(shot with Olympus OM-1 and Leica 15mm f/1.7 lens)
The back story to this article is that I was riding home on my 1968 BMW R60US one summer evening from the Ontario Science Center in Toronto perhaps five years ago. As I was stopped at a red light, a new BMW S1000RR sportbike rolled up right next to me. We both flipped our visors open as we did a double take and checked out the other’s bike.
“Wooah man … “
” – that’s incredible!” I replied.
The S1000RR was a fresh model designed to challenge the World Superbike Championship and in 2014 it won the Senior TT at the Isle of Man and breaking a 75 year drought for BMW. My bike was the very last model based on prewar designs and had only a limited two year transitional run before the era of modern BMW motorcycles as the parent company finally achieved financial and commercial success. The experience reminded me very strongly of the 2002 Porsche TV commercial for their two seat Boxster roadster entitled “Awake”. A man freshly awakened from decades spent in a coma drives his mint Porsche 550 Spyder and encounters a Boxster on the same winding seashore highway. For those who don’t know, the 550 Spyder was a legendary racecar from the 1950s that was a true giant killer and was the vehicle that actor James Dean was driving when he was killed in a road accident. You can watch the commercial here, make sure you are playing it at its highest resolution. BTW, it was filmed on the Sea to Sky Highway that connects West Vancouver to Whistler which I have driven many times. One of the world’s great highways.
By happenstance, my two cars also share a similar dichotomy. The 1985 Mazda Rx7 has a 1.2 L engine that produced in stock form 101 bhp. My 2022 Genesis G90 has a 5 L V8 producing 420 bhp.
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I still lament allowing the BMW dealer talk me into selling my ’67 R69S as a trade-in for an R100RT in ’82. The 69S (662191) was the best bike I ever rode. Crossed from CT to CA on it in ’82. Great ride. Hang on to your oldie. It has class which is way better than speed.
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