Motorcycles I Have Ridden Part XI

Last year of full employment!  (to November 1st)  #475 – 505

Dave Preston:                                           Motorcycles Ridden Log

As of January 1st 2013:                                  8 owned –  466  tested = 474 total

#475             2013 BMW 800 GT demo

  • Orange color really suits the bike
  • Slightly more power than last year’s 800R
  • Fantastic new bags not on this one yet
  • 90hp vs. 87 for the 800R vs. 85 last year? Ample, at any rate
  • Clutch seems lighter
  • Fantastic mirrors! Mounted to the fairing, higher and wider than the 800R and with a bigger rounded rectangle shape vs. sort of a trapezoid – pretty much the best mirrors ever
  • Centerstand – ah yes!
  • For Mr. Preston’s inaugural first ride, he is wearing a helmet by Arai, jacket, boots, and pants by RevIt!, and gloves by BMW

#476             2013 BMW F 700 GS         demo           ZF 84434

  • Smoke gray and orange graphics work well – oddly enough
  • New body work is subtly different but much improved
  • Cast rather than spoke wheels – so no Helge Pedersen trips!
  • Smaller mirrors than F 800 GT
  • More power, but I did not notice
  • Centerstand!
  • Feet flat is nice for off-road
  • “Friendly” personality
  • Compare to G 650 GS, Sertao, F 800 GS, R 1200 GS, and R 1200 GS Adv, and new “water” R 1200 GS
  • (Later) Extensively farkled with Touratech aftermarket catalog
  • Knobby tires (later) make for a bumpy and “iffy” street ride

#477             BMW MOA “Smart” trainer

  • Seat, bars, shifter, throttle, and brake controls
  • Faces a video screen
  • Interactive – with typical hazards
  • Does not steer like a motorcycle
  • Interesting – of use in showing new riders hazards they may face

#478             Suzuki Burgman 650 “Executive”

  • Silver
  • LOTS of controls – too many?
  • Fuel door on left side is a nice tough
  • Mirror button folds in mirrors
  • “Up,” “Down” and “Power” buttons evidently allow for manual shifts
  • Overall – kind of weird – needs more time for me to acclimate

#479             BMW K 1600 GTL

  • Red – burgundy
  • Dirty!
  • Stuck starter relay

#480             2013 BMW R 1200 GS  “waterhead” demo                 #Z183174

  • Wow
  • Engine looks like a “big block” due to vertical intake and exhaust
  • Feels like a big block – engine dominates all the time
  • 92 lb ft of torque at 6500 rpm – is a lot
  • 125 hp – is a lot
  • Some say the fly by wire is snatchy – I say no, that is how much torque it has
  • Brakes are progressive, but stronger than usual
  • Manual adjustable screen
  • More options (ESA, etc) available that demo does not have
  • Needs panniers
  • Pterodactyl meets Praying Mantis in an origami faceoff styling
  • Usual BMW multiple screens
  • I am not quite tall enough, but I could cope
  • Hydraulic clutch (0ver dry used previously) makes a difference
  • Probably a real tool off-road ridden by an expert
  • Exciting to imagine the R 1200 ST and R 1200 R with this engine – and maybe an R 1200 RS?

#481             2013 BMW R 1200 RT demo

  • Lack of lot porter shows – filthy!
  • Narrower handlebars than other
  • Dark blue-green paint would look good if it was clean

#482             2013 BMW F 700 GS

  • Fully farkled with tank bag and big foot side stand and windscreen
  • I really like this bike
  • Tank bag interferes with key, which could be a drag
  • Big foot side stand should be standard
  • Really moves around on knobbies ridden on pavement

#483            2010 BMW F 800 GS  (used)

  • Who purchases a white bike on purpose? I mean really
  • Humongously wide bags
  • Custom lower saddle feels like a 2X4 board
  • Hand protectors with folding mirrors
  • Old-school turn signals – yuck
  • Brakes are tired
  • 21,000 miles – entire bike is tired
  • Needs service in 400 miles

#484             2013 BMW R 1200R          #ZX97420   (company bike)  4/25/2013

  • Brand new
  • Montego blue metallic is a terrific color – particularly in the sun
  • Awaiting tank bag, saddlebags, luggage rack, and windshield
  • Purchased RAM and Go Pro camera mounts today
  • The bike I have wanted for two years!
  • Low seat height, but adequate leg room
  • Curious mix of old and new – ABS brakes, hydraulic clutch and brakes, shaft drive, heated grips, and multiple screens, (but not as many as on new models), old style flipper turn signals, old style looks
  • Does not have ESA and ASC, although they are available
  • Short wheelbase – wide bars – incredibly stable at low speeds and maneuverable at all speeds
  • Steel tank!
  • Made a terrific video of The Ridge race track
  • I like it!  (0ne of my favorite bikes of all time)

#485             2009 BMW F 800 GS         #ZV01411

  • Yellow – my favorite
  • 18,000 plus miles but does not show it
  • Aluminum panniers, hand guards windshield, Zumo
  • Custom seat and side stand extender
  • Very nicely outfitted
  • Very nice bike

