It has been a little over 4 months since I bought the BMW and I thought that I would share with you all some of my experiences of how I have adapted to the switch to the BM from a GSXR750. I’d be interested in your opinions on the following. First of all, let’s get one thing straight. I love the BM. It is a fantastic bike & I am really enjoying the challenge of learning how to ride it. The BM & the GSXR are of course, two completely different bikes. The GSXR is light, twitchy, flickable & rev hungry, whereas the BM is relatively heavy, stable, slow steering & with an engine that almost feels lazy in its’ power delivery. The GSXR feels fast, the BM fools you into thinking you are going much slower than you are. I didn’t think that the differences were affecting me too much at first. I wasn’t barrelling into corners hard on the brakes a-la the GSXR, frantically dancing through the gears trying deperately to keep the revs up to exit the corner, front wheel hovering an inch above the road surface with me clambering all over the front of the bike trying to keep it down. In fact I was doing none of that at all. If anything, I was riding the bike a little lazily, sat back on the seat, setting the bike up early and relying on the bike’s stability through the corner before using the torque of the engine to drive out the other side. But then, I was trying to learn a different bike & so was taking things fairly easy to begin with, as I adapted. I have always thought of myself as being a relatively fast road rider. In a ride I’d always be one of the guys at the front of the pack. That’s where I get my thrill, I am a sports bike rider & I love it. Things started to get a little more interesting with the BM when I began to ‘up’ the pace. With the GSXR it was so easy to find that rhythm, the point at which you feel that you are simply ‘thinking’ the bike along that makes riding a sports bike so rewarding. This experience has thus far eluded me on the BM. I am a rider that, when riding quickly, traditionally likes to ride on his toes, very front endy, not really sitting on the seat, merely resting on it. On the BM I like to rely on turning the bike quickly and powering out the other side. I find that I am reaching a wall, a point at which everything starts to appear to happen too quickly, preventing me from going any faster. Not wanting to get into trouble or out ride myself, when I reach this point I slow things down again & try to work out what is happening. I try different seating positions, slowing my corner entry, point and squirt against high corner speed. Each time slowing it down and gradually building up the pace again to see how the bike reacts. It’s all very confusing & I suspect that this is the crux of the problem. Concentration. I remember similar things happening when I was learning to ride. So many things to take in that the mind becomes fuddled and confused trying to process everything. Everybody goes through this & it is interesting to find it happening again. So many new things to take in with the bike that I have little concentration left, at high speeds, to concentrate on what is going on around me. Knowledge is a powerful thing, and knowing this takes the frustration away, it gives me something to work on & a fresh challenge. This is what I love about bikes. Time, I think to slow things down again. Go back to basics and take it easy. After all, I am getting old & BMW’s are traditionally old men’s bikes Any thoughts?