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post #1 of 56 Old Aug 15th, 2014, 3:54 pm Thread Starter
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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.
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Hi;

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.
As Steve said above, LOTS of information on the sister site.

5,000 miles out of a tire? NOT TRUE! I got 6,000! The only reason I got 6,000 was I rode the tire on purpose to see how long it would take to get to the wear bars (Metz Z08's). I should have replaced at 5,300.

The k1600 has wicked acceleration. Let the horses run, and they'll eat the tires! Some guys get 9-10,000 miles.
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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.
I traded my '12 FLHTCUSE7 in on a GTL at the end of July. I don't regret the move one bit. The GTL out-Ultras the Ultra in every way other than luggage capacity.

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The transition will be a new learning experience... You will probably love it but miss the HOG camraderie .... I went from 8 HD dressers over a number of years to a new 05 K1200LT and
W O W... Ride and power difference is great...

Now I ride a new Victory Cross Country and it reminds me of a cross between the HD cruiser baggers I had and the BMW K bike level of sophistication in comfort, handling and computers onboard...!!
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I rode an '08 CVO Ultra and an '11 CVO Road Glide Ultra. I liked both those machines but I like to wick it up in the twistys now and then. The suspenshion and lack of clearance left me at a clear disadvantage to my riding buddies on Multistradas and FJRs. The K1600 solves both those problems plus provides almost the same level of comfort on long rides. The Harleys have a visceral feel that's not there when cruising on the BMW, but when it's time to twist the wrist, there's no comparison.
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Tire wear? If you are getting 10k out of your rear tire on your Harley, you will do much better than 5k on the BMW. I rode a 03 Ultra with a big bore kit and never got over 6k on my rear tire- never.

So, IMO amount of throttle twist + tire wear. Or, something like that.
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You do realize that every K16 has a built-in Tire Wear Control system, right? Using this control, you can set the mileage that you want to get from the tires and let the bike do the rest.

It's that long, round, black knob up on the right handlebar. Turn away from you to increase tire mileage, and turn towards you to increase fun.

It also has a similar effect on Fuel Mileage . . .
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Hi;

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.
I switched from a Harley..Immediatly enjoyed the extra power, smoothness (no vibration), movable windshield, bags, etc..a much better bike for an older guy..more fun too. I have 7500 miles on my tires with little wear.
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I switched from a Harley..Immediatly enjoyed the extra power, smoothness (no vibration), movable windshield, bags, etc..a much better bike for an older guy..more fun too. I have 7500 miles on my tires with little wear.
If you have 7500 miles on the rear tire on a GTL, you really are an old guy!!

I rented a GTL in Europe last year. It had 800 km when I picked it up. I assume the tire was original as it had only a little wear. I brought the bike back with exactly 4000 km on it. The dealer accused me of riding around the parking lot to get it to the exact 4000 number!

The tire was at the wear bars and worn nearly perfectly uniformly clear to the sidewalls. The Alps are great for getting even tire wear! So, I trashed a tire in less than 3,000 miles. I can't fathom getting 7,500. I barely get that on my LT with the harder compound touring tires!
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While 5 - 6K on the stock rear tire is common. Depending on my riding style I have averaged 8 - 10K on my rear tire running Michelin PR3s. Now have PR4s but it's a little to soon to state how much mileage I will get. As stated by others - the 1600 loves to be ridden really hard through twisty roads with a lot of accretion changes. Riding more sedately with my bride on the back increases tire mileage and I get to see the scenery.

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The wife and I did about 1500 miles this past weekend on a nice mixture of backroads and interstate. We were both more comfortable than we would have been on the CVO.....The only change we need to make is firmer foam in the seat (GT seat on a GTL).

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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.
I have owned 3 Harley's over the past 10 years. I currently have a 2010 Ultra Limited with 33k miles that I have for sale. I purchased a new GTL Exclusive a few weeks ago and it is totally different (in a good way) compared to the Harley. I took the BMW out for a 380 mile ride yesterday and it is terrific. My comparison is the K1600 is like a driving a BMW M5 and the Harley is would be like driving a 1963 Chevy Impala. They feel that much different. But some people like old technology and poor handling but it is no longer for me. Buy the Exclusive. You will love it.
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I have owned 3 Harley's over the past 10 years. I currently have a 2010 Ultra Limited with 33k miles that I have for sale. I purchased a new GTL Exclusive a few weeks ago and it is totally different (in a good way) compared to the Harley. I took the BMW out for a 380 mile ride yesterday and it is terrific. My comparison is the K1600 is like a driving a BMW M5 and the Harley is would be like driving a 1963 Chevy Impala. They feel that much different. But some people like old technology and poor handling but it is no longer for me. Buy the Exclusive. You will love it.
Absolutely. BMWs and Harley's are completely different animals designed Gordon different riffing styles and different personalities. Comparing them is simply pointless.

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I have an LT not a GTL. I also have a road king. Get the GTL, Don't get rid of your harley. Different bikes, both a lot of fun. I must say I don't get much more than 100 miles from home on the harley..


