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Hello, new member here. (warning, a little long)

I come seeking advice from BMW motorcycle folks. I've been riding sportbikes for 9 yrs and have had 3 different ones. I loved them all and still luv my CBR1K but I think I'm ready to move on. last summer I rented a R1200RT on a trip to Cali. we rode up Hwy 1 and I was converted. this big heavy bike hung w/sportbikes, and toted all my gear! I was impressed. so here I am a week before my 38th b-day contemplating selling my sportbike in the Spring (or sooner).

my body is not getting any younger, as much as my mind wants to think so. and my g/f is eager to ride w/me. so the idea of a BMW sport touring motorcycle seems more valid than ever. all my yrs of reading cycle rags and such tells me that BMW's are basically the best sport touring bikes out there.

it looks like this site can provide a lot of info and I'm sure I can learn a thing or two as I make my decision. and hey, any advice is appreciated

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post #2 of 17 Old Jan 29th, 2008, 11:16 pm
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Leave your checkbook at home...

Go to the BMW dealer and arrange TEST RIDES on your bikes of choice. Include your GF if allowed...

The LT, Light Tank, Light Truck, etc.... if a great bike in my biased opinion. My wife loves it... once she sat on the Pillion, she was sold.

There are so many points to consider and personal "choice/preferences" abound.

Another suggestion is perhaps folks nearby will "pipe up" with places you could meet up for a visit and mind-meld and coffee drinking seminar for you.... That's always fun and you'll make new friends...

you have a few weeks until the THAW... so, welcome aboard and "ask" some specific questions... such as:

- based upon my stature (6' 2" when happy, taller when not happy, and 280#, 33"inseam and fairly strong)

- what bike offers best :
--"upright" touring position
-- wind protection
-- built in intercom/radio for helmets
-- reverse
-- "permanent" mounted side and top cases
-- etc..?

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+1 what Channing said about taking demo rides. It's the best way to get a feel for the bikes and make a decision. Coming from sportbikes and liking the RT as much as you did, you may want to take a spin on a K1200GT as well. Sport touring comfort and protection (up there with the RT), lots or storage, heated seats and grips and most of the other BMW amenities you would expect, and 152 HP and 96 lb. ft. of torque to move you down the road at a brisk pace.

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I come seeking advice from BMW motorcycle folks. I've been riding sportbikes for 9 yrs and have had 3 different ones. I loved them all and still luv my CBR1K but I think I'm ready to move on. last summer I rented a R1200RT on a trip to Cali. we rode up Hwy 1 and I was converted. this big heavy bike hung w/sportbikes, and toted all my gear! I was impressed. so here I am a week before my 38th b-day contemplating selling my sportbike in the Spring (or sooner).

my body is not getting any younger, as much as my mind wants to think so. and my g/f is eager to ride w/me. so the idea of a BMW sport touring motorcycle seems more valid than ever. all my yrs of reading cycle rags and such tells me that BMW's are basically the best sport touring bikes out there.

it looks like this site can provide a lot of info and I'm sure I can learn a thing or two as I make my decision. and hey, any advice is appreciated

Happy Riding
Greetings NO1! Welcome to the zoo!

Word: GT. Will give you 2 up comfort while always reminding you of your sport bike roots.

Keep us informed of your progress.

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Sounds like you know what you want.
Will second the advice on test riding the different models.

Even the big LT will do great in the corners, but its a big bike.
The GT is more what you're used to power wise, but the RT Handles great and goes as fast as is sanely possible off the track.

Test ride them all and get the one that makes you happiest.

Welcome to the board !!

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I come seeking advice from BMW motorcycle folks. I've been riding sportbikes for 9 yrs and have had 3 different ones. I loved them all and still luv my CBR1K but I think I'm ready to move on. last summer I rented a R1200RT on a trip to Cali. we rode up Hwy 1 and I was converted. this big heavy bike hung w/sportbikes, and toted all my gear! I was impressed. so here I am a week before my 38th b-day contemplating selling my sportbike in the Spring (or sooner).

my body is not getting any younger, as much as my mind wants to think so. and my g/f is eager to ride w/me. so the idea of a BMW sport touring motorcycle seems more valid than ever. all my yrs of reading cycle rags and such tells me that BMW's are basically the best sport touring bikes out there.

it looks like this site can provide a lot of info and I'm sure I can learn a thing or two as I make my decision. and hey, any advice is appreciated

Happy Riding
Yessir, I see a GT in your future. Sounds like a good fit.

