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Well one things for sure it ain't eye candy. What it is, is what I've always wanted a K-RT. Although they missed the mark on the looks I belive they got everything else right. Because it's so narrow my knees are very close together and the bars at least for me are the right width. As a comparison on the FJR I felt like I was doing the splits and the bars were to narrow. There are some benefits to it not looking like a sport bike, a cop might be more apt to give you a break, and passing a squid on a twisty road riding a bike with hard bags is always fun.
Under all that ugly plastic (it only adds 50 lbs) is the engine frame suspension and brakes of the K-S. one of the fastest best handling motorcycle on the planet. While the GT won't keep up with K-S on the track, I'll bet on the street it won't be more than a step behind.
This quote from the new brochure "The sportiest sport tourer you will ever ride" says it all.
Even though I'm not crazy about it's looks I'm going for it. I hope to be riding a new GT at this year's BRPR.
PS to Pirate, get busy on a passenger back rest and radar detector/ XM mount.



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Personally, I like the new look. All one has to do is remember the older BMW sport tourers, the K1100LT, RT, and see the stright lines of those designs to appreciate the "new" look. You are right, what's underneath the sheep's clothing is what is important. I will be riding it in April, and will write my impressions here.

I believe it will set the new standard in sport tourers. Should be AWESOME!

Ride Often and Safe!

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I believe it will set the new standard in sport tourers. Should be AWESOME!

Ride Often and Safe!

Motorman[/QUOTE]


I believe the new standard in sport tourers has already been set by the K1200S.

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Well - I had the opportunity to sit on a new K1200GT at the New York show today. I must admit (to my relief) that it does look better in person than it did in the photos. I sat on one of the new light beige/off white/ ? ones, and it fit nice. It is quite different from my current 2004GT and I think that I still like the older model, but it definately has all the right parts if not the best of looks to be a winner.
 

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I too got to see and sit on the new GT. It is without a doubt a winner. It is the RT with a K motor that eveyone has always wanted. As for looks well that's subjective but I think it looks great, the color at the NY show wasn't my fav but I still though it looked good, certainly better than the bulbous R1200RT. If I did any kind of two up or lots of long distance rides it would certainly be my choice, as it stands though I'm still happy with my choice of an S. But for all the nay sayers of the new GT, I'd suggest that you wait to sit on and of course ride one, but I doubt anyone will be unhappy with this new stead.
 

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Saw it last weekend at the DC show. I agree that it does indeed look better in person than the photos. Most of my present riding is comprised of a 2-4 hour jaunt into rural central Maryland and my riding buddy & I tend to get rather "spirited". At this point I can't see myself on a GT. Maybe in a couple of years when the wife & I start to do more MC traveling. But at this point in time I fancy myself as more of a sport kind of rider. At least in my mind!

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chrispat said:
Picture #2 is a hoot - you gotta stop riding on the walls :)
Never mind the bike ....what about the guy that's glued to the wall!

But seriously now folks, I notice a distinct change in tone now that people have actually seen the thing in the flesh. I think BMW has done their homework and this bike will be a classic.

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classic?

RFWILSON said:
Never mind the bike ....what about the guy that's glued to the wall!

But seriously now folks, I notice a distinct change in tone now that people have actually seen the thing in the flesh. I think BMW has done their homework and this bike will be a classic.
Bob.
I don't think so...I've seen it/sat on it....the '03 - '05's are classics.....I'm hoping that BMW will improve the styling in the coming years...I think they will if they are listening....I hope they do before I'm ready to trade in!
 

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milkman said:
I'm hoping that BMW will improve the styling in the coming years...I think they will if they are listening.
That is, if they keep Chris Bangle out of the Motorrad office or, better yet, send him packing. :rolleyes:

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I dunno how much influence (if any) Bangle had. He was brought in a number of years ago and is responsible for the styling (if that's what one would call it) on the new versions of the BMW automotive line ("gems" from his design portfolio - the current 7, 5 and Z4). He was booted upstairs as the Director of Corporate Design (or some such title), so I don't know if he gets involved on the Motorrad side. I seem to see some of his design cues in the new GT, however.

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milkman said:
I don't think so...I've seen it/sat on it....the '03 - '05's are classics.....I'm hoping that BMW will improve the styling in the coming years...I think they will if they are listening....I hope they do before I'm ready to trade in!

I think this bike will do just fine. It appears more refined than its sister the R1200RT.

When I first saw the 03-05 GTs I was so disappointed in that they appeared to be and were nothing more than a few pieces bolted onto a RS. Then again if they had a zebra GT I might have skipped the RS and gotten one :)
 

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That is, if they keep Chris Bangle out of the Motorrad office or, better yet, send him packing. :rolleyes:

Rusty
No kidding! Keep him out of the car division too. Maybe BMW has a tractor division where he can apply his talents.

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ChrisH said:
I think this bike will do just fine. It appears more refined than its sister the R1200RT.
When I first saw the 03-05 GTs I was so disappointed in that they appeared to be and were nothing more than a few pieces bolted onto a RS. Then again if they had a zebra GT I might have skipped the RS and gotten one :)
I agree that it looks more refined than the R1200RT.
Those "few pieces bolted onto an RS" nicely enhanced its style and with the added comfort amenities created a classic!
Time will tell....
 

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hmeiseles said:
The only thing the bike is missing is the decal say "police" on the side.
Hey Howard,

You mean like this...

 
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