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Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

OK... Harley Davidson owner here tired of the noise and vibration . I just turned 50 and need more comfort for longer rides by myself and also with my wife on the back. Live here in Denver, CO and am considering a K1200/K1300GT or an R1200RT. Need your input and recommendation . Looking for input on comfort, performance, handling, 2 up riding, wind, driveability, maintainability, reliability etc. Thanks for your input in advance!
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OK... Harley Davidson owner here tired of the noise and vibration . I just turned 50 and need more comfort for longer rides by myself and also with my wife on the back. Live here in Denver, CO and am considering a K1200/K1300GT or an R1200RT. Need your input and recommendation . Looking for input on comfort, performance, handling, 2 up riding, wind, driveability, maintainability, reliability etc. Thanks for your input in advance!
Don't forget the LT. We're sort of partial to them around here. Be sure and let your wife sit on all. Put her on the LT last. Decision made.

Good luck with the search and welcome aboard! I'm from Denver also. The famous "Denver of the East".

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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

Welcome aboard !
I currently have a K1200LT.
Have had R1100RS, R1150RT.
I recommend if you are doing alot of two up riding go with K1200LT, if just some two up and mostly solo, go with R1200RT or older R1150RT. The K1200GT is also a great bike for either.
The "K" bikes ( 4 cylinder, liquid cooled ) are different animals than the traditional two cylinder "R" bikes ( air cooled ).
If my wife didn't ride so much with me I'd prefer the lighter RT models.
Ride em both and see what you like.
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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

Do you know that most BMW dealers have test ride programs unlike most other brands?
You will have to learn to use alot more RPMs to get to the enjoyable power band when switching from the big twin bikes.
You will know which one to buy when the wife is happy.
All the BMWs corner better than even the sportster.
Enjoy the search for a new bike.

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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

This past October, after riding Harleys for decades, I went from this



to this



and my wife and I couldn't be happier.

I test rode both the GT and the RT and really went back and forth on them (mostly because I really liked the power of the K1300GT), but practically prevailed and I bought the RT. The GT is a great bike, as well, but it's emphasis is more on the "sport" in sport touring with a seating position that has more forward lean than my back was happy with. I also find myself preferring the RT's 2 cylinder, air-cooled boxer engine over the GT's water-cooled 4 cylinder, mostly because it's a lot closer to what I'm used to.

I suggest you try both on for size and see which you think works best for you. Either way, you'll have a great bike that handles like nobody's business.

P.S.- I never considered the LT because I was specifically looking for something smaller and lighter while still offering at least as much comfort as the Electra Glide I was currently riding. The RT has fit the bill nicely.

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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

OPinion time ( LOve it!)
I have the GS the RT and the LT... On the big slab- LT
on the twisties. the RT and the GS tied, but the LT is no slouch either..I have stayed up with them all on the LT and most comfortable on the LT...

two up its the LT

Im over 50-- oops just turned back I am 49 now

oh yeh I prefer the sound of the LT as well

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OPinion time ( LOve it!)
I have the GS the RT and the LT... On the big slab- LT
on the twisties. the RT and the GS tied, but the LT is no slouch either..I have stayed up with them all on the LT and most comfortable on the LT...

two up its the LT

Im over 50-- oops just turned back I am 49 now

oh yeh I prefer the sound of the LT as well

now back to other opinions
I couldn't agree more. I also have the GS, LT, and RT in my collection. I love them all. Any of the large BMW's will give you a solid, secure ride. All of mine have seen cross country rides with no issues. For my personal riding style the LT is my favorite but not by much.
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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

I say spend a day at the dealer, ride them all and pick the one you like. What difference does it make to you what all of us like. I have a Harley and a 1300GT. Love them both. I had an R90/6 too. Loved that one. Buy what you can afford and what blows your hair back.
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Look for a used LT with proof of proper maintance records, they are a bargin.

If vertically challenged the lighter weight of the RT might seem benifical at slow speed, but once the clutch is engaged the LT becomes light as a feather and absolutly the finest touring/sport machine I've ridden. You will get used to the mass/weight and appreciate the stable ride the extra weight affords.

The RT is just to cramped for me (6'-1" @ 220lbs) but I have ridden one for 6000 miles in NZ and the Alps and it is a fine machine with plenty of 2 up power but just different.

Ride each and the choice is up to you.

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Re: Entering the BMW Sport Touring Market - Which bike should I get?

Hello fellow Denverite! Go to BMW of Denver and talk to either Chris or Matt, they will give you some wonderful advice as well as let you ride whatever you want - not exactly like a Harley shop, eh? The LT can be a bit daunting at low speeds, but is truly a luxury touring bike, the RT is lighter, but some of us prefer the K engine over the boxer. Go try 'em on, take the wife with, and see what fits! Happy shopping!

Also, be sure to check out our local BMW club - a great bunch of folks who all love to ride. Coloradobeemers.com

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I've come from a Sportster and decided on the RT. The boxer engine just said motorcycle to me. It's as light as the Sprotster, has the power of the V-Rod, carries 125 lbs more than the Electra-Glide, (with the top case you can go for weeks), ride it across several states and then blast through the twisties. Obviously, I love this bike.

As others have said, go to the dealer and take a nice long, 2 hours or so, ride, then decide.
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