Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Port Ludlow, WA, USA
We've had our ST since April and really enjoy the bike. I've ridden it some when riding alone, but for the most part it's the two of us, wife on the ST and me on the K-S. I really think the ST has a place on these boards since it does occupy that little niche as a do-it-all sport-tourer.
As we ride togther and stop at different places, it's interesting to notice that the ST seems to get most of the stares. The K-S, I think, while good-looking just doesn't seem to have that Star-Wars quality of the ST. The non-riding public will gaze at the front, study the side and one individual actually touched the headlight (bugs and all!).
At our monthly BMW club meeting last October at the Southsound dealership, we were approached continually with questions by those attending the meeting.
It is kind of funny to me; you'ld think the slightly insane K-S would have captured the more fun and whacky styling rather than it's more mainstream looks. While the ST, which is the pen-ultimate rational motorcycle that does everything so well, sport, tour, errands, you name it might have been blessed with more conventional styling.
I am still amazed when I ride the ST just how wonderful this machine really is; it's just the right weight, just the right suspension, wheelbase, so light at slow speeds, great brakes, terrfic and smooth tranny, and the engine is now the perfect boxer engine with just the right amount of hp, torque, linear run thru the rev range; terrific fuel economy and fuel capacity, those amazing cases, perfect 180 sporttouring rear tire, and the all the adjustibility in the seat, bars, and windscreen. And that windscreen is just the right size and balanced for smooth wind management. And six different and entertaining two-tone color schemes in just the right colors. (I haven't heard anyone say they want a black one with all these choices in colors!)
Interesting, though, with all of its goodness, the bike sells slowly. Why? It's the only boxer with a slightly forward lean - and then there's that styling that everyone on this thread appreciates, but others don't dare consider. And what's really kind of funny is that my wife, who likes the ergos, would like to have the pegs an inch or so further back! But, I do wonder, though, if BMW pricing policy saw the ST at, say, a $2000 discount to the R12RT, how it would fair in the marketplace; especially when you consider that most potential customers interested in a more sporty bike seem to be more frugal than their touring counterparts.