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post #1 of 5 Old Aug 8th, 2017, 4:23 pm Thread Starter
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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!

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post #2 of 5 Old Aug 8th, 2017, 11:23 pm
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Well for the money you can't beat an early model Lt. All the creature comforts you require to make the long trip very comfortable. Just do the prep work/maintenance and all should go well. I think the Lt has a little more pep then a Harley. Maybe some one else will comment on that. Welcome to the site.

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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

I happen to think my RT is a very capable touring bike. We can all offer opinions, but you're the one who will be riding it. Maybe try a test ride.

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post #4 of 5 Old Aug 9th, 2017, 8:34 am
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Hi Mike and Welcome!
I suggest going to a BMW dealer and taking a nice long test ride on the models of interest to you.
Oh, please someone off at the W Coast when you go.

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post #5 of 5 Old Aug 10th, 2017, 7:58 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your responses.

I am going to ride an RT and probably an RS this Saturday, I hope I fall in love with one of them. The Harley was under powered and over weight for sure, had a ton of torque, I don't even think Harley specs the HP numbers just the torque numbers. The RT and RS will be slightly more than half it's weight with as much or more HP and a little less torque.

I have already started looking at mods that make things a little more comfortable, I would love to do long days in the saddle with as little fatigue as possible!
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