Hey all...after spending mostly successful and fun 30+ years riding Harley's I let my last one go. Cannot explain where I am, but I sold it with the intent to give riding a break for awhile....until I saw that 5,600 mile 2008 K1200GT for sale. Now I can't explain how many times I've eyed this bike up. I thought about buying one years ago, and having it around for some different fun. Having driven the fixed fairing Roadglide for most of my Harley riding years, I loved those bikes. But, Harley has become boring, not to mention I am so tired of burning my right leg among other body parts when riding in the Nevada desert. So here I am. About to pick up my new ride. Like I said, 5600 miles, up to date services and recalls. It is near mint. The guy wanted $7600 and best I can tell from my reviews of bikes out there, its a great price. Feel free to advise if you feel different. I am curious if any of you have made this simialer switch and how you feel about BMW. I've always admired from a distance, the creature comforts and engineering. I'm stoked to finally get my hands on one, but I'd appreciate your take on the purchase and any "new and need to know" stuff I might find helpful. Bike is loaded with ESA, heated seats, grips, etc. Fire away and thanks in advance!
Like you, I've been riding 30+ years on the street and have been riding Harley's as well for about the last 15 of those years. I owned 2 Ultra Classic's during that time and a few other bikes as well. I'm a touring guy at heart and found that for all around comfort, nothing beat my Ultra.
In similar fashion, I too decided to take a break from riding and sold all my bikes a couple years ago. I've done that a time or two before in my life and it never seems to last long. I eventually end up buying another bike and then they begin multiplying in my garage rapidly.
I also moved from SoCal to a new home on the CA Central Coast. We're in the midst of wine country where some of the best riding roads exist. Hills, canyons and ocean...all right in my backyard. Well....as fate would have it I started my new job in my new hometown and wouldn't you just know it....my office was directly across the street from a motorcycle dealer! All day long, while at work, I could see and hear bikes going up and down the street in to the dealership.
I think you already know where this is heading, so long story short that is how I ended up with my 2002 R1150RT.
I enjoy the bike and unless she fails me in some major way and becomes a total money pit, I have zero plans of ever selling it. It's a different riding experience and I like it very much. I still miss my Ultra though for those long rides and I would imagine that in time you'll begin to miss your Road Glide as well. You'll also quickly learn if you haven't already, BMW bikes have their own issues to deal with. I'm sure you've read all about it. Still, all in all, I have no regrets and glad I bought my RT.
I think the lesson learned here is, never sell your bikes, just keep adding to the collection.
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