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1Back to top Go down   I made a huge mistake yesterday. Empty I made a huge mistake yesterday. on Thu May 09, 2019 9:45 am

duck

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It was a nice day so I took a ride over to a BMW dealer to go for a few test rides.
 
First up was the wethead R1200RT.  I’d read several reviews calling this the ultimate touring bike so was looking forward to taking one for a spin.  With the mirrors it’s as wide as a house (worthless for splitting/filtering,) was kind of buzzy at high RPMs and way too torquey.  I honestly wasn’t too impressed.  I’m of the impression that 1200 CCs might be too big for an opposed twin.
 
Next up was the S1000XR, a liter race bike with big wide touring bars and a little winscreen.  At 500 pounds with 160 HP it GOES and was a hoot to ride. It was a little buzzy in the upper RPMs but not too bad. If I got one of these I’d probably put some shorter bars on it and end up in jail with a revoked license within a couple of days.
 
I always swore I’d never buy a big 1600 CC bike but the last bike I took out was a K1600GT just to see what it was like. Despite its 700 pound weight it felt quite nimble and its inline six is frickin’ smooth as butter.  Power roll-on was smooth, definitive and downright fun. I’m in love. The 16GT just upped my K-pox a notch.

Now I'm going to have to sell off a few of my classic K bikes to make room for one of these in my garage.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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Laitch

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@duck wrote: Despite its 700 pound weight it felt quite nimble and its inline six is frickin’ smooth as butter.  Power roll-on was smooth, definitive and downright fun.
That's the same impression I had when I rode a 1998 Honda Valkyrie. I appreciated the foot controls not being placed forward like so many cruisers. The 30–35mpg limits the range between fill-ups, but the chrome parts I could black out. If I could justify having two motos, that would be the other for certain.


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3Back to top Go down   I made a huge mistake yesterday. Empty Re: I made a huge mistake yesterday. on Fri May 10, 2019 10:24 pm

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Okay looking for some honest advice here Duck - test ride some new ones or steer well clear of them?  I've thought about trying something newer like the S1000XR like you did but that might just be the same kind of trouble that you outlined.  I have no trouble breaking the speed limit on a regular basis on my old K (whose performance pales in comparison to the XR).  I'm sure I will get busted eventually and I've even thought of trying to sell the excess of speed as being an attempt to "get the vibrations to stop"...I'm not hopeful but I might try it nonetheless.


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Saxon7

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You make it sound like having a lot of torque is a bad thing? Shocked

    

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prince

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I am on my second K1600.

They are damn nice bikes.


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chris846

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Never ridden a K1600, but did a stint as a pillion on one during some bike swapping on a Scotland tour (I never ride pillion, ever)
What a great way to travel, like an armchair with wings, never been as relaxed on a bike. One of the best touring afternoons of my life. Just needs a cup holder on top of one of the panniers though...


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And a roof, a roof would be good, and a spare wheel in case, and some carpet to deaden the sound.
Think I'll buy one.
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Started with a K100RT, because went holiday, and my FZR1000exup streetfighter wouldn't be the first choice (need fuel every 100km), K-bikes keep flippin' here.
Now have this K1100RS for years, had a chance to grab me a R1200RT, different machine, but what a ride!
So had 2 bikes.
Then a R1100RS, my bro bought, tried to steal my heart. And she did, bought the little bugger from him.
So 3 bikes, totally different, but loved the ride on each of them.
The R1100RS is now to the eternal highways, crashed it at high speed, still not over the loss Sad
R1200 needs a new clutch, K1100 is my commuter, still in love with the old girl.
Party for her, she's 25 this year, and I will hit 50.
We're both in good condition, she stays, I stay Smile


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9Back to top Go down   I made a huge mistake yesterday. Empty Re: I made a huge mistake yesterday. on Sat May 11, 2019 10:37 pm

duck

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@prince wrote:I am on my second K1600.

They are damn nice bikes.

What happened to the first one?


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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prince

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@duck wrote:
@prince wrote:I am on my second K1600.

They are damn nice bikes.

What happened to the first one?

Got a great trade in offer for it on my 2018.

The 2018 having reverse sealed the deal. The Nav VI is readable in bright sun. Love the shift assist and the keyless ignition.

Didn't like the lack of power compared to the early bike but a Bren tune fixed that.


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1985 BMW K100RT
2011 BMW K1600GTL (gone)
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11Back to top Go down   I made a huge mistake yesterday. Empty Re: I made a huge mistake yesterday. on Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:11 am

duck

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Damn! The K1600GT is an incredibly FUN bike to ride.
 
I’d only put about 70 mellow miles on it while I’ve been waiting for some parts to arrive and I have the time to do a bunch of mods to it but I got tired of seeing it sitting on my garage and temptation got the best of me so I took it for an 1,100+ mile ride down the Oregon coast and back.
 
After my demo ride I bought it mostly for the awesome amount of smooth power it delivers but after putting a few miles on it on various types of roads over the last few days I’m really impressed at how well it handles for being a 700 pound beast.
 
Even when I have it in RAIN mode it gets up to triple digits in a heartbeat and feels incredibly well planted. In DYNAMIC/SPORT mode it gets even better.
 
For now I’ll just enjoy it with the stock fuel mapping and suspension but when
I get “bored” with it in the next year or so I’ll upgrade it with the Bren Tune fuel mapping and Wilburs suspension.

I made a huge mistake yesterday. THniyTl


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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Woodie

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Wow Duck!  Congratulations on your new ride - time to up-date you 'Current Stable'.   Very Happy


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13Back to top Go down   I made a huge mistake yesterday. Empty Re: I made a huge mistake yesterday. on Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:13 am

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I think at the point where you start getting into the  tuna boat class of motorcycles you'd be better off buying a convertible


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prince

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Congratulations on the buying the big K.


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1985 BMW K100RT
2011 BMW K1600GTL (gone)
2018 BMW K1600GTL
    

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@yamaguzzi wrote:I think at the point where you start getting into the  tuna boat class of motorcycles you'd be better off buying a convertible
I made a huge mistake yesterday. 112350


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duck

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I already have a convertible, an 89 RX-7 that I bought new and is still in great shape. It's nowhere near as fast or as fun as the K1600GT. Very Happy

And even though the "tuna boat" weighs 70 more pounds than a K1100LT it takes about the same amount of effort to push around the garage and goes up on the center stand a tad easier.


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Current stable:
86 Custom K100 (standard fairing, K75 Belly pan, Ceramic chromed engine covers, paralever)
K75 Frankenbrick (Paralever, K11 front end, hybrid ABS, K1100RS fairing, radial tires)
86 K75C Turbo w/ paralever
94 K1100RS
93 K1100LT (x2)
91 K1
93 K75S (K11 front end)
91 K75S (K1 front end)
14 Yamaha WR250R
http://www.ClassicKBikes.com
    

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