Originally Posted by motorman587
In 2006, 500,000 people in the US bought either a Honda or HD. Only 13500 bought a BMW. So why are we or you against the norm????
For my mind, I evolved thru several rides (2 and 4 wheeled) as years and miles went by. I started with the 427 Corvette [stolen], got the Porsche 911 [never should have sold it], then the BMW M3 [destroyed by a friend in a test ride after 137,000 FUN miles]. I burned thru 2 Kaws, then 2 BMW's, now on the 2006 GT. Once you get over the $/mile reality of your transportation decisions, selecting excellent fit, finish, and feel at speed become paramount. Some simply can not afford the top shelf in cars, homes, stereos, clothing, booze, women, or bikes. Some can not rationalize their lustful selections to their SO. MV Agusta's still appeal to me as art, not riding reality. Ducs appeal to me as art, not riding reality. I like riding BMW's because they rack up miles without punishing your ears, like some LOUD bikes do. I commute if it is not snowing, so I like to sit up and see the traffic. BMW seat position and urban features satisfy my riding style better than the HD, better than the Honda.
As a HD supplier, I love the fact that over 300,000 new bikes are sold per year.
Personally, I doubt I will EVER buy one. I love the BMW ride quality, ABS, and the quiet running at > 100.............BMW brakes have saved my life. PERIOD. I had the good fortune of working with Brembo in Italy, BMW's brake system supplier. I respect their technical competence and the design decisions when applied to the BMW chassis.