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Old 11-01-2012, 06:31 AM   #41
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I Ride: 1991 XR250L, 2007 BMW F800S, 1999 ATK 605 ESDS/SM
ash on bikes review, he liked it, a lot!

http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/bmw-hp4-review

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With the S1000RR as the starting point, the HP4 was never going to be bad, but it could have been a bit scary... Instead, it's not only the fastest, hardest cornering superbike you can buy, it's one of the most natural and easiest ones to ride, either at normal speeds or making full use of its performance. If the original RR had a weakness it was that it didn't feel as telepathically obedient as the fabulous Honda Fireblade. The 2012 S1000RR is a big improvement, and for all its performance enhancements, the HP4 is better still.

What came across most forcefully after a day with the HP4 and Jerez is not so much the imperious performance of this technological masterpiece, it's how it has progressed in terms of usability and sheer ease of riding. You could take it out of the crate and win a superbike race on it (well, a few people could...), or you could pass it to a novice to take their bike test on. It never threatens, only enhances and extends what you want to do, and it does so like the electronics have plugged in to your neurons.

All it lacks is that aura of emotion and desire which surrounds the Panigale. Open the garage door to an HP4 and your heart will pound in anticipation at the phenomenal speeds you'll be doing. Open the door to a Panigale and you'll probably just look at it for a while thinking sweaty thoughts. You might even go back indoors and grab the girlfriend...

But the HP4 is so good, its performance so towering, and it's so very easy to make very fast, it will for many riders transcend that indefinable Italian sexiness with the sheer force of German rationality. It's cheaper, it's faster, it's probably more satisfying and certainly easier to ride, and as a road bike it will stand head and shoulders above most other superbikes, wherever they're from. Oh yes, and it's got heated grips...

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:01 PM   #42
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You're about to have people tell you that BMW's aren't nearly as reliable as they once were. It IS true. However, it doesn't mean the whole bike range. Other than some early issues in 2010 and then the recall on the 2012 bikes (manufacturing issue, had to retighten all connecting rod bolts, all fixed now), the S1000RRs have been pretty bullet proof. Sure you'll hear of an issue here or there but you have to remember, people are way more likely to report bad than good. Long story short, you won't have to worry about reliability with an S1000RR. Any bike in the F series though..look out.
http://www.s1000rrforum.com/forum/bm...12-recall.html

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1. The recall is in regards to the connector rod bolts, which in simple terms are not up to specification for the S1000RR engine which can rev to 14,500 rpms.

2. 2012 bikes with Vin numbers ZL16475 and below are being recalled.

3. There are approximately 1,414 USA bikes that are part of this recall.

4. Bike ships past mid-April with Vin numbers above ZL16475 have been corrected and as such, are not part of this recall.

Most bikes that have failures, happened fairly quickly or within the first 100 miles, but that doesn't mean it can't still happened at a later time, If you have one of the recalled bikes it is advisable to return your bike to the dealership as soon as possible to avoid possible engine damage.
Not a judgement. It's neat bike, but the line hasn't been without issues, same as Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia, Ducati, etc.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #43
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http://www.s1000rrforum.com/forum/bm...12-recall.html



Not a judgement. It's neat bike, but the line hasn't been without issues, same as Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia, Ducati, etc.
uh, reread what you quoted...i said the 2012 recall.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #44
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drew!!


beat you to it.


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Old 12-05-2012, 04:57 PM   #45
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good god that's sexy....

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #46
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good god that's sexy....
Uh, and then, you get close up and in front to see it still needs a bag over its head .....


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Old 12-06-2012, 06:25 AM   #47
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Uh, and then, you get close up and in front to see it still needs a bag over its head .....


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lay down the crack pipe.

The HP4 is the best bike out there and looks great

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Old 12-06-2012, 07:50 AM   #48
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Race bodywork fixes all ills.

I'd give a nut to race that thing.

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #49
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At first I was not a fan of the asymmetrical look. But then I learned the intentionality of the design and find it more exciting than the rest of the symmetrical lot.

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Old 12-07-2012, 06:22 AM   #50
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Love it!

Funny how some who cant come to grips with the unique front look are the same people who complain when a new model comes out and looks just like all the rest.

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #51
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But that Dash is soooo Pretty!

I would love to have any of the Exotic's, whether that be the S1000RR, Panigale, the Ape or the MV. But after working for Ducati and having hands on experience with multiple European and Japanese Brand Motorcycles one thing stands true for the >17,000$ bikes; Pony up, spend the 800$ on an additional 3 year warranty. That is if you plan to ride the bike for ~5 years, do the regular maintanence and warranty should cover everything that might happen.

you can usually get refunded for the unused warranty if you trade up every couple years also.

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