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Rented a K1600GT for the "Ride to Cambria"

The lil lady and I are flying out to the leftcoast in June for some westcoast shananigans ... meeting up with the likes of David Taylor. I rented a Honda ST1300 last year, and to say the least, was NOT very impressed. It was ... ummm ... functional, I guess. But it failed to compare to my 2010 Concours14. This year I'll be riding a K1600GT. Reporting back to y'all will be my pleasure. For $12k+ more than my current bike at home, it better be something special ... worth writing home about.

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I'm sure you'll like it. That engine is awesome. I'd bet you would end up with a performance award.

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The lil lady and I are flying out to the leftcoast in June for some westcoast shananigans ... meeting up with the likes of David Taylor. I rented a Honda ST1300 last year, and to say the least, was NOT very impressed. It was ... ummm ... functional, I guess. But it failed to compare to my 2010 Concours14. This year I'll be riding a K1600GT. Reporting back to y'all will be my pleasure. For $12k+ more than my current bike at home, it better be something special ... worth writing home about.
Put it in Dynamic Mode, and tell Mama to hold on! You're going to be amazed at this bike's engine.

Connie: 95.3 lbs torque at 6,200 rpm (according to Rider Magazine)
K16: 129 lbs @ 5,250 (according to Rider Magazine)

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Re: Rented a K1600GT for the "Ride to Cambria"

What? Not a GTL? No backrest for your Lady to comfortably lean up against?

In that (missing) case, you'd better tell her to hold on . . .

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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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Re: Rented a K1600GT for the "Ride to Cambria"

Who have you rented from Joe?

2017 R1200RT
2010 R1200RT Sold
2002 R1100S
1993 R100RT
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Re: Rented a K1600GT for the "Ride to Cambria"

Be careful with all of the switches and controls. They can really be distracting in the beginning. I didn't turn on my radio for the first 6 months or so.

Set and forget... I now keep my dash read on tire pressure, even though there is an alarm if the pressure drops by an amount.

Rain mode is a really good starting point in traffic or off of highways... Interstate or open road, Dynamic is fun... Too much fun!

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Re: Rented a K1600GT for the "Ride to Cambria"

By all means start in rain mode. Dynamic is amazing and will make that bike scary for such a large machine until you get a feel for the throttle and responsiveness of the bike.

You will also notice that it turns really well, much like a way smaller bike, so easy on the turns for the first few.

I would strongly suggest use of the cruise control. The K16 loves fast. Scary fast! If you are not paying attention to the speedometer, it is very, very easy to go way above legal and not realize it.

Enjoy your trip

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