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Old 09-29-2013, 11:46 AM
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After my bout with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the heart attack this past spring I was just about ready to give up riding motorcycles. Motorcycles have been a big part of my life for over 50 years and I was really in the dumps about it. The miracles of modern medicine had all but relieved the pain and by June I was able to ride again. However I was finding the R 1200 RT to be a hand full. While there are certainly bigger machines to be had she was 700 pounds and a bit top heavy, I had lost some confidence.

Last July I had it in for service at the dealership and saw the new BMW F800-GT sitting on the floor. It was calling my name after a short test ride it came home instead of the RT. It is so much lighter and easier to handle and I am sure it will give me a few more years of riding before father time says “hey enough is enough”.

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That's nice right there and great color combo! BMW has done some wonderful things with their cycles.
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Coming from a gray haired, big bellied, Harley rider, Dayum that's a nice bike!!!
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:15 PM
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After my bout with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the heart attack this past spring I was just about ready to give up riding motorcycles. Motorcycles have been a big part of my life for over 50 years and I was really in the dumps about it. The miracles of modern medicine had all but relieved the pain and by June I was able to ride again. However I was finding the R 1200 RT to be a hand full. While there are certainly bigger machines to be had she was 700 pounds and a bit top heavy, I had lost some confidence.

Last July I had it in for service at the dealership and saw the new BMW F800-GT sitting on the floor. It was calling my name after a short test ride it came home instead of the RT. It is so much lighter and easier to handle and I am sure it will give me a few more years of riding before father time says “hey enough is enough”.

Very nice! Congrats! Doesn't that bike have traction control and ABS, too?
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:20 PM
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Coming from a gray haired, big bellied, Harley rider, Dayum that's a nice bike!!!
Ditto Shag....

Is that a flush mounted lift it's on? Waaaay cool... On my project list for my new digs in Stuart. Like the bike, have thought about adding the K1600GTL to my toy box. Now planning a 5th wheel toy Hauler RV so I'll be riding 250 mile days without everything I need to survive a month on board. Good luck with the bike!
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Very nice, and a smart move to adjust the bike as your needs change.
Here's to many more years on the open road . . . .
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Old 09-29-2013, 01:49 PM
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Very nice! Congrats! Doesn't that bike have traction control and ABS, too?
Yep it has all the latest BMW electronic stability control options to include tire pressure monitors which I find very neat.



Is that a flush mounted lift it's on? Waaaay cool
Yes but that is a story for another thread but it came out nice and I love it/
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Great looking bike, congratulations.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:28 PM
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Nice bike.

Curious of your thoughts going from telelever to regular front forks.

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So, how has the reliability been holding up?
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