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Old 11-26-2012, 12:01 PM   #2491
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See, I want to spend about a week each on the FJR and the Connie 14, so I can see what they'd be like. What keeps me from doing that is that I suspect I'd still end up wanting an RT, and I'd have spent the money on the rentals. Absent a really generous riding buddy, I suppose.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:12 PM   #2492
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Old Multistrada anyone?

I always like this one..











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Old 11-26-2012, 12:24 PM   #2493
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Or this.. same engine tho..







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Old 11-26-2012, 12:24 PM   #2494
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Looks like a really fun bike, but from a styling perspective, I don't understand why designers want to draw more attention to radiators with big, colourful shrouds or shiny, chrome finishes.
I think it is a design relic from custom Harley's a decade ago. When the builders first started, they used little scoop fairing below the radiator to make the bikes look more sporty. Now the trend has gone, but the desire for some sort of body color down there remains. I'm with you; if it's there I prefer it be functional, rather than to just draw attention to the radiator. It would be easy to paint that piece black and make it disappear, though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:25 PM   #2495
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See, I want to spend about a week each on the FJR and the Connie 14, so I can see what they'd be like. What keeps me from doing that is that I suspect I'd still end up wanting an RT, and I'd have spent the money on the rentals. Absent a really generous riding buddy, I suppose.
I've ridden my dad's RT, and my neighbor's Connie quite a bit. I don't like either one, really. The Connie feels heavy and it bakes me on a hot day. I can't say why I don't like the RT. just doesn't feel right.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #2496
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:57 PM   #2497
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:07 PM   #2498
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I always like this one..

Nice bike if the unsightly wart was removed.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:09 PM   #2499
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Nice bike if the unsightly wart was removed.
That's the best part of the bike...
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:39 PM   #2500
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This (didn't buy it though, waiting for a better price on a used one):

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:53 PM   #2501
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This (didn't buy it though, waiting for a better price on a used one):

Cool! did you get to test ride that R12R? I've really liked these bikes lately. If so, how did it handle? could you see riding one across the country?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #2502
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Cool! did you get to test ride that R12R? I've really liked these bikes lately. If so, how did it handle? could you see riding one across the country?
Due to surgery I had six weeks ago, I'm not allowed to ride at the moment (for another four weeks or so). So I didn't test ride it.

My wife did and she really liked it. Though she decided it was still a bit too much for her at her current skill level. She normally rides a F650GS single and has three years riding experience at the moment.

I sat on the bike and I really, really liked it. The leg position is a bit tight compared to bikes like the GS as you can see in the photo, but given that I have a 34" inseam, it's actually not too bad. I could see myself riding cross country on it, even though I don't know exactly how it handles, I know it'll be slightly less comfortable than the R1200GS I had, but*much more comfortable than other bikes I have owned.

You have to like the roadster / standard / naked style to do long distance riding on them though. I prefer either a perfectly working windshield or no windshield at all, so I guess I'd ride the R with either a small flyscreen or an adjustable windshield like this.

The luggage is excellent (same as R1200RT), the seat seems pretty comfortable and available in different heights, I would likely get the "high comfort seat" or an aftermarket high one and add the same amount of rise to the handlebars. That would certainly give me a cross-continent tourer that I'd like better than an RT.

But as I haven't ridden one, take all this with a grain of salt. I'll still buy one as I always have wanted one and my wife will take it over anyways within a short time I bet ...

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #2503
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This (didn't buy it though, waiting for a better price on a used one):

The R1200R is a wonderful bike. My sole ride on one was a fluke. Went with my brother to pick up his current bike from a private seller, who happened to also be selling his wife's R1200R. He was kind enough to let me accompany my brother on the R while my brother test rode the GT1000 he ultimately bought.

I owned a GSA at the time, and the R - particularly in comparison - felt so much more nimble and planted. Just a great street bike.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #2504
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