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thanks for the friendly hello's. from everything I've read it does sound like a K series GT may be the one. the demo ride idea is great - I live 5 min from Bob's BMW here in MD which I think is a pretty legit dealership. I was browsing their website and they have a lot of nice pre-owned units as well. that may be the way for me to go on my first one here. def more food for thought.

the progression:
87 GSXR750 (hell in a straight line)
00 ZX6R ('ol reliable, missed)
04 CBR1K (for sale)
'05 BMW K1200S - silver/blk (acquired 7/12)
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W 2 up comfort while always reminding you of your sport bike roots.
I like this concept a lot - that's exactly what I have in mind.

the progression:
87 GSXR750 (hell in a straight line)
00 ZX6R ('ol reliable, missed)
04 CBR1K (for sale)
'05 BMW K1200S - silver/blk (acquired 7/12)
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Welcome on board...

Yes, you cannot go wrong with either the R1200RT or the K1200GT.

Short story is the RT is more Touring, the GT is just... scary fast.

(Disclaimer here- personal opinion follows- if should in some small way you dis-agree please do not take it personally....) The LT is great but totally into a different scene... and I predict that at your age and experience the RT or GT is a better fit.

Keep us posted... also a thumbs up for Bob's BMW.

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Bob's has a great rep in the community so I don't think you can go wrong there. And Grif is right, if you don't want to buy immediately after the demo ride just bring your license and nothing else! Even the hint of a checkbook or ability to sign loan papers and you'll be riding that bad boy home!

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I would agree with all that's been said. I would think if your not going to sell all your sport bikes an RT would be the way to go . You could keep one sport bike for track events or when you like to ride by yourself and use the RT for two up and touring......my thinking is the GT is too close to what you have now. Only a test ride will decide.
If you get a chance, Bobs BMW along with most other dealers in the area will be at the Mid Atlantic Motorcycle show in Timonium Maryland next weekend February 8-10. It's a great show ( by far the best in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic area) and there are dealers representing most major manufactures along with a host of vendors ( including myself) and the local BMWMOA chapter who can fill you in on being a member.
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Talking GT or not GT, that is the question

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Don't ride a GT unless you're ready to buy.

+1

Grif says a ton in few words.

Loved my LT and rode it hard for 4 yeras. SO and I both prefer GT. Power, less weight, easier to manuever in urban traffic.

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Welcome on board...

Yes, you cannot go wrong with either the R1200RT or the K1200GT.

Short story is the RT is more Touring, the GT is just... scary fast.

(Disclaimer here- personal opinion follows- if should in some small way you dis-agree please do not take it personally....) The LT is great but totally into a different scene... and I predict that at your age and experience the RT or GT is a better fit.

Keep us posted... also a thumbs up for Bob's BMW.

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Did not intend to make any others feel old... heck, I'm 64 and on an RT.

I like the idea of the LT but its too heavy for me... (if I wanted heavy I would have kept my Harley) your actual mileage may vary.

Somebody asked me the other day why I changed from H-D to BMW... I said doubled my horsepower and lost 400 pounds... he just got this far away look in his eye and sort of ambled off.

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Try them all. GT, RT, LT. Try the GT and the RT with cases on and cases off, too.
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Did not intend to make any others feel old... heck, I'm 64 and on an RT.

I like the idea of the LT but its too heavy for me... (if I wanted heavy I would have kept my Harley) your actual mileage may vary.

Somebody asked me the other day why I changed from H-D to BMW... I said doubled my horsepower and lost 400 pounds... he just got this far away look in his eye and sort of ambled off.
Perfect age! Keeping us all young. I wanna be on my GT when I'm 84!

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