13 May 2011
(The bike in the photo is similar to the subject BMW of this post.)
My garage is too small. An old Corvette, a "Grasshopper" lawn mower, and four large motorcycles along the path make trying to get to the deep freezer a challenge.
A friend of a friend called about the BMW. He wants to do with it what I thought I might do...
Tweak it. It was fundamentally a solid bike. All it needed was some TLC.
So I sold it to him for a price that just covers my expenses.
But while I owned the bike I rode it a few hundred miles and learned some important stuff:
Two-cylinder motorcycles vibrate. Some vibrate a LOT, some not so badly.
The BMW surprised me. It vibrated a little, (not badly), between 2,000 and 2,700 rpm, then smoothed out to a barely noticeable hum. At 60 mph it ran like a sewing machine. I bought the bike to compare it with the Moto Guzzi, and the BMW comes out on top in the vibration category. (But it has less "personality" and isn't as visually appealing to me as "Pizza Bike").
So I'll keep the Guzzi. I now have the newer Goldwing tweaked to my satisfaction so it also will stay in the stable. The older 'Wing is next on the block.
And when it sells, I'll once again be checking eBay...
This time for a 650cc BMW airhead twin...
Perfect, I think, for my 32-mile ride to work!