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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 2006, 7:53 am Thread Starter
 
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Test rode one yesterday, ordered one today

Tested both the R1200RT & K1200GT back to back yesterday. The new RT is much smoother than the 1150 but not the tool for me. It seems to be too upright and top heavy for my taste.

The new GT - WOW!!!! Goes like a rocket and corners like it's on rails. Great mirrors and fits me like a glove.

Delivery early part of May ready for my tour of Spain, Portugal and France in June.

can't wait!!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 2006, 7:43 pm
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did about the same thing, rode a buddies GT and the next day I was looking and found one the next day, flew to central CA and rode it home. What a bike!!! I like it more every time I ride it and I've had a bunch of bikes but this is by far the best. Did put the lowering pegs on and am still getting used to them, not sure they'll stay on as getting to the shift and bkake levers is a little weird but I do like th extra legroom so my knees aren't bent so much.

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did about the same thing, rode a buddies GT and the next day I was looking and found one the next day, flew to central CA and rode it home. What a bike!!! I like it more every time I ride it and I've had a bunch of bikes but this is by far the best. Did put the lowering pegs on and am still getting used to them, not sure they'll stay on as getting to the shift and bkake levers is a little weird but I do like th extra legroom so my knees aren't bent so much.

Did you readjust the shiift lever down?? If you do so, it is just like without the lowering kit.
Also, I can't imagine why you would use the rear brake anbyway, with the linked brakes. I never have used it in 4K miles, all traffic conditions.
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still used to hitting rear rearr brakes from all those years without the BMW system so maybe I'll get over that but the GT is so good I'm sure I'll work through that!!!!

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Congrats on the purchase BMKrider! Rode my '06 13K miles in just 6 months and loving it more and more each ride. An amazing bike for sure.


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Also, I can't imagine why you would use the rear brake anbyway, with the linked brakes. I never have used it in 4K miles, all traffic conditions.
I still like using the rear brake when doing tight U-Turns. Other than that, I never touch it either.
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I also test rode the GT and RT back-to-back and was coming from an 1150RT. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted the GT. In my case the dealer had the bike I wanted in a week!!! Getting ready for a long New Year's Eve ride
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Rear brake comes handy with stop-n-go driving through (hilly) San Francisco. U turns, too, and sometimes just to use it for practice, as I once in a blue moon ride something else that doesn't have the linked brakes. 'Course, leaving plenty of stopping room helps, too.



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Did you readjust the shiift lever down?? If you do so, it is just like without the lowering kit.
Also, I can't imagine why you would use the rear brake anbyway, with the linked brakes. I never have used it in 4K miles, all traffic conditions.
I use the rear brake in parking lots when slow speed cornering and drag braking around curves. If you hit the front brake in slow speed curves, linked or not, you may kiss the pavement.
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I use the rear brake in parking lots when slow speed cornering and drag braking around curves. If you hit the front brake in slow speed curves, linked or not, you may kiss the pavement.

Well, I guess each of us has different techniques. I find the GT does not "stand up" under braking in a corner, at the same decelleration that "drag braking" would proeduce. In fact, I have found that one can brake quite stoutly with this bike, while cornering. Tire patch not withstanding.

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