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post #1 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Tempted by the big tourers like BMW K1600GT

I seem to be being drawn to the BMW K1600GT. It just looks fantastic.

Has anybody had any experience with bikes like this and how do they compare to your V-Strom for riding pleasure?

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post #2 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 05:34 PM
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I had a 'big'1100RT, The big road bikes are nice. The new ones offer features the Wee strom can't. The Strom is a $10K bike the 1600 is a $24K out the door bike if not more.
If suspension changes on the fly and a heated seat is your joy, go for it.
You will have to associate with a far classier group of folks though and like to stop at Starbucks for the Lattes. They don't do Motel 6 either. 4 Seasons is a better fit to park your legendary machine in front of!
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post #3 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by citizen4 View Post
I seem to be being drawn to the BMW K1600GT. It just looks fantastic.

Has anybody had any experience with bikes like this and how do they compare to your V-Strom for riding pleasure?
Compare??? LOL.....they don't.

Also "riding pleasure" is about as subjective as it gets, apples & oranges aside.
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post #4 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 06:10 PM
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The K1600GT is my new teen lust bike. I always lust over the ones I can't afford.
I talked to a couple of guys at Deals Gap one weekend while at the Dragon Tail who were both on GT's. They both seemed very happy with them and were actually nice enough to start one so I could hear the exhaust note.
They seemed very happy and mentioned the awsome power several times.
Unfortunately it didn't help me very much with my infatuation.

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post #5 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 06:43 PM
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I'd love to ride one but I'm not about to drop $25000 on 1 bike. I could have at least 3 really nice lighty used ones for that. It is an awesome bike though I'm sure. There is something to be said for an inline 6 of most any variety
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If you have the bucks and it makes you happy, get it. So what if you could have 3 other bikes for the same money....will they put the same smile on your face? If not, they aren't worth it. I had an RT and a Ducati. They Duc was a blast. The RT was refined. The Strom put the bigger smile on my face. Sold both, got another Strom and couldn't be happier. Riding pleasure is yours to enjoy and you should choose the bike that YOU love. MHO

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post #8 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 08:38 PM
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Go ride one. BMW is generous about test rides. My next one will probably be the R1200R.
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post #9 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 11:34 PM
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just my opinion

I sold my Wee to buy a Connie 14. The things I like are Power, Power, element protection, better in side winds, style, and did I say power..The things I wish I had back.. less weight, off road, pack mule, no K-Pass, much easier to ride (subjective), gas mileage and octane. The cool penny fixes on this forum. I really like the look of the Wee. I see another Wee in my future for sure.
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post #10 of 46 Old 12-06-2012, 11:51 PM
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K1600 is a phenomenal bike. At least on my test rides. I bought an FJR a little over 3 years ago to complement (not as replacement to) my DL650. Like Over40, I love the power, electric windshield ... which I thought of as a lot of "who ha" when I bought it. The protection from the elements is very enjoyable and I like the smooth acceleration of the Inline 4.

I am ambivalent about the extra weight. On long trips to the west coast or east coast or Canada or Flordia etc., the weight is both a boon and a bane. In windy crosswinds it really is easier to stay planted. On the other hand when the weather is nice and your riding through the mountains of Utah and stopping for the sights it is a heavy beast.

On the whole, I really like the big litre bike on long trips doing 450+ miles days. Once I got my RDL and Racetech suspension the FJR become even better. But if had to get rid of one of them I would probably keep the DL. It just is lot of fun.

The Power (and now the handling) is a bit addictive though.

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