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    R18 first ride.

    Got a txt from Pandora's that they have the R18 in the shop and I went over today after work.
    Bike looks really cool, took some initial pics, then after some formalities, took it for a 20 or so mile ride.
    Very interesting. Got oodles for torque and power. Very heavy very low down. Very!
    And hold on, the bike will torque steer including you with it.
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    Last edited by aviator; 4 weeks ago.
    Chattanooga, TN
    Certified Hooligan.
    2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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    I did not have time to inform my camera crew, so had to return to the dealership and ask one of the guys to take some pics with me on it.

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    Last edited by aviator; 4 weeks ago.
    Chattanooga, TN
    Certified Hooligan.
    2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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    • cabnfvr
      cabnfvr commented
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      It is cool the way they integrated ride modes and info into the retro looking speedo. It's not for us but I hope they sell well.

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    Chattanooga, TN
    Certified Hooligan.
    2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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      #4
      The real question..would you buy one...?

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      • Loggiebone
        Loggiebone commented
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        No! Hail no!

      #5
      I would, but will wait for the other models to show up. I think there are 3 or 4 variations with different configurations planned.
      Chattanooga, TN
      Certified Hooligan.
      2018 S1000XR, 2014 R1200GSAw, 2015 Husqvarna FE501S

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        #6
        Originally posted by aviator View Post
        And hold on, the bike will torque screw including you with it.
        ]
        What does that mean?

        Lee
        Iowa
        2016 R1200RS

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        • aviator
          aviator commented
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          steer. You know what I meant Lee. I am not a moto journalist

        #7
        It's cool in it's own way. Tons of little custom bits available and it is designed to take non bmw custom bits too. I suspect some will come up with tune kits to get it out of the 85 HP range to serious tire smoking nasty. It is a cruiser not a sport bike, meant for around town and local riding.Like buzzing the Harley shop. I like the effort Germany is making to fit into the USA spot. A lot of thought was put into this.

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          #8
          Just noticed...is that really a “push rod” motor or feaux?

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          • aviator
            aviator commented
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            Yes it is. Nice and quiet.

          • beech
            beech commented
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            Don't forget the exposed drive shaft, that is really cool. Wonder how the German TUV let that happen? It's a nice touch. The mag wheels that are available look cool, I say that because with the spokes I don't know if it uses tubes??? A no go for me if tube type wheels are used.

          #9
          Originally posted by Loggiebone View Post
          Just noticed...is that really a “push rod” motor or feaux?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul5A2QD60zw

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