#486             2013 BMW R 1200 GS  “waterhead” demo #2            #Z183550

  • Wow
  • Engine looks like a “big block” due to vertical intake and exhaust
  • Feels like a big block – engine dominates all the time
  • 92 lb ft of torque at 6500 rpm – is a lot
  • 125 hp – is a lot
  • Brakes are progressive, but stronger than usual
  • Manual adjustable screen
  • Loaded with options (ESA, etc) – makes all the difference
  • With ESA I can set it up low and soft (relatively)
  • Hand guards, too
  • Needs panniers
  • Usual BMW multiple screens
  • Hydraulic clutch (0ver dry used previously) makes a difference
  • Probably a real tool off-road ridden by an expert
  • Exciting to imagine the R 1200 ST and R 1200 R with this engine – and maybe an R 1200 RS?

#487             2011   BMW  S 1000RR     used bike  # ZV42806

  • White anodized wheels
  • Tinted screen
  • Overdue for a service
  • At $12,990 I think it may be a better buy than a new one
  • Rear fender eliminator
  • Custom seat

#488   2012  G 650 GS                Ex – MSF bike

  • Red
  • Kind of same o same o

#489   2013 BMW C 650 GT scooter   (new)

  • Pre-delivery test ride of new scooter
  • Loaded with all the bells and whistles for sure
  • Sound is actually that of a big block drag boat – does water create a sort of CVT transmission?

#490             2013 BMW R 1200 GS  “waterhead” demo #3!           #Z183642

  • Wow
  • Engine looks like a “big block” due to vertical intake and exhaust
  • Feels like a big block – engine dominates all the time
  • 92 lb ft of torque at 6500 rpm – is a lot
  • 125 hp – is a lot
  • Brakes are progressive, but stronger than usual
  • Manual adjustable screen
  • Loaded with options (ESA, etc) – makes all the difference
  • With ESA I can set it up low and soft (relatively)
  • Light bright blue is an acquired taste I have not acquired.
  • Usual BMW multiple screens
  • Hydraulic clutch (0ver dry used previously) makes a difference
  • Probably a real tool off-road ridden by an expert
  • Throttle did not seem as ‘snatchy’ as the last one because (AHA!) this one had the modes control and it was in “Road”.  Thanks to Shane Balkovetz for that.   He reports that in “Rain” it hardly moves and in “Enduro” it is perfect off- road. On pavement you would want “dynamic.”
  • Exciting to imagine the R 1200 ST and R 1200 R with this engine – and maybe an R 1200 RS?

#491   2010 Ducati Streetfighter           used  #B002031

  • Red! Well, duh
  • Aftermarket mirrors (I think ) work much better than stock/expected
  • Mileage not sure – but several thousand
  • Loud twin pipes stacked on one side
  • Seating so far forward a tank bag map case could not be seen
  • Seat is not comfortable, but not as bad as I thought it would be
  • Lots of torque from the off
  • I can see it would be easy to wheelie, but it is also easy to accelerate pretty hard and sense when it would occur
  • Controls are all so tiny and petite they could not be operated with “real” gloves, methinks
  • Would be a mess after a short run in the rain
  • Hi tech instrument panel with LCDs is cool and has for more info than I could access without reading the owner’s manual
  • Where would you ride it? Great on a winding back road for about 25 minutes, and then pose at a café would be best
  • More than the Speed Triple, but very much less at the same time
  • Not for me, but I can see the appeal
  • Probably a terrific chick magnet, but no sane person would sit on the back

#492             used 2005 BMW R 1200 ST

  • 37,905 miles
  • Odd duck – comfy but very high foot pegs
  • Very low rear end compared to modern bikes
  • More comfortable than it first seems
  • Floppy windshield would irritate
  • Lots of boot scrapes on saddlebags
  • Deep red and silver

#493             used 2010 BMW S 1000RR

  • Nothing particularly noteworthy
  • Leathers caught on rear seat when getting off

#494             used 2002 BMW R 1150RS

  • Pearl white
  • High seat
  • Weird exhaust notes
  • Aftermarket knurled footpegs?
  • Weird screen
  • Sort of a not sport bike, not tourer, not middle of the road nuttin’

#495             used Triumph Bonneville

  • GREAT appearance – basic black plus SE wheels
  • Two into One Arrow exhaust is quiet but melodius
  • Oil pressure and temp gauges on engine add street cred
  • Small luggage rack and carbon fibre seat cover
  • Nice littler clear flyscreen
  • BUT – dumb instrument panel lights useless in the sun
  • Rear shocks were on full hard – basically a rigid suspension
  • Brake lever is like squeezing a brick – and then it starts to slow
  • Horrible seat position and almost cement feel
  • A BMW 800R that looks and sounds better, but does absolutely everything else nowhere near as well.
  • Most disappointing ride of this year

