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2002 BMW R1150R

Torrance, March 14, 2002 — A consistency, said Ralph W. is the hobgoblin of little minds. One that springs to mind is the of this particular motorcycle by the moto-press.

When it came to do the Naked Bike story at last year, the new 1150R got out because, er, I don’t know really, but it was in good company as guys didn’t want to the Triumph Speed Triple (Yours truly lobbied both bikes should be in the which is probably, come to of it, precisely why they were out.) In any case, I’d wanting to ride this ever since the big makeover for and only in the last couple of finally got the chance to do so. It was worth the

Count on a Hooligan Bike from that same (God am I sorry I ever that word to a motorcycle. ), and the BMW probably be left out of it, too, as hard for many people to their mind around the of a BMW having anything to do with Well, all I can say is that the guys who to flog their old boxer up and down Mt. Palomar when I was a were—I hope still dictionary definition of hooligan.

were the days.

Then the big Performance Cruiser category lately in vogue—your Yamaha Harley-Davidson V-Rods, etc.—and if I ran the (whoa, I finally do run this this BMW would’ve been a in that category too—and it won it if I’d been doing the That’s right. Why not? a big air-cooled, pushrod twin, it?

Yes it is, and with its own funky look. it be disqualified because its funky isn’t exactly the same as the look shared by the others? it be left out because it’s unlike any of them, a highly motorcycle you could circle the upon?

That’s the part they out at the big magazines: performance cruisers are to take to lunch or down to the but they sit in the garage when time for the long commute or the ride to Grandma’s. The reason why is simple: the footpegs on those are in a stupid place. StoooPid .

wonder why, when upon a statue of Alexander the astride his warhorse, or General Lee Traveller, why saddlemakers never to get a couple two-by-fours and stick the out around the horse’s chin? it would be stupid, that’s But that’s exactly the seating enforced by all the performance cruisers.

you ride a horse, you use your to absorb shocks and to control the the same applies to motorcycles. No in arguing with me on this One of the saddest phenomena of modern is that millions of asses are needlessly because Dennis and Peter Fonda were 30 years ago. Stupid. are in the works for our V-Rod, which, from the stupid footpegs, I dearly.)

Where was I? Right, R1150 GS has won tons of deserved but the R generally gets bupkus. The GS has rugged adventurous look, but as one who has suffered greatly as a result of for the GS’s Marlboro Man appearance, I can you it is way too big and heavy to take off-road you’re being followed by a chase vehicle with and orthopedist.

Don’t be fooled, the GS is a motorcycle, and on the graded dirt it can tackle, I have no doubt the R perform every bit as well. I snapped a frame mount off one of the GS’s years ago when I hit a bump not so hard. Rider BMW said, and vowed to strengthen mount. Then, Hackfu one in the same spot last

In any case, I’ve learned the way that I’m a pavement On asphalt, the GS is an amazingly agile the R is even better. It weighs a bit and sits lower on its most suspension (which is also if you’re on the short side me; it’s much easier to your stubby little leg the R).

And if we’re still talking performance cruisers, none of things will see the BMW after turn two on Racer Road; as a of fact the R will give sport bikes fits a capable pilot.

As with the Triple, Honda 919, et al, the ingredient is the handlebar. The wide thing on the BMW gives you the dirt-bike you need to shove the R into (actually, steering is light and and nice, naturally positioned back up the feeling that you can’t handle is going to

Is it just me, or do bikes with longitudinal crankshafts possess sort of gyroscopic force also reinforces that feeling? (ST1100 Hondas that way, too.) corners, centerstand and foot dragging, the R always wants you to get on the throttle. Don’t worry. (We jacked up the rear with the preload adjuster, but didn’t to stop.) In faster sweepers, the R is stable, and on time like a train.

Attached to the other end of the cable is the same 1130cc twin used in the GS, producing a 85 horsies. (Soon as we get our dyno up we’ll post the chart.) is claimed to be 71 foot-pounds, with 66 of available between 3000 and rpm, all of it controlled by the latest 2.4 engine management system. At no do you feel like you’re that hard, but you can’t noticing Mini’s working the considerably lighter Speed pretty hard—and not exactly away quickly. The Achilles used to be the crunchy, five-speed Now with the 6-speed close-ratio the R shifts like a real-live ye do nae need the clutch if you’re in a (And when aren’t you on a

One of the few criticisms you could lodge this bike is that the twin has none of the aural of say, an Italian twin, or a triple; its exhaust note is the flat drone of an aircraft and it doesn’t even change when the power really on at about 5000 rpm. your attitude, though, and you can to love these motors. remind me of Steffie Graff; big not exactly the classic beauty her all the more because of her inner y’ know?

