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Would I really want a 2019 "Spezial Blue Planet Metallic" R1250RT?

Yes I would. No I wouldn't. Yes I would. No I wouldn't ...??



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Well, judging from the bikes you have listed, 2015 RT, 2017 RT, you're due for a 2019 RT.


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Love the bike and yes I'm thinking also BUT it's such a shame to have to ditch that beautiful looking seat that we all know is going to be uncomfortable. I wonder if it can be modified buy a seat manufacture ?
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The '19 RT still does not have the new 6.5" TFT screen, right? I would wait for that, jmho.
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Take the money you would spend on upgrading to a new bike and use it instead to take a nice, long tour on the one you already have. My $.02
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I’ve spent close to $5900 on various upgrades since purchase of my 16 in Nov of 17.. has around 8900 miles on it now, and almost got it the way I am comfortable with, so got lots of miles left in it and, why start over ! Would like LED headlamp assy and TFT, but have lived without those for many years of riding, so no big deal for me.

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Love the bike and yes I'm thinking also BUT it's such a shame to have to ditch that beautiful looking seat that we all know is going to be uncomfortable. I wonder if it can be modified buy a seat manufacture ?
You know, I too found my '17's seat to be uncomfortable. However, at 18000 miles, I am starting to find it surprisingly comfortable.
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The '19 RT still does not have the new 6.5" TFT screen, right? I would wait for that, jmho.

I REALLY can't see the lure of the TFT. If it's there, fine, if it's not, then no big deal. What I do like about the new bike is the suspension. I find it tiresome not being able to change the suspension load on the fly. Often, I start out with my passenger on the back and hit a bump. The bike bottoms out and I realise I have it set to rider only. or visa versa. Then the headlight is pointing up to the heavens. The self leveling suspension is a big draw.

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There are some nice changes however no game changers. If they do a platform redesign then I would be tempted. I an nearing retirement and would like a new bike a warranty to take into my "golden years".

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Take the money you would spend on upgrading to a new bike and use it instead to take a nice, long tour on the one you already have. My $.02
+1. I bought my '18 in mid October while knowing that the 1250 was going to be in the shop soon. The model closeout deal at the dealer made my decision easy...and my new RT is now 6,200 miles old. The extra 50 cc sure didn't mean anything to me. I look at it like this: Other than comfort upgrades, the others don't mean much to me once I'm going down the road. It seems to me that a lot of these upgrades are engineered by the marketing department anyway (Like the whopping 50cc "improvement") So...new bike or long trip, new bike or long trip... See you on the road on my '18!
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.....(Like the whopping 50cc "improvement")
You are missing the point on the increase to 1250. The variable cam timing and suspension is what sets this bike apart. I, like you will live with my 1200 (probably), but make no mistake the few subtle changes are good changes.
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I am fairly sure that I will be getting a 1250 in 2020. The only question remaining is whether it's going to be an RT or a GSA! It will most likely be the last bike that I will own, and ride. Starting to feel my age somewhat!!!

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I am fairly sure that I will be getting a 1250 in 2020. The only question remaining is whether it's going to be an RT or a GSA! It will most likely be the last bike that I will own, and ride. Starting to feel my age somewhat!!!


I have both, and the RT is by far the better bike for an aging rider. The weight difference is very noticeable when moving the bike around and the RT handles effortlessly.

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Love the bike and yes I'm thinking also BUT it's such a shame to have to ditch that beautiful looking seat that we all know is going to be uncomfortable. I wonder if it can be modified buy a seat manufacture ?


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I had this made for it, I will keep the stock seats as for local short riding because I like the color so much with the bike.



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You are missing the point on the increase to 1250. The variable cam timing and suspension is what sets this bike apart. I, like you will live with my 1200 (probably), but make no mistake the few subtle changes are good changes.
No, I get the point. It's just a different point. The cam timing and displacement give the 1250RT 136 hp according to BMW. That's an increase from 125, or 11 hp. Torqe goes from 92 lb-ft to 105, an increase of 13 lb-ft. In my mind, those are incremental, not significant changes. In the real world, I think that those changes are much more important to BMW's marketing department and sales organizations than they will be to the people who will own and enjoy them. This thread and the fact that I've lived long enough to see thousands and thousands of "New and Improved" things in my years kind of make me think that this is so.

