Why no reverse gear?
I'm not yet in the BMW club but I had been thinking seriously about the R1200RT. But after sitting on one and thinking about it, I realize the R is more toward the sport side of sport touring, and being honest with myself, I am more interested in the comfort of the touring side. My current ride is a Triumph Thunderbird and I find the 750+ pound weight very manageable, but I am really careful of where I park because backing that bike up is a challenge for me if there is any incline. So now I am re-focused on the K1600, and secondarily the Honda Goldwing. There is much to like, obviously, about the K1600, and technologically it is light years over the Goldwing. But it made me wonder why BMW has not offered a reverse gear on this bike. From what I can determine, it is actually heavier than the Goldwing. At 900+ pounds, having a reverse gear eliminates my fear of accidentally parking on a slight downward sloping parking space, and then finding I am just not strong enough to back it up the incline to get out. It made me wonder if you K1600 owners are bothered by the lack of a reverse gear, and if not, why not. Any helpful comments by anyone here who considered a Goldwing, or had one before getting the BMW K bike would also be greatly appreciated. The cost difference between a new K1600 and a new well equipped Goldwing is not the deciding factor. With that reverse gear, a larger dealer network, and the Honda reliability reputation, I am looking for reasons why I should seriously consider the BMW. Much thanks for any helpful comments.