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What are the best points about this bike and why? I love my KRS but something with more touring in it's blood is what I'm looking at. I sure don't want a Goldwing.....

I can hardly wait for the comparo test with the GT and FJR coming out next month.
 

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There's been numerous comparisons between the FJR and the new KGT . The FJR wins most of them by virtue of being at least $5,000.00 cheaper, and doing 90% of what the GT does. That said the GT is a nicer bike. As regards your KRS, the new GT is faster, handles better, has more luggage capacity, and many more cool extras. It is the RT with a K bike motor everyone has always wanted. Maybe the ulitmate sport touring bike. Should you buy it over the FJR.. If ya got the dough, I know I would. But I think a test ride is in order, don't you :)
 

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I made the jump from R1200RT to the K1200GT and I have to say that if the GT handled like the K1200RS I would be very unhappy. Perhaps not all of them--but my friend has one and it just feels heavy and you have to really push it to make it corner nice.

The GT on the other hand feels just right. It happily corners and feels planted. My RT was a bit too input friendly. The slightest touch would cause the bike to change.

I have not ridden a FJR but honestly the GT is worth the money. I am so happy with it -- I just can't begin to explain it.

I am going to write a post soon about the differences between the RT and the GT. I have to say that the GT is the K-RT I have always wanted.

Perhaps BMW can now retire the RT :)

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Fred Rau in this months "Friction Zone," a California based moto-rag, put the GT in the top five of the 300 different test bikes he's ridden over the years. He mentioned he thought he'd put his elbow down before the bike ever dragged something while playing Ricky-Racer on Mt. Palomar.

The GT's a good ride. The FJR just doesn't have the wattage I need to run extra stuff like a heated suit or additional lighting.

Oh, and the FJR's slower too! :D
 

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Blkvelvt said:
What are the best points about this bike and why? I love my KRS but something with more touring in it's blood is what I'm looking at.
Hi,

I'm coming myself from a K12RS '02 and I really loved that bike. However when the K12GT came out (Nov 05), I said to myself 'Looks like I need to at least try that one too'.

Then over the weeks after the introduction in Milan, it became clear that I had to order it before I would be able to ride it, since it would only be available in Europe as of begin April and the wait time would be very long if ordered in April, and at the same time I wanted to sell my K12RS at the beginning of the riding season, not being without a bike.

So I ordered mine mid Jan 06 and got it begin May 06, plus sold my K12RS the week before my GT was delivered.

The biggest difference to me is the handling of the bike: the RS needs some work to make it turn, the GT turns when you start thinking about it! The GT is a very flickable bike, whereas the RS really needs to be worked on. The RS also has a heavier feel, since a lot of the weight is on the front of the bike, the GT is light headed (in all senses), and thus makes up for an 'easier' ride. The riding position is indeed more akin to the RT, but my experience with the KRS was also very comfortable (I had the Verholen barrisers and a Parabellum 'barn door' screen on it).

Power difference isn't that big to my liking, ESA is neat! The GT seems to eat more rear tire than the RS (I did 7500 km on a Z6 on the RS, now at 4000 km on the GT, the rear tire is nearing replacement within 1500-2000 km).

The bottom line is that the KRS is an enjoyable bike that rides on rails, but needs rider input; the KGT is even more enjoyable and rides on rails also, without the need for the extra rider input. I clearly prefer the KGT!

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Luc
 

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My recent (as in the past 5 years) to compare against include:

2004 MV Agusta F4 750
2002 K1200RS
2001 K1200RS
2000 K1200LT

The new K1200GT gives me all the fun that the MV gave me. The MV was just too uncomfortable. Sure the MV is a completely different class of motorcycle, probably the most sexy piece of machinery ever made, but from a riding and enjoyment standpoint, I get something similar from the new K1200GT with much more comfort.

While the K1200RS (both the 2001 and the 2002) were great bikes, the new K1200GT, they are not. Not even in the same class. The suspension, handling, and power of the new K1200GT are so far superior to the previous-generation K1200RS/GT that you need to ride one in order to believe what an improvement it really is.

As for the K1200LT, while I loved that bike, and believe it is probably the most capable two-up tourer ever made, I ride solo and my wife rides her own bike. The creature comforts of the LT are great, but nothing that can't be duplicated on the new GT. And I get to shed more than 200 pounds, and gain one of the best motorcycles I have ever ridden.

It's too bad a lot of these new K1200GT comparisons to the previous-generation RS/GT sound like a "your baby is ugly" comparo. They shouldn't be. These bikes were the pinnacle of what BMW could do with the flying brick platform. Ahead of their time with classic and timeless styling, something the new K1200GT does not have. I also think it was a mistake for BMW to continue the K moniker for the new slant-4 engine. These new bikes are so different from their predecessors that the "K" distinction really doesn't make sense.

It's not like the new K1200GT doesn't have its warts -- seat and windshield -- but overall, this is the best motorcycle *I* have ever had the pleasure of riding.
 

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I will echo most of the points cited here. I sold my 02KRS for the GT after I took a test ride. I think the GT is much more nimble. It is easier to handle in the garage backing out, turning. On the road, I feel as if I am not part of the pavement moving , rather I am floating above the pavement. It turns intuitively, not a conscious effort. I like the higher road feel, and the ergos are better even tho I had bar risers and peg lowering on the KRS.
I will get used to the looks, maybe the seat or I will buy another seat at the end of the season.
If I could only get my BMW dealer to mount some accessories as a flashing brakelight, motolights and autocom, but they refuse, so I will have to do it myself when I have time.
Overall, this bike rocks!
 

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larrykay said:
If I could only get my BMW dealer to mount some accessories as a flashing brakelight, motolights and autocom, but they refuse, so I will have to do it myself when I have time.
Hi Larry,

I did mount the HyperLite kit from my previous K12RS on my K12GT: no problem at all.

See the post here for more details: http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5099&page=2&pp=10

Rgds

Luc
 
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