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02-03-2019 07:11 AM
Originally Posted by Up 2 It View Post
What I meant was you were correct in what you wrote, and that I think their opinion was wrong....

He was not wrong about their opinion either. In fact, he was SPOT ON!!
02-02-2019 11:36 PM
Originally Posted by Route66in18 View Post
I'm trying to make a decision about whether or not to just get rid of the GTL altogether or replace it with a GA or a Bagger. My problem is that at 71 years of age and vertically challenged I just don't have any confidence in my ability to keep it upright when going slow or stopped. With two up and full baggage, the slightest slope, like at gas station, makes the bike want to go down and I've dropped it a couple of times and don't want to do it again. Is going to a Bagger or a GA going to make this problem go away or less of a problem?
I have 2 Harley Roadglides (12 and a 19) and the GA. For sure the BMW is much, much easier to handle at slow speeds and stops.
02-02-2019 02:17 PM
lieu910 I owned an XR1200. Honestly, that is THE only bike Harley has ever built that got any admiration from me. I have ridden several Harley's and tried to drink the Kool-Aid, but it never took. I'm also a square peg in the round hole of Harley culture. I have watched so many friends dive into the deep end, get sleeve tattoos, refuse to wear helmets in exchange for do rags, and poker runs with plenty of beer drinking. I know that is not representative of all Harley owners, but it is a really significant sample size.

I'm sure they are fine bikes, and I sure don't look down my nose at them. It just does not work on me.

They simply do not do what I need a bike to do. If I had stupid money laying around the only American big V-twin cruiser that interests me is a KRGT.
02-02-2019 10:15 AM
theboz62 there is a product that has wheels that come down as you slow down. I know they make them for Harleys . I dont know the name. hidden when they are up. or consider a side car or trike.
02-02-2019 05:54 AM
mglax13 I've owned a few touring Harley's, always thought they were the greatest and that i'd never ride anything else, but renting a R1200GS on vacation opened my eyes to the world of BMW. I rode some different models and sold my '13 Ultra Limited about a year ago to buy a used '13 GTL. I also am fortunate enough to ride and absolutely abuse Road Kings on the tax payers dime. I rode some different generations, '07 and '09 in training, then assigned a '15 and now an '18 for patrol. The GTL is fast, fun, comfortable and the only thing I'd want to be on for a long haul or ripping through some twisties, it's my one single bike that checks off all my boxes for personal use, however I wouldn't trade the HD for anything when it comes to a working motorcycle. I'd prefer the full fairing of an Ultra though as it would fit our equipment better. I've ridden an R1200RTP, an ST1300P and a Concours 14P, and while they are all quicker when it comes to chasing people down, when it comes to slower, tight maneuvering, or riding on dirt, gravel, down stairs, grass, etc, believe it or not but the HD out performed them all, and the new M8 motor makes catching up to speeders a little easier than the 103" twin cams we used to have (though all the aforementioned bikes beat the HD in that category). Plus you can't beat the look of American iron leading a motorcade...
02-01-2019 11:48 PM
dcGrizz My other bike is an Indian. Totally different bike than my GTL. Each has its right time and place to be ridden.
02-01-2019 10:37 PM
Scott Titensor Soon to be 68. Previous bike was a Harley Limited. It's high center of gravity, especially packed along with being close to 1000 pounds was beginning to give me problems.

For these reasons and many more I purchased the B. No longer have any CG issues. Love having reverse for those rare occasions when backing out is a issue.

For additional storage, went with the Wunderlich luggage rack and bag. Puts the weight down low, much lower than a top case.

All great bikes, test ride the GA and B. See how they feel to you.

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02-01-2019 10:01 PM
Rider59 @Route66in18 ,
I have a new GA after multiple Harleys and can say this is the most maneuverable bike I've had in years. Feels like low CG.
I'm wondering in your case if the K1600 B would even be better, without the high-mounted weight of the top case (or tour pack as I used to call them).
02-01-2019 05:55 PM
lone-rider For me their is a world of difference between the GA and a GTL. The weight seems a lot lower on the GA. At times I have had GA leaned over quite a ways when stopped if it would have been my GTL it would have been on the ground.
02-01-2019 03:54 PM
Topsarge Route66in18, I'm 69 years old and 5'10 or used to be. I had the same problem with the GTL. I have found the GA so much easier to handle because I can flat foot it. Even with a passenger it is easier. I find it more comfortable seat wise and ergonomics are wonderful. I haven't looked back. For me it is a wonderful platform.
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