Originally Posted by pinscher
First, I ride a 2008 GL1800, new 9/2009, 12,000 miles. My ride before that was a new 2008 FJR1300 which was very uncomfortable for me due to a pinched nerve in my neck (forward lean). I'm committed to buying the K1600GTL because I think it will be the perfect bike for me, but I'm not very patient, and they're making us what so long :mad.
Here is the info, I'm thinking about trading for a used 2010 R1200RT so I can have the "BMW Experience", that is dealer and maintenance issues, with a minimal cash outlay. Then, in a couple of years I can trade the RT for a 2nd or 3rd year new GTL.
Here is the question, what do you think, get and ride an RT for a couple years first or take the big plunge in 2010 for the GTL?
PS. Mostly commuter miles, two up 10%, annual "long" ride
Thanks, and this is by far the best forum for K1600GL/GTL
I too have had both a couple GW's and a FJR1300 (I too loved the FJR, but the ergos were just a little too cramped for me - mostly my knees after a more than an hour or two, but I can see where the more forward lean could aggravate a neck issue) I have also done a few trips on an RT (rented) so I have a pretty good feel for the ergos of the RT compared to the GW, and LT.
I know you are asking for opinions, but what it really comes down to is what your goals are and what you find compelling. As you know, any bike is a depreciating asset, and they are constantly losing value. So from a purely financial perspective, it makes sense to keep what you have and run it for ever. But most of us don't look at motorcycling in a purely financial perspective, but rather one of joy and passion. So with that said, have you ridden an RT? How does it feel to you compared to the GW? Different bikes. Different ergonomics, different feel, different handing, braking, performance and "experience" as you noted. It isn't about which bike is better, but which gives you the "experience" that you are seeking. If you haven't ridden the RT, I'd suggest you do a long demo ride, or find a place that will rent you one for a day. While it might be $200 to rent, it may save you from trading/buying something that isn't right for you while waiting on the K1600GTL. The GW is a great bike. The RT is a great bike. The K1600GT/GTL looks to be a great bike. But it really goes to what Jeffery finds to be the bike for him. That might not be the most financially prudent decision, but I'd challenge anyone who rides, that being financially prudent isn't on the top of the list as to why we own/ride motorcycles.
Just my opinion....since you asked.