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Another Bike Changer

Post  Lonterra on Fri Feb 28 2014, 17:07

So, after almost 8 years of owning the R6 many of you will have seen me on, it's time for me to change my bike.

Unfortunately, the ol' bones ain't what they used to be, and riding the R6 has become more of an endurance than an enjoyment in recent times. Crying or Very sad 

So I've swapped out to join the beard, cardigan and slippers brigade  old 

I'll shortly be taking delivery of this 2011 BMW R1200RT;

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To be honest, I was actually quite surprised on the (almost 2-hour!) test ride how you can hustle one of these through the twisties with the suspension in "Sport" setting.

And there's plenty of comfortable room on the back for Jax to come along and pillion with me.

And with radio, heated seats and grips, panniers and top box, sat nav mount, cruise control, to name but a few of the toys, I will be able to get back into enjoying the journey again!

I'll still be kicking around the forum, of course - If I'm still allowed.....!  tongue
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Post  kwakkat on Fri Feb 28 2014, 17:48

nice bike
58 here & still a ninja warrior lol
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Post  Lonterra on Fri Mar 28 2014, 17:42

At last, I finally took delivery of the 1200RT today (I'll try to get some better pictures over the weekend), and I decided to take the scenic route back home from Rainbow. Very Happy

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And it looks like there'll be less money needed for farkles than I originally thought, as the previous owner went a bit mad with the extras;
- Large top box with back pad (On the floor in the photo)
- Factory fit audio system
- BMW alarm
- BMW comfort heated seat (Rider and passenger)
- Nav IV mount
- Front Fender extender
- "Crud catcher" protection plate
- Headlight protector
- iPod cable in the glovebox

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Although there's still my workbench full of bits to add to it, too whistle 

And this Sunday looks like it will be a nice day, so hopefully I'll be able to get out and try it out on a long ride  Cool 
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Post  BlueZed on Fri Mar 28 2014, 19:31

Wow! That's quite a bike you got yourself there. Congrats! Nothing beats getting a new bike  great 

Hope you're planning some continental touring this year to make full use of it. That's what they made it for after all...

... which reminds me... there's 2 beds available at the Nürburgring trip. Sorry about the blatant plug.  whistle 
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Post  terry lees on Fri Mar 28 2014, 19:35

A little run up to the borders in a fortnights time would be a good test for it, failing that, how about Surf & Turf?
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Post  0ldcat on Fri Mar 28 2014, 22:13

Lonterra wrote: . . . I'll still be kicking around the forum, of course - If I'm still allowed.....!  tongue

Only if we get a shot on that beauty  Cool 

Nice bike Matt . . . You lucky devil.

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Post  Guest on Sat Mar 29 2014, 01:21

Very nice! Congrats to you, and hope you have many a mile of riding enjoyment. Smile
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Post  Rosco on Sat Mar 29 2014, 03:49

Lovely bike Matt. Enjoy.

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Post  greencat on Sun Mar 30 2014, 11:51

Hi Matt,

Crumbs that is a change, but looks a very comfortable machine.
Let us know how you get on with it and hopefully, if you don't mind running with us more insubstantial machines, it would be nice to get out for a run sometime this year.

All the best,
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Re: Another Bike Changer

Post  Lonterra on Mon Mar 31 2014, 19:47

Thanks for the kind comments, folks.  Smile 

I must admit, it is taking some getting used to compared to the R6.

It seems I'm back to "50p corners" while I figure out how well it leans - Which is actually quite a lot, I have found  Shocked 

It is certaily heavy at a standstill, but once on the move and the suspension in "Sport" setting it is actually quite nimble.

However, I keep feeling like I am dawdling along and taking an age to go round corners, because of hiding behind a big screen compared to the R6.

However, when I look at the speedo, I'm doing around 15mph faster than I thought I was!  Need to recalibrate myself......  whistle


Chris, I'll definitely be up for a rideout some time this year - even if I end up carrying everything.....  Laughing 


And I tried to get a nice shot from the top of Holme Moss of the lovely countryside over Holmfirth, but failed miserably due to the low cloud.....  confused_2 

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