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post #1 of 11 Old Jun 15th, 2011, 9:53 pm Thread Starter
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K1600 test ride

Okay, I did it!
I booked a test ride via the BMW Motorrad site last week and was quite surprised that get a call from Procycles to let me know they have their test ride bikes available in the next couple of weeks (if this damn weather lets up!).

What is the correct protocol for this?
How long am I allowed to take it out for? How far can I take it? Can I take SWMBO?

What if I like it?
(This is what scares me the most)

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post #2 of 11 Old Jun 16th, 2011, 6:39 am
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Good question Greg....
In 2005 I took a couple of bikes out for test rides from Procycles St Peters when looking to upgrade from a K75RT. Tested a demo 1150RT, and then their demo K1200LT that was for sale (I don't think the the GT hadn't been made at that time). Only took each one for a 20 min ride in the city area with Kerry on the back... since I was really interested in pillion comfort too.
Really wanted to try the LT on a longer run, and asked to be able to ride it again. They'd sent it to Procycles Hornsby for someone else to test ride, so we got up there and wound up taking it up the freeway and part of the old road for a good run to Gosford, and then back down again. Was probably out for 2 hrs or so?
Push them for a decent ride if you are really thinking about it... if its just a play ride take it for a quick buzz run... you'll get to know what it feels like pretty quick I'm sure.

If you wind up liking it... ask about taking it for a 2nd run either with or without #2 on the back... if you go from Hornsby its much easier to get to some twisties

(BTW, I wound up buying a new one from Worthingtons, they gave me a much better deal back then!)

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Okay, I did it!
I booked a test ride via the BMW Motorrad site last week and was quite surprised that get a call from Procycles to let me know they have their test ride bikes available in the next couple of weeks (if this damn weather lets up!).

What is the correct protocol for this?
How long am I allowed to take it out for? How far can I take it? Can I take SWMBO?

What if I like it?
(This is what scares me the most)

TIA
Greg
Hi Greg,..."Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm danger, danger Will Robinson"....

"What if I like it"..pffffffttttt.... the old "stating the flaming obvious" trick....course you gonna like it.....danger danger!!!!!!!

Procycles will probably need you to sign a "pay the first $3000 excess" before letting you fang up the old road....... JIC you bring it back in pieces...

I bought Beryl from Procycles, only took one ride to get to that decision....the time frame between the first ride from the dealer and then THE ride from the dealer is the fog enshrouded area when one discusses handing over large amounts of $$A

I managed to get a ride on an LT from the St Peter's shop, along with a neighbour friend who was riding a K1100LT...we toodled down south about 230kms round trip. The neighbour eventually ended up buying a Champagne LT as he rode it part way back.

SWMBO will need to come along on your ride, as you may have to get both signatures on the cheque.....saves time....

Don't forget to push the bargaining angle as well...after all how many K1600's are they gonna be zipping out the door?

Hmmmmmmmmm test ride....Hmmmmmmmmmmm...."danger danger".....doh!

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post #4 of 11 Old Jun 24th, 2011, 3:37 am Thread Starter
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Re: K1600 test ride

Ride is booked for Tuesday at 10.
I explained to Phil (Procycles) that I am not in the market for a new bike right now but he didn't seem to mind and put me in the calendar.
I asked what I could do and he said they expect me to take it for about an hour, "Pie in the Sky" and back will probably see that in.
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Ride is booked for Tuesday at 10.
I explained to Phil (Procycles) that I am not in the market for a new bike right now but he didn't seem to mind and put me in the calendar.
I asked what I could do and he said they expect me to take it for about an hour, "Pie in the Sky" and back will probably see that in.
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Weekday, good... I think the weather report is looking good too...
hope your booking is after morning peak hour!
Have fun!!!!

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post #7 of 11 Old Jun 28th, 2011, 12:30 am Thread Starter
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Re: K1600 test ride

I think enough has already been said about this NEW bike.
It is very nice to ride but it isn’t the comfy lounge I’m used too.

Fly-by-wire throttle would be nice on the LT.

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sooo, how far did you get, 1-up or 2-up..... c'mon Greg, spill the beans....

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Oh, alright...
I had to sign a form in regard to damage caused and the time allowed to have the bike for (half an hour) but seeing it was a weekday I was allowed longer.
First thing I noticed was the width of the panniers as they were already scratched from people mounting/dismounting.
Seating was not all that different to the LT, maybe a little firmer.
I use fingerless gloves so the lack of wind protection on my hands was annoying for me.

I rode (1up) to "Pie in the Sky" and totally enjoyed the chuckability of the bike.. Cornering was a dream and engine torque is to be something to envy on ours.
The fly-by-wire throttle is the best feature and greatly impressed me.

The whole ride was (a test ride) fun BUT probably due to the weather, there wasn't a lot of other bikes on the road AND no one at PITS to show off the bike too.

Yep the K1600GTL is a very nice bike and if they decide to make an LT version I think I may contemplate a change over but...

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Mmmm I thought that was the LT version

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Re: K1600 test ride

I certainly hope that the GTL is not the successor to the "LT".

I sat on the GTL at Cycle-Werks in Barrington, IL while my LT was in for its 18,000 mi maintenance last Friday. Its not a bad layout but its not in the lt class.

I do see what you mean about scratches on the cases. This one had seen much the same kind of The lock on the top case on this was pushed in and broken too. Not good.

The real problem for me was that the seat cut into my thigh when I sat on it. I suspect that is not going to be the case when rolling, but one does spend a lot of time at lights in the city when going back and forth to work.

I would hate to have to spend $25k on a bike, then find a new seat for the next $1k.

The seat is a lot stiffer. As I see a few more of them on the road, I see more add-ons like bead seats, extra cushions, and so forth. So I guess I am not the only one with the issue.

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