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Old 09-01-2012, 07:36 AM   #16
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I started this thread a while back, and almost did the trade. It's in the BMW section and pretty biased, but here you go.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=785317
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:49 AM   #17
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I was an HD to BMW convert. I rode HDs for years and wanted to try something else for awhile. I was riding a Soft tail model and switched to an R1100RT. I liked the technology and comfort BMW had to offer and I wanted a decent touring bike with more sportiness than the HD and to also free some of the cash I had tied up in the Soft tail. I enjoyed the ride while I had the RT but found it wasn't as versatile as the HD. Both had their pros and cons but I think if I ever get another bike again, it'll be a traditional swing-arm FLH series HD. IMO, it's the best all-around touring/cruising bike on the market (YMMV) and with the new frame changes and ABS, they are longer on the technology now and can stand up to comparable products from Europe and Japan.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:06 PM   #18
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now airheads .. switching from BMW R80G/S and R90S... loving it!!!
still got the old super glide, but have not ridden it in years...
I bought a 1974 R90/6 a few years ago. That was my first BMW. I sold it a few months ago to buy a 2011 BMW F650GS. I see the R90 cruising around town here and there and I get a little teary-eyed. Great bikes!
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:07 PM   #19
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Time to test ride

Well, I'm off to the dealer in a bit to ride the 1200GS & 1200RT. I think I'll ride the Road King down there to get some real comparison shopping done!
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #20
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I started this thread a while back, and almost did the trade. It's in the BMW section and pretty biased, but here you go.
Thanks for that thread link! So did you make the switch?
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:37 PM   #21
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I was a BMW guy for nearly 30yrs and live and love riding in tight technical twisty land. Moved over to a Harley XR1200, one the reasons being to slow down a bit, and that bike turned out to be hell of a lot of fun - loved the engine character. Despite knocking my overall pace down a bit, that bike shredded the sides off of tires, before the centers, like nothing I have ever ridden before.

Alias it was piece of shit in terms of build quality and was in the shop on warranty repairs for > 10 week over the 2 yrs/24k I owned it. Perhaps it was just not made for putting on a lot of hard backroad miles (vs easy slab or local Starbucks miles). Had to trade it in before the warranty was up, it was like a time bomb. No more HD products for me.

On a Tiger 800 now and love it.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:09 PM   #22
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I had the 2005 R1200GS until feb 2011 loved it but was going to need clutch so time to change out. got a 2008 Dyna(Fat Bob) pretty good ride but not overwhelming. Then I made the mistake of test riding a Road King, the dealer made me a trade offer I couldn't refuse. I love this Road King it's a huge heavy beast when trying to push it around but under it's own power...what a ride
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:39 PM   #23
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I am a Harley rider, have two Triumphs and a Hayabusa too, I looked at the Beemer line up, rode the GS then road the Triumph Explorer, ended up buying a Sprint GT 1050 for 11k otd and a Tiger 800 (demo 1k miles) for 9200 OTD combined about the same price as the GS. I strongly advise you go try out the Triumph line up, the TQ curve will be more familiar (stronger but similar axis) to you than the Beemer, not knocking the Beemer at all just praising the triple motor performance, is a great line up, very much under appreciated in the US. Both Triumphs come with ABS, brakes are superb, the Sprint is like riding on rails the Tiger is just a great all rounder. I let my sons ride the Triumphs, great young person bikes.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:08 PM   #24
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I have had three RoadKings and had no problem riding them 7 to nine hundred miles a day. I got really tired of the rubber mounted engine shaking at idle, so my wife and I got 2 softtails. with the balanced engines. In the mountains of Colorado a BMW with a passenger just ran off and left us with apparent ease. It was at that moment I decided to get a BMW. Now my wife has a vstrom and I have a R1200GS. I love my GS and would never be without one. We still have the Harleys but they would be the first to go if necessary. On another note the H-Ds have been trouble free.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:44 PM   #25
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Thanks for that thread link! So did you make the switch?
No, never did. The trade deal fell through, then I ended up falling back in love with the Road King and kept it.

