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Old 07-19-2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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First post!

I'll have to go test ride one of these as well. The 6 is on the short list for sure-it just comes down to which ergos I like the best.

My girlfriend is tiny and loves to ride on my 1300 but she is kind of perched up there in the wind even though I have a top box. I'm leaning forward to the bars so I'm kind of a long way from her. She gets a lot of buffeting and cold air (in the mountains of course) that I don't get behind the windshield.

The GTL might be best if you're two up a lot especially if your passenger is small. Of course, I haven't seen too many petite BMW riders out and about!
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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Too bad it doesn't have a better name. If you say "Gold Wing" or "Hayabusa" people know exactly what you're talking about. Kay Six Teen Hundred Gee Tee just doesn't roll off the tongue the same way.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:42 PM   #4
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It is indeed a beautiful bike but at nearly 40K Australian way out of my price range.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:42 PM   #5
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Too bad it doesn't have a better name. If you say "Gold Wing" or "Hayabusa" people know exactly what you're talking about. Kay Six Teen Hundred Gee Tee just doesn't roll off the tongue the same way.
Yeah when you say "Gold Wing" people know exactly what your talking about!

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Old 07-19-2011, 06:48 PM   #6
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I am sure the bike is very powerful, suitably refined and functional, loaded with touring amenities, comfy and otherwise just fine. Watched the video, heard the exhaust note, sold. Holy crap that thing sounds awesome.

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Old 07-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #7
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For some reason I was reluctant to add this bike to my short list of tourers. All things considered it has catapulted to my #1 spot.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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For some reason I was reluctant to add this bike to my short list of tourers. All things considered it has catapulted to my #1 spot.
We have plenty of dealers in SoCal

Go ride one.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:39 AM   #9
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No chance to test the GT but I took a GTL out for a short test ride and wasn't too impressed. The low-end torque felt pretty weak and even twisting the throttle WFO through the mid-range the motor didn't feel as fast as I was expecting given its 160hp rating. The bike was well-balanced and easy to ride even at a walking pace, but its legroom felt pretty cramped even with my shortish 30" inseam. More than anything else, it reminded me of a Burgman 650 on steroids — it was very competent but didn't stir up any feelings of excitement. Maybe I'd feel differently about it if I could take it touring for a day, but for now I like the K1300GT better.
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I am sure the bike is very powerful, suitably refined and functional, loaded with touring amenities, comfy and otherwise just fine. Watched the video, heard the exhaust note, sold. Holy crap that thing sounds awesome.
I just picked up the K16GT we'll ride to Laguna. Holy crap, the exhaust note and its volume is even more impressive than I remembered! Makes you want to rev the piss out of it everywhere!
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