That said, better suspension is good. Improvements in technology are too. And the engine changes do show that BMW continues to invest in the Boxer engine. All good things. If I could have gotten the 1250 for the price of my '18 1200, I'd own one today. But that wasn't the case. In the lifespan of the new RT, and as the years and miles go by on my bike, the "new and improved" 1250 doesn't offer me anything that would significantly make my riding more enjoyable. Understand, this is just my POV. I'll enjoy following this thread to read yours...
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In my situation I was going to purchase a new RT. I wanted the 719 bike because I like it, in my opinion its a pretty bike. My dollars my choice. However, I did need to choice between the 2018 R1200RT with the year end price incentives and the 2019 R1250RT. I figured whatever I saved on the front end in purchasing the 2018 I would lose on the back end with resale because of the change to the model R1250RT. So I decided on the 2019 R1250RT. Again I was ready for a new RT


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In my situation I was going to purchase a new RT. I wanted the 719 bike because I like it, in my opinion it’s a pretty bike. My dollars my choice. However, I did need to choice between the 2018 R1200RT with the year end price incentives and the 2019 R1250RT. I figured whatever I saved on the front end in purchasing the 2018 I would lose on the back end with resale because of the change to the model R1250RT. So I decided on the 2019 R1250RT. Again I was ready for a new RT


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I have both, and the RT is by far the better bike for an aging rider. The weight difference is very noticeable when moving the bike around and the RT handles effortlessly.

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Thanks for the input. The RT is lighter than the K1600 that you showed in the picture, but the GS/GSA is lighter still! Lee (LAF) had clued me into that, when he swapped his wethead RT for the low-suspension GS. I would need the same low suspension GSA, if that is the direction that I was going to go.



I have been riding the RT for a few years now, and I am still quite nimble on the RT, and so the R1250RT still have the main attraction to me. The better wind and weather protection has the biggest attraction to me, even if the GSA might be lighter. Long distance in some comfort is of higher priority to me, and I have zero issues with riding the RT on unpaved graveled roads. OTOH, the GS/GSA would give me better tool for exploring the many unpaved roads!



So, for me, the deciding factor will ber how I feel about this time next year! Probability is high that it will be the R1250RT.

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Thanks for the input. The RT is lighter than the K1600 that you showed in the picture, but the GS/GSA is lighter still! Lee (LAF) had clued me into that, when he swapped his wethead RT for the low-suspension GS. I would need the same low suspension GSA, if that is the direction that I was going to go.



I have been riding the RT for a few years now, and I am still quite nimble on the RT, and so the R1250RT still have the main attraction to me. The better wind and weather protection has the biggest attraction to me, even if the GSA might be lighter. Long distance in some comfort is of higher priority to me, and I have zero issues with riding the RT on unpaved graveled roads. OTOH, the GS/GSA would give me better tool for exploring the many unpaved roads!



So, for me, the deciding factor will ber how I feel about this time next year! Probability is high that it will be the R1250RT.
I wish I still had the strength to muscle a RT around.

I do miss the protection and total comfort of the RT.

That said the GS made me love motorcycling again.

I am ATGATT so as far as comfort and protection from the elements I am OK there.

It is lighter without the bags and looks very nice without them. That was one of the biggest things for me.

The right tool for the job is the best tool for the job and the GS allows me to do that.

I was buying touring bikes and not touring as much as I used to. I still get 10-12K a year just more 300 and 400 mile days a couple days a week.

On thse days I run a 42L top box no bags.

We ran to the Nation last year and are going again this year. I run the two side cases, the 42L top box, and a Ortlieb bag on the back seat. When we get to the room everything comes off and goes in the room except the top case and all my tools and tire repair supplies and various other things I carry to ride are in top case so I dont have to touch it.

Also another big thing especial if you are a RDL seat lover, I got a low bike. I can not tell you how much nicer it is to touch both sides of the ground I have no trouble with flat footing the GS and the only place it really matters is backing up. I ride so that when I stop I have my left foot down, my right foot on the rear brake, in gear and watching my six. So not flat footing a bike matters little to me EXCEPT backing up.

And yes I could have saved a bunch of money and just bought 3500 dollars worth of new lower shocks and been set.

