A Decade of those Ugly, Ugly K Bikes??!
Well, we will be going past 50 Long Beach posts shortly this weekend! As expected and welcomed most of these posts critique the looks of the new offering from BMW, either warm, cool, or just plain cold.
It's all given me the impetus to do a sort of chronology over the past near decade of how various "K" bikes were initially received - from the "just plain cold" perspective. It's all history now, for the most part, and meant as tongue-in-cheek as it serves to show the overall nature of the internet. So, if you have one of these motorcycles, (and I've had 3 of them) please accept this as a bit of history (after all what else can the "site historian" do?).
1997: The Intro of the K12RS
And, the internet said: "it looks like a turd left to melt in the hot sun"; hey, check the riding position - it's made for urganutangs only; referring to the tank - it's a humpback whale; and, my favorite after initial rides: A Torpedo!
1999: The intro of the K12LT
And the internet said: hippo; Light Truck; and guess what stuck as an affectionate nickname?
2002: The intro of the facelifted K12RS
What is this, a prototype? The new "fairing cap" looks like a coffee can lid clamped onto the lower fairing. This update also introduced the the partially integrated, servo assisted brakes and the electronic cruise control to a chorus of why are they giving us a car to drive?
2003: The intro of the GT
New name, same old friggen bike; why did they just throw a few pieces of plastic at an existing bike and call it something else?; look at the huge expanse of plastic inside the fairing and not even the effort to install a fairing pocket; the adjustable windscreen goes up a mighty two inches; how is this a touring rig; with a lifed muffler and useless left saddlebag; five.5 gallons and 190 miles?; "Torpedo II".
2005: the intro of the K12S
Generally; it looks like any other Japanese sport bike; specifically; why buy a Honda Blackbrid knock-off at twice the price?
2006 (or is that 2007 - got to round out the decade): The intro of the new GT
An old name and a new engine! - well luckily there are more than 50 posts to look at - and thanks guys for all the effort to participate in this forum which represents the most hi-tech of participant websites on a motorcycle that's coming from BMW's new direction of hi-tech offerings.
You know, that first. 1997 entry was all done from what was then the only thing available on the internet - a subscription bulletin board (I think that's where the term "bulletin board" came from. And, no pictures to study and comment on.
And, thanks for letting me play, yet again, site-historian.