Well now since ya got me dreamin
If I had the time and place to ride it, I'd like to own the nastiest, fire breathing GP bike on the planet. And I really like those Agustas (sp?), they call to me :wtf mmm..let me restate that, I want one of everything!!
I've owned 3 Yamaha FZ1's, with a total of about 50k miles on those. It does everything the beemer does at a much cheeper cost. I started on a brand new 1972 K1, 500-4 cyl honda, put 12k miles on in the first 6 months, it was an amazing machine for 1972, just for background.
It (yamaha) also roasts the helloutta my legs, requires chain maintenance on a regular basis, didn't have the ergomic protection the beemers have...for the riding I do most of the time. And I'm gettin old so it hurts more than I'd like.
I own no cage so comfort, distance and lack of required on-the-road maint are keys. Oh, and did I mention more power and handling that I'll ever really need
Not that I don't attempt to use it all here and there...
But...what I really like the most about the beemers..is the brakes!! daym those things can stop..they've saved my bacon plenty, ie, they let me live to try harder next time and live thru screw-ups! And the quality of the components, not counting failures, but overall machining quality..oh yeah, I love art, used to have carillo rods hanging on the living room wall, I appreciate those kinds of things.
It generallly appears to me that the overall BMW design was considered right to the end, ie, they didnt' stop somewhere in the middle like some other bikes (heat, comfort issues, etc). That happens when the engineering dept gold plates some stuff up front and runs outta funds before they are finished with the job and have to take shortcuts (thanks beancounters).
And it also appears that most of the work that had to be done did in fact, fail during the warranty period, so it was mostly a time issue rather than money.
Being a bit on the practical side, my ride has to meet my riding mission or I just won't buy it. Sure, the S add's more of who I am (ie, how I like to ride) to the equation, but the design allows me to do what I need to do with it, so I bought it.
aren't you sorry you asked now??