I just sat on the GS out of the blue and it called my name. I had to have it for sure. So when a bike speaks to you that loud you listen.

I had lusted after the new flywheel, transmission upgrades, and as a bonus I got cornering ABS, and the automatic suspension and the body work of a 18 model year. That is why they call my bike a 17.5.

And do not let anyone tell you different, there is a huge difference between how my 15 RT shifted and how my 17.5 GS shifts. I really could not complain on the RT after I figured out how my bike liked to shift, but on the GS I really did not have to figure anything out or concentrate extra special to shift it. So IMHO any move to a 17 year or later bike is worth the move for the transmission alone.

If I wanted a RT the one posted in that color would be my choice there is no doubt about it. And I would find someone to work that stock seat to keep it that color as that does pop. I need to look at a new RT in daylight to see that color I bet it really is nice.

At any rate, ride what blows your skirt up and be happy
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Thanks for the input. The RT is lighter than the K1600 that you showed in the picture, but the GS/GSA is lighter still! Lee (LAF) had clued me into that, when he swapped his wethead RT for the low-suspension GS. I would need the same low suspension GSA, if that is the direction that I was going to go.



I have been riding the RT for a few years now, and I am still quite nimble on the RT, and so the R1250RT still have the main attraction to me. The better wind and weather protection has the biggest attraction to me, even if the GSA might be lighter. Long distance in some comfort is of higher priority to me, and I have zero issues with riding the RT on unpaved graveled roads. OTOH, the GS/GSA would give me better tool for exploring the many unpaved roads!



So, for me, the deciding factor will ber how I feel about this time next year! Probability is high that it will be the R1250RT.


Sorry I misread your previous(original) post. I thought I saw GA(Grand America) vs GSA that you wrote. My mistake


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I wish I still had the strength to muscle a RT around.



I do miss the protection and total comfort of the RT.



That said the GS made me love motorcycling again.



I am ATGATT so as far as comfort and protection from the elements I am OK there.



It is lighter without the bags and looks very nice without them. That was one of the biggest things for me.



The right tool for the job is the best tool for the job and the GS allows me to do that.



I was buying touring bikes and not touring as much as I used to. I still get 10-12K a year just more 300 and 400 mile days a couple days a week.



On thse days I run a 42L top box no bags.



We ran to the Nation last year and are going again this year. I run the two side cases, the 42L top box, and a Ortlieb bag on the back seat. When we get to the room everything comes off and goes in the room except the top case and all my tools and tire repair supplies and various other things I carry to ride are in top case so I dont have to touch it.



Also another big thing especial if you are a RDL seat lover, I got a low bike. I can not tell you how much nicer it is to touch both sides of the ground I have no trouble with flat footing the GS and the only place it really matters is backing up. I ride so that when I stop I have my left foot down, my right foot on the rear brake, in gear and watching my six. So not flat footing a bike matters little to me EXCEPT backing up.



And yes I could have saved a bunch of money and just bought 3500 dollars worth of new lower shocks and been set.



I just sat on the GS out of the blue and it called my name. I had to have it for sure. So when a bike speaks to you that loud you listen.



I had lusted after the new flywheel, transmission upgrades, and as a bonus I got cornering ABS, and the automatic suspension and the body work of a 18 model year. That is why they call my bike a 17.5.



And do not let anyone tell you different, there is a huge difference between how my 15 RT shifted and how my 17.5 GS shifts. I really could not complain on the RT after I figured out how my bike liked to shift, but on the GS I really did not have to figure anything out or concentrate extra special to shift it. So IMHO any move to a 17 year or later bike is worth the move for the transmission alone.



If I wanted a RT the one posted in that color would be my choice there is no doubt about it. And I would find someone to work that stock seat to keep it that color as that does pop. I need to look at a new RT in daylight to see that color I bet it really is nice.



