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    One Man Wolfpack Kent Niederhofer's Avatar
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    West Bloomfield, MI

    Hypothetical Question

    So I'm starting what I would expect to be a two year process of negotiating with my wife about getting another bike. I am currently the owner of a 2009 BMW K1300S that is an absolute pleasure. And if the wife was okay with it I would add an S1000RR and a R1250GSA (when the water-cooled version comes out) to the stable. I will do well to add one additional bike to the herd so I seriously doubt that I will convince her that three is the right number.

    With that as background, and with the assumption that I might have an S1000RR and an R1250GSA in the stable, do you guys think I really need the K-bike? In your mind is it different enough from the two types of riding I can do with the other two that it warrants having a debate on a third bike? Let me hear what you think.


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    Yes, keep all three. Each are very different and the differences will keep your riding skills up!

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    If you can only have two, I would go with the RR for track days and day rides, and the GSA for long tours.
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    Intermediate Adventurer Newstar's Avatar
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    I would definitely keep the GSA in the running. Then again, I'm biased!

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    I will never, never, never, never sell my GSA!!!!! Its just too all purpose, too good at everything from cross country to grocery runs to gravel, etc. The 1200GS also has an undefinable feeling of rider 'security' that no other motorcycle I have ever owned had.

    Having ridden the K1300 (a gt version), I would say that it is a great motorcycle but also having had a few sportbikes over the years, that you'll find it a lot less work getting smooth acceleration/deceleration to the rear wheel with a chain final drive. I have an S1000rr (just bought) and you will find it to be the least "useful" motorcycle you own. However, it fits in the car world, that "AC Cobra" niche quite well

    I currently have 2 sportbikes and a GSA, and keeping the 1300, if affordable, is probably smart. I may sell the TL when restoration is completed and more spare $ is available and look at some sort of S/T machine...TL is currently my track ride since it was cheap, is paid for, and tons of old parts are available. A paid for MC is a requirement at the track since the insurance companies have twigged to the fact that it doesn't constitute a public road- check your policy.

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    James suttie's Avatar
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    Vancouver, BC


    I have a 2007 K1200S and quite enjoy it. I bought a S1000RR a few weeks ago, and wonder now if I will ever ride my K bike again!! So I understand your quandary. I am thinking of getting a GS 800 to replace the K1200 bike.

    Did not really answer your question, but a similar perspective. In my case, it's more about garage space than wife's agreement.

    Vancouver, BC

    BMW R1200 GS, BMW S1000RR, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche Boxster S

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