Re: Buying an 08 in a few weeks
GE90115B...what you're 'hearing is that my affordability issues should have kept me from buying' my 2000 model K1200LT. Um, nooo...what you heard was that I have more sense than some people who have more dollars than sense. A thousand bucks for a shock absorber? Used? When I can get one for a better performing Japanese bike for one tenth the cost? That rides better, costs less, and is more reliable by an order of magnitude? Really? My math and yours must be different.
Guess I should sell my R1150RT, 96 Honda Magna 750, 01 Suzuki GSX R1000 then...since I can't 'afford' them. I should probably have considered how much better every one one of them is than this hulking mass of over-engineered steel instead.
Well anyway...what you didn't hear was after I had riden over 14 thousand miles of wrestling this beast through every Texas season, this high center of gravity nightmare, this thing that handles like a unicycle. But surely it will be better when-fully-loaded-gear-and 2 up on a 1700 mile tour, right?
I mean, its a TOURING bike for godsake...so I took it on a 10-14 day tour, in rain, sleet, cold, 105 degree heat, up and down mountains, on gravel roads, and traffic and full speed, and found out that...this bike is a bitch to ride at slow speeds, a bitch to ride in traffic, a bitch to sit on for more than 3 hours, and is as comfortable as an Iron Maiden, and even my co-pilot didn't want to be on it for more than 3 hours a day. We cut our trip short because neither of us wanted to ride it anymore. BMW should be ashamed to sell that with the piece of feces that passes for a factory seat. One hour and the tormenter shows up. I'll take ANY Honda Goldwing over this poor handling dog.
It should have been named K1200Light Tank but for that fact that a tank handles far better at any speed it can go.
I was, in my original post, complimentary of some of it's features, because I like to be positive, and balanced. It is after all fuel injected. But smug omniscience brings out the abrasive, empirical side of me.
But having ridden my R1150RT (even if the parts are high as hell) I will never again even consider any bike with such a high center of gravity - high weight combination. And my Magna makes me laugh every time I see one of these dinosaurs on the road, and then I hit the gas, and leave that 'German engineering' in the dust.
But the good news now is that as soon as it is fixed (a drunk did me a favor and crashed into it while it was parked, giving me more than all my money out of it), I will offer here it for sale to whomever would like to buy it. (If this post doesn't get me kicked off the forum first. We'll see how well honest dissent from the status quo is tolerated, I guess.)
Safe travels to all!