At any rate, ride what blows your skirt up and be happy


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I, like you will live with my 1200 (probably), but make no mistake the few subtle changes are good changes.
It's not like we're suffering, eh?
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Sorry I misread your previous(original) post. I thought I saw GA(Grand America) vs GSA that you wrote. My mistake


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No problems! I had figured that it was something like that. I also can see that Lee had stated all of the points that had made me give some thoughts to the low-suspension GS/GSA (1250, of course). I need the low suspension because my inseam is about the same as Lee's (if I recalled correctly). "Flat footing" is totally irrelevant to me, since the only way that I stop on a bike is with just the left foot down, but Lee's comment about backing up is very relevant for me as well! The bonus of the GS/GSA, for me, is that the sides are wide open for ease of maintenance and general messing around. The other bonus is that, with a GS/GSA, I won't have to worry about dropping the bike on its side and damaging the bodywork!


Anyway, I still haven't made up my mind, and I will see how I feel around this time next year! I might even keep my '15 RT another year, since I am contemplating going back to New Zealand with my bike, and spend a month or two there, perhaps around that time. Just a thought in my mind right now.
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Is it me or resale value going in the shitter. Love my 16 would like a 1250 but Im not willing to take it in the shorts on a trade
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1st world problem. It's your call.

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Is it me or resale value going in the shitter. Love my 16 would like a 1250 but Im not willing to take it in the shorts on a trade
Yes it is going to be a buyers market forever on LC 1200 bikes.

The 1250 is/will dominate from this point forward and any pre 2019 1200 is worth way less money.

I need to run this bike until it falls apart, or take a financial bath and I am not willing to do that for the 1250.

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Ditto. I'm 64 and figure my 2018 1200rt is the last expensive bike I'll buy. I'll ride it till it falls apart or I can't ride anymore. Not worth the price to "upgrade". Unless of course the 1250 had a killer sound system. LOL

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I liked my '15 RT but my knees didn't, even after lowering the pegs. I love my '16 GSA. Not as quiet, not as fast (but I don't do fast any more), not as easy on gas (different gearing and aerodynamics), no OEM radio (but I don't care about that), just less whiz-bangery in general (but still has leaning ABS, traction control, ride modes, cruise control...). A GSA with panniers weighs about the same as an RT although it carries its weight a bit higher (which makes no difference once the bike starts moving), and after living with top opening panniers I have zero desire to go back to the side-opening ones. My GSA has a lowered suspension, as do I. I'm not an offroad guy, my bike wears PR4s. I can't imagine any other bike would suit my needs as well. At 116K on this bike I have no desire to trade up, down, or sideways.

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I traded my 14 RTLC with 56k miles on a new white R1250RT. For me the biggest improvement is not the additional power but the (to me) smoother and quieter engine along with the much improved transmission and quick shift. It just seems to be much more refined. My 14 did some terrible clicking/ticking at idle that drove me nuts and the new one has fixed that problem. Im at 1300 miles and couldn't be happier. Can't wait for my next long trip to really try it out.

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I think you said it for all of us David. Upgrading just for the newer bike doesn't make economic sense, especially if we're happy with our current bikes. I've got a '12RT and an '18RT. Reason I have two is one is on each coast so I don't have to cross the country to do Oregon, or Apalachia. I love the '18, and after putting 6K on it, went out to the west coast to take a 10 day'er on my '12rt and thought I'd sell it if the difference between '12 and '18rts made a huge difference but it didn't. They're different, the '18 is loaded so hill start, quick shift, alarm, proABS, well, everything, and it is easier to drive with less clutch pull, but I really enjoyed my run on the '12rt, and decided I didn't want to sell it. I only get usually one or at most two trips on it per year on the west coast as I'm still working, but I love that bike too. One big advantage to the '18rt is I decided not to get a top case and bought a luggage rack from Maple Farkles before he stopped making them, and use a dry bag. The top case weighs at least 25-30lbs empty and I was always trying to close it with too much stuff in it. The dry bag stretches out very accommodatingly, plus it weighs about 2lbs, Lighter is better and I'm '71, still relatively fit but have to think ahead if I want to keep riding.

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Yes I would. No I wouldn't. Yes I would. No I wouldn't ...??



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That's like asking a depressed alcoholic sitting at a bar: if you want a drink?

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Oh come on Pad, you get OLD cause you stop riding, you do not stop riding FROM getting old. We all hope to ride as long as we can...... Mark
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Oh come on Pad, you get OLD cause you stop riding, you do not stop riding FROM getting old. We all hope to ride as long as we can...... Mark
Heck, why do you think that I'm still riding hard!!!


Try to get a lot of daily exercise in as well, just to stay in fairly good physical shape.

