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Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

I am definitely not looking for controversy or mud slinging, just some logical reasons why Yamaha did so well (1,2,3, 5 & 6) on the 2013 Iron Butt. Prior to the race, I never had any interest in Yamaha, except for a few trail bikes, long time ago. Looking at the results of the IB makes me wonder about them. I really love my new K1600 and from a reliability point of view, I am extremely satisfied, but my curiosity is peaked. I know that a few member of this forum have switched or thought about switching and I just looking for a few of the pluses, negatives.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

They are rock solid reliable.

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They are rock solid reliable.
+1 to that. FJR also has a thriving long distance community and a boatload of people who have come up with various mods and fixes to turn an already good bike into a cross country missile. I had an FJR before buying an RT. I only traded because I've wanted a beemer since childhood. I love my RT, especially the weight. It's lighter than the FJR and easier for me to move around in parking lots and gas stations. When it dies I'll probably get another FJR. Especially now that they have factory cruise control.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

Rider is the difference.

Suitability for IBR is meaningless to me.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

36 mpg ??? vice 45-50 on my LT! No thank you.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

A couple of friends ride the previous version of the FJR and my impression is that the Yamaha focuses more on the sport and the RT more on touring. They are much more aggressive riders than me and are looking for a different comfort/performance compromise than I was.

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36 mpg ??? vice 45-50 on my LT! No thank you.

I have owned 4 street bikes now and I can honestly say that fuel consumption was not a factor in the purchase decision for any of those bikes, I can't remember discussing mileage with other riders either. I think range seems to be factor among sport touring folks.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

I ride a 2012 R1200RT and am interested in getting into rallying. Pretty impressive performance of the FJR in the IBR, no question. I know it's not just the bike and I plan to stick with my RT until she rolls over the 100K mark. Got 33K of those done so far and she's 15 month's old today. For comfort and fun as I tour the US, I can't think of a better bike. Of course I'm sure you K bike guys will disagree.

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Re: Yamaha FJR vs. BMW K1200LT and or K1600

FWIW, I rode an FJR at a ride event last October and I was thoroughly impressed with it, it is basically a BMW clone (probably more like the K1300GT than RT) but retails new for $6k less which puts it in reach of many more people than a new BMW. Ultimately I think the BMW is nicer for a variety of reasons, the turn signal controls, telelever/paralever just to name a couple however when you start comparing a new BMW to a new BMW clone and you can save $6K you enter a new arena of comparison.

Having said all that, if it were my money, I would go with the FJRs competition, the Kawi Concours. I rode both and they were very similar (nearly indistinguishable) however the Concours was taller than the FJR (which fits me better), has a little more low-RPM torque (which also suits my riding style of rarely winding the engine) and has a knock-off paralever rear suspension. I liked both bikes well enough that I am actively considering getting one to replace my 2 BMWs.

Right now there is a mental war between a Concours, K1200GT, R1200RT, and of course there is always the R1200GS, which I would love but I know better than to think it would ever leave pavement under my butt so seems like a bit of a waste. This is the first time in my life I have ever considered owning anything other than a BMW but the price and quality is very attractive.

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