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The BMW may be porky, but it does offer a great deal of rider protection (both physical and from the elements). It will be interesting so see how much protection from the elements there is on the on AT. You are right though, physically it looks tiny in comparison.
 

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I am not sure that being slimmer or more aerodynamic is really the biggest priority for a bike of this style. It has its benefits, but its not a sport bike, which would take such aspects more seriously.
 

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Isnt weight that's away from the center line of the bike a detriment to riding performance. Obviously weight low is important but low and away isn't ideal either is it?
 

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I am not sure that being slimmer or more aerodynamic is really the biggest priority for a bike of this style. It has its benefits, but its not a sport bike, which would take such aspects more seriously.
You've obviously never watched motocross, those guys arguably use their bodies to turn the bike far more then GP riders...

The slimness alows you to use your legs for control, Honda said they moved the aurbox outside of the frame or something to allow for a narrower tank area...

If you don't think aero is important on a bike, ride for 2 hours straight consistently at 60 mph without a windscreen, then try the same experiment with one... come back and tell us which left you feeling more exhausted...
 

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Is it just me or is that a good looking bike?!

But I had also thought of the same thing while riding the ST10 on the freeway. How much wind protection around my legs will I get? But the thing is you can't have everything, there will be some compromises and that's a compromise I'm willing to make for better riding off road.
 
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