Protection is key with these products, so we looked for spills to be contained, with extra marks for side, seatback and bumper coverage. We also assessed fit and tested impact protection. Finally, we took price into account. The figures below are from online outlets and are for our VW Tiguan test car. Where relevant, we’ve listed ‘as tested’ prices, including any accessories, but not delivery.
The R1100S’s Paralever rear end, which pivoted on the engine on previous models, was instead attached to an aluminum subframe that bolted to the rear of the powertrain. The Telelever front end got a “Light” treatment with lighter components and machined fork sliders with a sporty USD look. Quicker steering geometry was implemented to compensate for the 58.1-inch wheelbase. Even so, it’s a large, relatively heavy motorcycle—let’s call it 540 pounds wet—that requires a fair amount of effort to turn, though it’s rock solid once set on a line through a corner. Still, it’s no hooligan bike by anyone’s standard. The term “gentleman’s express” is appropriate to describe both the bike and the riding style it rewards.
The Yuasa YT19BL-BS AGM battery is shipped dry along with its own pack of electrolyte that is added at the time of installation. Once filled with electrolyte from its special packs, an AGM battery is virtually maintenance free. The electrolyte is absorbed in the special plates and separators, so there is no need to worry about leaks on the valuable vehicle parts and accessories.
Many late model cars don't age well at all. The extremely angular lines of contemporary designs are more concerned with being modern than timeless, a quality that was absent in the '90s, when the E39 was designed. The car doesn't look new by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a pleasing shape from any angle, especially in M-Tech trim. It's quintessentially purposeful, with an understated flair as illustrated by its wide-mouth front opening and trademark halo headlights. It's a upscale ride without beating you over the head with flared arches or the excessive use of hood and fender vents. It only gets better if you add some tasteful wheel and suspension modifications and do some off-the-shelf upgrades, like LED rear taillights if you have an older version that didn't include the CCFL tails that the '03+ models had as standard.
Dealers do not have to buy the equipment from Eyewitness Surveillance, and there is no upfront fee, but the monthly cost varies, said Stuart Marcoon, vice president of sales for Eyewitness Surveillance in Baltimore. He said, “It can cost hundreds of dollars a month up to many thousands,” depending on the size of the dealership and how many cameras are needed.