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post #1 of 21 Old 09-18-2019, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Best touring bike for 2019 MY

Motorcycle.com just named the 2019 BMW R1250RT the best touring motorcycle. The 2019 Goldwing was the runner-up.

Honestly I'm surprised. No mention of the K1600GTL? Guess our K's are not most riders cup of tea.

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Motorcycle.com just named the 2019 BMW R1250RT the best touring motorcycle. The 2019 Goldwing was the runner-up.

Honestly I'm surprised. No mention of the K1600GTL? Guess our K's are not most riders cup of tea.

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The r1250rt is a great bike, good power to weigh ratio, nice ride not far behind the k1600, but after riding a few of the r1250rt the k1600 motor is much more exciting

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https://www.motorcycle.com/mobos/bes...e-of-2019.html

Yea, strange the K1600 didn't even get a 2019 mention. It didn't in the 2018 review either, where the Harley came in second. They lost all credibility to me there.
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Reason ,they left out the sport side of touring. Sport is the best side of the K IMO
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Any publication which takes in advertising dollars from the subjects of their writings cannot make an honest assessment of value or goodness. This list and everyone like it is more a report on "who advertises with us" then the actual relative merits of any one platform.

I don't do magazines, real or virtual, because they are all full of crap and filled with more ads than real content. Aside from scientific periodicals, I don't even look at trade rags.

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So I went to buy the R1250RT in that Blue Planet color with Option 719 plus premium package.
I was at the Dealer having my 600 mile service done on the R1200GSA and spotted it.


If your a short guy you might really like it less legroom then K1600. Has more fairing protection on upper fairing area K1600.
Engine is a dream to ride and Bike is noticeably lighter feel then K1600.


On the highway and on acceleration the K1600 leaves the 1250 behind. I also find the K1600 more stable but not as maneuverable as the RT.


Is it worth getting the R1250RT if you own the K1600GT or GTL answer is no. What if you don't own either models then maybe it is superior depending on your needs and wallet.



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There are also those of us that value style. There is no comparison between a B or BGA and the RT. Not knocking the RT just lacks the emotional draw that the B and BGA has.

In my opinion.

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There are also those of us that value style. There is no comparison between a B or BGA and the RT. Not knocking the RT just lacks the emotional draw that the B and BGA has.

In my opinion.

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The "best" ratings are usually focused more on function than style, but your underlying point is well taken.

A credible review clearly outlines the criteria and weighting used for evaluation. This review doesn't do any of that. The closest I found was in discussing the RT, they say "For 2019, less touring bike is more". Really??
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The "best" ratings are usually focused more on function than style, but your underlying point is well taken.



A credible review clearly outlines the criteria and weighting used for evaluation. This review doesn't do any of that. The closest I found was in discussing the RT, they say "For 2019, less touring bike is more". Really??
In my humble opinion "style" is a very important in there buying decisions. If not, Harley would not be the sales leader.

BMW, in my opinion again, is starting to understand the style motivation.

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Never put much value in bike and car mags that make these selections. Just because someone working for a magazine likes something doesn't mean I will.
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