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As good as Harley's Touring bikes are, I just can't see going back to one at this point.
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Don't look. Just buy.
The worse that will happen is that you will sell it after a while, if you don't like it.
You know you only live once. So go for what you want. Try it, you might like it.
But like us.....dog says there is no camaraderie like the Harley guys. BMW riders are all snobbish and usually have nothing to do with each other.
As to tire mileage, my experienced tire man said it is not the roads or the speed. It is the inflation.
All these guys that get no mileage from a tire also inflate the tire to way under what the recommended pressure is.
I was told that is what wears the tire out. And I have found it to be true with my tires. Keep the pressure up where it's supposed to be on those tires.
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Don't look. Just buy.
The worse that will happen is that you will sell it after a while, if you don't like it.
You know you only live once. So go for what you want. Try it, you might like it.
But like us.....dog says there is no camaraderie like the Harley guys. BMW riders are all snobbish and usually have nothing to do with each other.
As to tire mileage, my experienced tire man said it is not the roads or the speed. It is the inflation.
All these guys that get no mileage from a tire also inflate the tire to way under what the recommended pressure is.
I was told that is what wears the tire out. And I have found it to be true with my tires. Keep the pressure up where it's supposed to be on those tires.
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I have sold my Harley CVO and ordered a 2015 Exclusive (I am 6'2'' and 230lbs) with extra high seat, navigator v and top case storage compartment.

I plan on adding highway pegs and trunk rack. Would a tall aero screen, aerowings and mini wings be a good idea? I am also thinking about adding saddle bag crash bars. I have been riding Harleys about 30 years so any help on what to add would be appreciated!!
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I have sold my Harley CVO and ordered a 2015 Exclusive (I am 6'2'' and 230lbs) with extra high seat, navigator v and top case storage compartment.

I plan on adding highway pegs and trunk rack. Would a tall aero screen, aerowings and mini wings be a good idea? I am also thinking about adding saddle bag crash bars. I have been riding Harleys about 30 years so any help on what to add would be appreciated!!
Thanks
My recommendation would be to get the aero and minis wings first, with the stock windscreen.Then ride it for few miles. You may find that the stock or a regular size after market screen works better. For me the wings made a huge difference in air flow, allows me to ride with the screen down. I like to look over my wind screen. I did get a after market V Stream screen but its the size similar stock. You won't be sorry if you buy the wings. Worth every cent IMO.

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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.
10,000 miles in the back of a pickup truck doesn't count.
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I have sold my Harley CVO and ordered a 2015 Exclusive (I am 6'2'' and 230lbs) with extra high seat, navigator v and top case storage compartment.

I plan on adding highway pegs and trunk rack. Would a tall aero screen, aerowings and mini wings be a good idea? I am also thinking about adding saddle bag crash bars. I have been riding Harleys about 30 years so any help on what to add would be appreciated!!
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Yes, the AeroWings and MiniWings will make a huge difference in both rider and passenger comfort.

As for the screen height, your best bet is to contact Paige directly and tell him your dimensions and preferences. He's really good at getting you the right sized screen based on your own particular wants and needs.

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I came off Harley's for 20+ years and had the heavy touring bikes. I bought a 2014 R1200RT and love the bike. I chose the RT over the K1600 for no reason except weight. Either bike would be great. I never expect to ride a Harley again. The BMW's outride a Harley real bad. Smooth as silk and when you twist the throttle it moves....
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I pickup my new Exclusive on 11/10/14. Will let you know what I think of bike after I get some miles on it. I live in north west Pa I hope the snow holds off
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I own a 04 K1200LT. That's what they said about it too. That it eats rear tires. If you keep it properly inflated you'll be fine. I keep my rear at 48psi. And I get 9-11K out of a rear tire.

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Nothing wrong with eating tires... or burning gas.... It's all controlled by that twisty thing on the right side of the handlebars.. The faster the tires wear out the more gas you burn, the better time you probably had. You get to choose...

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WOW. A CVO Ultra to a GTL? Talk about a totally different steed. Not a bad thing. Just the two are like night and day. The GTL is a hellava ride.

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I have a 2013 Road King, and considered the 2015 Ultra Limited as another bike to have, at a second home in FL. I have a Gl1800, and Honda Rune as well, but want another touring bike. I've owned a 99 & 2005 K1200LT in the past, so know a little about the BMW. So I rented the 2015 Ultra Limited for a day first, being that the engine was partially water cooled now. Nice ride, but I found it to rather crude compared to the 103 Road King engine. Maybe just that it was a rental with 7K likely hard miles. Also, I had a frozen screen without being able to get Navigation or radio show up.
Kind of turned me off.
I'm looking to buy the K 1600 GTL or Executive as that other touring bike for some long trips. I believe my wife will like the nicer back seats over the K1200LT. I really think this is a good choice over the current Harley's. A totally different animal.
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You get the K1600GTL. You'll forget all about an Ultra. What a great bike. As far as the backrest on a GTL. You might find the LT backrest is more ergonomically friendly and upright then the GTL. It's been said the seat on the GTL is slanted with a bit of a pitch. Therefore when the passenger is leaning back on the backrest, they slide. ????

