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Old 04-06-2011, 05:07 AM   #19921
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This. http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/mcy/2303363655.html

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Old 04-06-2011, 05:20 AM   #19922
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Wife and I need a new 2-up tourer
By this I mean 6'3 me and her for 300-400 mile trips that will include tight twisties and scenic slab.

I am a huge fan of the simple, low maintenance(non BMW, KTM) machines Near $5k
Don't dismiss the BMWs as high maintenance. The valve adjustrments are super easy every 6,000 miles. The bikes are pretty simple to maintain.

In the price range that you specified, look for a late-model 1100GS (some say '99s are the best) or an 1150GS from '00-'02 (since you say that you want to avoid servo-assisted brakes).

LandWife has done a 600-plus-mile day on the pillion of my 1150, and quite a few 300-plus-mile days. (She claims a slight preference for her seat on it over my 1200.) The seats on the 1100GS are the same as on the 1150.

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Old 04-06-2011, 06:43 AM   #19923
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I've seen this RT in action and can attest to the handling and performance of this particular RT.

Tom- Will you be bringing the RT to the Beaver?
Hey Mike...ummmmmmm, lemme see if I can find some knobbies for it...or borrow someone's GS wheels and take all the tupperware off it!

Might have a new Tiger 8XC by then, but I'll bring the DRz for sure...looking forward to it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:20 AM   #19924
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I like the GS and RT
Our 04 RT scared the crap out of me. Changing the battery and bleeding the brakes required a blood sacrifice.

I keep coming back around to a 1100 or 1150 GS. Guess I have to eat my words and go ride one. The valve adjustment doesn't scare me, it's the small nickel and dime items.
Now to find an older one to sit on
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:34 AM   #19925
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The Versys appears to be a bike with a bunch of versatility (no pun intended). And a brand new one is in the $5K range (last time I checked). SR
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:34 AM   #19926
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Now to find an older one to sit on


Heck, you can even ride it.

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:43 AM   #19927
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I like the GS and RT
Our 04 RT scared the crap out of me. Changing the battery and bleeding the brakes required a blood sacrifice.
That was the reason for my comment about staying away from the later models with Servo Brakes. No pain at all flushing the brake systems on a yearly basis. I don't know about changing the battery on a GS, but on my RT you have to pull bodywork to get it out...or to do a valve adjust/throttlebody sync. That being said, once you've done it, it's a piece of cake.

I haven't had my RT to a dealer since I bought it in 2000 and the only reason I'd likely take it in would be for major engine or tranny work.

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Old 04-06-2011, 10:04 AM   #19928
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This was a great day of riding...... Hard to believe it has been two years already.....


This is what a saw in my rear view for most of the day. (While I was trying yo keep Coates in my eye sight.)



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Old 04-06-2011, 10:25 AM   #19929
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Battery is under the seat on the GS. Unless you have a mess of wires like me, changing it should be a 5-10 min job. That is a sweet looking RT, but I'm 6'4" and the ones I've sat on in showrooms just feel a little too cramped for me. I've never ridden one though so that might be my imagination. Thought seriously about an RT and the naked R before I bought my GS. but I ride FS roads often enough that I'm really glad I opted for the GS.

Removing/replacing the crash bars is probably the most time consuming thing about tuning a GS, although it's a task I haven't taken on myself yet. Need to hit Fido up for a little "show and tell" next time he does his.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:54 AM   #19930
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Battery is under the seat on the GS.
on the 1200 models, Mitch, but the battery is under the tail end of the tank on the 11xxGS models. It's not a huge deal, but it is a bit more of a pain to do anything with the battery on the 11xx because you have to remove a bolt (yes, one ) and tilt the arse end of the tank up and prop it on something.

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Old 04-06-2011, 11:06 AM   #19931
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I'm only 5'-10", so mine fits me pretty well. If I'm traveling alone, I usually set the seat in the high position of the 3 available, if riding two-up, I'll usually set it to the low position so I can almost flat-foot the bike when stopped...difference is a couple inches and makes a big difference in comfort, particularly amount of bend in your knees. I'd bet that most bikes in a showroom are set to low position.

I don't see myself getting rid of the RT anytime soon...hard to beat for riding two-up or doing a serious road trip. No reason to trade it for a newer one, either...the looks of the newer R1200RT's still leave me stone cold and I'm not a fan of the new electronics in them, CanBUS, etc.

With the RT, the DRz and soon a TigerXC in the garage, I'll just about have it covered, but I'm still lusting after the MultiStrada I rode...damn was that an awesome ride!!!

Yeah, Mike, about time for another brisk street ride somewhere!

Cheers!
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:17 PM   #19932
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i like the gs and rt
our 04 rt scared the crap out of me. Changing the battery and bleeding the brakes required a blood sacrifice.

I keep coming back around to a 1100 or 1150 gs. Guess i have to eat my words and go ride one. The valve adjustment doesn't scare me, it's the small nickel and dime items.
Now to find an older one to sit on


THIS is what I meant when I mentioned Bandit.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:39 PM   #19933
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That's a good looking two up road bike.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:03 PM   #19934
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Tagalong said 'Brown Dog on a KTM'

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Old 04-07-2011, 06:29 AM   #19935
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Anyone have an old/spare 120/90/17 or 130/80/17 or 5.10 17 Laying around?

Used would be preferred as this is only going to be used for a few weeks and then new owner is buying a set. DS or Street tire
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