Originally Posted by eljeffe
There's no pleasing some of you.
When the first generation GT came out, many of you bashed BMW for not lowering the exhaust to accomodate a full-sized bag, and now you knock them for doing just that.
While the styling is all David Robb, and in my opinion leaves MUCH to be desired. It can be easily seen that, aside from styling and looks, BMW has responded to almost everything this group has complained about the previous generation GT.
You are right of course, they have given us what was asked for, more protection, more HP, better luggage, most of the things on the list, but the style is a very personal thing.
I think that those who bought the RS/GT purchased it not just because it did it's job better than much on the market, but looked beautiful doing it. Function and form coming together is a very personal thing, and while we might admire a machine for its function and effectiveness, when it comes to vehicles looks have a major impact.
I think that some of the negatives on style are a result of this, and David Robb should take this feedback for what its worth. The RS/GT may end up being a classic, and maybe the new styles will grow on us. When BMW modified their cars styling a couple of years ago, sales plumetted, not because the cars weren't technically better than other years. They were just ugly.
For me at least a "turn round one more time to look at her" is an important factor in buying a motorcycle. It's not just a machine, it's an extension of my personality so looks come into it. I have tried many bikes that I like the look of that did not have the ergos, behavior or features that turned me on. BMW has always been there on that front.
So, I guess you are right. Technically they have delivered. As Winston Churchill was once admonished by a lady for being drunk... which he replied. "Yes, madam I am drunk, and you madam are ugly. Tomorrow morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly".