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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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New BMW Motorrad - Retro Boxer Twin

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Not really sure where I should have posted this, but I own a Bonnie and figured other retro themed owners would be interested in this new model from Bavaria too. I've always loved the R70/R80 models and the concept drawling looks very promising.

It it comes out looking anything like this, I'm afraid I'll have sell an organ to get one because there's no way I'm selling the Bonnie. Not sure how the Mrs. is going to take that...
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I would love a retro Beemer, just not that one.

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Something like this could be pretty cool - the lineup could use something a bit more (relatively) simple. I had an airhead sometime back and miss it. I'm still thinking about a second bike, and used oilheads, something with a touring slant, still get my attention.

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First Honda, now BMW. I'm sensing a trend.
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I'd sell body parts to have a light, capable retro BMW that looked the part.

My first BMW was a '76 R75/6. We've forgotten what wonderful tourers these were. All you needed was a set of Krauser bags and a luggage rack for you sleeping bag and you could hit the road for weeks on end.

My last BMW was a R100RS, bought brand new.

Been thinking about the number of manufacturers jumping on the "retro" band wagon. I suspect that naked retros just might actually be the future of motorcycling. Bikes are again being produced in classic configurations by their original manufacturers. I went so far as to contact BMW last year about how frikkin' heavy and/or ugly and soulless their bikes had become, and that I would not own one. I can't be the only rider out there who feels this way.

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just coming off of a bmw r80 to this new bonneville, if bmw came out with a retro bike, that was as close a representation as triumph has done with the bonneville, it will be a sweet bike.

if it looks like that drawing, it will be horrible.
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A standard riding position retro beemer reflecting the R70/80 would be cool, but the pictures on those links don't look like that to me:

They're nothing I'd be interested in. I'd look to the Guzzi Griso if I got a taste for a bike along those lines.

Looks like there's a trend towards mid-sized standard riding position bikes though, which people are calling retro. I feel like they're just what a bike basically should be: not a sport bike, not a cruiser, not a chopper, not a bagger, not an adventure bike .... just a bike bike.

I don't think the price point of anything BMW comes out with will make it a direct competitor of any Triumph product.
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It looks hideous.

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I like the general direction and laud BMW for making it. Of course the final verdict is still out on the finished product, and that rendition is only an artist's play on the final design. I appreciate a design that is like nothing else on the market, something that is unique and different. I guess that's why I ride a Bonnie and a Speedie, they are just that.
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Ah lefty, how can you be so right about so many things yet so wrong about this?

That second pic is tasty indeed.

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