Originally Posted by jpalamaro
Let me get it out of my system. I think the GT is beautiful/awesome styling, has all of the farkles one could want, and I am wetting my pants awaiting its arrival. There, shoot me! Whatever is available on it, hell, I'm getting it! (other than GPS/Nav system).
But c'mon guys, there was more activity on this forum when it was all speculation! My 12S is gonna be history . . . so anyone who wants it, make an offer. I already got the offer from the dealer! No offers, heck, I'll just keep it. Five bikes (lest you forget the clutchless FJR on order).
Now that I have come off as uhhhh, arrogant (didn't mean to be), uhhhhh bling, nah, not that either, just love cycles! I like to ride them, polish them, just look at them, whatever.
Hey, speaking of guys that love cycles, where's that guy from somewhere in Louisiana (hope Katrina didn't do him harm) that ended his replies with something like, can't remember it exactly, ",,,holy cow I love motorcycles?"
Ok, I am tired of seeing NADA on this forum Miles Miller, do you read me?
Who's gonna get one. Who thinks they suck? (must tell why) who's loves them but wants to wait for the bugs to settle out? (c'mon, it's a 12S/R with new skins/farkles.
This afternoon I tested a K1200R. Very fast, very aggressive, very KS without clothing.
Back at the shop I quizzed the owner about the KGT. His opinion is the new GT is a de-tuned KS-KR with relaxed ergos, lots of toys, more clothing than the KS, a big price tag and a big "WHY". ( Note my email address, created just for this forum:
According to him the GT has even greater limitations than the KS and even more than the KR. Unless, of course, you're a regular touring cyclist. He defines a regular touring cyclist as a rider who routinely travels, that is, 12 tours minimum annually, in excess of 1000 miles. He felt the GT would be a great commuter for someone living in , say, Atlanta and worked in Miami. Otherwise he said "what's the point?". There many more competent, more comfortable, more usable touring bikes available from BMW.
The GT , says shop owner "is an S, is an R, is a 4 cylinder hyper-bike that's over powered for most riders, and can't be used, legally, or safely, by most people who ride them. The new K series is just plain excessive. However, he says " If you want to blow out the cobwebs now and then, which seems the main purpose of the K series, get the R; it's less $, less to insure, and unapologetic about it's purpose. It is not pretending.
Of course, Bimmerphiles love excess, even if only 1% of us have, or ever will find the heart of K-darkness and survive. And we do, we really do love this stuff. This mechanical excess! What bliss!!! Oh what beguiling, seductive, unconscious substitute this is for the agony of sexless marriages, low wage - high demand work, small dicks and beat up egos this is! And, our beloved BMW has the answer; the Emperors magic-k pill.
It's a game. And for a few hours a month we enjoy the toys BMW creates, just for us. Unless of course we live North of Atlanta which means our pleasure is reduced to a few hours for a few months. And with 6 months riding time / 3 rides per month / three years ownership / $20,000 plus insurance, maintenance, toys, maintenance,,,sounds like 26K or so,,,hummm, it all comes to about 54 rides at around $490 per ride. We're one rich bunch aren't we!
But wait, that doesn't answer the question of what to do about the new KGT. The owner has a simple solution. Buy one of each, from him of course, and keep yourself busy thinking there's actually something to all this K-ness. And somewhere, between rides, payments and spousal disgust maybe you'll get the answer you've been looking for...that you should have gotten Blue instead of Grey, and so what if the trade value is so low,,,you just know the Blue will be the one.
Like they say: Keep your eyes open, stop day dreaming, and enjoy the ride.