- Jan 15, 2008
Did you try cruising it at 80+ on the open road? THAT is where they shine.I rode an R100RS in the early 80's , it was easily the worst big motorcycle I've ever ridden. Vibrated worse than a Triumph twin, slow, ...
Did you try cruising it at 80+ on the open road? THAT is where they shine.
In that realm, most BMWs are just breathing gently, no stresses whatsoever (if you have some sort of nominal windscreen).
Then try cruising on a Commando or Trident at 80 all day. I did it once, on my MkIII Interstate - 620 miles from morning till a while after dark, thru the Texas hill country. FANTASTIC ride, but at 80, the Commando was VERY busy and vibrating enough to ruin an exhaust port thread ($$). Trident is very similar, but even twitchier...
But did you cruise the BMW for more than a couple of minutes at highway speed and/or above? I've gotta say, if I had the choice in THAT mode, (highway for all day) it would be the Beemer every time...I've been riding Tridents and Commandos for 40 years ... Trident turning at about 5000 rpm