#496             2013 BMW C 600 Sport

  • The Sport is the smaller of the two models – manual adjusted windscreen that is smaller and less luggage space
  • Not as cramped as most scooters I’ve tried
  • Black paint looks stealthy – but I would prefer more flash
  • Heated grips and ABS
  • Adequate storage under seat
  • Brakes work in 3 phases, right  (blah)  left  (good) and both  (NOW!)
  • Massive torque (relatively) from 650cc twin at low rpm makes it work well in traffic
  • Feels lighter than GT, probably less of a difference than it seems
  • MUCH faster? Probably not, but feels it
  • Pleasant exhaust tone, and a level of vibration so you know you’re on a machine.
  • I could ride one of these for years when old and frail
  • Whimsical and fun, and you could really be a hooligan
  • Beat a Suzuki 650 is a stop light drag race he did not know he was in
  • Check oil light came on

#497   2007 BMW K 1200 S         25,000 miles           #ZM28698

  • Blue and silver paint scheme is a bit odd, but would grow on me
  • Lots of farkle connections for various accessories
  • R Front turn signal lamp out
  • Loose right front mirror
  • Clutch felt a little iffy.

#498   2008 used BMW R 1200 GS

  • Nice bike – seats seems low
  • That would be because the front is at 20psi and the rear 30!
  • Probably ridden off road the last time it was used
  • 41,986 miles and NO farkles?
  • Aaron Jennings old bike, evidently – he removed the farkles
  • Original owner a woman who lowered it, he restored it to stock height
  • Or close to it – seemed a little lower than stock to me
  • Odd vibration when slowing in 2nd or 3rd gear – normal?
  • Very nice bike, actually

#499   2013 BMW S 1000RR demo                   ZL17672

  • Slate grey
  • Only 65 miles
  • Clutch lever seems stiff
  • Actually, whole bike seems stiff – needs some miles!
  • Felt much better after 109 miles when fueled on 10/05. I think it was just me

#500   2008 Ducati S2R “Monster” 1000                    #B113119

  • 3223 miles
  • Red with sort of a dumb retro white stripe
  • Bikini fairing is not supported and vibrates – don’t like that
  • Fairly heavy clutch pull
  • Instruments are tach, speedo, idiot lights, and two small screens you probably cannot read
  • Stock pipes, and really does not need Termignonis
  • Stock everything – even the warning stickers are still there
  • Front tire low or “they all do that Sir”?
  • Comfiest Ducati I have ridden – not saying much
  • Rear seat cowl
  • Almost practical, in a basic way
  • No heated grips or gear indicator or ABS brakes
  • Why put new plates (Sept 2014) on and then trade in?
  • Snatchy at low speeds – just fine in a normal situation
  • Brakes are fine, neutral does not come up easily, however

# 501  2008 BMW R 1200 RT                #ZT13547

  • Who likes beige as a color? Really
  • Most farkled RT ever – bags, top box, heated seats and grips and oh my
  • Rattles from somewhere – low on oil maybe
  • Died off idle – was it me?

#502   2011 Yamaha R1 Josh Hayes Special Edition  #A011343

  • OH MY GOD! Most exciting/frightening bike I have ridden in 3 years
  • Flat plane crank and Leo Vince exhaust makes amazing sounds
  • Power on the bottom, OK in the middle, power on top
  • Blue paint with lots of decals and signature is a tad busy
  • Does have a gear indicator, but no other concessions to comfort
  • High pipes under seat will get hot
  • Sounds like a big block Corvette with open pipes at an autocross – loud blats of power for two seconds and then you have to roll off!
  • Could have done the entire test ride in 1st gear
  • Way more performance than most can handle on the street – including me – and the lack of traction/stability control would make it iffy on track
  • A bike for experts if ridden fast and for posers on the street.
  • But – wow

#503   ’12 BMW R 1200 GT  # ZW 20376

  • Dark blue
  • Fully equipped
  • Some scratches on the bags
  • Low seat is in the low position – makes for a lovely ride for me
  • Chosen for my “last ride” with Team Ride West

#504   ’14 BMW R 1200 GS demo                     201 miles

  • So much power – even in the “road” mode – not dynamic
  • There is nothing this bike cannot do
  • Slate grey is not all that exciting
  • Has a GPS system mount
  • Really impressive

#505   ’99 BMW R 1100 RSE                  #Z881290

  • Black with white pinstripes and bags – no windshield
  • Manual choke (actually throttle advance – how quaint
  • Neutral indicator works and then doesn’t
  • ABS brakes
  • An array of idiot lights I did not figure out
  • Seat is better than the modern one
  • 44,000 miles and ready for 50k more
  • Very nice bike

#505   ’02 BMW R 1200 C  (chromehead)   #Z610678

  • Yellow and chrome
  • Nicest one of these ever
  • Beach bars are stupid
  • Nice little windscreen
  • Passenger seat folks up to be a backrest – nice touch
  • Shifter, pegs, and sidestand all awkward to use
  • Does have a center stand – did not try it
  • 5,000 miles
  • Probably the nicest one ever, and still a dumb bike

 

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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