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post #1 of 12 Old Apr 29th, 2016, 8:02 pm Thread Starter
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I currently have a 2011 Harley Davidson FLHTP modified for civilian use. I live 23 miles from my work station. With my cage being a 99 F150 4x4 with the 5.4 liter V8, the Electraglide is my daily driver.
I love the Harley and everything it can do in the cones. I love riding it to work. I have no problem taking it anywhere, but....
I sat on a 2012 K1600GTL about two weeks ago and it was like OMG I'm in love. I've researched and can see why these are awesome machines.
What I haven't seen is anyone talk about using one as their daily driver. I can't afford two bikes. I have to choose one that will do it all.
Thoughts?
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post #2 of 12 Old Apr 30th, 2016, 6:15 pm
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I currently have a 2011 Harley Davidson FLHTP modified for civilian use. I live 23 miles from my work station. With my cage being a 99 F150 4x4 with the 5.4 liter V8, the Electraglide is my daily driver.
I love the Harley and everything it can do in the cones. I love riding it to work. I have no problem taking it anywhere, but....
I sat on a 2012 K1600GTL about two weeks ago and it was like OMG I'm in love. I've researched and can see why these are awesome machines.
What I haven't seen is anyone talk about using one as their daily driver. I can't afford two bikes. I have to choose one that will do it all.
Thoughts?
Hi,
I travel 38 miles to work with a GTLE and Love it!!
I do have 2 bikes but if it raining in the AM I'm on the GSWA if not I'm on the GTLE.
It's a great bike, they are very nimble and ALOT of FUN to ride!!
Buy what you can afford but try newer model years because things have changed?
Hope this helps?
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post #3 of 12 Old Apr 30th, 2016, 6:45 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input! I agree on the newer model years. I'm taking a 2007 R1200RT for a day long test this next week. However, you make a good point with the newer model years especially with that model.
Even though I have no plans to do "motor stuff" in the cone patterns with my new motor, I like the multiplate wet clutch and other improvements in the 14 and up.
The 2012 GTL I am looking at only has 4300 miles but the price is at 19k.
And there is the conundrum. A newer model R1200RT seems to be the same price line as a 12-13 GTL.
Coming from the large Harley and having worked on the riding skills, the GTL is not a big bike to me.
Basically, I want reliability and let's admit the HD is just way below par.
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post #4 of 12 Old May 1st, 2016, 4:02 pm
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If you can, Test ride a 2014 up 1200RT followed by K1600. I run an 2015 RT as a Police Motor 12 hrs a day. Super Machine, light, nimble, fantastic brakes, great MPG, perfect ergonomics. My only complaint would be power, I'm not a huge fan of the Boxer. An inline triple would make this bike perfect, or even a v style Twin. I like the low end torque for slow cone work but still seem to need "Want" more top end when pursuing. The new Wetheads are light years ahead of the old hexhead/ camheads etc. You'll want a 2014+ to get the wethead and wet clutch. Maintenance is oil/ filter change every 6k miles, every 12k mile service is two spark plugs, air filter, final drive oil change. Brake fluid flush every year or so. The lighter weight, superb brakes, hydraulic clutch, and shaft drive make this thing easy to rack up the miles, compared to a HD E-glide. I've ridden the K1600 and love it as well, it's like a bigger RT, little heavier but with more power, probably an even run. RT feels faster through the turns and lighter. The K spools up and just gets it, if you ride solo mostly, RT, 2 up is important, K16.
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Thanks Motorman. That is an awesome comparison. The more I look at the 14 and up I'm thinking the older years are out. And mostly 1up riding. It also may allow me to keep my Harley to practice with. I don't see our agency switching off the Harleys for quite some time.
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post #6 of 12 Old May 2nd, 2016, 10:02 pm
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I ride the heavier and beastlier (and slower) k1200LT everywhere I go. If I'm running errands, I'm on the LT. If I'm running out of town, I'm on the LT. I am officially the only person to buy fish from a hatchery in the area and taking them home on the LT. I get time practicing in parking lots and going slow when running errands. I put my feet down a little earlier than on my small bike when parking or stopping. I always make sure my front wheel is straight when coming to a complete stop.

If I can do everything on the LT, I am sure you can do everything on the K1600. Good Luck and Enjoy! My apologies to your HD that will soon grow lonely with your absence and jealous of your great new ride.
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Lol. That's awesome. I keep saying I'm going to make a mount for the fishing poles on the Harley. The only thing that keeps me from considering the LT is reading about how top heavy they are. Again, I'm not going to be doing motor patterns with the new to me motor, but I sure like a center of gravity as low as I can get it.
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Go over to our sister site K1600Forum. A lot of the same good folks on here are over there. Plus the whole forum is K1600.

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Thanks for pointing in that direction. I'm there and soaking it up!
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Lol. That's awesome. I keep saying I'm going to make a mount for the fishing poles on the Harley. The only thing that keeps me from considering the LT is reading about how top heavy they are. Again, I'm not going to be doing motor patterns with the new to me motor, but I sure like a center of gravity as low as I can get it.
Spend all the money you got and get the newest K model you can afford. After a little time, I am very used to the weight. Put a few thousand miles on the bike and you will get used to it. It is night and day or day and night compared to a V-Twin for sure.
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Well, if the K1600 is good enough for Chibs, then you should be fine with it.

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I came from a 15 RT and now have a 15 K1600GT. A lot more room (I'm 6-4) or 2 up and a heck of a lot more power.

I've lowered the pegs and will be getting a custom (taller) seat this weekend

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