Help me determine what kind of bike to get.
new here, so forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong section. So glad to have found this site and I'm learning alot.
I grew up on a bike... since I was 16, I always had one. I bought a new Honda V45 Sabre in 1982 and my younger brother bought a V45 Magna at the same time. Loved those bikes. He was killed in 1985 and I inherited his bike and rode it from Wisconsin to California. I sold both bikes in 1990 and have been without a motorcycle ever since.
A good friend of mine has a BMW R1200C Phoenix. For the last couple of years he's been buggin' me to get a bike or rent one and take a trip with him. Earlier this year, I did just that - I rented a BMW R1200GS and we rode to Yosemite. It was a BLAST and now I've got the itch to get a bike of my own.
I'm partial to BMW as I own a 2004 M3 Convertible which I'm madly in love with. I'm a computer geek and gadgets are good.. the more the better. So, I've been reading tons of stuff about BMW motorcycles and that has brought me here.
So, I liked the GS that I rented, but found the riding position pretty painful after several hours. The whole dual purpose thing about the GS is lost on me, so I'd rather get a "sport touring" bike. I am definitely interested in the K1200R (naked or sport) or a K1200GT.
I love all the gadgetry on the GT, but like the raw look of the K12R. I'm wondering if I get the GT will I be less inclinded to ride it around town.
Also, I'm 6'2" and built like a lineman, weighing in at 275lbs. Large upper body. 32" inseam. Comfort is a huge factor and I'm not sure about the K1200R's seating position and how a big guy like me would look on it.
I have yet to test drive either of these bikes, but will be doing so in the next couple weeks and ultimately will be making a decision later in the fall.
What do you guys think? Comments, suggestions, insight, etc are very much appreciated.