Hello everyone. I have a dilemma that I'm sure a few of you have wrestled with, and I'm hoping for some insight.
A week ago, I was set on getting a new R12RT. I took one out for a spin, and it handled nice (of course, I am comparing to my HD electra glide classic) and was smooth, etc. My neighbor, who's more of an engine guy, whereas I'm more of an ergonomics guy, was pushing me to get the K12GT. I've been driving Vtwins all my life, and was pretty much set on the boxer twin.
The fact that I could get a radio on the R12RT made the decision simple. I'm in this more for touring than performance. But, being on this forum, I've learned that the BMW radio isn't a particularly good radio, and at $1500, probably a ripoff. So, instead I've decided to go with an intercom system, probably helmet speakers and a mounted radio (details unclear at this point).
The problem with choices is that you have to make them. Without the radio concern, and rethinking my 2-cylinder bias, I'm considering the K12GT, the FJR1300 (not my wifes favorite) or waiting to see how the new concours comes out. I've read a comparison of R12RT and concours
. These bikes do seem to appeal to a similar crowd.
The first decision is which type of engine do I want, the twin boxer, or a 4-cylinder speed engine. Anyone interested in sharing their thoughts on why they went with one or the other? What are the pros/cons of the twin boxer?
Thanks for your help. BTW, if I don't get a BMW, can I still play here?