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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2011, 7:46 am Thread Starter
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Do you own more than 1 bike.

Greetings to all.
It seems that there is quite a few folk on this site that own more than 1 bike. Does anyone else enjoy their other ride more than their GT.
Just from my own experience of recent times. I have had my 06 K1200gt for about 4 yrs and have clocked 50ooo kms and absolutely love the bike. I have also been one of the fortunate ones, apart from the squeeling clutch on take off the bike has been almost trouble free. ( touch wood ).
I was'nt planning on buying a 2nd bike but came across an absolute bargain in February and couldn't help myself, another beemer a 2001 R1200C. The 2 bikes are totally different and worlds apart in every respect. The GT is faster, smoother, has the cruise control, esa on the fly and good wind protection. The RC has more comfortable seating/ leg position,has a low centre of gravity feels light and handles the twisties more like a road bike than a cruiser and is quite zippy if you keep the revs and gears high.
So consequently 8 of my last 10 day rides have been on the RC, I never thought I would treat my GT like this but at the moment I am enjoying my other ride more. The GT is still king of the road for all my long distance trips.
Anybody else enjoying their other ride as much or more than their GT.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2011, 9:22 am
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I have 2 bikes. A 2008 GT and a 2009 GS/Adventure. They are night and day, but each has it's own charm.

I love the GT for fast highway work and canyon carving. The power is addictive. It looks great.

The GS/Adventure is just plain easy to ride, feels remarkably light on it's feet even with 500lbs +. I like that everything is out there exposed. It is a joy to ride anywhere. I loaded it up with adventure gear but mostly use it on the road. It carries all my camping gear but I usually stay in motels.

I pay for both bikes garage, maintenance and insurance and wonder if I should keep two of them, but I would be hard pressed to sell either one.....

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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2011, 11:47 am
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My 2008 K1200GT keeps company with my 2009 F800GS. Love both for different reasons and riding purposes. My wife has her two bikes as well, a 2008 F800ST and a 2002 triumph Bonneville.

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post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2011, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Filodian
The GT is faster, smoother, has the cruise control, esa on the fly and good wind protection. The RC has more comfortable seating/ leg position,has a low centre of gravity feels light and handles the twisties more like a road bike than a cruiser and is quite zippy if you keep the revs and gears high.
You need to test ride a K1600. All the power and gadgets and handling of the GT, with the ride comfort of the RT/RC.

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I have a Suzuki B-King for shorter rides. It was a nice contrast when I had my R1200RT, but I find it to be too similar in feel to my K13GT to much of a contrast. Both being I4's.

I thought that would change when I got delivery of my K1600GT, but after riding the K1600GTL, I don't think I want one. Too heavy and too vanilla for my liking.

Probably back to an RT next time around.
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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 2011, 5:25 pm
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Wish I could own more than one bike, but alas, I'm just a poor civil servant, and my bike has always been about transportation for me, and playtime was secondary. My '07 GT does just about everything I've ever wanted a bike to do, but if I could afford it, there would be a GS Adventure in my garage to do the occasional off-road adventure stuff.
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I just took possession of a 2005 K1200S. It is my first BMW. I have a 2002 Hayabusa and a 2003 DRZ400..
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 2011, 9:35 am
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GT is my work bike. Goldwing is my road trip bike, pulling a trailer on long trips.
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 2011, 12:18 pm
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GT for commuting and long hauls. Short around town with the wife or looking at the scenery, then it is the Fatboy.
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