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    Default BMW 800GT

    A new bike for BMW, the 800GT, 90 HP twin. Looks fantastic.

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    I'm liking it. The ST was a nice ride but not enough grunt. However I'm used to a 1982 R100RS so a modern 800 seems like a rocket ship.
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    Nice looking bike.

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    Saw that on-line last night. Looks good. And, of course, can come with full compliment of bags. Much better looking, IMO, than the ST. And more upright position. Looks like a great do-it-all bike.
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    Much better looking than the previous model. The extra 5 HP helps as well.
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    Went to our large motorcycle show yesterday, at the NEC near Birmingham. The BMW and Triumph (yay!) stands were buzzing. Jam packed. This new GT is a significant improvement on the old ST which, to my mind, was too close to the 'sports' model. The higher 'bars and increased fairing/screen should improve life on the road.

    FWIW, the only Japanese maker to have anything significant on display was Honda. New (Europe wide) motorcycle licence laws come into force in January, with a new 'A2' licence which restricts the power/weight of the machine that can be ridden for the holders first two years. Honda already have the three NC700 models which fit in the A2 group but also displayed three new 500cc models.

    All use the same parallel twin engine, which uses proven technology - Fireblade gearbox, CBR600 pistons etc - but in three distinct models, a 'naked', a 'sports' and an 'adventure bike'. All feature ABS as standard, naturally, and are excellent value for money.

    (This raises a question, if Honda can include ABS on the cheapest bike in the show, how come others can charge $500 to $1200 for it as an extra? Yes, I know about 'scale of manufacturing' costs, but come on..)

    With so much going on elsewhere, it was sad to see the Piaggio/Vespa stand deserted. I mean empty. Not one 'interested' punter. I tried a couple for size out of sympathy for the poor stand staff. The Piaggio 350ie is a super little scoot - I love it! And, BMW/Triumph etc take note, it includes ABS in it's (low) sticker price.

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    Si, you forgot yer dang camera!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacific View Post
    Si, you forgot yer dang camera!
    I know. Going to a motorcycle show without taking a camera and compiling a report probably leaves me open to a charge of 'wilful neglect of duty' or something.

    In my defence, life has been so bloody stressful lately that I just wanted to go and breathe 'motorcycle air' without the need to get the 'perfect' shot of a new model when surrounded by thirty others trying to get the same pic.

    Of course, as soon as I saw all the new bikes I regretted the decision not to take a camera instantly. Forgive me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Limpsalot View Post
    I know. Going to a motorcycle show without taking a camera and compiling a report probably leaves me open to a charge of 'wilful neglect of duty' or something.

    In my defence, life has been so bloody stressful lately that I just wanted to go and breathe 'motorcycle air' without the need to get the 'perfect' shot of a new model when surrounded by thirty others trying to get the same pic.

    Of course, as soon as I saw all the new bikes I regretted the decision not to take a camera instantly. Forgive me.


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    Si, you do realize that that iPhone you're a tappin and a talkin' on is a camera, too, dontcha?
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