I can't speak for all, but at this point I would be more inclined to keep the Road King and buy a KLR rather then selling the Road King for a GS. I'm sure the GS is a great bike, and I'd love to own one, but I don't know that I'd be happy getting rid of the RK. Tastes change though, I might say something different next month.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:44 PM   #26
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I had my '89 Sportster for 20 years. Over those years, I fixed it up with touring ammenities and more power, but always had faster bikes, from Japan and Europe, to satisfy my high-speed addiction.

Big-Twin Harleys never interested me; I was always a Sportster guy.

In 2005, I bought my BMW K1200s, it was to be my last sport-bike and I wanted the ultimate gentleman's express.

In '09, I sold the Sportster, but still have little interest in a Big-Twin Harley.

So, right now, no Harleys in the stable of 6 bikes. Maybe I'll get another Sportster after my PhD, or I may change my mind and get a Big-Twin Harley ElectraGlide, or K1600GT, or GoldWing.

But I'm not old yet and I still like fast!

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:37 PM   #27
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No Sale!

Well, long story short - I'm keeping what I've got.

I rode the 1200GS for a while on Saturday. It is nice, I enjoyed it. However, I didn't enjoy it as much as the Road King on the highway and I didn't enjoy it as much as the F650GS on the twisties.

I've got two extremely different bikes that do what they do very well. I'm sure I'd be happy with the 1200GS, but, well, if it ain't broke...
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #28
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I have had three RoadKings and had no problem riding them 7 to nine hundred miles a day. I got really tired of the rubber mounted engine shaking at idle, so my wife and I got 2 softtails. with the balanced engines. In the mountains of Colorado a BMW with a passenger just ran off and left us with apparent ease. It was at that moment I decided to get a BMW. Now my wife has a vstrom and I have a R1200GS. I love my GS and would never be without one. We still have the Harleys but they would be the first to go if necessary. On another note the H-Ds have been trouble free.
I had a similar experience except I was in the mountains of North Carolina riding a HD FXDX at what I thought was a decent pace. I realize my FXDX is no sport bike and I'm not a fast rider, but when two guys on BMW's passed me like I was standing still, the humble pie was a bit filling. I didn't think I could ride my bike any faster than I was riding it and decided I wanted something I could ride at a pace at least closer to the guys who passed me. It took me a couple of years of test riding other bikes and looking and looking, but I ended up with a Buell Ulysses. I'm still not a fast rider, but I've ridden it to NC twice now and ridden hundreds of miles through the mountains and haven't been passed by a BMW on it yet.

I did get smoked by a guy on a MV Agusta and I had a guy on an Aprilia Futura pass me. I could almost hang with the Futura, but I think he was just a better rider than me.

Three years in and I'm still loving the Buell.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:56 PM   #29
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I am with you Igg, I have a FLHT and a Flying Brick (K100RS), and a XT 550 for those adventure tours. Each has it's own place, and I feel like the more the merrier. There is no perfect bike, fortunately, and yes I am sorry to say that, but what a blast to own more than one.

Yesterday put 240 miles on Harley, today 150 on the Brick. I love it, keep them full of gas for a quick get-a-way!!
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:39 PM   #30
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Started w/ an ironhead sportster...

Living in Az, it was too much of a heat generator, looked and sounded cool, got good comments on it, but didn't really trust taking it for real trips, just riding around town. Couldn't carry anything on it either. So I got a new 2005 R2100GS, what a great ride in comparison; nimble, quick, comfortable after changing out the seat. Have never second guessed that decision. Then I got a chance to buy a 2005 road king that had a slight laydown. fixed it up and rode it for a couple of years. Great looking, great sounding bike, comfortable to ride long distances; but when riding two-up in the heat, the damn thing seemed to cook my wife's legs. She almost passed out from the heat when we got stuck in Tucson traffic. And I never was comfy that I could stop it as quickly as I might need to in a panic. So I sold it. sold the Ironhead too. Still have the Beemer. Can't see selling it.
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