Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pleasanton, CA, USA
GOt a new 07 On Saturday
SO this is very similar to a post somewhere else, so I apologize for the cross post. Also some beleive, elsewhere, that there is no way I have an 07. Maroni Sticker, VIN, Swingarm, and No Servo pump noise indicate its an 07....
Graphite, ESA, Computer, Heated Grips and Seat, I added an alarm. All was MRSP, 'cept the alarm was at his cost.
My only previous street bike was a HD sportster (it was never the right bike for me and should have never bought it).
WOW. Get it on the freeway for 5 miles, and take off like a rocket. Smooth. Next thing I know I'm doing 80, OK slow down. Get off the freeway. Take it through town. Then decide to go up Mt Diablo. Nice twisty rode, almost 3500 feet elevation change to the top. I took it easy 20-40 mph (Did not want a ticket). Lots of sportbikes and bicylist. Got above 2500 feet and turned around. Sweet handling. I have a lot to learn and this bike is way more capable than I. So I take a few backroads home. All in an hour.
Ride number 2. Took the side bags off. 10 miles of freeway, with about a 25mph headwind, even with the windscreen up I get some buffetting, but I'm 6'4" so I could proabably use a taller shield. Get off the freeway, and take a nice twisty ride up Redwood Road. Couple sportbikes come up on me and pass. The next straight, I open it up and catch back up. I decide to not let my ego kill me or the bike, so I let them take off.
THe bike is amazing. So after about 20 miles on the this twisty road, back on the freeway and meet the wife for dinner. Head home.
Ride 3. Quick ride at dusk. A somewhat curvy road, Foothill BLvd, near my house. By the time I get there its dark. Need to watch for dear. Have the high beams on doing 45 in a 40. Boom, big buck. Brakes work nice. Buck cannot make his mind up about where to go. FInally heads up the hill. I take it easy for the few miles back home.
Some basic observations.
1) Not sure if I have 7.x software. Like I said, I was so excited at the dealer I did not think to ask. Can I tell or can only the dealer tell? DId not notice any wierd pauses or anything, 'cept once at about 3000.
2) The new brakes work very well. Cannot compare to servo assist. THe tech who prepared my bike, pointed out that he heard a slight ratcheting sound. This is the first of this brake he has dealt with so he assumes its normal?
3) I think I may be one that does not like the seat, but we'll see.
4) THis bike just handles, I think it will out ride me for a long time coming.....
Finally, 3 years ago when I went to the BMW museum in Munich, and just fell in love with the the bikes, I knew I would be an owner one day.....
2008 R 1200 GS ADV
2007 K 1200 GT Graphite
98 HD Sportster 1200C [Sold] (Mistake)
Various dirt bikes in my youth.