I have been riding a Harley since 1987 and Ultras since 1990. I have been thinking about getting a bmw k1600gtl exclusive. Any other harley owners who have already switched and your thoughts.
Also I have seen that the rear tire will last only 5.000 miles, on my CVO I get 10.000 to 12.000 out of rear tire.
We do a lot of two up long distance runs.
A four years ago a good friend of mine, long time HD owner, purchased a Ultra with all the bells and whistles that cost him somewhere a bit north of $30K. He and his group ride to Tennessee and North Carolina annually. I had occasion to chat with him on his return and he was not happy with the lack of performance and heat. Upgrades applied Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage whatever else spending another $6k . Two more trips and the same issues, lack of performance, etc.
I was at his office after that third trip on my RT, and we got into the usual discussion of how badly he hated the Ultra, etc... Our local BMW shop happened to have a K16GTL that they had designated a demo bike, so I suggested that he bring his riding gear the next day and we would go riding and he could see what the BMW was compared to the Ultra.
On the appointed morning, we met at the dealership, I briefed him on the controls, and off we went over to my local twistie road, LA-22 between I-10 and Slringfield, Louisiana. I was leading and had the cruise set a 60 and was watching him ride the GTL, and he was handling the tight turns quite well and pacing me nicely.
We stopped at Springfield to get some gas in my bike and get some water before starting back. He pulled up next to me with the biggest grin on his face. His first comment was that he was riding along and was trying to figure out what he was missing. Then he said it it him : no noise, no wind buffeting, and he could actually hear the radio running at speed. Then he noted that in the tight turns (several tight 90 degree corners) "nothing scraped, and the brakes are really amazing !!" . Since he was sitting next to me at that point with the engine running, his next comment was "you know, there is no shaking or heat either. Wow!" The grin got wider .
We got re-hydrated and looped back to the shop via LA-42 and doing a debrief of the ride, he mentioned he was going to sell the Harley and order a GTL Exclusive, which he did within the next month. He has been on his trips with the group several more times, and they usually switch bikes occasionally. The result of this is that several more HD folks have come into the light. One on a 1200GS, and another on a RTWC. My friend pointed out to them that at the end of the nonstop ride from Baton Rouge up to their Tennessee destination, he was the only one who did not need to immediately go to bed or help in getting off the bikes.
Roll forward to today: My friend is thinking seriously of getting a GS or RTLC to go with the GTL. He is considering triking the GTL (Yikes !!!) to be able to take his wife and grandkids riding and having some extra luggage space. Needless to say he is a definite convert to the BMW.
As noted above the boxer BMW's (1200 GS, 1200RTLC, etc) are much easier to work on for most people. The K16 is a complicated beast that should really be maintained by a dealership as they have the special tools and computer software to be able diagnose and service the bike. I love my 2011RT and have no plans to ever replace it because it is set up perfectly for the riding I do.
Either bike will be a fine choice. Good Luck.