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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 2009, 4:52 am Thread Starter
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Would you trade your K for the 2010 RT?

i have an itch. had the 1st gen 12rt at launch. great bike but limited power and speed. i'm on my second k, been the first here i think getting the new k back in march 2006. now the new rt is out, i feel like giving it a try. what bothers me the most is that after 18 months/10,000 km can only get 50% the value of the r for my k. market for used bikes is down here, no semnificative discount on new models though.



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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old Dec 13th, 2009, 6:41 am
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The 2010 RT is essential the same bike as the 2005-2009 RT, so you might be interested in this chart I put together for a friend of mine when he was thinking of moving from the RT to the K. This is a handling/ridabilty evaluation. I've owned all 4 bikes and of course this is just my humble opinion. By the way, he went with the RT.

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i also had the following - r1150r, r1200gs, r1200rt, k200gt/2006, r1200gsadv, k1200gt2008 (present). my impressions about the rt were mixed. best point - good handling at low speed, best of all. bad things - too front heavy, due to oversized front which provides best protection of all again. front wheel tends to slip laterally on slippery - wet, leaves- surfaces. i think is a better bike for overall use than the k. engine burns some oil.
the k- best for freeway, particularly bad inside crowded cities with stop-and-go traffic. cannot be handles at low rpm, engine stalls. best possible performance on open road, best speed touring bike ever. addictive power. engine does not burn oil. also does not require valve adjustments every 6k miles.
i think i would like an rt with k engine.


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Owned all configurations of BMW bikes over the years. Sometimes less means more and since you are looking for opinions about making a decisions, give her a long test drive and make the decision which scratches your itch the most. There is a lot of fondness in my heart for the twin (and the old triple); for myself the K is a bit sterile after numerous BMW's.

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for myself the K is a bit sterile after numerous BMW's.
exactly


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Would you trade your K for the 2010 RT?
Would I trade? No. The RT is a fine bike with a huge following. But it doesn't fit me, as I'm just not a boxer guy.

By the way, depreciation on BMW's has always been steep, more so now with the rough economy. Luxury goods like these have been taking a big hit.

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the k- best for freeway, particularly bad inside crowded cities with stop-and-go traffic. cannot be handles at low rpm, engine stalls.
Have you tried the PowerFRK? It pretty much solves the low-speed fueling issues. Sure, the GT has a longer wheelbase making it better suited to sweepers and highways than the really tight stuff, but it is still light-years ahead of most bikes out there. And the power and confidence of that suspension means that a competent rider can do quite well in most any conditions.

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i think i would like an rt with k engine.
Now we're talking. I'll have one of those, please.

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. . . for myself the K is a bit sterile after numerous BMW's.
Obviously, you're just not revving it high enough.

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Ken, nice talk at Ventura last night.

But you're still a very sick, sick man.


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Ken, nice talk at Ventura last night.
Thanks, it was fun. I really need to write this whole thing up though.

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But you're still a very sick, sick man.
No argument there.

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Thanks, it was fun. I really need to write this whole thing up though.

No argument there.
If you write it up, can it be less than 2 hours?

When you said "Your wife's chiropractor" I noticed she sort of grimaced. I was thinking "Checking in with your psychiatrist" would have been a more appropriate selection.

BTW, the rain was a bit much from some weird mountain pass "shortcut" from Camarillo (Thank God for the car's built-in GPS unit!) over to Fillmore/Santa Paula area in the dark. Mudslides aren't fun to avoid and it's sort of disturbing watching a mountain unload and slide down around you in the dark. I heard some 90 cars got stuck in the Angeles Crest's mudslides on the news.

hmmm.... Maybe I'm sick too?


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