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post #1 of 20 Old 07-29-2016, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I just took a deposit on my Strom. The buyer seems like a straight up guy and I'm confident he'll do right by her ... but I'm still going to miss her.

I didn't REALLY want to sell her, but I can't keep more than one full bike rego and the 650 isn't really enough for the two up riding I'm doing most of the time now.

I'll be pointing the new owner here, I don't think there's a better source of advice on these beasts anywhere, and I've included a Stromtrooper patch in the stuff I'm giving him.

At least I got plenty of pictures of this bike, something I've missed out on in the past.
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A BMW R1150RT.
There's one reason, and one reason alone, that I'm selling the Strom. Wifey has decided she likes riding with me and the 650 isn't quite enough bike for the two of us. Had she not developed the taste, and needed a lower seat than Stroms provide, I wouldn't even think about selling. The 1150 is "more" in ways I don't need when riding solo, but do when touring two up.
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The Stroms are capable, but for 2 up riding it's hard to beat the RT, and keeping Wifey happy is job one. Since the new wc 1200's, I've noticed a lot of great bargains on the older RT's around here.
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I really enjoy switching back and forth between the DL650 and my 1100 RT. During the hot months I/we usually ride the Strom unless it's a long trip. You will love the RT, basically the same as mine, except dual plugged, 50cc more, 10hp, and a sixth gear.
FWIW, my 00 RT is the coolest big ( over a litre ) bike I've ever had, all that wind tunnel testing was worth it because very little engine heat hits the rider, it shoots by about three inches outside your calf.
It's tough selling bikes that worked well for you, I know, I just sold a 84 R100RT that I had for 32 years.
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As a solo bike I prefer my Wee to the 1100RT that I had. It's lighter so when it goes to sleep, it's easier to pick up again.
Less maintenance too.
Only thing the RT had is more power which could be had with the 1000 Strom.
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You'll come crawling back. :P

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You'll come crawling back. :P
Not so long as I'm mostly riding two up. If it was all solo riding ... maybe

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As someone who moved the other way, from an '09 R1200GS through several others to a Wee...I'd say you'll miss it and you'll be back.

The ergos on the BMWs are excellent. The engineering is amazing. But those are HEAVY monsters - I had a leg issue develop on a long road trip that took me through Joplin, Missouri. Five days after the tornado, which, being on the road, I knew nothing about.

My leg was painful and swollen and there were NO medical facilities available for any but the most emergent needs. I had to make it to Texas to get to medical care, and I did...but the thought of losing it on that big, heavy monster; or even just saddling up or stopping at lights...was scary.

The Wee, being over 300 pounds lighter, is much more to my current abilities. Yes, I miss the 130-mph Yee-HAAA! runs. Once in a while I do. Most of the time those are impossible anyway.

I guess it depends on how often the wife likes to ride along. If she's with you all the time, it's a good choice. If not...you may want a smaller machine for solo trips.

Have you thought about teaching her to ride her own?
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Actually I believe the wee to be about 50 lbs lighter than a 1200 gs. We sold our '13 1200RT and picked up a '16 GS that the little woman rides mostly. The RT was slightly heavier than the GS, but the lightest in its class. Personally, after riding the newer water cooled BMW's, I couldn't see going back to the air cooled, but they are still fine machines that will serve you well.
I met a CHP officer at a competition with 180,000 miles on his air RT. Still running fine are all those hard miles, yet being retired due to its mileage

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