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Offline Defekticon

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2016, 11:07:58 am »
The trouble with second, or even more bikes, is that you need to weigh up how/when you will use them carefully, if the expenditure is to be justified. Currently I run four, but this does impinge on the time I have to enjoy my SLK250, & you need to factor in the time/cost of keeping them up to scratch mechanically, clean & tidy.

In the OPs case, I would have thought something a little modern retro would be in order. The XSR900 sounds good, or an R9T, or 1200 bonneville. I have had Ducatis, but found them rather too service hungry & costly. I was running an immaculate PC800, but this felt just too lame & scooter like after more modern bikes & tended to languish at the back of the garage. I swopped it for an F650GS (800 twin), which is a light, quick handling little bike, great in traffic, but does rather cut across the S10s normal duties. My neighbour runs three 1960s classics - 2 Bonnevilles & an RGS replica. Nice bikes but he spends huge money fettling & loves to show them off, but never seems to ride them anywhere, ever. They go to the odd Show .......... in a van. Each to their own I guess.

Anyway, I sure you will enjoy the search whatever you choose, nothing better at this time of year ......................  KEN

Had four:
DR200
KLR650
S10
Road King

Just down to the S10 now and looking for something else. Was talking to the wife about it, as she was looking at possibly getting her own bike - CB500x, we've been looking at them for several months. We are also thinking instead of buying the cb500x, buying something more touring oriented that handles two up duties with more ease than the S10. I'm adding the FJR and Concours to the list of potential bikes if we go that route.
'14 Blue S10, '14 KLR650, '07 DR200, '85 PW50

Offline Chuck B

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2016, 01:12:07 pm »
I've owned many FJ's/FJR's over the years and purchased the first year C10. My better half wouldn't consider any of them a 'good' 2 up bike. Particularly the C10. She much prefers the S10 for 2up...thats the main reason we purchased it. Both the FJR and C10 were just too cramped for her (seat to peg distance). On my S10 I added the FJR passenger peg extensions. There's only been three other bikes she rates as more comfortable that we've owned; HD Road King, K1200LT, ST1300. We've been on a GW a number of times and of course she loved it...I hated it.

Offline Defekticon

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2016, 04:10:03 pm »
I've owned many FJ's/FJR's over the years and purchased the first year C10. My better half wouldn't consider any of them a 'good' 2 up bike. Particularly the C10. She much prefers the S10 for 2up...thats the main reason we purchased it. Both the FJR and C10 were just too cramped for her (seat to peg distance). On my S10 I added the FJR passenger peg extensions. There's only been three other bikes she rates as more comfortable that we've owned; HD Road King, K1200LT, ST1300. We've been on a GW a number of times and of course she loved it...I hated it.

I'm also very cautiously($$$$$$$$) researching the k1600GT. I'm surprised the FJR and C14 are substandard pillion touring machines. The S10 gets the job done for two up, but I find it difficult to believe that the suspension, brakes and engine of the S10 do a better job at handling the weight of pillion, luggage and rider than an FJR. My wife is 150, I'm 235, the S10 feels a bit stressed at our combined weight, but I loved the performance of it when we were doing some of the fire roads at the Romney Camp and ride this year.
'14 Blue S10, '14 KLR650, '07 DR200, '85 PW50

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2016, 04:45:08 pm »
If you are considering the K1600GT, you should check out the R1200RT. I just bought a 2016 R1200RT and love it. I replaced my ST1300, still keeping the Tenere for now. BMW made some major improvements to the RT in 2014 - might be worth looking.
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Offline Chuck B

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2016, 04:48:34 pm »
If you are considering the K1600GT, you should check out the R1200RT. I just bought a 2016 R1200RT and love it. I replaced my ST1300, still keeping the Tenere for now. BMW made some major improvements to the RT in 2014 - might be worth looking.

I think the RT is a better two up sporty bike as well... The K16 was much like my K12LT...pretty boring behind the handlebars. Can't compare engines but certainly comfortable...just boring.

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2016, 06:02:17 am »
BMW K1600s - lots to like, but be very, very cautious. My 2012 GT was a disaster area - front suspension & gearbox failure, then the eternal worry that piston ringlands might crack up. All this at under 5k miles. The post 2014s are better, but mine was off the road for 3 months, right over the summer 2014 season - a real lemon. I think us early customers were used as guinea pigs for the beta testing programme. Anyway, I'm sure you will have a scout around the Forum, www.k1600forum.com, which I still visit occasionally. Always remember - BMW - Buy More Warranty.

Hence I switched to an FJR AE/ES for long tours - may not be as plush, but it has proved ultra reliable. Takes the Givi Top Box with an SR357 rack. Latest models have got the 6-speed box or auto & better headlights that can peer around corners, whilst not being as complicated as the K16 affair.

Enjoy the search  ......................  KEN
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2014 FJR1300AE
2006 H-D FLHTCUI
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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2016, 08:04:35 am »
I'm also very cautiously($$$$$$$$) researching the k1600GT. I'm surprised the FJR and C14 are substandard pillion touring machines. The S10 gets the job done for two up, but I find it difficult to believe that the suspension, brakes and engine of the S10 do a better job at handling the weight of pillion, luggage and rider than an FJR. My wife is 150, I'm 235, the S10 feels a bit stressed at our combined weight, but I loved the performance of it when we were doing some of the fire roads at the Romney Camp and ride this year.

Flash your S10 and add Arrow headers, a slipon and a PCV. Then you won't feel it's lacking power anymore.  ::26::

Heck, even the flash would be a big improvement over stock...

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2016, 09:25:58 am »
Flash your S10 and add Arrow headers, a slipon and a PCV. Then you won't feel it's lacking power anymore.  ::26::

Heck, even the flash would be a big improvement over stock...

I'm flashed with an akropovic, looking a headers right now.
'14 Blue S10, '14 KLR650, '07 DR200, '85 PW50

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Re: Looking for another bike
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2016, 08:17:18 pm »
I'm flashed with an akropovic, looking a headers right now.

I have a set for sale in the flea market along with a PCV set up for the headers, and Akra and a flash. If you're interested I could sell the headers and PCV separate from the Akra that I have listed there. Trust me, you won't feel like the bike lacks power two-up.

 

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