Originally Posted by 2002redrider
1) Honda ST1300
2) FJR 1300
3) Concourse 14
4) BMW GT (lack of front end feedback, overly sensitive brakes,a rough transmission, and noticeable driveline lash, espically for a bike costing at least $5000 more than the competition). They loved the engine, heated seats and grips, and ESA.
A few things I get from this review (I read it last night):
It sounds like they got a hold of a '06 GT with the servo assisted brakes. Didn't BMW discontinue servo assisted brakes for 2007 onward? Which then begs the question: Why aren't they testing the latest year model? Is BMW NA responsible for supplying bikes to journalists? I don't know, just asking.
Other than the stats sheet, there's no mention of the prodigious alternator output of the GT. Almost 1 kilowatts! I'm going from memory as I don't have the magazine in front of me, but the closest any of the others came was ~600w. 600w may be plenty, but more is better in this case. They were keen enough to comment on the range of each bike. Good on 'em there.
Overall, I generally find these >2 bike "shootout" articles wanting for any sense of objectivity. It seems more an opportunity go get a bunch of bikes in the same place for a photo shoot. Playing musical bikes for two days hardly gives a rider time to settle in and learn and contemplate the pro's and cons of a machine, especially in this category. Heck, even Joe (Messenger13), the rabidest of the rabid GT fanboys, claimed it took a good two weeks and few thousand miles to appreciate all that the GT has to offer.
I also think sticker shock contributes to the lower placing of the GT (lo, all BMWs) in these comparos. These are guys who probably don't make a lot of dough, (they get to ride and write about motorbikes for a living, so you won't hear violin strains from my corner). Even when pressed with the "money's no object" clause, they're still probably very budget minded.
At least they didn't harp on the BMWs "awkward" turn signal switching.
Originally Posted by grifscoots
They used the FJRA, which won't swallow anything whole.
Why would that be?