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    Question New bike

    Well hello everyone, this is Dave's son again "Matt" sadly this past December my kawasaki had a mishap with a car.

    So I am currently just for giggles looking at what BMW would fit my needs.

    1st bike 1983 R100RS "Sold"
    2nd bike 2009 Kawasaki Versys "Deceased"

    My needs:

    Fun
    Daily Rider
    Weekend Trips
    Handels well
    Has good pep

    I have been riding my fathers R1200RT and enjoy that a lot. However it is a large bike comapred to my previous one and is taking some getting use to. Still very nice for staying warm on cold days. "Heated grips!!!!!"

    So I am interested in what you guys recommend.

    On a side note I keep seeing my fathers old K75 in the R1200R and really like that.
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    Benchwrenching PGlaves's Avatar
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    F800S
    F800ST
    F800GS
    F7650 GS twin
    K75

    They will all do you well, depending on budget and style.
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    The K75's I am finding have higher mileage on them so I am not sure if that effects reliability.

    I actually test drove a F800ST at a BMW rally a few years ago. Was a good bike, side bags are very small though.

    I will check them out. Anymore advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by reimerdavid View Post
    Anymore advice
    As you already noted: R1200R. Or for less money, R1150R or R1100R. The GS boxers are fun too, but bigger.
    Mark M, St. Louis, '95 R1100RS, '01 Super Sherpa
    There are two roads in life; the twisty one is vastly more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    F800S
    F800ST
    F800GS
    F650 GS twin
    K75

    They will all do you well, depending on budget and style.
    yup. that would be the "BMW shortlist" that match your stated requirements. probably add the new G650 as well.
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    I have both the R1200RT and the F800ST.
    The F800ST is my commuter ride and weekender if I am solo.
    I got the R1200RT for two-up comfort after a few longer rides on the F800.

    I don't notice it being "big". It's a mid-weight. But I came from a 900lb cruiser, so it's a light-weight now
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    What about that F800R - that looks like a fun neked bike with a little pep!

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    Size matters;

    Not bike so much as body size and shape! Those rockets, lean onto the handlebars are for the sleak, thinner folk with no intent on real long comfortable days on the tarmack. Buy what fits you, makes you feel comfy and take good measure, because you live with what you buy for a while. Bent knees hurt everybody after a few 100 miles, seats almost always fail on every bike to keep ones bum happy. HP comes in a wide variety of bike styles so shop wise, for your bodies sake and you'll ride so many more happy miles, still smiling. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Not bike so much as body size and shape! Those rockets, lean onto the handlebars are for the sleak, thinner folk with no intent on real long comfortable days on the tarmack.
    Randy; i must be a "sleek thinner folk" then, even tho the odometer says 57 and the scale says 190- as a normal/easy backroads touring day on my R11S is in the 400+ range. unless i'm really trying to eat miles, in which case it might be double that. don't discount the hot rod "rockets" for mile munching, those of us who grew up (and grew older) with Ss and RSs have learned the secret- "sit up and beg" is not always best.
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