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I belong to the MOA and RA. Seems ON is a little pollyanna. Nothing of a critical nature at all and I mean even constructively critical in terms of reviews. If Ford made an edsel motorcycle, it would get a good review. OTL is more straight forward. Thanks.
I think you need a better website and forum. The MOA has the better of that. Shoot, even BMWLT and BMWSportouring are better. Setup the site to connect with tapatalk or motorcycle.com apps. I think you need to work with the clubs more too. People relatively new to BMWs don’t know who you are. May be a presence at some smaller Rallies too.
It was nice to see everyone at the breakfast. Lots of new BMWs and some nice used ones as well. That red K16GT is nice bike. 🙂
[quote=AZgman]Nice to see you as well Ponch! Hope your new job is going well![/quote]
I start a week from Monday, thanks. We have to do that more often…
I didn’t renew my membership with the MOA for a few reasons, but I will say that ON is too pollyanna for me. There are no constructively critical reviews or anything that I would call balanced in a way. It’s all happy time. I like reality too much for that. The one column I will miss is Jack Riepe. I love his work. I won’t miss the diaper sniffer/helicopter parent one, that’s for sure.
I haven’t ridden much since getting a new job in November where I can’t use my bike for commuting because I have to go to different locations sometimes (I don’t know in advance a lot of the time) and my employer said no bike. It’s only a contract job, so I am looking…SO, just riding would be nice. It’s therapy for me. I am not an agressive/fast rider and could use some training even after riding for some time. I haven’t because of time/cost and my own self-consciousness.
I dislike group riding the most, especially with cruisers and understand I used to have a couple, but I find the gearing and natural RPM range of the RT different than harleys and I am always hunting between gears because of the accordian effect of group riding. I just don’t do it anymore anyway. I also can’t handle heights well, but that’s another story. 🙂
[quote=chewbacca]As usual the latest OTL was great; however, comparing an R1200RT and FJR1300 is in my opinion not a valid comparison. BMW left a void in its product line when it dropped the K1300GT and came out with the K1600. The K1300, C14, FJR1300, Blackbird were the class high speed sports touring machines. IMO, and a lot of others, neither the RT or K1600 fall into that class.[/quote]
The K1600GT isn’t far off. The C14 and FJR aren’t lightweights like the RT. That said, I hear what you are saying. For me, those bikes are too sporty and tight in ergos for me, hence the RT with bar risers and peg lowering kit. Unfortunately, the new RT seems to be a little more compact in ergos and the handlebars aren’t adjustable. 🙁 . It seems like a great bike and I bet they’ll sell a bunch. For now, I’ll keep my RT until something better fits my ergonomic and financial requirements.
[quote=chewbacca]Hi Ponch, Didn’t want to say that the RT wasn’t a great bike. I think it is. The FJR is a great bike too, but they, IMO, are not in the same category. For ME, my GS is the best bike on the planet for how I ride twisties. I would love to have an RT as a second bike. Whenever I want to go for a long trip, and get there in a hurry, I always think about my 06 FJR. Passing cars was, think where you want to be and then you were there. Just trying to say bikes and people have different personalities with an FJR being Country and Western, and an RT being Classic Rock. LOL Rod[/quote]
It’s in the same general category, sport touring, but the FJR emphasis is sport, RT touring. I think the new one closes the gap a bit. May be the best of all worlds is a Multistrada grantourismo or whatever it’s called. Lighter than a GS, rational ergos and 150hp. The problem with Ducatis is that we need a PhD is engineering to adust the valves, which means a costly service. I wish I could fit comfortably on an FJR or C14. I might have one instead of the RT. I will say that my first choice was a GSA. My wife said she’d never ride on a dirt bike, so i got the RT. I can count on two hands how many times she’s ridden on the RT in over 3 years. Oh well.
[quote=chewbacca]Hey Ponch, If you aren’t into the high speed thing or a die hard Iron Butt’er, which I’m not, the RT is hard to beat. I still ride with FJR and C14 drivers quite a bit. Funny thing is that the “dirt bike” will progressively start walking away from them when you ride twisties. Up until the GS there was always some other bike that I thought was the end all, be all. I’m happy now. Rod Just an asside, a guy on a GSA and I went riding with the fast group last spring during a BMW club outing. The two other bikes there were S1000RR’s which, silly me thought were beat up Ninja’s of some kind. These guys were flying, although I’m sure they were not running flat out. The dirt bikes had no trouble running with them, especially in the turns. I guess my point is that the raw horsepower of something like a Multistrada or even C14/FJR doesn’t get used in the real world as much as one might think.[/quote]
Well, until I make more money, I’ll be riding the RT for awhile. That’s not so bad.
[quote=AZgman]I think the new RT looks better in person than it does in pictures. They did a nice job with it. My “old technology” 2007 RT still delivers the goods; it is good at just about everything and has been a reliable ride, so it is hard for me to justify getting a new one. That said, I still would want one![/quote]
Of course it’s nice to have something new and cutting edge. Just can’t do it now, even if I wanted to. Sometimes I wonder about some folk that seem to change bikes like underwear or have a stable of 4 or 5 bikes. May be it’s just that the demographics of BMW riders tends to be different. I am definitely an outlier. May be I’ll get another close up when my bike goes in for the fuel pump flange dealio. I didn’t sit on the new RT at the show as to not violate Don Eilenberger’s second axiom: Don’t sit on or test ride a bike you don’t intend to buy or something like that.
I like it when a plan comes together.
[quote=Emoto]I’ll be the voice of dissent here. My vote would be for you to ride with the stock screen for a while, in a variety of conditions – rain, highway, etc., and see how you like it before you throw money at another screen.[/quote]
Probably the best advice, but I think the OP probably has ridden a GSW as she works at a BMW dealer, no? It didn’t take long to figure out the stock screen didn’t work for me, although I have the opposite problem. I got a calsci, but my only complaint is the fit and finish. The edges aren’t polished/seamed like a Cee Bailey, which looks a lot nicer, but the function is good or may be too good. it was great in Iowa, but in AZ, I could use a little more airflow in the summer, whereas the Calsci was great for Iowa winters. YMMV.
[quote=AZgman]What size CalSci do you have Ponch? Mine is way below my field of view, so plenty of air flow. I have the “medium” size BTW.[/quote]
I have the Calsci XL. Now they have an XLW.
When I first brought it home, November 13, 2010.