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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 10-05-2010, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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BMW vs MV

Today, I finally looked into the possibility of owning a BMW superbike, perhaps adding to my stable. I doubt I will get rid of my MV, nor my Ducati.

I did a little research, but the bottom line is this: Only in my opinion, BMW they are makers of some of the finest cars and motorcycles in the world doesn't seem to "get it" when it comes to Superbikes. I don't know what it is, but the bikes don't have any sex appeal at all! I have no doubt they have some great engineering and are wonderful to ride, but a big part of why I love motorcycles is because I enjoy staring at them for long periods of time as well. What is wrong with BMW? I stare at it, I try to like it, but I just can't. Why is it this way? I try to like it and I'm sure they are doing everything to make the bike appealing, but for some reason, their Superbikes just don't do it for me "looks-wise." I don't mean to offend owners of BMW, this is only my opinion, which means I could be wrong, and that's ok with me.

For some bizarre reason, I thought... Why doesn't BMW, with all their great financial power, just buy MV and get it all over with, everybody happy

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I've been a huge fan of BMW automobiles for years. As a new-ish rider, I've only recently understood the appeal of their motorcycles. As usual, BMW will do things in their own way (e.g., inline 6 or boxer motors). I believe that their Superbike effort was a departure from their 'norm' and it is clear that there is a lot of Japanese influence in their S1000rr.

I think that emulating the Japanese formula allowed them to simply advance the engineering that was already done by many manufacturers over the years possibly saving time and R&D costs. Exciting? Not really to look at...I agree there's no sex appeal. But when you consider the performance that they were able to extract, and especially at a certain price-point, it starts to make sense.

The character/style that the other Beamers have seems to be replaced with a spec-sheet. Is this bad? Not from the standpoint of race-results and sales...who wasn't anticipating the arrival of the S1000rr just to see what it could do? But as Kawi's new 10r start to get some press, it appears that the new class of bikes will better what BMW has done and it will be hard (my guess) to differentiate at the performance level. I see the S1000rr as a crossover into mainstream. I hope this is not the overall direction of the company and their other bikes.

Hyper performance is great, no doubt. For myself (and I'm sure many of us MV owners) there is more than that to it and why I bought my Brutale.

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Well said Allan! Couldnt agree more.

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I have not personally ridden one. I have passed and been passed by people on the track. What I can tell is that the bike is a monster in the correct hands. The tech is there and equipment come with the bike for the price but the reliability of all the stuff working and performing at a high level will remain to be seen. Looks, yeah its kinda growing on me, but you can't compare to my other ladies, but it was built for another kind of customer, so I congratulate BMW. I have owned previous cars and currently still do, and they keep running and looking good, so if a used one ever comes up, I'm grabbing it. IF the damn economy doesn't drop, lol
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Now that Kawa launched the new ZX-10, the BMW is old news. The Kawa surpases the BMW on both HP and sophistication of electronics. BMW should have stayed in their niche

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Now that Kawa launched the new ZX-10, the BMW is old news. The Kawa surpases the BMW on both HP and sophistication of electronics. BMW should have stayed in their niche
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BMW bashing is one of my pet hates so hopefully this doesn't turn into a us vs them thread. BMWs are quirky, innovative and the S1000RR shows that they certainly can perform as well. Well built, I really like them especially the boxer engined bikes.

They don't stir me in the same way as the MV's though. In fact nothing does. Nearest thing I can think of is the Ducati Streetfighter or Hypermotard, but on close examination Ducati build and materials just looks a tad shoddy even though they are put together pretty well now. BMW certainly has the best pride of ownership after MV.
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