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« on: September 26, 2020, 03:31:22 pm »

Time for everyoneís favorite game.... which bike to buy?
2007 BMW R1200RT, 54k miles, lots of extras including top box, supposedly well maintained, does need tires. $4600
2010 BMW K1300GT, 31k miles, aftermarket seat, no top box, new clutch, Needs new front tire. $5300
2013 Triumph Trophy, 27k, stock other than top case, new tires.  $6200

Mostly a commuter bike for a 75 mile (mostly at 70mph) one way trip through some heavy wind/open area. Iíve had 2 FJRs and liked them (none near enough to me for sale with cruise), never had a BMW. Iím 6í4, so comfort is important. I just moved to the South West so Iím looking to save gas on that commute. Iím comfortable doing my own minor maintenance, but some BMWís reliability is a bit concerning. Occasional day trips with the lady.

Iíd be a little concerned the RT is underpowered, but Iím not entirely ruling it out.


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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2020, 05:46:42 pm »

You just moved to the SW? SW where?

There are deals out there now. Heck, I'd take your used bike money and put it on a new bike(with warranty) for a "pocket change" monthly payment.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2020, 06:16:13 pm »


You just moved to the SW? SW where?

There are deals out there now. Heck, I'd take your used bike money and put it on a new bike(with warranty) for a "pocket change" monthly payment.


Of those three - Iíd pick the Trophy.  Make sure all the electronic gadgets are working.  I think there were issues - but not sure which years were affected and I recently read in MCN that Triumph used a different control module on later models.

Iím picking up a new bike Friday and share your new bike excitement.    Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2020, 06:54:27 pm »


You just moved to the SW? SW where?

There are deals out there now. Heck, I'd take your used bike money and put it on a new bike(with warranty) for a "pocket change" monthly payment.


New Mexico. Coming from northern Indiana, Iím hoping for a much much longer riding season.

Iíd rather stick with a used for now, but itís not an awful idea to consider new.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2020, 06:56:12 pm »




Of those three - Iíd pick the Trophy.  Make sure all the electronic gadgets are working.  I think there were issues - but not sure which years were affected and I recently read in MCN that Triumph used a different control module on later models.

Iím picking up a new bike Friday and share your new bike excitement.    Thumbsup


Iím leaning towards the trophy as I see the k bike maintenance is a pain and the r would feel underpowered for my taste....
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2020, 07:25:00 pm »




New Mexico. Coming from northern Indiana, Iím hoping for a much much longer riding season.

Iíd rather stick with a used for now, but itís not an awful idea to consider new.


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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2020, 08:04:32 pm »

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« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2020, 08:50:48 pm »

I spent last evening telling stories with some long distance riders and may have the opportunity to ride with them some day.  My Tiger won't cut that mustard and I was thinking about a BMW.  This thread reminded me of the Trophy.  That's the option I would prefer.  
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2020, 08:52:28 pm »

Iím in Carlsbad. The little airport here goes to Dallas or Albuquerque, so Iím targeting those areas to shop so I can do it one day.
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2020, 08:31:03 am »

I'll weigh in with my opinion on the 2007 R1200RT. I have a 2007 R1200GS (bought it from a friend 6 years ago at 16,000 miles) and find the motor power is not a worry unless you like to do a lot of long triple digit runs. it will go from 70 to 90 quite quick and loves to cruise at 5000 rpm, which will be well above any posted sped limit. The regular maintenance is easy for your average guy except for the ABS and some other gadgets. That takes special tools I don't have. Mine has 54,000 miles and the motor, gearbox and drive have been zero problems. The suspension needed new shocks about 45,000 miles. The biggest issue for me is the gadgets. The ABS pump went out at 42,000 miles (heard that is common), the TPM units batteries dies in the 30,000s, and then the throttle side grip heater quit last fall at about 50,000. Seems everything needed to fix those problems is 3X the cost to fix a metric bike, which really puts me off and makes the "Bring More Wallet" makes come to life. If I could have just one bike and $$$ were not much consideration, it would be a R1200GS. Once you understand how the motor likes to be spun up and run in the 4K to 5K rpm range, along with excellent handling, the bike is just fun to ride, both sedate and sportingly. My dilemma is it costs more than the bike is worth to fix and resale value drops off the table for a 10 year old BMW because of these issues. If you can live with that, the RT would be an excellent commuting bike.

I also have a 2015 FJR, 53,000 miles, I bought new and have had zero issues with it. It is my traveling bike and very positive about it. It ticks a lot of boxes making it a great value and a rewarding bike to travel long distances to the twisties.
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2020, 10:15:02 am »

OP Q as seen through my personal filters:

"I have more money than I need so I have this list of bikes which will help me resolve that problem."

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I also have a 2015 FJR, 53,000 miles, I bought new and have had zero issues with it. It is my traveling bike and very positive about it. It ticks a lot of boxes making it a great value and a rewarding bike to travel long distances to the twisties.


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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2020, 01:24:04 pm »


OP Q as seen through my personal filters:

"I have more money than I need so I have this list of bikes which will help me resolve that problem."

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Hahaha.
I am hoping to save a bunch on gas for that commute though. 45-50mpg vs 19 in my truck adds up fast!
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2020, 02:35:54 pm »




Hahaha.
I am hoping to save a bunch on gas for that commute though. 45-50mpg vs 19 in my truck adds up fast!


Gas mpg equation for cost also changes if your chosen bike can run on regular and not require premium.

Another plus for the FJR.
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2020, 11:37:48 pm »

Fuelly users show some pretty damn good numbers for FJR fuel economy, so if that is a concern, I would not worry:

https://www.fuelly.com/motorcycle/yamaha/fjr1300
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2020, 11:57:57 pm »

Actually they show quite low compared to what I get. I always beat the posted MPG for any car I've ever had and also for any motorcycle I've ever had.
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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2020, 01:39:01 pm »

My 2015 FJR usually averages just a little over 40 mpg. But a lot of my riding is in the 80 mph range. Some of my best mpg averages was when riding in the Ozarks and Texas Hill Country when riding "the pace" as it is termed, not hitting triple digits in the straights but not slowing for the curves either.
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2020, 08:56:31 pm »

What's happening with your purchase investigation?
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« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2020, 07:15:24 am »


Actually they show quite low compared to what I get. I always beat the posted MPG for any car I've ever had and also for any motorcycle I've ever had.


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« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2020, 09:36:57 am »


What's happening with your purchase investigation?


Ended up with the trophy! Have put 1000 miles on her already
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