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Review in June Rider Magazine

Anyone else seen the more-or-less full review in June Rider? I just noticed it in passing while grabbing a coffee at Borders this afternoon. Should've picked it up, but the line was too long.

Basically it was a very positive review - they found everything improved over the K1200GT & finally gave the bike a strong overall verdict. They did say the transmission was improved but still required purposeful shifting. I was a little surprised by the dyno results - I think it was 145 rear-wheel horsepower give or take a hp or two - pretty impressive number. I'm still on the run-in schedule, so I have no first-hand opinion, other than "it's a rocket".

Although the review was quite positive I thought, the writer says he still prefers the RT.

Then again, the two bikes are so different they are almost a different breed completely - it's like "brilliant bike, but I still like my Harley". I can understand that
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Was this the one that was subtitled something like that it was such a great bike becasue they changed so little?


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Anyone else seen the more-or-less full review in June Rider? I just noticed it in passing while grabbing a coffee at Borders this afternoon. Should've picked it up, but the line was too long.

Basically it was a very positive review - they found everything improved over the K1200GT & finally gave the bike a strong overall verdict. They did say the transmission was improved but still required purposeful shifting. I was a little surprised by the dyno results - I think it was 145 rear-wheel horsepower give or take a hp or two - pretty impressive number. I'm still on the run-in schedule, so I have no first-hand opinion, other than "it's a rocket".

Although the review was quite positive I thought, the writer says he still prefers the RT.

Then again, the two bikes are so different they are almost a different breed completely - it's like "brilliant bike, but I still like my Harley". I can understand that

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Was this the one that was subtitled something like that it was such a great bike becasue they changed so little?
No - but Bike magazine did do a "first ride" which went just like that - they said more than once that the 1300GT is a great bike, not so much because of the new stuff - the 1200GT was always a great bike. By the way, Bike is a great magazine. Too bad you have to pay an arm and a leg to get it here.
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Could someone post the horsepower/torque numbers from the review and also mention whether they were corrected numbers - SAE, STD, etc?

I know that there are copyright issues with posting a scan and whatnot, however, a scan would be nice if someone could post a location to one or whatnot.

I have searched a few places around town and cannot seem to find this mag.
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Could someone post the horsepower/torque numbers from the review and also mention whether they were corrected numbers - SAE, STD, etc?

I know that there are copyright issues with posting a scan and whatnot, however, a scan would be nice if someone could post a location to one or whatnot.

I have searched a few places around town and cannot seem to find this mag.
The full report is online now: full report

HP = 145.3 @9400 Torque = 89.1 @8000
No mention of testing conditions.
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That is a pretty good review. It seems they liked it quite a bit. Those Dyno numbers are also very nice. That means there is only a 9 to 10% drive-line loss, which is think is definitely on the low side which is good.
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...Although the review was quite positive I thought, the writer says he still prefers the RT.
I saw that too and was sort of surprised by it. Then too, BMW has had more than a decade in refining the RT as well than the latest K44 series. I noted in the RealOEM fiches, they do a new production run of the RT every month so it must be a best seller.

Bob Tuttle of Rider wasn't as keen on the K1300 suspension either as it was harsher on bumps to him than the K1200. Dunno.


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