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    Swapping Bikes

    You are out on a local ride with a few friends, stop for coffee, and somebody asks you (or you ask him) "care to swap bikes for the next ___?"

    I've done this twice: 1) I asked - and was granted the privilege - of swapping my K75 for an R1200R. Though I never had ridden an oilhead, I wasn't surprised by the strong response to the throttle. But I was surprised by the lack of a gear indicator on this much newer bike and the vibration just above 4000 rpm. "They all do that." Hmmm. Since my swappee was a former K75 owner, I didn't have any fears for my bike in his hands. We rode this curvy road at moderate speeds and nothing bad happened, and I learned that his bike was not the bike of my dreams. 2) A guy asked me if I would swap my K100RS for his G650 (?) We hadn't gone far before I knew that was another bike not for me. He thought my K100 would get him far to many speeding tickets. Another lesson learned, and again no bad consequences.

    I'm sure you have all felt the temptation to ride a very different bike from your current ride, whether that is an old airhead, the latest high hp offering from BMW, a Ducati, etc. You also know this short-term swap will not involve any parking lot practice to get acquainted with the brakes, response to handle bar inputs, etc. There are certainly some dangers.

    So what do you do, and why?
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    Doug, a long time ago, I was told, "Never loan your car/bike or girlfriend to anybody; they may throw a rod in either one." I'm glad that didn't happen to you, but .........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCKRIDER View Post
    . But I was surprised by the lack of a gear indicator on this much newer bike
    There is a gear indicator in the LCD screen on that bike...Ridden a few...sure seems like. My GS does...same cluster

    Anyways...have swapped on rides, owners know each other and would ride bike like it was theirs....since I am on theirs as well. And if something were to happen, would do the right thing. My insurance covers other operators...like my brother or children as well. Helen and I swap back and forth..but we ride the same bikes at times so that doesn't count I guess

    A quick brake test and slow speed wig wag or two and I give it a go...since we have both ABS and non ABS...linked and unlinked bikes in our stable...very aware of differences between bikes.
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    Sure have. Was riding a K1100LT at the time and my buddy was riding a Goldwing 1500. Couldn't wait to get back on the K bike.
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    Never have swapped on a ride. I'm not really interested in the other bikes normally unless I am going to trade anyhow. I'd rather avoid any issues should one of us drop the bike. No matter what, the easiest way to lose a friendship is over money issues. To me it's just not worth the risk to either of us including possible injuries and that includes folks I know who were trained to ride to the same level as I was.

    I'm not trying to put anyone down over this, it's just not something I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    Doug, a long time ago, I was told, "Never loan your car/bike or girlfriend to anybody; they may throw a rod in either one." I'm glad that didn't happen to you, but .........

    Tom
    I've heard that paraphrased by some 'Motor Company' enthusiasts as:

    My wife - yes, my dog - maybe, my bike - never...

    As for me, I often swap (the bike) for short periods with friends. Always makes me appreciate my ride more.

    JP

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    It's not something I go out of my way to do, but I've done it on a couple of occasions. It's fun to feel what others are riding and experiencing.
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    Only when I know the other rider very well have I done this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saddleman View Post
    Only when I know the other rider very well have I done this.
    While I am not interested in selling now, I am not looking forward to letting
    a stranger take a test ride on my K75RT. The transmissions on these bikes take
    some getting used to. They are not seamless like many Japanese bikes and
    until you learn to pre-load the shifter, they tend to do a lot of clunking in and
    out of gear. It took me almost 1000 miles before I really got used to properly
    shifting it. It would not surprise me to have someone come back after a test
    ride and ask what is wrong with the transmission . After putting about a hundred
    miles on this bike, I called the last owner and asked if he had trouble with it, his
    reply was no, that's the way they are and you'll learn to do it, just give it some
    time. While I was thinking I just bought something that someone else was lucky
    to get rid of, he turned out to be 100% correct about just giving it some time, it
    has turned out to be the nicest and most trouble free bike I have ever owned.
    Maybe I'll be lucky enough to find another K75 owner to buy it someday.

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    Thumbs up

    If I know the owner of the other bike a swap is likely to happen. You get to ride something different and see if you might like what your friend is riding. Most of the time I'm glad to return to my bike. The chance to ride an old classic or bike that you have read about but never ridden I see, as an opportunity to learn about and hopefully enjoy something you might never have the chance to ride.
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    I would like to add that even though I have rode over 200,000 miles on bikes I am still nervous when I ride a bike I don't own. I have just bought my second used K1200LT I plan on letting experienced riders use it to go riding in the mountains with or with out me. I spent two hours with my insurance agent last week working out the details. I'm not sure how it will work out but I know I'll be a nervous wreck at first.
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    Like the people very close to me in my life, I don't swap my motorcycles with others, with very rare exception. To me, a motorcycle is far too personal a choice that I don't want any opportunity for someone else to mess it up for me. All it takes is a little concentration hiccup on their part and my bike is a mess. The moment you assume or accept that person is a good rider is the moment you can kiss your bike goodbye.

    This comment by another posted make me go "hmmmm": "But I was surprised by the lack of a gear indicator on this much newer bike".

    Never felt the need for a gear indicator on any bike I have ever ridden. Why have to look down at some gauge or indicator to tell me what I already feel? For my riding I prefer to feel what is right.

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    I've swapped rides with friends a number of times over the years. I've accumulated seat time on on some pretty neat bikes that way ... Ducati 750 F1 & Hailwood Replica, Guzzi LeMans & V7 Sport, Ariel Red Hunter and Square Four, an HP2 etc, as well as a lot of more tame machinery.

    Everybody has always taken it easy on the rides as it's just about enjoying the machinery.
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    Can I?

    I ride an old R80/7 and while we own several other bikes it has always been my bike of choice for long trips. Somehow people think I should get a newer bike and they offer me to test ride their's....and I do. I enjoyed all the other bikes I rode but nothing comes close to the feeling of my old one that seems to be tailored just to me. I love the S bikes...but would collect nothing but speeding tickets, I enjoyed the touring bikes....but they seemed to be "too comfortable", I love the GS...but I am too short,...they are too heavy, they vibrate, they do not vibrate,too loud, too quiet, too technical...etc. Everytime I think I found a bike I could like some nice owner would let me test ride it and I found out I didn't - saved a lot of money that way. As for me... I always offer riders to get on my bikes..especially if they have never ridden a BMW. As for "Old Blue" young riders just love to try it out and instantly fall in love with the old bike! Swaping is good as long as it is clear that any damage will be taken care off!
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    I really appreciate it when people let me borrow their used bikes so I can see what it's like. I do the same thing for people who are into it.







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