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Old 06-14-2019, 04:00 PM
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I currently ride a custom 2007 Harley Ultra Limited 103 6 speed and love it.
I am looking for a second bike, something more agile. Have trialed a 2007 Kawi Concours 1400 and a BMW K1200R, both of them to me felt more sport than touring, want something little more vertical posture, not so 'high strung'.
Also I am 6'2" and a 190lbs.
Am going to look at a BMW GS1200, not sure about the opposing twins.
Looking to stay under $6k, seems to be quite a lot out there.
Any suggestions from the riders among us?
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For sport tour try the Honda St line. A little more laid back. Old concours rider myself. The concours national group (COG) a great source of info.
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1200GS or RT. I love both. The boxer is a bonus to me. I have a 2016 GSA. Pluses about the RT is a bit better wind protection and electric windshield, GS has luggage that doesn't look bad with scuff marks on it. You probably won't find a 2014 or newer water cooled bike with your budget... I would look for a 2010-2013 bike...
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Bmw R bike or Goldwing....done with Harley....
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The GS boxer engine is legendary... And fantastic

My guess is your Harley will mostly collect dust once you swing a leg over one
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KTM or Beemer. I'm leaning towards the KTM Adventure 1190. Will still keep the Harley though. The Harley just gave me some real sentimental memories a couple months ago and I can't get rid of it.

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KTM or Beemer. I'm leaning towards the KTM Adventure 1190. Will still keep the Harley though. The Harley just gave me some real sentimental memories a couple months ago and I can't get rid of it.

I'd probably choose the KTM myself... That thing is a bad mother. I love the design of KTMs. I love my Hondas but they are on another level.

Bikes don't take up much room...I don't really ever sell any of mine, so I'm with ya there.

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Suggestions are probably interesting.. But I seriously doubt the OP will ever ride one home for $6k... I have no dog in this race, if I can't sit erect with my feet on floor boards in front of me, I'm not interested. I'll take one of those horrible Harleys or Indians any day. As for nimble, I have seen some videos of Goldwings giving these sport bikes lessons in the twisties. Of course the riders piloting those flying couches, been at it since the 70's, decades before the kids on the rice rockets were ever born.
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Fish, ya talking about this guy? Honda Goldwing 1800.

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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Suggestions are probably interesting.. But I seriously doubt the OP will ever ride one home for $6k... I have no dog in this race, if I can't sit erect with my feet on floor boards in front of me, I'm not interested. I'll take one of those horrible Harleys or Indians any day. As for nimble, I have seen some videos of Goldwings giving these sport bikes lessons in the twisties. Of course the riders piloting those flying couches, been at it since the 70's, decades before the kids on the rice rockets were ever born.
101 R1200 bikes for sale less than $6k. I am sure that there is a nice bike in there...
https://www.cycletrader.com/Used-BMW...00&condition=U

Here is a nice 2009
https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...-RT-5007894018
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Is that you Shag? Your neck of the woods
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Originally Posted by BadgerS View Post
101 R1200 bikes for sale less than $6k. I am sure that there is a nice bike in there...
https://www.cycletrader.com/Used-BMW...00&condition=U

Here is a nice 2009
https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...-RT-5007894018

Shows what I know about them!
Theyy all drop their value pretty fast, except Harleys of course
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Is that you Shag? Your neck of the woods
No not me. That's the Yellow Wolf. Gotta give credit to his camera man for even keeping up with him. I've ridden the Dragon multiple times and that guy takes the cake. The bikes that are really cooking right now on the Dragon are the moto's with street tires.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Shows what I know about them!
Theyy all drop their value pretty fast, except Harleys of course
I bought my 2016 GSA with $5k of add ons and 10k miles last summer for $17k. Sticker price on a 2018 with the three aluminum cases and none of the extra crap (the entire touratech catalog) was $26k at the time.


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Ducati Multistrada perhaps?
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Ducati Multistrada perhaps?
Ducati-High maintenance mistress
BMW-Smart, stable, and easy to get along with

BUT the 40-50hp is so enticing...
The RT/GS bikes are just easy to live with. The KTM is not as comfortable... Plus the dam seat height for us mere mortals.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
No not me. That's the Yellow Wolf. Gotta give credit to his camera man for even keeping up with him. I've ridden the Dragon multiple times and that guy takes the cake. The bikes that are really cooking right now on the Dragon are the moto's with street tires.
I may have the talent to run the twisties, but I don't have the balls. I gotta be able to see in front of me, the turn, surface condition, other traffic.. A man's gotta know his limitations Clint sez. A lot of great riding around there, it's really pretty, I've been a few times. For the last two days and today I am crawling around The Black hills with about 90 best friends in about 40 Jeeps. My Avenza tracking shows yesterday I did 22 miles in just 5 hours, a little different pace LOL

Airing doown the tires, about to get them dirty...
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Wish down here was more friendly to motorcycles, to many idiots on long island.

check out this thread

Considering a Sport Touring Bike | 13x Forums
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I have settled on ST bikes as my "happy place" for sure. I've still got the track day bike, but it's collected dust for the last 2 seasons (sigh)....I'm currently riding a K1300S which I love, it replaced my triumph Sprint ST (1050 not the new bloated big one...) To meet your budget I'd think about a FJR, Sprint ST, or Honda VFR. Maybe the K1200, but those bikes are not cheap to maintain and have lots of first tier technology that wasn't that reliable.

Personally I feel like this family of bikes is the most fun. Sporty, fast, corner like crazy and you still bang in a 500 mile day and walk away...

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