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    Anyone own a BMW touring bike?

    I know I'm comparing apples to oranges but I'm just curious, I guess it goes without saying that the ride is more comfortable then a TW but I'm wondering about the engine noise. Is the BMW significantly quieter? I guess I've gotten the bug. Lately I've been thinking about touring long distance.

    Another thing, it sure seems like the size of the motor on most touring bikes is overkill. Seems like an 800cc motor would be plenty. BMW lists one 800cc bike in their touring lineup. The F 800 GT Anyone here have an opinion on that model?

    Any of the other major motorcycle manufacturers produce a good quality smaller bike designed for loaded long distance touring?

    Please excuse the novice questions.


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    The 800GT is a popular bike. It is pretty light for a touring bike but it does work. It is enough power as well. You can opt for the traction control and electronic adjustable rear shock and it is a nice package. We sell a fair number of them. I am finding guys are moving into smaller bikes like this and moving away from the bigger but more capable FJR and Concours. The new BMW R1200RT is very nice but will set you back 20k+

    Another option is getting a used R1200RT. They are good relievable bikes and well proven.

    Another possible option this year is the Ninja 1000. They now have a nice touring bag set and the bike is pretty small. You get more power with this bike and less efficiency.
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    Really? BMW? Wrong forum. I think.

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    Rode an R1100GS for a long time. I love BMW bikes, they truly are wonderful machines. Yes, they are quiet and comfy on the road but with the quiet power and comfort comes size, weight, compexity, expense and lesser fuel economy. I'd go with shaft drive everytime for distance touring if given the option. The boxer twin is a time-tested and proven power plant. The older ABS was problematic and the butterfly bushings in the throttle body would wear and cause an erratic idle.

    I'd say the 800 would suffice for distance touring but it won't run as seamlessly and smooth as the boxer guaranteed. Id try riding both of them before deciding on one. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishguy View Post
    really? Bmw? Wrong forum. I think.
    "off-topic and other bikes"
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    "Another option is getting a used R1200RT. They are good relievable bikes and well proven."

    That raises another question. Typically how many miles can you put on one of those bikes before they start needing work requiring major expense? Reason I ask is I've seen a number of used BMW touring bikes with 35,000 + miles on them.

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    Nice looking bike. The riding position looks rather comfy. I'm personally chomping at the bit for a f800gs I love the looks of those enduro style bikes. I have never had one but I *hear* they are reliable even at that mileage so I've been told every time I duck in to the local BMW bike shop, but what sales person wouldn't tell ya that.. My family members are into Harley's and I'm blown away by the maintenance cost. I don't know what BMW is like but it wouldn't be surprise if it's about the same.

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    Sold mine with 70,000.
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    The bigger engines on a touring bike are not at all overkill. If you are going for a long days ride to eat up miles the last thing you want is a smaller motor that is going to buzz at higher RPM all day on a lightweight bike that will get blown all over the place on the freeway and constantly belt you with wind. It will make you tire out really fast, that's why most distance tourers are 1000cc or bigger and the bikes are big and heavy with large fairings. It is also nice to have the extra power so your not rowing at the transmission all day.

    My Ducati is considered an "adventure tourer" and while comfortable on long rides its not an ideal touring bike. The light weight makes it get chucked around on the freeway a good bit and while it has a ton of power its not the low rpm torque that most of the better touring bikes have. My Multistrada is more of a sportbike on stilts that is comfy to ride and in a pinch can eat up some miles although the fuel range sucks at under 200 miles per tank on the freeway. I'm good for ~400-500 miles a day on the Duc and i'm flat out whipped, i compare that to my old 1100 shaft driven Honda that i could easily do an iron butt on because it was soooo much smoother and didn't get thrown around on the freeway. Personally if I was going to some distance touring i would be looking at a BMW R1600, Kawasaki 1400 concours, Yamaha FJR 1300. Something along those lines, big and heavy with shaft drive with great wind protection and a big fuel tank. If i wanted another "adventure" for touring on the BMW 1200GS would be my choice. Since i don't "tour" really at this point my Duc is the perfect bike for me, sport bike fast and handling with the ability to ride if a couple hundred miles in a day to go play in the mountains and back.
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