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Bought a LT several months ago , have rode them all from Harleys to Hondas, this is a keeper, very impressed with ride and overall quality. Thanks to all the info I absorbed from this website ,it made the choice an easy one . I know how some are loyal to there brand of bike,and can over rate a motorcycle , but all the advice I picked up here was really on the money ( thanks to all ).
OK now the next step in my search ,the LT is great on long trips ,two up ,now also looking for a commuter for work and around town . Found a K 1200RS that is tempting me , but being new to the BMW world , I am hesitating . Anything to look for on this model , this one is pushing 45000 miles . Any other model suggestions ? Thanks again for all the info Bob.
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Hey Bob. It would be very helpful if I knew what ballpark you're dealing with here...budget wise. It's all well and good to own more than one BMW. But for the same amount of money (or less), there are so many other bikes out there. Why limit yourself to what BMW has too offer?
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Hey Bob, I picked up an '04 R1150 GS Adventure this year and find it to be a great commuter bike as well as a bike that you can take on trips too.
You can just through your work stuff in the large aluminum panniers and go. I take my LT to work sometimes as well.
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Hi ,
Bought a LT several months ago , have rode them all from Harleys to Hondas, this is a keeper, very impressed with ride and overall quality. Thanks to all the info I absorbed from this website ,it made the choice an easy one . I know how some are loyal to there brand of bike,and can over rate a motorcycle , but all the advice I picked up here was really on the money ( thanks to all ).
OK now the next step in my search ,the LT is great on long trips ,two up ,now also looking for a commuter for work and around town . Found a K 1200RS that is tempting me , but being new to the BMW world , I am hesitating . Anything to look for on this model , this one is pushing 45000 miles . Any other model suggestions ? Thanks again for all the info Bob.
I had a 2003 KRS when I bought my LT. IMHO the RS isn't a great town bike. It's kinda heavy and doesn't do slow tight turns that great. I don't know how long your commute is but I would look at a GS. Either a 650 or if that's too small an R-GS. I sold the RS and have had two GS's. They are great all around bikes and I ride mine to work 4 days out of 5. The LT doesn't get much action these days...

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Hi ,
Bought a LT several months ago , have rode them all from Harleys to Hondas, this is a keeper, very impressed with ride and overall quality. Thanks to all the info I absorbed from this website ,it made the choice an easy one . I know how some are loyal to there brand of bike,and can over rate a motorcycle , but all the advice I picked up here was really on the money ( thanks to all ).
OK now the next step in my search ,the LT is great on long trips ,two up ,now also looking for a commuter for work and around town . Found a K 1200RS that is tempting me , but being new to the BMW world , I am hesitating . Anything to look for on this model , this one is pushing 45000 miles . Any other model suggestions ? Thanks again for all the info Bob.
I rode to the city again today on my GT. Love the power and the storage. I added the large top case.
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OK now the next step in my search ,the LT is great on long trips ,two up ,now also looking for a commuter for work and around town . Found a K 1200RS that is tempting me , but being new to the BMW world , I am hesitating . Anything to look for on this model , this one is pushing 45000 miles . Any other model suggestions ? Thanks again for all the info Bob.
First question would be how much riding do you do in a day? What is the longest trip of your day to day routine?
How fast do you need to go.
I did all these same questions and bought a slightly used (under 30K) K75T with saddle bags, windshield, 22L trunk, tank bag, cover and a few extras, for running around town. It will blast 100mph anytime I like, takes care of all those 5-15 mile trips i do every day and week, with the ocassional 42mile round trip out to my camp.
I'm not on it long enough to get uncomfortable, it does everything I ask and gets great gas milage.
I like it enough that I'm going to put a Vetters Windjammer III Fairing on it and upgrade the aux lights.
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Thanks again for the info on the RS ,will skip that one ,go through the city on the way to work ,want something a little more nimble .I do on average 15 mile round trip to work ,unless its a nice day I take the Blue Ridge Parkway home (the long way)30 miles The GS , GT,and K75T all sound like options.Searching mainly BMW models ,just like the look and to tell you the truth its just a change from the ordinary .I have owned a KZ 1000 several Hondas .a Road Star,and just sold a Vulcan 1500 Classic to buy the LT. Going used $5-$8000 price range would be nice. Have enjoyed the search so far,but lots to learn.Thanks again fo the advice guys Bob
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Thanks again for the info on the RS ,will skip that one ,go through the city on the way to work ,want something a little more nimble .I do on average 15 mile round trip to work ,unless its a nice day I take the Blue Ridge Parkway home (the long way)30 miles The GS , GT,and K75T all sound like options.Searching mainly BMW models ,just like the look and to tell you the truth its just a change from the ordinary .I have owned a KZ 1000 several Hondas .a Road Star,and just sold a Vulcan 1500 Classic to buy the LT. Going used $5-$8000 price range would be nice. Have enjoyed the search so far,but lots to learn.Thanks again fo the advice guys Bob
do not forget about the BMW F650 Gs or F650 Dakar both light nimble great brakes plenty of power and get over 60 mpg most get real close to 70 out of it

