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    not sure why they don't sell these here...

    ...but if they did they would sell, i bet,



    r850r seen in ireland in may. (rental)

    i'm guessing its got 70-80 hp.

    i'm pretty ancient but i can remember a buddy with an r69s in high school in '64 and thinking,

    "that's way too much bike."

    (i had a 350cc duck)
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    They did sell them here, but BMW no longer makes an R850.
    If you want one...

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/mcy/3217127367.html

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    thanks

    looks like they may still make them in europe. dunno
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    Because many have a bigger is better mentality here. People think the new 800's are too small, when they have almost as much power as the 1100's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    Because many have a bigger is better mentality here.
    How true. Sort of like the HP thing. They all want more, but they can't get out of their own shadows, or my way when I am try to get by in the "passing" lane. LOL.

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    It is because the European riding community is more attuned to riding than the majority of the U.S. riding public. In particular they haven't had a majority of their riding population brainwashed by one particular U.S. motorcycle manufacturer intent on selling an overpriced, antiquated design of a motorcycle as the entry price to a perceived weekend warrior lifestyle. You have to give said manufacturer's advertising division a lot of credit. As for the majority of U.S. riders sucked into the "lifestyle"...Idiots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxcrider View Post
    They did sell them here, but BMW no longer makes an R850.
    If you want one...

    http://rochester.craigslist.org/mcy/3217127367.html
    Well, they do but it's a 900 now. Yes, in yurrup there's an R900RT and probably an R900R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Well, they do but it's a 900 now. Yes, in yurrup there's an R900RT and probably an R900R.
    Really? I went on the motorrad de site and only found R1200 models. I found a R900RT from 2005 to 2010, but nothing current. I found a R900RT from this year for police, but no mention of a civilian model.

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    possibly the biggest thing that caused the discontinuation of the R850 series was the lack of profit on the sale. the bike was essentially identical in every regard to the 1100, other than pistons and such, so production costs were basically the same. however, in this market, you can't sell an 850 at 1100 prices, hence- no 850 in the US of A. plus, in Yurp, with the much higher gas, insurance and licensing costs of a larger displacement bike, people find untold value in something smaller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    possibly the biggest thing that caused the discontinuation of the R850 series was the lack of profit on the sale. the bike was essentially identical in every regard to the 1100, other than pistons and such, so production costs were basically the same. however, in this market, you can't sell an 850 at 1100 prices, hence- no 850 in the US of A. plus, in Yurp, with the much higher gas, insurance and licensing costs of a larger displacement bike, people find untold value in something smaller.
    European tax laws drive the existence of bikes like the R-850 and R-900. They cost no less to build than their larger displacement siblings, but cannot be sold for the same price as the larger displacement bikes, so they are less profitable to sell. Only Europe's quirky tax and licensing laws make such bikes profitable to sell. In the US, there are no tax breaks for smaller displacement bikes so there is no market for them here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfish1100 View Post
    possibly the biggest thing that caused the discontinuation of the R850 series was the lack of profit on the sale. the bike was essentially identical in every regard to the 1100, other than pistons and such, so production costs were basically the same. however, in this market, you can't sell an 850 at 1100 prices, hence- no 850 in the US of A. plus, in Yurp, with the much higher gas, insurance and licensing costs of a larger displacement bike, people find untold value in something smaller.
    Years ago, as I was buying a used K75RT from a dealer, I asked him why they were discontinued. He said they cost almost as much to make as a K100 but they sold for $2,000 less.
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