Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Cave Creek, AZ, USA
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.
2009 BMW R1200RT
2000 BMW K1200LT (was supposed to be replaced by above, but can't keep above running long enough to replace
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2000 BMW R1200C