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Old 05-31-2012, 09:53 AM   #436
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Thanks! The bonus here is that this pic represents making it to the Pacific Ocean (from Charlotte, NC). I bought the bike in June of last year and I've now parked it against the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez.

Next? Maybe the St. Lawrence Seaway? Lake Ontario? I'm open to suggestions!
Gaspe, maybe?:


Meat Cove, Nova Scotia, maybe?:


North shore of Lake Superior, maybe?
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #437
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Gaspe, maybe?:
Meat Cove, Nova Scotia, maybe?
North shore of Lake Superior, maybe?
Nova Scotia is absolutely on my shortlist!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:33 PM   #438
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Nova Scotia is absolutely on my shortlist!
Here is a good place to start planning your NS trip. The Cabot Trail is the most well known, and deservedly so. The Ceilidh Trail, the Sunrise Trail, and the Marine Drive are also among my favorites.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:51 AM   #439
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:17 AM   #440
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Here is a good place to start planning your NS trip. The Cabot Trail is the most well known, and deservedly so. The Ceilidh Trail, the Sunrise Trail, and the Marine Drive are also among my favorites.
Good info. Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:49 PM   #441
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I have ridden the Cabot Trail and camped at Meat Cove. The best fish chowder in the world is to be had in Meat Cove.....
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:55 PM   #442
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Hey guys,

I got a pair of these beemer buddy grips last week and have to say they are really a great product. They just wrap around the OEM grip which I found kind of small on my RT, and turn them into a nice cushioned rubberized grip.

Really nice product that's super simple to install, and really made my hands feel good after riding all day.

You can check them out at www.originalbeemerbuddies.com if interested.
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #443
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Here is a good place to start planning your NS trip. The Cabot Trail is the most well known, and deservedly so. The Ceilidh Trail, the Sunrise Trail, and the Marine Drive are also among my favorites.
Thanks for the links.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:14 PM   #444
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I have a question for the RT owners here, did any of you go from an FJR1300 to an RT ? Years ago i got the chance to ride for a weekend a 96 R1100RT , and even though i really liked the way it handled itself on the road , i had a problem with my knee`s hitting the inner fairing (had at that time an 86 Concours & no knee hitting problems) & never got a chance to ride an R1150RT. Well fast foward to date, i also have a 94 K1100LT & still have knees hitting inner fairing while hiting the brakes (guess i slide foward a bit) but never have that problem at all on the 07 FJR i own, now my question is , since i never rode a R1200RT , i figured i`d ask if there is more room in the fairing with the R1200RT than past RT models. ?? For some reason the R1200RT seems like a great replacement for my FJR (most likely next year though)
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #445
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That's a tough one. What's your height. That would make a difference. I've got the 1200RT and had an ST1300 at one time. No knees hitting cowling on those two. Never ridden an FJR. I'm 5'8 with a 30" inseam.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:55 AM   #446
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That's a tough one. What's your height. That would make a difference. I've got the 1200RT and had an ST1300 at one time. No knees hitting cowling on those two. Never ridden an FJR. I'm 5'8 with a 30" inseam.
I`m 6'1 32" inseam , but i think the top of my leg is slightly longer to the knee than most 32" inseam`s. On my K1100LT, i try to sit as far back as the seat will allow. (no tank hugging) & that is just with jeans on , but with my over pants , my knee pads rest right on the fairing of the LT. I like to work on my own bikes & think the RT would be eisier to maintain except clutch replacement over the FJR (just me thinking out loud) It`s funny how the LT feels so much bigger than the FJR , except for leg room.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:04 AM   #447
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[QUOTE=Xdriver;18875791] I've got the 1200RT and had an ST1300 at one time. No knees hitting cowling on those two. QUOTE]

Can you tell me the difference in feel & air management between the 2. The RT looks wider than the ST (fairing wise) and both sure look wider than my FJR . Besides i like the extra charging system the RT has over the rest in it`s class.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:21 PM   #448
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Just a quick check in here from a F650GS twin rider giving some props to the RT. I've been thinking about something more road oriented and decided to take my local dealer's RT demo bike for just over an hour.

