as a recently returned middle-aged rider with a bit of an unreformed hooligan streak, i'm strongly oriented towards mid-displacement naked bikes - and i've been enjoying the hell out of my new SV650 this past season. but (maybe like most motorcyclists) my eyes wander, and i dream about other machinery. in particular, the Triumph Street Triple R really gets my juices going. and for a long time the Aprilia Shiver just seemed like the sexiest, most awesome thing to me. but before i bought the SV, i also seriously thought about the F800 BMWs - problem was (a) i wanted a naked bike, and you either got full fairing with a very comfortable riding position [ST] or half fairing (boxy and unattractive, imo) with a somewhat more wrist-challenging seating [S]; and (b) the bikes were just plain too much money, and the premium over the US retails was the highest i came across with any motorcycle brand - plus the dealers were arrogant as hell when it came to talking about pricing.
i noticed BMW has just introduced 'beefed up' versions of their K series (new K1300S, GT, and R; the latter 'naked' in a VMAX or B-King way), and that got me thinking that it'd be cool if BMW also jumped on the naked bike bandwagon and introduced an F800 naked - and presto! there it was:
who know how it'll ride, of course, but the components look good, and the earlier S and ST got good reviews. BMW (along with KTM and Aprilia) seem to be really 'on a roll', with many interesting new models appearing, all underpinned by solid engineering and good build quality. the aesthetics don't knock my sox off (to tell the truth, i didn't 'love' the SV before i bought it either, altho it's grown on me), but they're not offensive. now, if they'd only get a little more reasonable with their pricing...
anybody out there got an F800S or ST? or know anybody with one? comments? is this a brand worth considering in the mid-displacement market?