Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca, USA
I would recommend you ride as many BMW's as you can. Particularly the K1200GT, K1200RS, K1200R, R1200RT, F650, and the new F800ST. All of these bikes are different in their own way. I rode my K1100RS for 11 years and I love the K motor. Now I am riding a R1200RT and it is one fine touring bike. Protection, comfort, upright seating, smooth, and YOU can easily work on this bike and do the maintenance yourself. You could put your wife on it and ride it all over the country. It is damn fast in the mountains in 3/4 gear above 5K rpm's. If you are a competent rider not many bikes will be able to get away from you. The quiet when you are riding is fantastically wonderful. I almost did the Harley thing 15 years ago. Thank goodness I met Kelly from Denver (BMW owner) at Laguna Seca and after 4 days I was shown the BMW light and I have had one in the garage ever since. Good luck with your search.
'05 R1200RT, Ruby, as in RED, (current garage queen)
'04 R1150RT, '99 Ducati 748 BiPosto, '93 Seca II, '93 K1100RS, '83 Yamaha Maxim 750,