Ugly to the point I would not buy one
The style doesn't appeal to me but I would buy one anyway
Neutral - The current style doesn't matter to me
Attractive - I like the current style
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.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
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.
Now here's my idea of an ugly bike.
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Mark M, St. Louis, '95 R1100RS, '01 Super Sherpa
There are two roads in life; the twisty one is vastly more fun.
Maybe blame Honda for that throne they put on the the back of the Gold Wing.
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?
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.
If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
Just for Hult. I know you want more....
Cleanup on isle 6. Some guy just barffed on this BMW.
A few pretty shots: enjoy my fellow Grumpies
Helen wanted to ride this one
holding it's own...room to spare...aero beak
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