I have to say I was really impressed. Composed, plenty of power without being overwhelming, doesn't feel like a heavy bike (easily +125 lb on mine), comfy riding position, great wind protection. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would and can really see how you could comfortably take this bike 1000 miles in a weekend. Vibration was higher than I expected at idle, but seemed to be fairly mild at speed - the F-twin bikes have a little bit of buzzy vibe at highway speeds, and I'd be happy to be rid of that.

Concerns? Well #1, how to pay for it . #2, Seems the bike will be really warm here in the Texas summers with all that fairing, but at least there was air flow around the helmet with the screen in the down position. #3, Will the bike handle the occasional dirt or gravel road?

I plan to rent one soon for a weekend to get some more time on one before I see what's in the checkbook.
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Old 06-11-2012, 05:28 AM   #449
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Can you tell me the difference in feel & air management between the 2. The RT looks wider than the ST (fairing wise) and both sure look wider than my FJR . Besides i like the extra charging system the RT has over the rest in it`s class.
The ST is definitely narrower and therefore gets more wind buffet to the rider. 2-up the passenger gets battered. My SO took a ride on a ST and a K12GT and vetoed both due to impossible buffeting she was getting.


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Just a quick check in here from a F650GS twin rider giving some props to the RT. I've been thinking about something more road oriented and decided to take my local dealer's RT demo bike for just over an hour.

I have to say I was really impressed. Composed, plenty of power without being overwhelming, doesn't feel like a heavy bike (easily +125 lb on mine), comfy riding position, great wind protection. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would and can really see how you could comfortably take this bike 1000 miles in a weekend. Vibration was higher than I expected at idle, but seemed to be fairly mild at speed - the F-twin bikes have a little bit of buzzy vibe at highway speeds, and I'd be happy to be rid of that.

Concerns? Well #1, how to pay for it . #2, Seems the bike will be really warm here in the Texas summers with all that fairing, but at least there was air flow around the helmet with the screen in the down position. #3, Will the bike handle the occasional dirt or gravel road?

I plan to rent one soon for a weekend to get some more time on one before I see what's in the checkbook.

Good analysis: Depending on mileage on the bike, the boxer engines get much smoother after about 12000 miles. Warmth might be a concern due to the great weather protection, but living and riding in south Louisiana in the summer (currently 90+ temps, 80% humidity, Heat index 110+) I really cannot complain about that with my mesh riding gear (hi vis yellow/orange Olympia jacket, Motoport Airmesh II Kevlar pants). I am quite comfortable while moving, and unless stopped for more than 3 minutes, I am not getting overheated.

An easy upgrade to any RT is to purchase the RT-P fan and shroud kit and install it with a toggle switch on the handlebars. When you are in very hot temps and moving slowly or get caught in stopped traffic, that fan keeps the bike very happy. Most people upgrade the windscreen (Cal Sci for me) and seat (Kontour on mine). Otherwise, the bike is outstanding off the showroom floor.

The RT is capable of running on dirt or gravel, but it is not a dirt bike. I run logging roads sometime, and no problem. Deep gravel is problematic for any street bike, so beware. If you want to play mostly in off-pavement settings the 650 GS you have is a better choice with proper tires. If mostly on-road, the RT is tough to beat with any bike. Best all-round sport tourer on the market right now.

Beware of test rides and loaner bikes :

http://www.dualsportridersoflouisian...l=1#post151082


6000 mile evaluation and comparison with old bike:

http://www.dualsportridersoflouisian...l=1#post152520
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:53 PM   #450
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If mostly on-road, the RT is tough to beat with any bike. Best all-round sport tourer on the market right now.

Beware of test rides and loaner bikes :
I love the motor on the ST1300 (smoooooth), but at 700+ lb, it is a bit porky. FJR and Connie both have good and bad qualities. The RT seems to be the best compromise for me.

And funny you should mention test rides and demo bikes.... I was at my local dealer this past Friday, and their RT demo bike was there, looking a little worse for wear. They had given it out as a service loaner and it had a scratched up cylinder head and parts of the front fender missing. I promise, it wasn't me....
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