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Try to get a lot of daily exercise in as well, just to stay in fairly good physical shape.
From here, it looks to me the only exercise you are gonna get in OH these days would have to be on ski.
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I wish that was true! We have had some record breaking cold temperatures this winter, but very little snow. Nonetheless, my dog and I will get our 2 miles morning walk in the woods every single morning, rain, shine, or in the middle of snow storms! Actually, the only thing that slows us down a little is heavy rain. Love to walk through the deep snow.


This year, instead of contracting snow-plow operators to plow my driveway whenever it snows (usually close to $300 for 3 months), I figured that I need more exercise and bought a new snow-blower instead. So far, I had to use it only once! Not enough snow this year.

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Crazy weather... I actually rode the RT in January and February ! 60 deg February ride, included 20Ft. Iceburg at end of driveway ! (Salt and sand helped) . The lack of snow robs me from my winter workout. We snowmobile Geagua Counry and PA NY ,only made it out ONCE this year so far. It is more fun than humans should be allowed to
have !! Some years good, not so much lately... (Thanks Al Gore). Hoping to get a week or 2 snowmobiling in yet, then break out the RT. Mark
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Thanks Tan. Someone pm'd me for more pics of "Red". When I contracted for the bike, I was pushing for a happy colour and Red makes me happy. After I'd gotten the bike, I'd read a couple of Jeff's posts on repainting his RT's first Blue, then the Red of his older BMW and I got the bug. I started looking at the flat black panels on my "sport style" Mars Red RT and when at my dealership in Ft. Lauderdale, asked the Service Manager how much to remove the nose pieces for painting an he quoted me $300. Reasonable I thought, for the time it takes to remove and replace. Then I thought more about the logistics, and the fact that they could not refer me to a good paint shop (I don't live in the area where I keep the bike). In the end, I decided to remove the pieces myself, hustle them over to a paint shop I found myself (took a month to find a good one googling and phone). I also spent time online researching how to remove the pieces. One guy on the MOA forum helped me with the nose pieces and there was one particular fastener that is hard to figure out and he clued me in. It was a lot more expensive for me to remove and replace the pieces myself but I put it down to vacation and I enjoyed myself, and it was very relaxing, and...satisfying, in the end, to remove and replace. In addition to the nose piece and forward side piece, I took off the lower aft side piece, the small cover, and the windshield brackets. I really like how it came out. In the past, I've always prided myself on functional farkles over appearance farkles, but I really enjoy looking at the bike so the appearance farkle was worth it. After all, at 71, how long should I wait to have fun? I've worked hard all my life, gotta have some fun...

Here are a few more pics from the pm someone sent me asking for a side and aft view forward.

Swinging back around to the main topic of this thread, and if my discussion of farkles is too far off-topic my apologies. I've been thinking hard about how to enjoy gravel and dirt back roads while still enjoying the paved road. The GS's, even with the lowered suspension, are too tall and heavy for me. I have a 27" inseam, sucks for off road but way it is. I was looking at the F750GS, with low suspension and low seat, I'm on the balls of my feet with normal boots. If you look at my pic in the 1st post with my '12RT "Bronze", you'll note I have 1" soles glued to the bottom of my Sidi boots. They work well, I just have to use the edge of the boot to shift, as the boot is too thick to easily slide it between the foot peg and the shifter. I know they sell adjustable shifters and that maybe an option for the future. The reason I need the soles is the '12rt I bought used (2 years old, 3000 miles) and it was loaded with the $1400 Corbin seat with fiberglass compartment in place of pillion seat (I never travel 2 up, my wife doesn't like the motorcycle). All the aftermarket seats spread out a bit and make it harder to reach the deck. The stock seat on my '18RT is working well and I haven't felt the usual back discomfort I get from stock seats, and I'm on the balls of my feet with normal boots.

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Hi Scott,

Wow! You went all the way with Mars red, including nose and side panels. All I wanted to do with my blue RT was match the nose with the San Marino blue color of the bike.

I am very impressed with what you did!

On my 2017 R1200RT I just had all the Alpine white parts painted Granada red, so the side panels are still black.
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Congrats - Looks real comfy!

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Looks very nice. I wish my legs were long enough to use an RDL.
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