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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    When I look at the Bagger pictures I see foot pegs and floorboards.
    When you configure a Bagger it shows floorboards on the base model.
    Whew! Thatís a relief.

    I think is a very good looking in a Harley/Indian sort of way. The baggers made by the UJM crowd always fell short in my opinion, as did the previous forays by BMW into the cruiser world, but this one looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    When I look at the Bagger pictures I see foot pegs and floorboards.
    When you configure a Bagger it shows floorboards on the base model.
    Here's the full-dress one.... got teeny-tiny floorboards. Heel and toe shifter too.

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    Looks like riders could flat-foot itÖÖ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Whew! Thatís a relief.

    I think is a very good looking in a Harley/Indian sort of way. The baggers made by the UJM crowd always fell short in my opinion, as did the previous forays by BMW into the cruiser world, but this one looks good.
    I think BMW did a good job getting the style right for the intended market.
    Of the two models I like the Transcontinental the best.
    Normally I like the looks of Baggers more than Dressers.
    BMW managed to make a very large top box look good.
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    Looking at the picture in post 17 I see BMW even got the side stand right. It appears it might lock like a Harley side stand.

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    If I were to buy a Harley I would be most interested in the Road Glide. I owned a 09 Electra Glide and liked it for a two up tourer, it did what it was designed to do. My wife lost interest and I've since purchased the RT. The Harley did suffer from some buffeting and I never liked the fork mounted fairing. I might be more interested in the new BMW if it had a frame mounted fairing like the Road Glide, It just seems like a better option.
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    Way too "cruiser" for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    Way too "cruiser" for me.
    It's not meant for you. Or me. But I think BMW has nailed the look and function. It screams Harley but is clearly, not a Harley. Jugs king of give it away. I think the R18 family is gorgeous and the first edition I had a short ride on works very well for what it is. I actually had fun on it during my short ride. I was surprised how smooth it was at highway speeds. Nearly no vibration. A smooth engine at highway speed is a very nice feature to have on a long distance American style Tourer. I was very glad to give it back though and get back on my RT. It made my RT feel like a light weight sport bike.

    For the folks who do buy one, I hope they enjoy the heck out of it.

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    Put your feet up in the optional stirrups and look like a beer can chicken going down the road.

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    I would pick this bike over a K1600 (GT/GTL/B) and an R1250RT. Unfortunately, I donít do the kind of riding that warrants those bikes therefore this R18 isnít for me but the purple Trans is really speaking to me. I want one but I really donít need oneÖjust not the kind of riding I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamchandler View Post
    I want one but I really don’t need one…just not the kind of riding I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Whew! Thatís a relief.

    I think is a very good looking in a Harley/Indian sort of way. The baggers made by the UJM crowd always fell short in my opinion, as did the previous forays by BMW into the cruiser world, but this one looks good.
    They were more reliable though. I know a guy(he's ridden BMWs) that put over 400k miles on a 2009 Voyager before trading it in. I don't think a HD or a BMW of that vintage would have done that many miles. Not with an original engine.
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    I think it's beautiful.
    Of course, as I've said before, I spent 30 years on nothing but Harleys, until I could no longer tolerate or justify riding a bike with only 2 inches of travel on the suspension.
    This new R-18 is decidedly eye-candy for me.
    Now, if it has the kind of suspension that handles like my RT, I could see one in my future. But I'd be very surprised if it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stebe View Post
    I think it's beautiful.
    Of course, as I've said before, I spent 30 years on nothing but Harleys, until I could no longer tolerate or justify riding a bike with only 2 inches of travel on the suspension.
    This new R-18 is decidedly eye-candy for me.
    Now, if it has the kind of suspension that handles like my RT, I could see one in my future. But I'd be very surprised if it does.
    These have 4.7", which would be quite an improvement.
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    Pipes look better.

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