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Old 12-08-2014, 10:18 AM   #1
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BMW's Urban Mobility Vehicles

Banish me back to Battle Scooters if you must, I understand. But I also know it doesn't fit the typical scooter ideology.

I just want to say, as a road going mid-sized bike, don't overlook the two BMW scooters. I see lots of questions in "Road Warriors" about what bike to buy and I think the BMW scooters fit the bill. Almost every bike is a compromise or needs modifications; these scooters are no exception.

No, it's not a genuine Motorcycle and isn't as sexy as most but it does meet what many are trying to modify their street bike to become. If you are looking for an easy to ride, comfortable bike, with plenty of gusto to do legal stuff, it fits the bill.

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$10k (3 year warranty)
650cc
550lbs
Dual Discs with ABS
Heated Grips and Seat
Adjustable windscreen (3 position manual on the sport; auto on the GT)
60HP
49 ft./lbs torque
top speed 109 mph
Built in storage (one full face on the sport; two full face on the GT)
Full fairing for body protection
3 distinct foot postions: feet forward, feet in a standard position and feet tucked back.

I bought it to travel and commute; so far it fits the bill. Like I said, it doesn't fit what everyone wants, but i looked at both MC's and Scooters for my next level bike and I couldn't find an MC that had everythng I want for $10k

As I said, it is a scooter by name and feature, but still...







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Old 12-08-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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Your scooter next to a PCH? I see what you did there.....

I think the BMW scooters look great. And I agree - they encompass what many urban riders are asking for. I'd love to ride one sometime.
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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Twist and go's are a lot of fun, especially around here in the mountains. People don't get it how easy they are to ride and how fun it can be.

I agree, the BMW scootinis are nice pieces.
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Old 12-08-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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Your scooter next to a PCH? I see what you did there.....
A friend of mine just started riding again and got it "dirt cheap" so we went out. It rides just fine but the whole right side is duct taped together. The day after he got it he rode 300 miles RT the the coast and back on a 1 and 2 lane state highway.

Like I said, I'm not trying to convince someone to not get a Harley, or Ducati, or whatever. But for me, riding sometimes vs. riding most of the time, it's a scooter. I kept my Aprilia 250 scooter too.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:19 AM   #5
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Shoot.


Great weather protection, good storage, ease of use and economical. Add in fun to ride and pretty decent looks.


Nice little bikes. Enjoy!
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:24 AM   #6
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A friend of mine just started riding again and got it "dirt cheap" so we went out. It rides just fine but the whole right side is duct taped together. The day after he got it he rode 300 miles RT the the coast and back on a 1 and 2 lane state highway.

Like I said, I'm not trying to convince someone to not get a Harley, or Ducati, or whatever. But for me, riding sometimes vs. riding most of the time, it's a scooter. I kept my Aprilia 250 scooter too.



The PCH was a good bike, actually. I only meant that it's a motorcycle that's more "scooter" than your scooter.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:55 AM   #7
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The PCH was a good bike, actually. I only meant that it's a motorcycle that's more "scooter" than your scooter.
Yeah, I rode behind him for a little and when we stopped to eat I basically told him the same thing.

I'm having fun, only been riding for two years. We are planning a couple of California tours. One of them along the Pacific Coast Highway coincidentally and one along the Sierra's traveling the Gold Rush Highway, CA49. Hopefully during the spring and summer of 2015.
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:52 AM   #8
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:18 AM   #9
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They're great bikes, it's a pity that they have the 'scooter' reputation/tag that detracts some riders from considering them. The GT in particular looks like it could be a very comfy short distance touring machine...and it's hard to beat these bikes for in-city practicality.

Two downsides - the seat height and weight. The seat is pretty wide and given the weight of the bikes, is a bit of a challenge to manage. Especially on inclines.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:21 PM   #10
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650cc
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WOW and people complain about the Super Tenere being heavy.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:29 PM   #11
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Yeah, it's not a light bike. Scooters in general seem to be heavy relative to their displacement.

As for touring, while no goldwing, reports of cross country and regional trips are common, especially with the GT.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:41 PM   #12
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They're great bikes, it's a pity that they have the 'scooter' reputation/tag that detracts some riders from considering them. nes.
I hate to throw a blanket on the scooter love fest that this thread is, but it has a scooter reputation because it's........... wait for it................ a scooter!

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Old 12-09-2014, 02:47 PM   #13
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You mean a thermoscud?

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Old 12-09-2014, 03:55 PM   #14
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Sat on one of these at the BMW factory in Munich- I really thought it was awesome. I love my vespa 150, but this bike seems a lot more highway capable.
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:43 PM   #15
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I took a demo Sport out for fun once - fantastic bike! For urban transportation nothing makes as much sense or is as convenient as a scooter. The Europeans got that right...
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