Went to the dealer (Ozzie's BMW in Chico, CA) to test ride the new BMW S1000RR which is about 400 miles from my home. Owner and his wife were in San Fransisco and were to drive back to Chico with their demo bike's keys. They had to attend the dealer's sales meeting in Florida to get the keys to their demo.
Turns out that Saturday was also "Payday so they better get here!" according to their parts, sales, secretary Lily. She said to come back around 3 PM. So I got lost for about 5 hours in Chico at other dealerships and Harbor Freight.
I also had in my gearbag some of those Aerostitch phony traffic tickets. While waiting, I got all the vehicle code violations for speeding, racing contests, etc. off the CA DMV website and made a really nasty 170+ MPH Radar ticket
up to punk the dealer with after my demo ride. Idle hands and Devil's workshop sort of stuff.
Back to Ozzie's at 3 PM. Bike was getting prepped, gas, oil, battery. I would be the first demo pilot. Cool.
Lily had me suit up: gloves, pants, jacket, etc. Shot copy of driver's license. New twist, their lead mechanic would follow me on a CHP patrol bike up Cohasset Road north out of Chico (Nice test road, btw). Interesting.
Ran it up to about 60 MPH going up into the twisties with the CHP patrol bike in tow. Phenomenal brakes. Very little engine vibration through seat or metal pegs (no rubber as on the GT). Actually, there seems to be less vibration than the GT with the exception of maybe some through the handlebars.
This is the cool part. The tranny has a Quick-Shifter. No clutch action needed other than stopping. It just nicks into gear without the typical BMW Ka-Klunk
noise of all their other bikes. You don't even notice it has changed gears! Same on going downward through the gears. Pretty amazing for BMW.
I didn't detect any fuel mapping issues either. No surging or flat spots that I found. BMW finally got that right for once.
I couldn't see directly behind me in the mirrors. The CHP bike was there someplace. Mike, their mechanic was riding it, said I would hear the siren before I'd see their lights. Pretty cool idea of the dealer to have a CHP patrol bike following since people probably thought I was going to be toast doing xxxx MPH in a 55 MPH zone.
The S1000RR suspension is tight on the bumpy parts of Chohasset Road near the top. The road narrows down as it approaches the general store in Cohasset where we turn aorund and head back. People at the store probably thought the CHP had chased me all the way up there as it seemed to cause a commotion by people getting gas there. It's about 12 miles from dealership to the store one-way. Anyway, there is a bunch of adjustments on the upper and lower forks that need to be played with for street-verses-track.
Mike told me to "Bust it open near the airport" and I did. It just walked away from the patrol bike. He said "There is no way the patrol bike could catch the S1000RR as it just disappeared."
So BMW finally gets it right on a new introduction. Maybe them racing it for a year got them to address so many initial new-bike problems helped.
Oh, the phony ticket...
Decided to punk Ozzie's salesgirl,secretary, service writer, parts person, etc. Lily since I couldn't do it with the mechanic as he was following. I asked her, "Did you hear what happened on the demo run?"
She replied, "No, what?"
I told her "I had lost Mike and somehow found a real cop and he gave me this."
I pulled out the phony 170+ MPH ticket
ticket and handed it over it to her.
Her and a customer read it over and over. After a few minutes, she said, "Uh, oh! We're going to be in BIG TROUBLE with BMW for allowing 170 MPH demo rides."
She ran off to make a copy and I laughed and told the customer it was a phony while she was showing it to the owner's wife too. She got a bit red since she fell for it. Punked the dealer!
Oh, I did buy an Acid Green one too. Damn test rides! Probably get it in May for my annual vacation playtime in Northern CA. Should be fun.