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    C600 6000 miles and 4 years; likes and dislikes

    Likes:
    Like the weight; it handles the crosswinds over the Benicia bridge (30 mph gusts) just fine
    Like all the admiring looks
    Like the rear storage matching the blue bike
    Like the smooth power

    Dislikes:
    Dislike the riding position (too high); makes center of gravity too high and cornering more problematic
    Dislike distance for feet to touch ground (prefer a saddle where I can use both legs to support bike at stop sign)
    Dislike the cost dealership charges for a oil change (or anything else...bmw= break my wallet for sure); Brake lever was a hundred bucks!! Could NOT believe it.
    Dislike everything using Torx heads...damn stupid.

    I've owned several Hondas (305 Dream was my first bike then owned a 350 in Hawaii); a Bridgestone 350 2 cycle that I put back together after someone wrecked it; a Harley; and a Chinese honda knock off scooter). First and probably last BMW. I don't hate it, I bought it for the looks and because it was heavy enough to get across the bridge...still does those things well.

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    Thom,

    I agree about seat height. I had a Silverwing and I could pretty much flat foot it. But I could have found one with low seat height but I wanted the heated seats (no heated seats with low seat option) so that was partially my choice. I've pretty much developed the muscle memory for the one leg stop and feel confident in 95% of the situations I face with the occasional need for both feet on tippy toes or use of the other leg.

    Most of the maintenance you can do by yourself or find a reputable skilled motorcycle mechanic and they should be able to do. Oil changes are about $70 using BMW parts when you do it yourself and its pretty painless. Most other work is not much different than working on the Honda I had. CVT belt and system virtually the same to change. An YES, some of the BMW OEM replacement parts are absurdly expensive, I agree. And pray you don't have some complicated problem only the dealer can work on, it will cost you. Being in the automobile industry, German cars (and seems to be same with German bikes) generally cost more to maintain, repair and find parts for.

    I actually prefer the TORX bolts. Seem less prone to stripping and you buy a set of 1/4 or 3/8 drive one and you can keep a set on bike or at home and use with a power driver to take panels off and on and other parts as well. You do need a couple larger less common ones for wheels and other but once you have these you only have maybe 6 sizes to fit maybe 80% of fasteners on bike.
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    Seat height: I can get the balls of my feet to solidly touch but it's not comfortable. Sometimes I go a little more to one side but often feel uneasy. I wish it were lower. On the other hand, I like how I'm up a bit higher and can see and be seen by cars. Some of the time I just move forward and plant both feet - like when my pillion rider is getting on and off. That is also sub-optimal.

    After 32K+ miles riding it seems predictable. It feels very stable at low speeds - especially with a pillion rider as the rear brake/throttle method is super simple. And with twist-n-go scooter CVT there is nothing easier off the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoPort View Post

    After 32K+ miles riding it seems predictable. It feels very stable at low speeds - especially with a pillion rider as the rear brake/throttle method is super simple. And with twist-n-go scooter CVT there is nothing easier off the line.

    My next projects are Dr. Pulley and to replace the future leaky bearing.
    Hey Two Port, you live about 15 miles away (I'm in Benicia). Your bike looks like a clone of mine. We should go for a ride together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Davis View Post
    Hey Two Port, you live about 15 miles away (I'm in Benicia). Your bike looks like a clone of mine. We should go for a ride together.
    Love to. Its been a bit cold in Napa (for us anyway). A low of 31 and a high of 57.

    There may be enough Nor Cal folks for an Apple Strudel gang!

    I'll PM you.

    J


    p.s. I'm over 32K miles now. Seems to run as effectively as it did on day one.
    Last edited by TwoPort; 02-18-2018 at 08:00 AM.
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    I'm on my 3rd year

    Likes:
    Seat, Appearance, Storage, handling, Sound

    Dislikes
    Dual headlights housings 1 for high-beam and 1 for low beams, one headlight always looks like its burnt out. Unless you are willing to drive around with the high-beams on all the time it looks like horrible. I'll never purchase another bike with this type head-light setup.

    No easy place to mount a NAV

    Fuel mileage could be better.

    Undefeatable traction control that is overly sensitive.
    Last edited by Tony; 02-19-2018 at 12:33 PM.

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    Yah, folks do notice that "one of your lights is out". It doesn't bother me much since folks might actually pay more attention when they see the discrepancy. Speaking of fuel; just putting fuel in the bike is an issue if you live in one of the places that requires the vapor recovery nozzle. Has anyone else broken the fuel cover? Tires don't last long enough, either and I need replacements now...anyone have a recommendation for non OEM replacements that will last longer than 6K miles-or maybe the bike is so heavy (with my fat ass on it anyway) that all the tires will wear out that quick. Concur that it is difficult to find a reasonable spot to mount a GPS or some similar device. Another annoyance is the positioning of the heater control switches vis a vis the appearance of the icon on the display. Mine are backwards (top switch activates bottom icon). Bizarre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Davis View Post
    Yah, folks do notice that "one of your lights is out". It doesn't bother me much since folks might actually pay more attention when they see the discrepancy. Speaking of fuel; just putting fuel in the bike is an issue if you live in one of the places that requires the vapor recovery nozzle. Has anyone else broken the fuel cover? Tires don't last long enough, either and I need replacements now...anyone have a recommendation for non OEM replacements that will last longer than 6K miles-or maybe the bike is so heavy (with my fat ass on it anyway) that all the tires will wear out that quick. Concur that it is difficult to find a reasonable spot to mount a GPS or some similar device. Another annoyance is the positioning of the heater control switches vis a vis the appearance of the icon on the display. Mine are backwards (top switch activates bottom icon). Bizarre.
    Try the Pirelli tires you should get about 2000 more miles out of the over the Metler
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    I've had my c600 four years.

    Likes:

    Size: Fits my 6 foot 240 frame fine.
    Styling: Always get comments on it. I have the matte blue. Looks sport bikish.
    Heated Grips & Seat: Never buy a bike again without.
    Power: Fast enough

    Dislikes:
    Low End: I hate the clutch lag. Wish it accelerated harder. Maybe can fix with new sliders / dr. pulley. Haven't seen any real data if they are really worth it.
    No Cruise Control: Using a throttle lock is ok, but wish it had real cruise control.
    Headlights: don't like the one burned out light thing. I ride with high beams on pretty much all the time
    Buffeting: I get pretty bad helmet buffeting. haven't really found a screen that works. I pretty much keep mine in middle position all the time. Low hits me too hard in chest area and high feels like boxing with Mayweather.

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    Try the Michelin Pilot Road 4 Tires. Just put on the rear and it's great! Better mileage & amazing in the wet.

    https://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tub...e-tire/p/57389

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