Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland, , New Zealand
Thanks everyone for the input. Its the R1200S I'd be after, not the K1200S, as two bikes with the same frame and essentially the same motor would be a bit too similar. Yes Pete, the S will be cramped, but there again, they are all a bit cramped, including the LT. The only one that comes close is the GS actually.
One thing that long periods on other bikes has shown me is the importance I place on cruise control. On the VFR and the Multistrada, a considerable amount of energy was spend controlling the speed at 10 over. As I have to ride so far to get to decent roads, I am a little apprehensive of long-term ownership of a non-cruise control bike w.r.t the license/points/insurance etc. There is a good after market electronic control available from Australia, I'll need to see what models its available for.
Jeff, your experience is similar to what my own might potentially be, with an LT and the MV. As I assume you have to go some way from Dallas to get a decent curvey road, how often did you do it? How about you Joe? The Ninja was probably more comfortable than Jeff's MV, so more closely replicates the possible situation in that regard....so how many long/overnight trips to get to good riding did you make on the Ninja while you had the LT?
I'll be demoing the GT when the dealer has one and I am trying the S in the next week or so.
Once again, thanks for your ideas.
Located: Auckland, New Zealand...
but I left my biking heart along the Scenic Byways of America.....
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Today of past regrets and future fears." ....Omar Khayyam