Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Re: K1200 RS as Viable Touring bike
A stock K-RS had inadequate wind protection and way too long reach to the bars to be suitable as a serious tourer- unless you're a kid and think a sport bike (which K-RS isn't)is also suitable for touring. It does have plenty of luggage capacity and a reasonable size fuel capacity.
I ride an 08 RT, an 02 K-RS, a wedge K-GT and an R1100S. The RT is by far the best long range tourer of the bunch, more than a few pros think it is the best there is.
The K-RS I ride has a RhineWest chip and a slip on exhaust and is by far the sweetest motor of the bunch- possibly the best motor BMW ever made. It is my choice for day ride fun but I wouldn't grab it for a week long trip to mountain twisties- its not comfortable enough for that kind of miles even though its seat is much better than a stock RT. Mine has a larger windscreen and barbacks so I can get a proper riding position with my 34 1/2" sleeve length. The strength of the K-RS is the way it drives out of fast sweepers when you ask for it- matched to a lovely wide powerband. Wouldn't be much fun for an all day rain ride- which is sometimes needed when touring.
The brick K-GT is a better tourer than K-RS and not as well recognized as it should be- its a great bike. The LT is way heavier than many want to mess with, including me- helps to be 6'4", 250 lbs...I'm 6 even, 175, and getting older..
No such thing as a "do everything well" bike. Own more than one if you can..RT + K-RS = darned close to nirvana...Unless motocross is your priority...
Last edited by racer7; Aug 22nd, 2013 at 2:19 pm.