I understand Euler, I too had an image problem with BMW right up to the moment when I test drove the 9T, twisted my wrist and watched the speedometer climb up thru the clouds with this never ending band of torque that only started to taper at well over 100mph. I love to fly my bike. Are you aware that BMW pre-WWII exclusively made airplane engines, that the boxer was designed as an airplane power plant? There’s your wingless plane vibe. I ride motorcycles primarily because flying powered aircraft (which I’ve done many times) is way to expensive. Getting UpOn2 is as close to flying while still on the ground as you’ll ever get. I fully understand why an airplane engine must be ultra-dependable but until I owned my first BMW did I realize they put that fabulous dependable engine on two wheels. What a concept, I could leave all my tools at home. When I rode pre-BMW I always had a screwdriver and a pair of pliers in my pocket at all times. You had to or your going to get stuck somewhere trying to use your pocket change and a pen knife as tools. No more! I went to a gathering of BMW motos back in the 70’s and by the time I left I was sold. The stories they told of these machines was no less than amazing. I now concur wholly. Nicest most dependable engine I’ve owned, last count was 14 motorcycles. I’ll never go back. I love the retro look of the 9T Classic ... at the same time, the fuel injection is amazing and nothing like what I experienced on other actual Classic bikes. You can ride as a mild mannered tweed-clad hipster ...or as a confident man of means in big damn hurry on a gorgeous and expensive piece of equipment. I prefer the later. I get more jealous looks from young men in BMW automobiles than anyone else. They know what I’m riding. The Harley crowd wants to kill you but they can’t catch you and the hip kids just want to trade rides for a few hours. The crotch rockets and rice burners just seem like a fad to me, for the really young go-fast moto heads. They’re all stuck making payments trying to figure how they can trade up to what you and I are riding today. You’re in the cat/bird seat Euler .. Enjoy the ride my friend. Pat yourself on the back. StayUpOn2 .... Vive la différence ........BlitzThough I have a lot less experience than you obviously have with motorcycles, I've appreciated ever since I first rode a Nine T that it had the personality and charm of a real old bike, with none of the usual trouble associated with the ownership of an old bike.
I remember quite vividly riding some other retro bikes (which have the benefit of being way cheaper to insure than more modern looking equivalents) and thinking that they really were sanitized new machinery dressed up for a fancy dinner in town.
The first mile on that Nine T however...
Felt closer to a wingless plane than a bike to me.
It sort of makes me wonder what it would be regarded as if it was styled differently. Some people can be put off by the retro styling, I know that I wasn't attracted to the tweed-clad hipster crowd that one most often sees riding such bikes. I don't buy bikes to fit any kind of stereotype though, so I didn't care, but I can understand why someone would pass by it and not give a second look. That'd be a shame though.