2020 BMW R 1250 RT
Vikki,Hey Adam, apologies for the delayed response - prob missed the email notification.
Well, the R18 is a beautiful motorcycle. If I had the room, and the inclination to have a second, I would (re)acquire one in a heartbeat. However, I had to choose one and it’s primary purpose was daily commuting, and the occasional longer ride (I‘ve never done cross country rides, maybe someday). Anyway, so I did this for about a year on the R18 and while the bike itself is extremely stable and deceptively nimble, the pain points slowly became clearer. I am about 6’ and had the base R18. I did eventually end up getting a Corbin seat but was afraid of going too high in fear of screwing the dynamics. That said, my legs would cramp up often (for other reasons as well), there was literally no wind protection, and the gas tank was too small causing too frequent fill-ups. The lack of luggage space quickly became a hassle, where I would end up using the car instead so that was a big factor as well. I don’t know if you’ve tried one out yet, but compared to an RT, it vibrates a lot more extremely perceptibly (prob by design) which is cool for a weekend garage queen, but gets tiresome on a daily basis.
Bottom line for me I guess, was that I needed something more comfortable and refined, with more lockable luggage space so I could spend longer riding and less time on logistics.
Hope that helps! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
That's exactly what I needed to know. THANK YOU for your thoughtful response! Great people on this forum, eh?
Yeah, I was looking at it as a second bike, but you just can't beat the RT for practical riding. Except maybe to add a GS as a second bike... ;-)
Happy New Year, amiga.