The BMW F800GS. The littler brother to the big Beemers Obi Wan and his buddy Charlie rode around the world on. For me, the bigger 1200 is just a bit too big, where as the 800 seems “Just Right”.
I saw this bike in a parking lot in SLC while Gundoc and I grabbed a quick bite before we turned around and went back up to the range. I believe this to be the F800GS, but I could be wrong… But it’s the 800 that I’ve been studying. Autoblog has a good article on it, here.
“Why not just make your KTM into a bike like that?”
Because that’s not possible. My KTM is a single cylinder thumper for one, and the Beemer makes almost twice as much raw power. This makes it more suitable for longer range rides. Softer seat and a larger fuel tank are also better for a longer range ride. Also, the KTM has a habit of saying “Okay, let’s just run completely out of gas… right… now!” So some sort of fuel indication would be great, like on the BMW. A windscreen, heated grips, ABS, an actual trip computer. Things like that make for a more comfortable machine.
In the last few times I’ve watched motorcycle racing at M’s place, one bike was the consistent performer… This BMW. See, BMW is mostly known for their Adventure Touring bikes. Well, if you are into Sport Bikes, when you think of BMW, this is the machine that springs to mind. During the races is likes to takes a position up near the front… usually second place, right behind the Leader… right in his 6, like an Focke-Wulf FW-190 waiting for the right moment to shoot them down and take the lead and win the race. We’ve watched BMW do this to Honda and Aprilia. While the other bikes are visibly fighting, the BMW Rider looks like he’s just out for a cruise… totally relaxed… and then “Okay, you’ve had enough… Your done.” And the race is over. It’s able to do this because it’s hugely powerful and composed… and the BMW pilot is one scary motherfucker.
If I could have one bike, given to me for free… and it was the last motorcycle I could ever have and ride… I’d happily pick the S1000RR. Or even, this is the last vehicle you could ever own… Oh yeah… it would be this bike. Pure Teutonic Brutality. Engineered from the ground up Blitzkrieg everything.
Ounce for ounce, the Germans have never invented anything else so sinister or powerful. Or as beautiful. This is Heidi Klum and the Luftwaffe rolled into one. Look at the shark gill style vents. That’s a warning. It’s also serving a purpose… keeps that Sturmgewehr it uses as an engine cool, by pulling in air and blowing it out and away from the rider. Then there is the thing with the asymetrical headlights. That’s a one raised eyebrow saying that it isn’t going to put up with anyone’s shit.
Not from anyone.
2012 BMW S1000RR – American Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15,050 USD
I’ve posted about favorite car movies and chase scenes… But I’ve never brought up this one.
Now, I am not a huge fan of George Looney Clooney, but he does a great job in this film ”The Peacemaker”. In this scene, we have a car chase up to the point that Clooney says “Screw This” and turns the table. He stops running and then uses his big Merc as a warhammer and demolishes the two little Bimmers that are chasing him. You almost feel sorry for the little guys. Almost.
Nicole Kidman spends a lot of time showing off how good her bottom looks in slacks. Eh, pretty good actually. The rest of the movie is fun, but not to be taken seriously. Nicole’s character is the least believable out of all of them. Oh, I also like the scene when Clooney jumps from chopper into the truck. That’s good stuff.
So, what is your favorite Carmageddon Moment?