited in this post. I must have missed it. back atcha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylRi View Post
    I don't see your scientific analysis disproving it cited in this post. I must have missed it.
    The disclaimer "I'm no aerodynamicist". was my out. Air flow is a strange science, but this don't look like no NACA duct to me!!

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    I have read more than one anecdotal report of overheating when an aesthetic purist removed the beak. It does direct air up a little and into the oil cooler.

    But since this is only stuff reported by folks who have experienced it, and not a double blind test conducted with calibrated temperature probes borrowed from NASA, I suppose we should just dismiss it all as internet bunk.
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    Whats with the broken back horse seat style? I won't buy one because I can't get my leg over the seat and feel balanced in the process. Why can't BMW make a conventional bike with the upgraded engine and suspension and make it rider friendy. They went from function yields form to form yields function. Moto Guzzi or Triumph will be my next machine.

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    Now here's my idea of an ugly bike.

    Last edited by MarkM; 12-24-2011 at 02:08 PM. Reason: Fixed link
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    Quote Originally Posted by R80andR100RT View Post
    Whats with the broken back horse seat style?
    Apparently some bike purchases are dependent upon the comfort of the SO and the SO is more likely to OK a bike where they sit up high so they can look over the riders shoulder instead of at the riders back.

    Maybe blame Honda for that throne they put on the the back of the Gold Wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkM View Post
    Now here's my idea of an ugly bike.

    Hey, this could be fun! What's your idea of an ugly bike? I think you might guess my candidate!!
    (PS Mark, the pic in your post didn't show up in my browser)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I have read more than one anecdotal report of overheating when an aesthetic purist removed the beak. It does direct air up a little and into the oil cooler.

    But since this is only stuff reported by folks who have experienced it, and not a double blind test conducted with calibrated temperature probes borrowed from NASA, I suppose we should just dismiss it all as internet bunk.
    Don't mean to blow you off on this idea, Paul, but I've not read about any aerodynamic considerations of this "beak" feature. But I've been out of the BMW loop for a few years and haven't been keeping up on my reading, so I need to catch up.

    Perhaps BMW's wind tunnel has something to say about this question? As you suggest, I don't find anecdotal reports overly convincing.

    Are you serious? Has BMW really done this for a reason other than to just piss me off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hultman View Post
    Hey, this could be fun! What's your idea of an ugly bike? I think you might guess my candidate!!
    (PS Mark, the pic in your post didn't show up in my browser)
    Fixed my pic above. I'm guessing the forum didn't like me linking to that website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylRi View Post
    I guess you missed it way back in post #12 where I said:

    It focuses air into the oil cooler and keeps dirt out.
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    Yep. Also (I've heard) provides down force to keep the front end from getting light at speed.
    14 R1200GSA, 93 R100R. No car is as fun to drive as any motorcycle is to ride.

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    Two of the things I'll take from this thread.

    First thew GS is the #1 seller worldwide.
    That is the only poll that counts to corporate policymakers.


    Second, "But probably I'll just continue be a grumpy old fart who's pissed that he can't buy a new BMW!"

    Since the word ugly has roots meaning "to fear", perhaps the GS is ugly, because all the other marques seem to try to design a bike to beat it and so far no one has.
    Truly something to be feared, IMO.
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    Just for Hult. I know you want more....



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Just for Hult. I know you want more....
    Oh THANK YOU!!

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    Cleanup on isle 6. Some guy just barffed on this BMW.

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    A few pretty shots: enjoy my fellow Grumpies


    Helen wanted to ride this one


    necessary beak...cool


    holding it's own...room to spare...aero beak
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