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As to tire life have you looked at increasing the tire pressure a bit? I found that increasing the air in the tires a few pounds over the recommended made a big difference and riding and using less braking for corners helped a lot as well just corner at higher speed. Tires were dunlop and the bike they were on was considerably heavier than the k1600.
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I have a 2013 Road King, and considered the 2015 Ultra Limited as another bike to have, at a second home in FL. I have a Gl1800, and Honda Rune as well, but want another touring bike. I've owned a 99 & 2005 K1200LT in the past, so know a little about the BMW. So I rented the 2015 Ultra Limited for a day first, being that the engine was partially water cooled now. Nice ride, but I found it to rather crude compared to the 103 Road King engine. Maybe just that it was a rental with 7K likely hard miles. Also, I had a frozen screen without being able to get Navigation or radio show up.
Kind of turned me off.
I'm looking to buy the K 1600 GTL or Executive as that other touring bike for some long trips. I believe my wife will like the nicer back seats over the K1200LT. I really think this is a good choice over the current Harley's. A totally different animal.
Definitely take your wife for as long a test ride as the dealer will allow. We rented a 2013 GTL on an Alps your two years ago and my wife found the passenger accomodations much inferior to our 2007 LT. She is fairly tall at 5'9" which may be part of the problem. And we haven't tried an Exclusive yet so that may be better.

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Starting my second year with bike. I have it the way I want it now. I am done making changes I can rider it all day in comfort. IT'S A KEEPER
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Starting my second year with bike. I have it the way I want it now. I am done making changes I can rider it all day in comfort. IT'S A KEEPER
Quit posting pics of your bike; I don't look good in this shade of green (with envy).
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The seat is a Corbin. With the stock seat after a couple hours I would need to stop and walk around, now I can rider until I need gas or a cup COFFEE. The red thing is a Pa inspection sticker, I just could not stand to have them stick it on the body!
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I could not help but notice the oil drips in garage and on driveway, surefire sign a Harley has been there!!! Beautiful Bike, keep us advised of maintenance, specifically tires and brakes.
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That was water I just washed the bike from a trip and moved it in front of door it was still dripping water.
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Just wanted to comment also coming from the HD Family,the K1600 bike is a Totally Different bike, I'm Glad I Purchased my (14) Exclusive I don't have a bunch of mile on it yet........ About 700 miles but I do need to update my riding gear jacket,Boots,and Helmets with something that isn't going to Break the Bank for Music and Communication.........
And a lot of my HD Friends are still Busting my Chops,What I tell them is I brought the bike to ride.........
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You do realize that every K16 has a built-in Tire Wear Control system, right? Using this control, you can set the mileage that you want to get from the tires and let the bike do the rest.

It's that long, round, black knob up on the right handlebar. Turn away from you to increase tire mileage, and turn towards you to increase fun.

It also has a similar effect on Fuel Mileage . . .
My dealership tells me that all the time when I fuss about tire wear! LOL

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Hello all, Ive been lurking here thinking about getting ride of my 12 CVO Roady, and going to the K16. I think Ive seen every review and video available, even the ones in French, German and Italian. Finally went out and test rode a 15 GT. I loved all the features especially the suspension adjustment on the fly, of course besides the smoothness and the power compared to the HD sleds. I sat on a LE which the sales guy said the L and LE have the exact same bars and low seat. Since Im not fond of the 16 Storm Metallic color, I am going to look for an Ocean Blue L because Im able to flat foot and the bars have me in a more neutral position, instead of the GT sitting on top of the missile and leaning forward.
I dont think I will be able to wait for the 17's in the spring, I could but then theres no discounted pricing. Oh its going to be a long winter I predict.
Lone Rider, glad you are enjoying your bike, my first choice was always the white, which I heard the 17 LE type model is a non metallic white, but not sure if I want to wait that long. Im envious.
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Congrats on the GTLe. A few years ago I traded an Ultra Limited for the GTL with no regrets. For 20+ years I rode HD "Electric Glides" with almost zero consideration for anything else...not anymore.

Outside of the typical crash bar additions you mentioned the stock windscreen develops a back pressure at speed. The Aeroflow aftermarket screen eliminates this "push forward", so don't hesitate talking to them over the winter.

My wife rides with me as much as possible, and she enjoyed the comfort of the GTL. One thing to watch out for is the rear saddle bag guard. Many of the larger bars hit the back of the passengers legs. A few manufacturers (Iliumworks, etc) make lower profile rear guards so this isn't an issue.

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C4 on this forum makes a nice rear guard which does not interfere with the pillion's legs. I put a set on my GTLE and Altriders on the front (in lieu of the stock front engine protection guards). Here's a picture of what they look like (in addition to an RDL seat) on a '16.
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Starting my second year with bike. I have it the way I want it now. I am done making changes I can rider it all day in comfort. IT'S A KEEPER
So, what is your report from this year's riding and what suggestions and advice do you have for people who are considering the BMW vs. the HD?
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