|For what is 620 kilometer enough?||Budapest: 2019-06-02 19:05|
|Buenos Aires: 2019-06-02 14:05|
Praha: 2019-06-02 19:05
Quite a lot. For example an 11 hours Bakony-Balaton-Mátra ride, which (unintentionally) has broken the so far 508 km daily record distance.
The first BMW
I had the luck to take for a daily trip a BMW F800R motorcycle from 2011. Although it's spending the second part of its latter life, and the previous rentees did not exactly give it a gentle time, yet the total picture has drawn a very good motorcycle.
The ones which really got me:
- brutal beast: there's no foreplay, at 3,500 RPM it roars, bites and launches like a bullet; even in 6th gear, at the upper limit of the legal speed on highways
- intelligent beast: while doing downshifting, it drops the revolution to the peak of the lower range at the G-spot (~3,500), thus already becomes ready for a raging response
- even with many kilometer behind its back, the levers and pegs still have the quality; the thin grip offers better handling
- well engineered head and handlebar system: for instance due to the weight balance the maneuverability is exceptional; eg. during doing slow speed turning
- sporty leg position, yet due to the seating and handlebar arrangements you aren't sitting in a ready-for-action position but with vertical back
- the seat even after 11 hours is still acceptably comfortable
There are drawbacks
It was hard to notice all this short time, but these ones for sure:
- the inline-twin rattles and beats even stronger than a V2 - from the arms through the whole body you get a thorough massage by the machine
- the small rear view mirrors are quite ineffective, especially with the above vibration even at road speeds at 90 km/h you get basically useless picture, everything is washed away and blurred out.
On highways too, where in general the road surface has good quality.
- the wind protection likewise to Hornet is lame here too - or even worse. Because while on the Hornet generally I have to clean one-two-some remainders, here at the end of the day the jacket could be donated to a natural sciences exhibition.
Although to add, as on the Hornet 120 km/h is an absolute STOP, yet on the F800R the wind limit border is at 140 km/h (on a highway, happened only occasionally only on slopes and while overtaking).
On the road
Only some part of light rolling in the Bakony, cruising and low growling in third-fourth gear:Thebabywas already there.
I'm making no judgements, but this bike is much closer to a with skills handleable, yet still an instinctively wild rottweiler, than any oversweetened cuteness.
After I sat back on the Hornet
Semi stance ... bad news I have... I would need to think hard, what items could I enlist to tilt the balance in favour of the Hornet - and I'm not sure if it could succeed. Starting where I've done the mandatory Mátraing (serpentine ride between Parádsasvár and Mátrafüred) multiple times on the Hornet, but it was more entertaining on the F800R. Then comes the answer to nagging: the very responsive, yet not chocolateing to death aggressivity gives you the pleasure of motorcycling in every moment. The handlebar, the turning radius, the maneuverability is sky to the ground: Hornet has a bigger turning radius and it's more cumbersome due to the weight balance. Although the F800R isn't an adventure-touring bike, yet it can be also well sufficiently packed up.
Of course the tad meandering of the shining gold weaves running in the brocade fabrics of the Psyche and Fatum, the question ofwhat would, if?might pop up, as if I had omitted the rule of gradual sanity, I might have a different motorcycle history today.
I want to sit on a GS. Full stop.
And today was the MotoGP.