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Thanks again for the info on the RS ,will skip that one ,go through the city on the way to work ,want something a little more nimble .I do on average 15 mile round trip to work ,unless its a nice day I take the Blue Ridge Parkway home (the long way)30 miles The GS , GT,and K75T all sound like options. Going used $5-$8000 price range would be nice. Have enjoyed the search so far,but lots to learn.Thanks again fo the advice guys Bob
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If you have high enough self esteem get a big scooter. Any of the 400cc to 650cc scoots are great around town. Good protection, storage, automatic, and nimble. I can pack about 30% more into our Burgman with a top box than the LT. Twist and go is great in traffic. Not for everyone, but I don't care what the guy on the Harley thinks.
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If you have high enough self esteem get a big scooter. Any of the 400cc to 650cc scoots are great around town. Good protection, storage, automatic, and nimble. I can pack about 30% more into our Burgman with a top box than the LT. Twist and go is great in traffic. Not for everyone, but I don't care what the guy on the Harley thinks.
I did the math on that whole deal
Scooter vs LT
LT vs F250
Scooter vs F250
Using $5,000. as a base for my scooter (one of the bigger water cooled 4 strokes, like you mention)
Pay back in saving was under a year in vs the truck(1979 4x4, 8-10 mpg) but closer to 10 years vs the LT
That when gas was over $3.00 a gallon
So I decided on a smaller used bike and saved lots of cash for gas in the process.
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I think the GS is the ultimate Urban Assault Vehicle, and a lot of fun else where. but my SO thinks her Yamaha Majesty is and she is probably right (she usually is ).

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I would have to say that my KTM 950 is that most fun bike for around town that I have.

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Hi Bob,
Congrats on the LT! I'm going though a similar search to compliment my LT. I've decided fuel injection and ABS are my requirements, so that eliminates several possible contenders that you may wish to consider.

I've ridden the new Suzuki Vstrom 650; BMW R1200GS, and BMW F650GS Dakar as possible candidates. (I'm 6' 183 LBS., 31 inseem pant)
Here's my assessments for possible second bike:

F650 GS Dakar: great commuter! good-enough in not-to-harsh off-road dirt/sand/gravel, really good on slightly pot-holed dirt/gravel roads; o.k. at highway speeds less than than 70 mph. Price is right: new with ABS and heated grips $8750 ('07). However, I don't like that the controls are different than the majority of the BMW line-up. And, I'm not sure I'll like the tumper engine.

Suzuki: value is good and it would do around town, but I don't think it'll stand up to logging roads and pot-holed gravel roads I intend to ride about 20% of the time. And, I'm spoiled by BMW quality. The Suzuki dealer usually doesn't permit test rides, so I only road this bike 3 miles.

1200 GS - This one put the biggest grin on my face, but the price is steep for a second bike ($16K new w/ABS and $12K for a 2 year old in good condition). Compared to the GS Dakar: It handles much better on the street than any other bike mentione here, slightly less suited for logging roads and pot-holed gravel roads, and I don't like it's off road handling (too heavy).

I haven't ridden a used R1150 GS in the $8K price range, but I may rule that out because it might be nice to own something new or nearly new.

Backtracking:
I also road the R1150 GSA and R1200 GSA, with the idea I would spend more for these do-all bikes, thinking maybe I would keep the LT or not. I decided the GSA's can not meet most of my touring needs - they are nowhere near as comfortable as the LT. So, the LT stays for now, and I'm looking for a fun around town, something to ride to the mountain crest, that will be fun to take on logging roads, and could be used for a touring trip in a pinch (when my brother is visiting the SW). While the GSA's could fit the bill, it's overkill and would drain my bank account as a second bike.

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If you have high enough self esteem get a big scooter. Any of the 400cc to 650cc scoots are great around town. Good protection, storage, automatic, and nimble. I can pack about 30% more into our Burgman with a top box than the LT. Twist and go is great in traffic. Not for everyone, but I don't care what the guy on the Harley thinks.
Yup! That Bergman 650 was a great ride! Don't know why I sold it now.

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