Every now and then we all drop a clanger. But for some the effects are more acute than just a red face and the mother-in-law refusing to speak to you for a few years. Here is the definitive list of biking’s biggest blunders
In May 2003 KTM were approached by a TV production company called Elixir Films blathering on about how they had two actors (well one actor and his posh mate) who wanted to ride around the world on motorbikes. Could KTM supply two 950 Adventures and all the necessary backup to support the trip? KTM weren’t convinced by the pitch and chose not to get involved, deciding that they simply didn’t have the infrastructure to help out with such an ambitious project, so the production company approached BMW instead. The Long Way Round TV series promptly became a global smash hit, a marketing company’s dream and subsequently had enormous impact on the worldwide sales of BMW’s GS range of bikes.
“In an ideal world we would have loved to have supported them, but at the time we decided against it,” said a tight-lipped KTM spokesman. At least they didn’t have to put up with the Boorman turning up at the opening of every envelope afterwards...
Haven't you forgotten the BMW 650 Scarver?
Posted: 18/11/2010 at 14:49
Posted: 18/11/2010 at 17:23
If you ever find yourself standing beside one take a few moments to walk around it. There are many gorgeous details and styling features, and a clear and thoughtful continuity with Ducati's design heritage. If, after that, you still really think it's ugly, well at least you'll have given it a proper chance!
Posted: 20/11/2010 at 13:23
I agree that the 749 has its own appeal, but for me its not the details but the stance that does it for me. It doesn't have that head down ass up stance of the 748 and 1098, otherwise I really like it.
One can make the argument that the 916 was innovative, and the 999 was also equally innovative design-wise.
The 1098, while quite pretty arguably has a derivative design (back end off the MV, front end like the last gen R1, itself a version of the 916). I realize that bike design doesn't have to always be innovative but methinks the 1098 is poaching its own (and others') heritage.
That being said its one of the top 5 best looking bikes available today, if not THE best, but one wonders what the 1198 replacement will look like as it seems a bit stagnant now to keep making it more thin and more pointy.
I think bike design in general is progressing that way (witness the new ZX10R) but I'm not sure how far it can go. Certainly the once-epitome of pointiness: the MV Agusta, that ultimately set the standard for how 2000s superbikes would look, now has created the new F4 1000 and the F3 675 that look 99% like the old F4 750.
Perhaps the true innovations in bike design lie in emerging genres like big trailies, or muscle/power-cruisers like the Diavel.
Posted: 22/11/2010 at 04:00
Posted: 22/11/2010 at 08:44
The 999 looks far less generic than the 1098.
Posted: 26/12/2010 at 19:42
Long Way Round? Never watched it. KTM didn't make a mistake. I wouldn't have wanted my bikes associated with a pair of wankers like that either. Now if it had been Rossi and Foggy or a couple of top Paris-Dakar riders that might have been worth watching.
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 15:23
Posted: 21/06/2011 at 15:30
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