Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cave Creek, AZ, USA
Re: Kia motorcycle !
I have a Kia I bought 10 years ago thinking I was buying a 'disposable' car that would get through a few years with good gas mileage. Over the decade and the 110k miles I can honestly say it has been the most trouble-free vehicle I have ever owned. I have wanted to sell it for years now to get something I want but every time I try I just can't bring myself to do it because I know every time I go to use it, it will perform flawlessly. At this point I can't see why it shouldn't go another decade and 100k (dang it), its stellar reliability has started to make me despise the car because I want something different but feel I am forced to keep a known reliable car rather than gamble.
On the other hand, I don't know if I would buy a Kia motorcycle, comparing the finesse of my 2 BMW's of roughly the same vintage there is a wide gap. The Kia is fully functional but somewhat crude and rough around the edges, it just isn't engineered as well as a whole. It's more like a bunch systems were engineered (well) and then put together with no further fine-tuning. Also it is relatively low-tech compared to my LT, the motor on my Kia is exactly twice the displacement yet only has 40 extra horses, and on a whole it just doesn't feel as precise.
All said, I wouldn't hesitate 1 second to buy a Kia car again, but I view a car as utilitarian. I view a bike as recreation (even though it is my primary transport), and recreation has to engage me, somehow I don't see a two-wheeled Kia doing that.
2009 BMW R1200RT
2000 BMW K1200LT (was supposed to be replaced by above, but can't keep above running long enough to replace
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2000 BMW R1200C