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    Registered User roger 04 rt's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by artemery View Post
    Starting my 83rd next month. Went from a lighter (KTM 690 duke) to 2017 r1200rs. in March and the extra weight is no problem. Just turned 2000k but now it's snowing, so time to rest the old bod.& bike.
    I'm your junior at nearly 70 but am impressed. I've been wondering when to retire my '17 RT, your report is encouraging. I'm tall so I still have leverage and can right it when it falls (once).

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    75 now and not sure when, if ever, I would stop riding. Itís the only time my bones and joints donít hurt. Getting parked in my garage is another issue altogether. Currently on 2019 1250rt.
    Memories: 1949 Simplex (basket case. At 13, rebuilt and learned how to fall), 1959 sportster, 1969 R69S, 1982 R100, 2009 R1200GS, 2012 K1600GTL, 2014 K1600GTL Exclusive.

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    I'm 74, a 150 pounds and ride a top heavy '87 K100RT and a '98 R1100RT (heavier I believe that the R1200RTs).

    Thought that when I reached this age I might look into a lighter F800GT. However, as it turns out, both my bikes and I are still getting along with no issues.

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    Go for the GT800GT or XR900.

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    I ride with a 86 year old retired motorcycle policeman.

    We do a few Blue Knight rides in our area and we have one on the 24th in Hershey PA. Then next month a slew of Blue Knights will descend on the Tail of the Dragon and few other roads in that area. John is one of two Founding Members alive of the Long Island Chapter of Blue Knights. I can say at 86 I trust him on the road in all situations and I will ride anywhere with him.

    He is in pretty good physical shape but I think balance and muscle memory is what matters. I can only hope I am alive at 86 let alone riding a RT. I have already stepped down in weight to my GS from my 15 RT.

    If I have to step again it will be to a very low R18. To me it is not the weight, but the height of the weight that matters the most.
    Last edited by LFarling; 04-27-2021 at 02:03 PM. Reason: Correct Age of rider
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlong View Post
    Coming from a K1300GT, I find the bike easier to move around in the garage and especially get up on the centerstand, but it is a beast. I'm a bigger guy and can lift the bike without help (at least I could a year ago after the bike took a brief nap in the garage).

    I seldom ride less than 200 miles, usually a breakfast ride, but still do 400 mile day rides and 500 mile/day multi day trips.
    I am 71. I have a 2015 R1200GS that I have added a "lift handle" to as a farkle. That makes it easier to wrestle it onto the center stand. I plan on riding to the rally. I have gone back to working out at the Y every other day to attempt to get into better shape than "COVID couch potato."

    Harry
    My fleet: 2015 R1200GS, 2017 Toyota Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid)

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    67 here and on my second RT, stepped down from a Harley Electra Glide. I find the balance of the RT very nice. My knees are worn out from too many years of logging. Decided to get Illium crash bars for when and if it decided to fall over, but it is so well balanced. My other bike is a 2006 F650GS, I think if I were to step down it would be to a F750GS or 850.

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    RT Owner

    I love my RT. I went to an RT from a Goldwing, and for comfort, smoothness, amenities for over the road travel, power, curvy mountain road handling, it is hard to beat. Add in the BMW reliability and it is a good all around bike. I'm on my 2nd one now. I'm 73, and figure I've only got about 20-25 years left to ride, so making the most of it with the RT:

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    72, switched to a RT from a 1600gt five years ago, less likely to kill myself or end up in jail on the RT, big plus itís a lot lighter. My 76 year old riding buddy(20 RT)and I just did a 2day 500 miler warm up for summer riding

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    You guys (gals) inspire me! 52 here but still feel old. I hope I can ride solidly into my 70s - hell I hope I live into my 70s.
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    I was 60 when I traded my Electra Glide for a brand new 2016 RT. I thought "I wonder if I'm the only one doing this?" Looks like I'm not alone. Still happy with the trade.

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    I guess I am a youngin at 65 and have a RT and GS. Love them both. Lot's of riders 70+ on RT's

    You should check out BMWST site and ask the same question ... HA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by snotty54 View Post
    I love my RT. I went to an RT from a Goldwing, and for comfort, smoothness, amenities for over the road travel, power, curvy mountain road handling, it is hard to beat. Add in the BMW reliability and it is a good all around bike. I'm on my 2nd one now. I'm 73, and figure I've only got about 20-25 years left to ride, so making the most of it with the RT:

    red_boat1.jpg
    I'm giving you a bump for two reasons. The first is your beautiful photo of 'my' Martian Red 1200RT, although when you took it and put it next to that boat I don't know. It is a nice composition though. The second reason is that I'm also 73 and still having a ball on a bike. My wife and I used to ride my first bike, a brand new '64 Honda Dream, all over NJ back in high school (got my license at 15 years, 9 months), but she won't get on a motorcycle now. She feels a lot more mortal than she did when she was 16. Still, she figures it was the best compromise. Before buying the RT I kinda jokingly said I was considering three things, a motorcycle, a small plane, or a mistress. I let her decide just so she'd know I valued her input.

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    Well, I am an RT owner and rider but it isn't a wethead RT. It is a K75RTP former police bike.
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