From a Harley to a K1200GT
Like many, I have been lurking on this forum reading everything I can on the wonderful experiences people are encountering on their new GT's. My first motorcycle was a Kawasaki Ninja around 1990 at the tender age of 22. I had always loved sportbikes. I spent a few years on the Ninja, then sold it because of a near crash experience caused by an elderly lady at a intersection. Many years later in 2000 I bought a 2000 Harley Fatboy and I loved it. I bought it for mostly for the looks, sound and stigma that surrounds the Harley line. I also bought it because a motorcycle of this type and model would help keep me somewhat behaved as to where I wouldn't ride like a fool in which I did sometimes on the Ninja. I traded the Fatboy in Dec of 03' and got an 04' Ultra Classic because the wife and I wanted to tour the country. As of today I have 40k miles on the bike. And we have been everywhere in the upper midwest from the Grand Canyon, to Montana, to Sturgis SD.
My wife also owns an 05 Deluxe and absolutely loves it, and I love my bike but...........
Recently I have started to crave again my old sportbike enthusiasm. But now I'm much older, wiser and want a sport touring combination. I have looked at the FJR and Honda 1300. Although they are decent machines, they just don't rival the BMW prowess. It's also moreless a BMW "thing" for me as well. I've just always wanted one. And the 07' four cyl GT is it.
We will always have our Harleys though because they are just such simple and enjoyable machines. It's just very hard to describe my love for the Harley vtwins. To me the Harleys are definitely not replaceable, but would be perfectly suplimented by a nice BMW K1200GT. I just can't get the cornering, and handling I want with the Harley. The new 07' GT seems to be everything I could ever want in a sport tourer. I wish our local dealer had one now to test drive. But until then I will keep up with the reviews here.
Is there anyone who currently owns or has recently owned a Harley Classic, Ultra or any Harley for that matter that has made the transition to a BMW K1200GT? If so, what are your impressions?