Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - BMW R 1200 R, GS & Adventure
BMW R 1200 R
In the annals of wacky Beemer styling, the BMW R 1200 R manages to incorporate various off the wall engineering concepts like that mega bizarro cantilever front Telelever springy thingy while still maintaining an aesthetic appeal through simplicity of color and overall design. I'm not crazy about the fact that the rear half of the bike looks like it belongs on a Suzuki VX 800, but given some of the Munich stylists' other design choices, I should be happy that they went with a fairly conventional look for this naked bike.
This motorcycle is driven by an omnipotent 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer powerplant engineered with a bore and stroke of 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12:1 which bestows upon the bike a rapturous 109 horsepower (80.2 kW). When we factor in the total dry weight of the bike tallying up to 436 pounds (198 Kg.), and factor that into the roaring power available we get a result of 4 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is comparable to the power to weight ratio of a Speed World Challenge car.
Verdict: Although not the nicest looking Beemer in the current lineup, I can see myself riding this bike around and having a blast. BEST!
BMW R 1200 GS
Supermotard, or something other that ends in 'tard? The BMW R 1200 GS is just too ugly for words, its completely inadequate for off road use on anything but the smoothest unpaved dirt road, and it's just plain ugly. Did I mention it was ugly? Guess what? It's ugly!
The cycle is driven by a eye-opening 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer motor with a bore and stroke of 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12:1 which gives the model an extremely powerful105 horsepower (77.2 kW). When we compute the overall curb weight of the cycle being 447 pounds (203 Kg.), and factor it into the more than generous power generated we get a result of 4.25 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is quite close to the power to weight ratio of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR.
Verdict: Yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah, the BMW R 1200 GS can be anything you want it to be but the bottom line is that it's still too ugly for words. WORST!
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
I'm well aware that the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is the perfect bike to go The Long Way Around the world. It's got the bulletproof Beemer engineering, oodles of power, a great set of dual purpose tires with the emphasis on the dirt side, and so on and so on and so on. The problem is that i just can't get past the repulsive aesthetics, so I'd gladly give up about 40 cc, save about 50 pounds, and lose a heaping helping of world famous reliability and go for the Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas. It might not be quite a superlative a cross planet everything under the sun bike, but at least I wouldn't be embarrassed to ride it!
This bike is powered by a highway-eating 1170 cc, oil/air cooled, 2 - cylinders boxer engine featuring a bore and stroke of 101 mm x 73 mm and a compression ratio of 12:1 which grants the motorcycle a real handful 105 horsepower (77.2 kW). When we consider the total curb weight of the motorcycle equalling 491 pounds (223 Kg.), and factor it into the planet-gobbling horsepower the result is 4.67 pounds per horsepower, a number that is rather close to the power to weight ratio of an American Le Mans Series car.
Verdict: BMW has a habit of producing motorcycles like this R 1200 GS Adventure that outperform their competition in every imaginable aspect but are so Phyllis Diller / Joan Rivers / The Half Ton Mom ugly that no self respecting rider could talk themselves into riding them. WORST!
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