How you like the Mini asks when we

Hard to say, that so smooth, I say.

Like he says, the Triumph was skittering all the place.

It’s true. up and down the superslab, the R is a stately dome with a luxurious, would say Cleopatraesque ride. Get with it in the twistiness, though, and and Telelever conspire to give control. (Rebound’s adjustable at end, too, if that you feel better.)

About brakes. Our test bike has the optional Integral ABS—which is power-assisted ABS, sort you have to really give a to feel the assist, at which you stop really, really In everyday use, the system well, and in an emergency sitch, ABS save your bacon and we recommend it, wish more had it.

For backroad banzai attacks, the Integral system saps too feel, and the slight delay to full boost makes for hair-raising moments. So, if you ride it rains a lot, or if you’re casual tourist than maniac, maybe go on and spring for the If you’re like us, save the and the 9.6 pounds, and enjoy the standard EVO year with bigger, rotors and recalibrated hydraulics for lever effort, BMW says.

to the superslab. Yes, the ride is and so’s the seat, and if you’re you can order a saddle that you 31.5 inches from the instead of the standard 30.3 (feels lower). A thicker-padded seat is on the option sheet, for those whose passengers carry plenty of their The old RS mounted its handlebars in rubber, to vibration, but the R’s bar mounts up

It is vibey around 4000 rpm and 80 mph in top but it’s more a Hey-I’m-riding-a-motorcycle! than an annoying one that your hands to sleep. put mine to sleep, at least, but the are sometimes too blurry to tell if car has a light bar or not. It smooths out at 90, though, and then you’ll for sure about the lightbar

Instruments are nicely legible and we the analog clock, which in an expensive car (BMW makes too). Whip off the tall pictured (takes five the instrument cluster clears wind by itself to make cruising problem-free. BMW sells a screen, too; this one’s blustery for 5’7


Any of those power cruisers or bikes or hooligans offer grips? First time I of them, I figured they strictly for the Iron Butt ride-year-round crowd, but you grow to toasty grips even in Southern California. After when it’s too warm for an vest but too cold to ride those warm grips are like standing with hands in front of a nice psychological lift as well as a comforting one.

Have I yet given off the impression we really, really like BMW? Because I’m to. As they say on the late-night infomercials, HOW WOULD YOU EXPECT TO PAY? the Integral ABS, the R goes for an reasonable $9,999—and the hard which allow you to travel in style, are $698.51 the pair. Pop the R up on the centerstand, and you can do your own valve in the Motel 6 parking lot.

All Beemers come with 36,000-mile warranties, natch.

off your preconceived notions BMWs, would you? bike is Unclassifiable.Power cruise, …, be a hooligan, embarrass go sport-touring; this motorcycle it all, and while it’s whatever it is, it’s aesthetically as as functionally a beautifully lashed-together of tackle. Yo, is $9,999 a misprint or Has the mark collapsed?

Bargain a capital B. Sweet. Two thumbs up.

And forget about.

twin oil hide behind those on the tank three-way catalytic impresses women you encounter the way who live in trees lighter wheels are same ones on the R1100S Integral ABS is a $2,200 heck, we’d pay that to have them leave if OFF our personally.

Second Opinions:

John’s usually got some idea or another stuttering in his head, but when he brought up a test of the bare-bones R11, I was he’d left more just spare helmets, intellectual property and a giant at his old office. Mounted on the R bike him twisting the Speed Triple’s behind me up a favorite canyon of I kept wondering if he hadn’t some riding skills up at too.

The BMW felt so solid, so easy to fast, so comfortable, I couldn’t be that fast. Or could I? says I was, and when we bikes, there he was on the BMW too, the Speed Triple fits.

I love the Speed Triple, but for a bit cash you mean to tell me I can go as fast and have enough to travel the world? Maybe actually knows what doing. BMW sure does.

I didn’t get a lot of seat time on our I did ride it during the press in Texas last year, My initial impressions of the bike

However, now that I got a chance to it around freeways and local that I’m familiar it just brings out how nice the on this bike is.

The Integral ABS is but I think it doesn’t belong on a like this. No matter as offer the bike without goodness). It doesn’t hurt this is one of the few bikes that are worth its price.

I like it.



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