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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2010, 9:52 pm Thread Starter
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K800s?????

Why not have a spiritual successor to the K75S? Cut the 1600 in half so it's an 800 triple and give it a half-fairing...........
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2010, 11:57 am
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Interesting idea . . .

If only BMW made a mid-weight sport-tourer. Something about 800cc, with a decent fairing, factory bags, and coming in somewhere near 400 lbs or so. Why, I bet y'all would just run right out and buy one today.



And if they put a reliable final drive system on it, all the better . . .

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2010, 12:36 pm
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Why not have a spiritual successor to the K75S? Cut the 1600 in half so it's an 800 triple and give it a half-fairing...........
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or a GT light? 100hp, 550lbs wet, full bags and protection like the 12/13 Gt with the same front end= SOLD!

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or a GT light? 100hp, 550lbs wet, full bags and protection like the 12/13 Gt with the same front end= SOLD!

The perfect bike? Sign me up, I'll take the first one off the line, faults and all
Crap, you want to go backwards in time. The cost won't be less, you'll just get less.
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But sometimes LESS is MORE
more or less.........
especially when it comes to bikinis.............

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I am old enough to remember when 750cc's was considered a big bike, 1600 just seems way too big, my last bike was 1500 and I went down to my 13GT, 1600 is a road cruiser, not a sport bike anymore. I got the 13GT because its great on the open road and great on the twisties, the 1600 with its longer wheelbase and heavier weight just can't be as good in the twisties. Also with the heavier weight, it just wont make it a good daily driver in stop/go traffic (happy to say I have daily driven my GT since March, except for 4 days when battery was dead and I was waiting for my new one)

Prior to buying the 13GT I looked at the new Honda that is only 700cc, I think its a NT700, I really liked it, just felt it might be too weak for long distance 2up riding, but I REALLY came close to getting it. Something in the 800-900 range from BMW with a fairing, nice top case and the great GT suspension would be PERFECT.

Oh and I agree with the bikini comment, the smaller the better
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I'd also be curious if the 1600 will need the hydraulic center stand (or whatever powers it), it's kinda nice to have a centerstand that you just pull up yourself. I mean for an LT, they probably were tempted to just delete it, when it takes that much engineering and weight to have it, but from the outside looking in I think it's good they include it. Did the cruiser BMW made have one? The R1200C?
But getting back to a GT, once you cross the line into "power center stand", what else will they do, install a reverse gear and cupholders? I suppose the GTL will have cupholders....
oh well, I am still intersted in a demo ride once it's here.

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the 1600 with its longer wheelbase and heavier weight just can't be as good in the twisties.
Funny, I know guys that say just that about the K13GT . . .

I'm reserving judgement until we get some more concrete specs (like weight and wheel base), and really, until I can see and touch and ride one myself. Then I'll make the call.

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once you cross the line into "power center stand", what else will they do, install a reverse gear and cupholders?
My guess is that there will be a proper K1600LT for 2012, with the power center stand, remote bag/trunk unlocking, and reverse gear. Or is that a K1800LT coming in 2013? I forget which . . .

I think that the GT and GTL will actually ride much better than most folks think. One thing that BMW is really good at is hiding weight and optimizing handling.

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All lower 48 states plus Alaska on the K13GT in two weeks . . .

Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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I just got rid of my K75S - maybe it's time for a K80S or K800S

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