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Old 02-18-2015, 07:05 PM   #1
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What highway bike would you buy?

Initially I was going to get a K1200LT, nice engine, great ride, nice extras....but it takes an army and a fortnight just to change the oil. I had a K1200GT and that still had a ton of bodywork but the LT is ludicrous to try and get to the engine from what I can tell.

So I am not 100% turned off of the LT but I am looking for input. The bike need panniers, needs good wind protection, I would like to have heated grips and cruise control but can be added later. When I say highway bike, I will literally ride the bike from Flagstaff to Winslow and back on I40. 75mph Speed limit, nearly 100% straight. Granted I would want to take some trips on the bike.

I will be buying used, and would like to stay around $5000.

Additionally I am 6'4" so the bike needs to be comfortable to a taller person.

So...what do you think?
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:09 PM   #2
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First bike that come to mind and has everything you mentioned standard is FJR1300. Concours14 also but still doesn't have cruise control. Both bikes have adjustable windshields, heated grips and panniers available.
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Honestly I have been looking at both of them. And I have had 3 of the old Concoursesesesesseses (or is it Concouri if it is plural). Anyway the old ones are great bikes.
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:46 PM   #4
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K1200rs

We travel the southwest on our 2000' K12rs.Strong,good weight to power ratio,A little tough on rubber but we are always two up.We love it and would like to trade up to 04'
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I had a 2004 KGT....same as RS with few more options. I liked it but my knees hit the bodywork and was painful....and the pegs were on the lowest setting....yes they would drag.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:37 PM   #6
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An older GS with an aftermarket wind screen. All the luggage you could want, heated grips, NO bodywork in the way of service. Only thing missing will be cruise control...electronic, that is. Plus: much lighter, more versatile, lots of aftermarket to make it exactly what you'd like.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:42 PM   #7
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I really liked my 2003 Concours for LD highway riding.

I'll be thinking of it this summer when I try to do that on a W650 ...
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:46 PM   #8
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What kind of budget? One or two up?

I would do a honda st1100 but I never spend more than 4k on a bike as a matter of principle.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:50 PM   #9
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Owned an '05 Concours. Great bike. Rented an R1200RT for a ride through Italy. Brilliant bike.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:50 PM   #10
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There are a ton of LT's on the market, maybe not in your price point but you should still be able to get a good deal. I had one, oil change really wasn't a big deal at all, you will become intimately familiar with it's Tupperware in short order (you will deal with it on any touring bike).

Another option that will fall into your price point is a V-Strom, great bikes and good examples can be had for a steal.

A word of caution on the LT that has servo breaks, if the guy tells you it is just a weak battery, run very far away from it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:40 PM   #11
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Complete wind protection, has cruise, heated everything, oil changes are a snap, easy on tires, total comfort and can hold more luggage than you'd need and in your budget. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do that commute with:





























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Old 02-19-2015, 04:11 PM   #12
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Initially I was going to get a K1200LT, nice engine, great ride, nice extras....but it takes an army and a fortnight just to change the oil. I had a K1200GT and that still had a ton of bodywork but the LT is ludicrous to try and get to the engine from what I can tell.

So I am not 100% turned off of the LT but I am looking for input. The bike need panniers, needs good wind protection, I would like to have heated grips and cruise control but can be added later. When I say highway bike, I will literally ride the bike from Flagstaff to Winslow and back on I40. 75mph Speed limit, nearly 100% straight. Granted I would want to take some trips on the bike.

I will be buying used, and would like to stay around $5000.

Additionally I am 6'4" so the bike needs to be comfortable to a taller person.

So...what do you think?
What's been mentioned and.....

the K1100's are more user friendly and can be had at your budget or cheaper.

The Goldwings would be another favorite.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #13
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Found a 2003 ST1300 nonABS with a few goodies and 26000 miles...just a tad over my price but totally doable.

Pros/Cons...things to look for?
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:09 PM   #14
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Found a 2003 ST1300 nonABS with a few goodies and 26000 miles...just a tad over my price but totally doable.

Pros/Cons...things to look for?
Great find and a good choice. Check out the ST forums.

My brother has one, my dislikes are it's top heavy, hot and feels "electric".
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:29 PM   #15
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Complete wind protection, has cruise, heated everything, oil changes are a snap, easy on tires, total comfort and can hold more luggage than you'd need and in your budget. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do that commute with:




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