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post #1 of 39 Old 04-19-2017, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thought I was going to get another K1600, but...

I've changed my mind for a new '17 R1200RT. After hearing how the new '17 K1600s wouldn't be showing up until 3rd or 4th quarter, I decided to test ride a new RT. I admit I was surprised how much I liked it, so much that I decided I wanted it over another K1600. Not that I think there's anything wrong with the K1600, but the RT felt right for me. I still plan on hanging around here as there's still good info that pertains to both the K and the RT, and most peeps here are pretty good folks that I can still learn from.
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post #2 of 39 Old 04-19-2017, 09:59 PM
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Enjoy your RT. I have not ridden one but with lighter weight and great power to weight ratio it should be a lot of fun. Always liked your avatar lol.
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I test rode the RT between my two GT's. It is a true gentleman's bike.
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I had a 15 RT and put over 8000 miles on it in 15 days. However the K16 has more room and more power for 2 up riding.
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I had a 15 RT and put over 8000 miles on it in 15 days. However the K16 has more room and more power for 2 up riding.
Yeah, the K16 is definitely the bike for long distance 2-up riding, it's a genuine cruise missile on the freeways. I only do the occasional 2-up riding now, and spend a lot of time up in our local mountains. The lighter weight of the RT does help in hustling around the twisty stuff.

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If I only rode solo I would have bought a RT as well... Maybe


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When considering a replacement for my '07 LT, I rode the RTW, GSA (only because it was a loaner as I had my LT's tires changed), a GT, and the GTL. The RTW seemed too light and tended to vibrate, while the GSA was nice but not my style, I liked the GT but not the riding position, and the GTL felt more at home and vibration free. Enjoy the RTW, they're still nice bikes, but just didn't feel right after the heavy-weight LT.

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I had a 2003 RT, liked the bike, and the egos were great especially the weather protection. I did many, many miles in the rain on that bike. I just never liked the boxer engine. Mine surged as if it had a mind of it's own, or as if it was responding to someone else's throttle inputs. Beyond that, the boxer engine has a very heavy rotating mass and it's slow to get moving. I always felt like I had to pay particular attention to keeping the RPM's up, lot's of shifting. Lastly it was only air cooled back then and clearing NYC traffic was problematic nearly overheating several times in traffic. That said the RTW's don't have the overheating issue, and I'm hearing all good things, my buddy just bought one, and were going out to Arizona in May, maybe I'll get some saddle time, ya never know right?

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If I only rode solo I would have bought a RT as well... Maybe


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^^^this

When looking to upgrade this year it came down to the RT or the K16. Had a serious talk with my bride about whether she will be riding with me and if so, how much. If it were just me, I would have gotten the RT. Not to denigrate the K16 but for solo riding the RT fit my needs better. Since it is now two up riding the K16 is what I own.

Enjoy your new ride!
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