I think that the excitement is over for the LT's and the Goldwings....not for the 1600's.....out with the old in with the new!
The excitement is over for those that don't own one. Those of us that do get more excited with every ride!
I have to agree with several of the previous posts. This is not the time of year to judge the real consumer attitude and position regarding motorcycles.
It is irrelevant that the bike has 1600cc as far as fuel prices are concerned. It may get better mileage than a 750cc carburetor bike.
None of the dealers in my area (there are 4 in a 40 mile radius) has more than one GTL on the floor. Only one has a GT. They all say, they wish they could get more and faster. They don't even know when they get the next one.
Consider that while the U.S. is an important market, the world DOES NOT revolve around the USA as far as motorcycling is concerned. The K1600 sells very well in Europe.
78 BMW R100S, 90 BMW K1; 99 BMW R1100RT, 12 K1600GT
I rode a GTL within a few hours of our dealer getting his demo bike. I thought it was awesome, and I have never had any interest in big cruising bikes. The engine is simply amazing.
If I did not have a family and had the time to ride 50k miles a year, the K16 would have been well worth the price, no problem. But I do have a family and they come first, so my K12S will be all I need (and then some) for years to come.
5 month on my gtl and 4400 miles. Still get off smiling and constantly looking for excuses to ride. Since switching to Michelin pr3's I'm seeing 40-42mpg and I'm 6'2" 300lbs. Seems like at about 3500 the bike started to loosen up a bit. Best bike I've ever ridden.
I've owned this bike since October. It is simply the best bike I've ever owned. I sold a 07 GW to get it. I am absolutely astounded by the bikes power and handling. I know there are a lot of fans of the GW and other less sporty bikes, and they have their own virtues, but for me the GTL is the perfect machine. My wife prefers the passenger riding position of the GTL over the GW. The GTL has a more vertical position for her. On the GW she felt like she was leaning back all the time. So she may be in the minority but she prefers the GTL. I don't think I'll ever be satisfied with anything else. Mileage? All in your driving habits. I have 6000 miles on the bike now and have never really checked the mileage. It's really not that important to me. Most often the onboard computer says I'm getting from 32 to 44 mpg. I suspect more 32 than 44. They say if you drive 55 you'll get 50 mpg. Someday I'll leave in in rain mode and drive it for mileage and see where it comes out. I suspect the machine will surprise most folks. I think if you were ride it like a GW or a boxer, match the acceleration and speed the mpg would be pretty close.