SHIFT!You are 100% correct. I can't drive even to 50% of what the 1199 is capable of, nor the S1000RR. But what I CAN do is ride in a straight line at a constant speed going 40mph in 2nd gear.
What the Duc CAN'T do is maintain that constant 40mph in 2nd gear. It either lurches forwards, or backwards. The engine smoothness below 8000rpm is non-existant. Also, as it lurches back and forth, it's burning my legs!
Exactly...ride what you love. But speaking of plus and minuses, they've all got 'em.I'd ride a BMW if they didnt have that extra chromosome headlight design. All bikes have there plus and minus's....love what u ride and be happy for others (unless they show you attitude then F them)
Don't let me begin to tell you the major issues I have with my BMW S1000RR. Engine replacements, lock ups, rocks in the crank case sounds, brake pads that fall out as they wear, very bad forks and shock.... dead ECU, and loose timing chains. The Germans tell you the way it going to be, if you don't like it...your the one thats wrong.
I think with most REAL motorcycle enthusiasts you will not see much bashing from either side. Maybe the occasional "ribbing" or joking between brands, but anyone who has half a clue knows that any bike in this category is a great bike. They all have their differences but at the end of the day they all are capable of going around the track at similar speeds and much faster than any of us can do including the rider in question who supposedly just bought this is his first bike.I read the entire BMW forum thread yesterday and, while there were some Duc bashers, there were a lot of defenders as well.