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post #1 of 5 Old Jul 27th, 2006, 10:11 am Thread Starter
 
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Where to start?

Hello, Iím new to the forum. I am wanting to move into BMW Touring. Looking for some advice for you all.

I have been riding scooters, (Vespa GT & Stella). Both in city and some trips across state on country roads. Iíve logged 3800mi this season. I had a 450cc MC 20 yrs ago. I have completed the MSF-BRC & ERC.

Where should I start? R-bike, K-bike? New, used? If, used, how used, what mileage is excessive taking into account I want to take this on long journeys? And any other advice you may have for a NewBee.


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post #2 of 5 Old Jul 27th, 2006, 10:16 am
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If you've RECENTLY completed the BRC and ERC, plus the scooter experience, I think you'll be fine on anything. Biggest things to get used to will be size, weight, and shifting.

No matter what you get, take it slow and easy at first till you're comfortable with the differences between scooter and MC.

The big question is what type of riding do you plan on ?
Mostly touring, mostly commuting, mostly weekend rides in the twisties, mostly one up, or mostly two up ?

Different bikes are better at different things.

Then, take a few for a test ride. That'll make up your mind and seal the deal.

Welcome to the forum !!

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post #3 of 5 Old Jul 27th, 2006, 11:02 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, James

I seldom ride two-up and will probably keep the Vespa for my daily commuting. Iím planning on cross-country touring. Focus will be on US and State highways with some Interstate travel. Iím not into camping or off-road riding.
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post #4 of 5 Old Jul 27th, 2006, 12:14 pm
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With that in mind....

RT1200, K1200GT, K1200LT all fit the bill.

The GS and GS Adventure can fit the bill too, but less ammenities.

If you're staying off interstates most of the time, I would lean towards the RT1200, K1200GT for their ammenities, and if you ever want to follow that dirt road, or even poorly surfaced road, then the GS, GS Adventure.

The LT is by far the comfort King for two up, many here are saying the new GT beats it for solo riding.

The GS and Adventure have the go anywhere do anything well, but nothing spectacular attitude, and the RT1200 is a more plush GS, but needs to stay on pavement.

Weight wise the GS is probably the lightest, and probably the tallest.
Performance wise, the GT.

Only you can decide.

I hope I was able to give you some things to consider.

Now go get a test drive or two and enjoy !!

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Pick the model you want and shop for a good used one. Besides saving you from the depreciation of a new bike it will give you time to see if this is really the bike you want through the test of time.
Mileage is irrelevant on the beemers... if the bike was properly maintained.

A couple of years down the road you may want to sell and buy the latest model.

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