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109180
12-01-2003, 01:32 PM
I keep hearing the motorcycle journalist's complain about "their" inability to put a full face helmet in the KGT's luggage. I fit my Shoei TZ-1 in there nice and snug including the thin protector sack it came with. In fact, I believe BMW designed the bag so it would fit a full face helmet "exactly" keeping it from bouncing around and ruining the paint.

kbasa
12-01-2003, 03:40 PM
You can certainly get one in the right side, but forget about the left bag.

109180
12-01-2003, 04:08 PM
Originally posted by KBasa
You can certainly get one in the right side, but forget about the left bag.

I only wear one helmet.

JohnHendriksen
12-11-2003, 05:01 PM
Me too, I guess...

I wear a XL Arai and it just doesn't fit in either case.:dunno

FSTOUR
12-12-2003, 12:25 AM
I agree you only wear one helmet. But isn't the K1200GT a sport TOURING bike. I would think that would mean if you took along a passenger you could store there helmet in a saddle bag also. The BMW adds show the bike being ridden two up.
What a let down, the Germans messed that one up big time. Even Yamaha got it right the first time with the FJR bags.

This is just my opinion on the saddle bags.

109180
12-15-2003, 02:17 PM
Originally posted by FSTOUR
isn't the K1200GT a sport TOURING bike.
Nope. It's a SPORT touring bike. The R1150RT is a sport TOURING bike.

knary
12-15-2003, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by Unyalli
Nope. It's a SPORT touring bike. The R1150RT is a sport TOURING bike.

I've never understood the whining. If I'm using the bike as intended, the bags will be full of stuff and there won't be any room for a helmet.

but what do I know?

109180
12-15-2003, 03:34 PM
Originally posted by knary
I've never understood the whining. If I'm using the bike as intended, the bags will be full of stuff and there won't be any room for a helmet.

but what do I know?

I'm with you. On this machine I am always wearing my helmet. Want more air in the vents? Put windshield down. Less air in helmet vents? Put windshield up. If the rare occasion presented it's self I would just attach the helmet with my bungee cargo net.

FSTOUR
12-15-2003, 06:58 PM
You guys are right, the K1200GT is a SPORT touring bike, compared to a RT,LT or RS. The point I was getting at was if you buy the GT and ride with a signifigent other when you get to your destination you may want to go out for dinner, breakfast etc. and want to store your helmet in the saddle bags. Or for that matter store anything in left saddle bag. But I guess you are figuring you only ride one up. If this is the case why not ride something that actually will get out of it's own way. Maybe something that you can put through a turn other than a long sweeper, not have to be 6'6" to ride and be $$$$$ to afford the maintence.
Also a bike should be able to go 220 miles before filling up in the SPORT touring world.
And no one is whinning, just pointing out the facts. The FJR has a small alternator, the new ST1300 is an oven. All bikes have plus and minus. It's the overall package I look at. BMW should have put a bit more time into designing the luggage. And when ridding on a long trip the bags are going to be full, thus the long trip.
I have ridden all the above mentioned bikes. They all are great rides. It's just the GT is to much $$$ for the lack of performance, lack of luggage space (no top trunk), lack of fuel range, lack of info on the gauges, lack of character when ridding and to short of maintence intervals. Some day when I am told old to wrench on my own toys I may consider a GT. Although I would love the alternator output. ;)

MarkF
12-15-2003, 08:45 PM
Originally posted by Unyalli
Nope. It's a SPORT touring bike. The R1150RT is a sport TOURING bike.

Right On!

MarkF

MarkF
12-15-2003, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by Unyalli
I'm with you. On this machine I am always wearing my helmet. Want more air in the vents? Put windshield down. Less air in helmet vents? Put windshield up. If the rare occasion presented it's self I would just attach the helmet with my bungee cargo net.

There is a very cool device that allows the user to lock his helmet to the top of the saddlebag with a S-shaped hook. Two saddlebags, two helmets. And it works with the bags full. The helmet is right side up so it stays dry in the rain.

I never bought one because I just hang mine on the passenger peg by the chin bar and string a cable around the chin bar and lock it to latch BMW provided.

MarkF

RIDERR1150GSADV
12-16-2003, 03:52 AM
My brother just bought a K 1200 GT, even after reading all the bashing reports in all the bike mags.The bike is awesome and rides really well, more sporty than my RT with stiffer suspension and different riders position. But comfy non the less :clap
However GIVI make a topcase for the bike and at $275,= with xtra brakelights, a bargain compared to the BMW topcase for my RT. His will hold 2 helmets wheras mine just one. If the GIVI is nice I will change to GIVI also.
Moral of the story: there are luggage options out there for the GT:bliss :clap

FSTOUR
12-16-2003, 02:28 PM
Good info.;)

CA1200
12-31-2003, 04:08 AM
Well the bike does have a few things I would like to see different. But I do like to look at it and I even enjoy ridding it.

bmwmotorhead
12-31-2003, 07:49 PM
Yes, I have a R1200C and a K1200GT... I test rode the R1150RT and then the GT... Man does the GT ride "SO MUCH SMOOTHER THAN THE RT!!!" :D or for that matter, my cruiser... :clap

As for the bags on the GT. I also have a rear top mount, it's awesome bike!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!