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Set your alarm clock...................

 

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OK, I'll bite. What does a Facebook page have to do with deciding whether to buy an R1250RT or K16?

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No FaceBook here. And trust me, the excitement ain't gonna kill me........My hunch is a modernized Euro 5 1250 RT with new dash and some goodies that we are all waiting for like radar based cruise control, rear collision radar, LED curve lights and some other electronic gadgetry. And most importantly, new colors and a M-badge with a stiff price increase.
 

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Just go to YouTube Oct 15th at 11:00am CT

 

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FB has turned into a political cesspool. There are a few groups I belong to that Now communicate through FB Groups instead of websites, so FB is a necessary evil.

I don’t see this new BMW fanboy page being of a lot of value. But to each his own.
 

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Maybe we get to see the R18 Touring with windshield, saddle bags, TFT display and conchos. Who know and the suspense is killing me now........
 

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Since the RT way outsells the K, my guess it will be an announcement of an upgrade to the RT with Active Cruise Control, new TFT dash and some other gismo's like full LED lights.
 

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I just came from a RT1250 and went to a GA. The RT is more nimble and a lighter bike. But after getting on the GA, I loved the smoother ride and the more cruiser type feel. The reverse I will love again, for backing into my garage. My dealer said you might want to wait for the new RT. I said it wasn't about electronics so much as it was the seating portion of the GA that I liked and the refined and smoothe motor. Seems to track straight down the road as well. Compared to my GTL from a few years back
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I had an R1250RT in between my 2 GTL`s and have to say the RT is a great bike but the ergonomics are nowhere as good as the GTL for me. The,1250 goes and handles well but for me it gave me neck and shoulder issues that I don't get with the bigger GTL.
 

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The RT is a fantastic bike now with the shift cam it's power to weight ratio is similar to the k1600 and little less to maintain

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As much as I loved my 06 12RT, the 1200 and 1250 LC RTs never grew on me. Butt ugly, cramped ergonomics, loud engine, and not as nimble or precise in terms of handling as expected, compared to my 17+ k16 GT (big surprise on that account, while riding a 1250 RT on the same British b-roads as my k16). Wind protection was also meh, with some ugly helmet buffeting, in my case.
The engine performance is / was sweet, with plenty of punch and pulling hard all the way up into highly illegal speed limits. But the 1250 boxer platform, in any iteration (I did rode several RTs, GS, GSAs) is most definitely not a k16. The loud, obnoxious noise of the engine, when revved up was a no go, for me, for really long distance riding (I"ve learned this the hard way while owning a 17 1200 GSA LC, that I had to sell 7 months after purchase, after one trans-European tour - disturbing LDR engine noise was one of the top 3 reasons). The smoothness cannot be compared. I loved boxers for 15 years, but they now all feel agricultural, to me - I no longer get the "vibey, organic" thingy at all, these days. There is a feeling of elegance, precision, and steady peacefulness that the k16 exudes, un-matched by most other platforms. In addition, regarding power to weight ratio: the six cylinder power band is way more elastic than the shiftcam - you need to be very considerate of keeping the boxer in the right gear. The k16 will simply pull, in most gears, drama free. The quick shifter is really pleasant and useful on the big 6, rough and of limited use on the boxers. Regarding reverse: most heavy bikes (think engines over 1000cc) should have it as standard. And then there is the aspect of 1up vs 2up riding: when going 2up, the power to weight ratio is completely different, as is the overall weight balancing on the bike. The k16 is much more competent for 2up riding (the 1250 is no slouch, but it's definitely not as stress free).
Also regarding ergonomics: the 1250 RT ergonomics no longer work for taller riders, 1up, and they are less than ideal for 2up riding.
The combination of hooligan - gentleman bike, do it all street bike (for me), keeps me hooked on the k16, after all these years. As stated elsewhere, when it works (direct reliability reference) the k16 is unmatched.
 

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The combination of hooligan - gentleman bike, do it all street bike (for me), keeps me hooked on the k16, after all these years. As stated elsewhere, when it works (direct reliability reference) the k16 is unmatched.
I had three RT's starting with a 2005 bike and ending with a 2010 machine. I moved to the K16 in 2012 and had three of them the last being a 2017GT sport, now back on a R1250RT.since the end of last year

What amazed me was how much development was done to the RT in the seven years that I was on the K16 and how much fun it is to ride.

Obviously, each one of us has an opinion as to the best bike on the planet, but in the opinion of Motorcycle News..............................................

 
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