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So we have the K1200S. What are the top 3 things you need on the GT/ST/RT?

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3 things on the GT

I needed bar backs 1st. Ouch! My arms are long enough/strong enough for that long stretch. Next will be a new windshield, just don't know which brand. Looking for links regarding Aeroflow without luck. Too much wind now with the more upright postion. And last will be a new seat, hopefully a Russell.
 

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New K mods

I demoed the new K. Loved the power. If a new GT is in the works I would like to see the following.

1. Better wind protection. Power windscreen?
2. Get rid of the huge, ugly exhaust can. Why can't they come up with something more like the aftermarket offers. It would be nice not to have to spend another $1500 to replace the exhaust. Maybe something that has a removable baffle so that if we want more exhaust noise it's an easy modification. If you like quiet, leave it in.
3. The tail light used on the K-S has to go. It can't be that hard to design something better than that.
4. Don't make is smaller. If we want a tiny bike, we can buy Japanese for a lot less. Big guys like to ride too. This is a Sport Touring machine, not a mini racer.

I think a lot of RS/GT riders are anxiously waiting and hoping that the new GT will be the bike that pushes us over the edge. A lot of us love the new engine. Now if BMW can just follow through with a better complete package.
 

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I have the Aeroflow screen and Aeroguards. Add a lot to the comfort on long, fast tours! Sargent seat is great as well. Just my HO!
 

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What we really need is.....

1. Better / Brighter headlamp
2. All the extra's that were standard equipment on the 03 GT. Heated Seats. Heated Grips. Cruise Control.
3. Built in GPS and Autocom.
 

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1. Cruise Control - yeah, I said it... I LOVE my cruise for times when the slab is unavoidable.
2. Wind Protection - a slightly larger fairing for year round use would be excellent.
3. It's nothing that BMW can change, but I don't know if I could ever do a long ride on a non-Russell seat... call me a wimp.

Matt Barrick
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things for the new GT

Better wind protection, its a tourer not a hooligan bike. Better bags standard, heated seat, heated grips, cruise, driving lights. Larger gas tank, more visually pleasing tail light. Good trade in on my 2004 GT. Better dealer network, integral radio. thats enough for now.
 

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K_Flyer said:
I have the Aeroflow screen and Aeroguards. Add a lot to the comfort on long, fast tours! Sargent seat is great as well. Just my HO!
Post some pictures. I would love to see what those accessories look like.

Ron
 

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7 gallons + minimum
Never happen. Hell, the LT is only 6 gallons.
 
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eljeffe said:
Never happen. Hell, the LT is only 6 gallons.
Agreed, but I can dream. After all the FJR is 6.6, the ST 1300 is 7.7, and even the Concours is 7.4. I'm always the first to have to stop for fuel.
 

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How about in addition to what the current GT has:

250 mile tank capacity
R1200RT sized saddle bags (both sides) but please not colour co-ordinated they'll scratch!
Front lockable storage space in the body work to be used IN ADDITION to a tank bag.
150 HP engine tuned for more torque than the K1200S
ESA
and lastly but important - lets lose some weight from the beast!

Just my wish list
 

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Some may be looking for a bike between the RT and the S, that is an ST.

The great thing about the RS/GTs is they can be converted from summer to winter ridding by changing windscreens and hand protection plastic. They also may be converted from a GoldWing riding position to a semi sport riding position. The heated seat and handgrips round out a year round ride that can be easily morphed to fit a variety of riding styles and conditions. As opposed to the R1200ST, though, the truly adjustable screen on the RS/GT is great for keeping down in the heat of the day and popping up to handle a cool evening.

I personally like being able to lie down on the RS tank for tight twisties, getting out of the wind/cold for a bit, and a change in riding position. The weight forward gives the bike an entirely different personality.

OTOH, decreasing the weight and increasing the power of the KLT model might satisfy those desiring an RT like K.

Larry
 

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I don't think this thing was ever meant as a touring or sport touring machine. This thing is pure sport bike. :eek:
I disagree. If you think this is a pure sportsbike go out and ride a ZX10, a GSXR 1000, and R1 or a Blade. The K1200S is a SPORT-tourer, rather than a Sport-TOURER.
 

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Sport-tourer

By no stretch of the imagination could you call this 60 some inch long, 600lb. bike a sport bike in the class of a Gixxer and what not.

Even BMW tried to compare it to the Busa and ZZR. They did not try to compare it to the race replica bikes.

As for it's sport-touring prowess, there are plenty of us who have taken this long range bullet for walkabouts, my last good trip on it was 4000 miles in duration. It is a fairly comfortable bike for touring, one up that is.
 

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By no stretch of the imagination could you call this 60 some inch long, 600lb. bike a sport bike in the class of a Gixxer and what not.

Even BMW tried to compare it to the Busa and ZZR. They did not try to compare it to the race replica bikes.

As for it's sport-touring prowess, there are plenty of us who have taken this long range bullet for walkabouts, my last good trip on it was 4000 miles in duration. It is a fairly comfortable bike for touring, one up that is.
Actually, I think the S is an excellent example of a sport bike. You're right, it's not a "race replica" bike.

It's a sport bike. For the street. It isn't a wannabe track bike.

As far as the GT, I hope it has more comfortable pinion accommodations, slightly higher bars, a bit more wind protection, heated seat adjustable screen and cruise control. I hope it doesn't gain too much weight.

But I'll be happy on my S. Most of my days will be 300 miles or less.
 
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