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    Waiting on my new BMW

    Hello BMWMOA Forum
    Iím a soon-to-be new BMW Owner after putting a deposit on a 2018 Black Storm Metallic K1600 Grand America. Iím currently waiting for delivery of my new ride. I was told that it should arrive in the US this week, so hopefully it will make its way to my Dealer here in the Northeast over the next week or so.

    Iíve been riding Japanese motorcycles for about 45 years now, primarily Sport Tourers. Iíve been a Kawasaki Concours owner since 1987, owning several of them over the last 30 years. My current bike (soon to be a trade) is a 2012 Concours 1400 Sport Tourer. Great bike, but as I approach retirement age, Iím finding that the Ninja style Sport Touring riding position is a little hard on my body parts so Iíve decided to buy into a bike with a more standard and comfortable riding position. With the exception of the Honda Gold Wing, most of the Japanese bike manufacturers donít offer touring bikes with sport DNA, like BMW has, and Iím not interested in the Harley style cruisers.

    I seriously considered the redesigned í18 Gold Wing, but after doing some extensive research and talking to new GW Owners, I decided to look for another option. A friend suggested that I look at BMWs, but I have to admit Iíve never considered a Beemer before, for no particular reason, and always thought that they were way over priced from what other people said. Anyway, my friend suggested that I look at the K1600 GTL.

    After not being able to find a Japanese brand as a replacement for Concours 14, I took his advice and visited a local BMW Dealer. The K1600 GT was very much like my C14, and the GTL was very nice but wasnít quite what I was looking for as a change away from the Sport Tourer. Then I saw the í18 K1600 Grand America. Unfortunately the only GA they had was already sold so I couldnít ride it, but they had a K1600 B as a demo bike.

    After riding the K1600 Bagger, I knew that this was the bike that I was looking for as a replacement for my C14, only in the Grand America version. The BMW Dealer was great, they allowed me to take the Bagger for a nice long ride so I could get a feel for how smooth the bike was, and I personally think the styling is awesome, plus it has the Sport Touring DNA that I didnít want to loose, but offers a more comfortable standard seating position, with floor boards to stretch out my long legs on those longer rides.

    The best part, as far as cost goes, the Grand America is about $2500 less expensive than the new Honda Gold Wing Tourer, and comes with more standard features, and more advanced technology for electronic suspension, ABS, better optional Navigation System, and the Shift Assist Pro clutchless shifting is a dream, and actually better for experienced riders than Hondaís DCT automatic transmission. The Honda Dealer was pushing me into a DCT Model, but as smooth as it is, I just couldnít see myself riding a bike with an automatic transmission. For me, the BMW Shift Assist Pro is actually just as good as the Honda DCT and probably better due to more rider control than the Honda offers. Anyway, I canít wait to take delivery of my new Grand America and go riding. I hope itís as trouble free and reliable as my Japanese bikes have been over the years.
    Kevin

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    Welcome, Kevin! Good times ahead, I'm sure! Oh, the waiting:

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    Congrats on the new ride and welcome!

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    Smile Picked up my new Grand America yesterday!

    Dealer called me and said my new K1600 Grand America arrived so I scheduled my pick up for yesterday morning. The Dealer (Max BMW) was great. There was a little snag, in that during the Dealer test ride, they found that the front tire sensor wasn't sending a signal for the tire pressure. They told me that BMW recently sent out a TSB that some 2018 BMWs might have TPS sensors that are stuck due to excessive tire lube during tire mounting. They hadn't seen one with that problem yet....until my bike arrived...go figure.

    Well the Dealer removed the front tire, and sure enough the sensor was flooded with tire lube. They replaced the sensor with a new one, and I was on the road with my new bike in about an hour while I was having lunch. They even offered to buy me lunch and give me a loaner bike to ride to for lunch. Great Customer service.
    The bike rides great, very smooth, very comfortable. It's going to take me a while to get used to all of the electronics but the interface is pretty user friendly. Rainy day today, so I spent time setting up the Bluetooth to my helmet Sena and pairing the Nav6 and iPhone. I even get a free subscription to SirusXM, but it will probably take a few days before my account is activated. The FM radio works great via blue tooth. i'll be taking some pictures and post them in a couple of days. Hoping to go for a nice Sunday ride tomorrow.

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    Me and my 18 Grand America

    I'm enjoying my new BMW.....going through the engine break-in period right now. Lots of great features, but I think my favorite is the Clutch Assist Pro for clutchless shifting......very smooth and very quick up/down shifts.
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    Picture orientation

    I give up, I can't figure out how to orient the picture correctly on this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18grandam View Post
    I give up, I can't figure out how to orient the picture correctly on this forum.
    Bike looks great! Good luck with it.

    Donít worry about the picture, itís how the forum interacts with (usually) a phone camera. Holding the phone so as the lens in the upper left when the picture is taken seems to help.
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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Bike looks great! Good luck with it.

    Donít worry about the picture, itís how the forum interacts with (usually) a phone camera. Holding the phone so as the lens in the upper left when the picture is taken seems to help.
    Gary
    Thanks Gary, Iíll try that next time. I think Iím a victim of being left handed. Ha.

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    Ya gotta impressive bike. Ride and enjoy. Keep us posted on your new bike journey. Barry.

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