Since I have got back into bikes there have been only one that really touched my soul. It was my Daytona 955i. It had a beauty of a engine, sounded like it was on steroids and handled well. It just has some thing. There has been nothing wrong with any of the other bikes I have owned, but none of them moved me the way the 955 did. The sprint was great did every thing right..but it never really stirred me.
So along comes this BMW K1200s. Splendid in black with an aftermarket exhaust, and I knew the instant I started it up that we were going to have a beautiful relationship. The throaty growl from the twin brothers aftermarket exhaust just enhances the thrill of the in line four, it really does sound like a turbine engine eating cocaine.
Like most BMW's it came pretty specked up. Heated grips, Electronic Suspension adjustment, traction control, luggage...and attitude, and did I say it looks good!
The biggest bonus of this bike is it's handling. The ESA has an arrange of options which are easily adjusted by the button on the bars. Stroll through I can adjust when I have a pillion, or carrying luggage, or if I just want a "quick" bit of fun.
Which brings me to the word quick.......
quick[kwik] Show IPA adjective, quick·er, quick·est, noun, adverb, quick·er, quick·est.
done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt;immediate: a quick response.
that is over or completed within a short interval of time: a quick shower.
moving, or able to move, with speed: a quick fox; a quick train.
swift or rapid, as motion: a quick flick of the wrist.
easily provoked or excited; hasty: a quick temper.
For me...point number four seems the correct definition.
This bike is an absolute weapon to ride. It is incredible responsive and has far more usable power than I think I will be ever able to use, saying that though I am keen to at least try. 0-100kms in 2.8secs....big grin factor, just need to remind my pillion before I open the throttle.
The biggest surprise for me was how comfy the bike is to ride, it's barely different to the Sprint. I think its title of hyper sports tourer seems pretty correct. I am not a small guy and it is very comfy for me. European bike built for Europeans...best sums it up.
Of course with any new bike purchase, it is essential that 'we'personlise it...bling bling bling..
So I have added a carbon fibre centre piece and battery cover, have to say looks the shits! whooo
Also, have added a tank bag which just clicks to the fuel tank, no straps, tidy and simple. Never been a fan of tank bags as a rule but pretty impressed with this one I got from Pirates Lair in the states. While I am at it, Can't speak highly enough of these guys an girls, very helpful and a delight to deal with. Always scary when buying stuff from over seas but extremely happy with the result and service.
Having just moved into a new smaller home I have created a nice little man cave for me and the bikes, I even have a wee work bench, and I feel like quite the straight guy. So to help move the bikes around I purchased a Motorcycle trolley dolly, just flick the bike on to it with the centre stand and presto, piece of piss to move stuff around. I can more the bikes over to the corners and move them around depending on which one I am playing with. brilliant....now just looking for a nice little beer fridge to fit under my table and I have a place of refuge.
Sorry about he pics, camera was flat so just used my phone.
It's a beauty all right Rog and looks a million dollars in the flesh (ignoring me making deliberately facetious comments on my blog to get you to bite - perhaps you're definition #5 - easily provoked, hehe)! I wish the Blackbird had developed along the lines of your bike.ReplyDelete
I saw one of those trolleys at my mate's place over the Coromandel Hill when he had his Beemer R/T. Really impressive bits of kit.
Thanks mate, I dont think any of he pics I hav etaken of it so far actually give it any justice. Certainly looks better in the fleash. The "dolley" I a great peice of kit, but it was a bit pricey, buy oh so handy.Delete
Nice looking man cave you have there Rog. It will be pretty sweet once you've fitted it out with said beer fridge and motorcycles. What more could a man want?ReplyDelete
You would love the k mate, it really is a fantastic bike. I have never really had a decent garage that i could turn into a little place for me and my bikes..untill now. Feels geat to be down there pottering around on the bikes.Delete
That bike looks as though it should forever be moving but your cave looks like the perfect place for it to not be. Very nice!
Thanks mate, that little single garage under my house will be a nice little place to tinkle on the bikes while listening to music. and yes, that bike should always be moving.Delete
I love the way carbon fibre looks and reckon it would look so cool on there, hard to really tell in the pic (might have to come look in real life one day .. just dreaming ;-D)
I too just relented and got a tank bag, used it for the first time today and tis great.
Love your dolley jack thingy, I reckon Terry would too, where do you get something like that?
Yep, I have been a bit slack on the blogging department, bad weather, moving house and various other stresses have conspired against me. I do like my little tank bag, it will be perfect for what I need.Delete
I brought the trolley from the place I mentioned in the blog, it was pricey though but very very handy.
Wow...that IS a sweet looking bike! Have fun and obey all posted speed limits.......... ;)ReplyDelete
posted speed limits"...cough cough cough, I cant believe you would even think for one minute that I would break the speed limit.......Delete
Heh, heh, farkelitis has set in! But damn, you've given me another site to check out...ReplyDelete
BTW, I have a similar (but smaller) bags connection tank bag on my DL and it's great. I'm going to get another ring mount so I can use it on the Connie too. Working on electrifying it too.
Thanks mate, and yep very tidy little tank bags those, so looking forward to trying it out.Delete
Pretty sweet looking bike Rogey! Nice to add a few touches to it. Farkles are always fun.ReplyDelete
As much as I love your header picture on the blog I am surprised you haven't switched it to one of the new bike yet.
Once I have a decent pic I will put up. Yep I love foing the bling bling thing....Delete
it does seem like the perfect bike cave! and the bike is looking sweet rogey! i guess you could add a wine bar if you want to bend the trend ;) so hows the new place?ReplyDelete
Loving the new place, small comfortable easy to manage, just perfect.Delete
Buy the way, I am building up the vodka collection in case you choose to visit.!
I passed one on the street today. Of course, he was coming from the other direction which other than it being parked that I suspect I could pass such a bike on my Symba :^)ReplyDelete
It is truly a beautiful bike.
Nice looking lair.
Thanks mate, she is a a very quick bike all right.Delete
The man sure loves his Beemer. Looks like you found a bike you might want to take around the world.ReplyDelete
Nah...the single 650 for that. But i am loving the K, quickly becoming my favourite bike of all time.Delete
All pictures will do it justice once you get her out on the road for a long trip and has some beautiful beach, mountain, or forest in the background. :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad that you are getting along so well.
Glad you have a new relationship ;-) enjoy it, nice looking bike.ReplyDelete
Simply Awesome, But always be Safe!ReplyDelete
Beautiful bike man, have fun.ReplyDelete