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    I might pull the trigger

    Guys,

    Rode a GS today, new model. I had the opportunity to ride a RT last week, for the first time, and didn't enjoy much, specially the engine. Too tractor like for my tastes.

    Today, I rode the GS and what a difference this new engine makes. It is smooth, just incredibly smooth when compared to the air/oil version.

    I was so impressed that I'm now contemplating buying one myself.

    The only thing I didn't like was the RPM at 75mph, cruising on the highway. Too high, too loud, etc. I was in Dinamic Mode. I felt like I needed the 7th gear.

    Anyways, I would appreciate your input.

    - What is a fair price to pay on a 2013 fully loaded?
    - How much for panniers and top bag? BMW or third party?
    - How much for the engine guard? BMW brand or third party?

    Thanks for any input/help.

    Nricci

    PS: the new RT, with this engine, will be phenomenal.

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    I can't help you with the pricing, but welcome to the forum!

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    The 2013 GS is 18K +. Bags add $1.1K but are nice.

    Top bag might be $500, I don't have a clue about engine guards.
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    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nricci View Post
    The only thing I didn't like was the RPM at 75mph, cruising on the highway. Too high, too loud, etc. I was in Dinamic Mode. I felt like I needed the 7th gear.
    How much didn't you like it? The bike is not going to change. If you're not going to change, either, then start looking for a different bike, now.

    - What is a fair price to pay on a 2013 fully loaded?
    List. Oh, you might find a bike in a showroom somewhere that doesn't have the popular options that you might be able to deal for. From what I've read the dealers are selling all they can get. In that situation you can expect to pay list and hope for a discount on some dealer supplied farkles.

    - How much for panniers and top bag? BMW or third party?
    If you want aluminum panniers you'll currently have to go third party. Which ones? Depends partly upon looks, size, mounting configuration, and price. Do a google image search to get some ideas. Jesse, Touratech, Globe Scout, Holan, Happy Trail, Hepco-becker, Trax, and others I can't think of off hand all make something that will fit the bike..

    - How much for the engine guard? BMW brand or third party?
    Looks, material, and crash coverage will drive that sale. We don't know what's important to you. Do an image search for r1200gsw crash bars to get an idea of what is available.

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    Thank you Marchyman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nricci View Post
    Guys,

    The only thing I didn't like was the RPM at 75mph, cruising on the highway. Too high, too loud, etc. I was in Dinamic Mode. I felt like I needed the 7th gear.
    what were rpm's at 75 mph on this bike? On my 09 GS 70mph is just about 4.2 k and the engine seems to have more vibration right there. Drop below 70 a little and it is smoother. Go up to 75-80 mph and it is smoother. At 70mph my /6 is turning close to 5k. And it is comfortable there.

    Are you used to bmw's or from a cruiser type background? Maybe it is just because the bike makes so much power that you feel it needs another gear?
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    nricci,

    I bet the R1200RT/LC will be better for you as far as RPM @ 70ish.

    I owned a couple R1200GSs and a couple R1200RTs over the last 8 years...
    Although sharing the same basic engine design with the GSs, the RTs, because of tranny or final drive ratios turned a few hundred RPM less than the GSs when both traveling at the same speed and both in 6th gear.

    So, not only did the RTs feel more relaxed when cruising at speed, the lower RPM, combined with better aerodynamics combined to provide better fuel efficiency on the RTs, even though they weighed more.

    GSs returned low to mid 40's MPG, and the RTs more like low/mid to mid/upper 40's.
    For my riding style and usage, the RTs were prox 2 - 3 MPG better.

    Test rode the new GS/LC, I like it quite a bit. I can understand why they're selling well.

    d'milan

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    Thank you all.

    I'm inclined to wait for the new RT with this fantastic liquid cooled engine. And ride both before making a decision.

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    waiting on wc rt

    That sounds like a very good idea. Either one is a lot of money to not get exactly what you want. Another consideration is how long are your legs. I am 6' and 31" inseam and find the GS with a Russel seat is a little tall, on the other hand I tried out an RT and found it a little cramped. I love my GS and we find it to be the best touring bike we have ever owned, so you are in a win win situation!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Engine Bars, et al.

    Quote Originally Posted by nricci View Post
    Thank you Marchyman.
    I'm partial to AltRrider bars, had them on my 2010 GS. Bars are $475.00 (1 1/4") and a pair of radiator guards $128.00. Unfortunately won't be shipping till late November, early December. Info from company today: "It is good that you have your order in now as demand is high for these items. We will not be charging you until your order ships." As for fair price for 2013 loaded, I paid $17,500.00 end of year, a thousand bucks off retail. Been worth every penny to me, now if I can just sell my 2010!

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