Hi everyone, I am new to the site but not BMW. I am a female rider and have been riding for many many years. I currently have a 2007 Ducati Multistrada 1100S. It has full luggage, tank bag and heated grips. It is light and fast and very fun to drive. I like the bike but miss having a BMW. My first BMW was an 97 R1100RT. I purchased the bike used and put another 20K on her in several years of riding. When BMW introduced the Adventure I fell in love with the Silver beast and wanted one. I sold my 97 and purchased a brand new 2003 Adventure with full bags. Over the next several years I perfected her to something I could ride a long way in comfort. Aeroflow screen Rick Mayer seat, and many other minor changes gave me a bike that I loved. In three years I put 50,000 miles on her. But as I was getting older I was also noticing the bike was getting heavier and heavier. Her height and 8 gals of gas sitting high in the air resulted in three parking lot drops in my last year of riding her. So I decided it was time to look for something else. I bounced through several other bikes including a full dress harley, an Aprillia Futura and a couple other bikes. I ended up with the Ducati about year and a half ago. I have enjoyed the Ducati with the best part being how light it is. My dislikes - No ABS I became a real fan and still am and really want a bike with ABS, Weather Protection, and Last Ducati Owners - Just not the same as the BMW crowd.
So I started looking into getting back into the BMW world. I considered the R1150RT since I did enjoy my RT and knew the R1150 was even better then my R1100. Prices were getting pretty good, but it was hard to find one with lower miles - like under 70K people ride these bikes. The other obstacle for me is that I have found as I have gotten older my throttle hand is my weak link when it comes to riding. So cruise control was something that was going to be high on my list. R1150 = no real cruise. I know throttle locks are OK but not the same as real cruise which I had on two of my Harleys and a Goldwing I owned. So I upped my target price and started looking for a R1200RT. Even better then the R1150 and you can have Cruise and some other nice goodies. Well, while I was looking and not finding many R1200RT's in my target price range, I stumbled accross a 2007 K1200GT. It had all the features I liked on the RT, Cruise, Moving Screen, Great Luggage, ESA, etc,,, It also had more weight, not much, but more, but it also had a lot more HP. This Bike had 38K miles was very clean and was priced just under 10K. I checked the blue books I realised the bike was priced right and it was coming from a BMW who just did the full 36K service.
But then I started to read - bad mistake - and I started to get worried. Am I buying a time bomb that is going to blow up, run horrible, handle like a tank, etc, etc , etc. I test rode the bike and the first ride was harsh to say the least - I felt every crack in the road. But the price and condition kept drawing me back. So I gave it another try and much better this time must have been riding in sport mode with two up plus luggage. Anyway I felt much better toward the bike and have made a deposit.
So here is a little more about me - I am 5' 11 and average build, I have 34 inch inseam, and a well cushioned bottom.
Now I just want to throw this out to you who own theses beasts am I making a good decision are these bikes better then the bad press I have read on the forums. Also any insight for a new possible owner. I am supposed to pick her up this Friday. I would love to hear any input and am looking forward to getting back in the BMW crowd.