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    Change in the fleet

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    I had to take my 2012 BMW R1200RT in for a recall and checked out the F700GS. Went down into Babylon yesterday and traded in the RT.
    Not as amazing as the RT is but no slouch. I was always hesitant to take the RT on dirt roads and was forever cleaning it. I can flat foot my stumpy legs
    with the GS and it is easier to split lanes with. Gave her a good test home on Hwy 33 and the handling is excellent, up to 50mph it's as good as the RT after that though the power and suspension are not even close. I bucked some fierce winds and found the stock "tall" fairing to be quite effective she was stable and reasonably comfortable. I'm sure it will be fine for dirt roads though, at least for me, off road adventures will still be the domain of the TW. I refuse to off road unless I can drag the bike out of trouble. Though it's 100LBS lighter than the RT there's no dragging this thing.
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    A great choice for an intermediate size ride. You will really enjoy that bike.
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    Nice bike!
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    Congrats!
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    The dirt poor bastards among us must live vicariously through the media-shared new bike purchases of people like you. So thanks for posting I envision my next new bike sitting in my driveway almost every day. Eventually it will materialize. In the meantime, I'll have to continue getting by by seeing other people get new bikes.
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    That really is a spiffy looking bike, too!
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    It's quite weird having a new motorcycle for me. Before I purchased my 2012 BMW I had a 1978 R100/7 BMW
    that had gotten passed down from my mentor years ago. Then I got married and my wife came to me one day
    and informed me that my old (and quite beloved) BMW was not safe compared to what technology has brought us today.
    She had seen a discovery channel special about anti lock brakes, digital fuel management etc. She then said if I wanted to keep riding
    I needed to get down and get a new BMW. I had already learned about not arguing with her so I did just that. Did I say my my wife rocks!
    At the time I was commuting 120 miles a day on prime motorcycle roads. Thought I would own that unit forever, a 1200cc Sport touring unit.
    Fast forward to last week when I took the 2012 n for a recall and saw the F700GS, and found that I could trade in the RT for it and not even give up very much money.
    I no longer have the long commute going so it seemed a no brainer. I would say that my wife was correct, the newer bikes are considerably
    safer with antilock brakes, as well as being tolerant of alcohol fuel blends. I don't know if I would ride streets anymore without ABS.
    A real life saver.
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    "Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think"
    Make Love not War

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    I was at a BMW rally a few weeks ago and saw a guy with a brand new K1600GT. Different bike but same story...went in for a recall on his R1200RT and after being at the dealership traded in for the K1600. I was worried BMW would be losing out on a lot of money with that recall but they sure are selling bikes. Hey, this might be a good time to buy a nice used R1200RT these days haha.

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    various others I don't remember the models

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    I have a recall on my 2001 GS. Don't think I'll be buying anything.
    Mark Flanagan
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    2001 BMW R1150GS

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    Nice bike!

    I'd love one of the new Ducati Scramblers... but won't be happening anytime soon, and they aren't even particularly expensive.

    Rob
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