New Member from Vermont
My name is Mike and I live in Vermont.
I am in the market for a new bike and I was hoping everyone here could provide me with valuable advice as I know little about BMW's. I have been riding street bikes for over 30 years and dirt bikes a bit longer. I currently have 4 bikes, 2 Ducati Monsters (old and new), a Honda Blackbird, and a Honda CBR600RR track bike. Today I just sold my Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited and am now thinking about a BMW or a KTM to fill the void the Harley left.
I have always had a problem with speed and I thought the Harley would help me cure that - I just realized it was too heavy and the ground clearance wasn't enough for me. I originally bought it with the thought of riding from the east coast, to the west coast, and back to the east coast. I still want to make that trip but with a lighter bike that is sportier. Right now I am leaning towards an R1200RT and a KTM Super Duke GT. I am very new in learning about these bikes so my knowledge is limited but what I think I know is that the BMW would be a better touring bike where the KTM is sportier. Navigation is important as I have an awful sense of direction! Heated grips, electronic cruise control also very important, the heated seat on the BMW sounds nice although I have never ridden a bike with one so I am not sure how well they work. Radio and bluetooth I don't care too much about, more all day comfort day after day, which the Harley was really good at.
I am not sure when I will do my trip but in the mean time I will take a short 2 or 3 thousand mile trip each summer to exercise the bike. So, having said all of that hello to everyone on the forum and please flood my inbox with things to consider about my choice of bikes, what bike(s) I may be overlooking, which you feel would be the best choice for me, options that are a must, etc., etc. Bottom line I am looking for a comfortable, very sporty, touring bike, reliable, attractive, etc.
Thanks to all in advance who dare provide advice!