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ghostrider1964
05-09-2011, 02:48 PM
This past saturday, I made the pilgrimage to Lone Star BMW in Austin for some warranty work on my GSA. Knowing the 1600 was in, I had scheduled in advance for a demo ride while my bike was in the shop.
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww74/ghostrider1964/P5070191.jpg
The machine:sun: I was not sure how I would like the GLT but I felt I needed to try it...
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww74/ghostrider1964/P5070192.jpg
I had been a little cramped on my 09 RT with high seat. This GTL had the low seat but still had as much room as my RT, but I would want the high seat. I know many folks into this bike has already read up on it. I went in deliberately cold so I would not have any preconceived notions. My first thoughts once we hit out first stop sign was wow...it did not seem that heavy. Very maneuverable at low speed. I adjusted to it quickly and no problem deciding WOW...I LOVE THIS BIKE....It pulls hard from the start and feathers off with no issues. It just blows my mind how great it rode, it did not seem like the behemoth that it is...It has more gadgets than ya can shake a stick at which would take a little while to get use to the donut controller. I see in my crystal ball a GTL with a high seat...Robert are you listening;-) Love those folks at Lone Star:clap:

kurt
05-09-2011, 03:40 PM
My donut contoller and I are doing just fine. We learned how to save preset stations yesterday. Tomorrow, if UPS cooperates, we are going to learn to pair it with a bluetooth headset. Friday we are learning to plug into the iPod adapter (when the cord arrives). Next week, we are going to learn how to activate the Sirrius XM radio at LSBMW.

WoodButcher
05-09-2011, 09:16 PM
Kurt, which bluetooth headset did you get? A BMW branded one? Or the Sena I mentioned? Or something totally different?

cdc
05-09-2011, 09:55 PM
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww74/ghostrider1964/P5070192.jpg

ghostrider1964: You look good on that bike!
:thumb:

kurt
05-09-2011, 10:09 PM
Kurt, which bluetooth headset did you get? A BMW branded one? Or the Sena I mentioned? Or something totally different?


I bought the Sena SMH 10 (single head set). The BMW version isn't out and for the price it gets great reviews. Plus if I really like it, adding another won't break the bank.

ghostrider1964
05-12-2011, 08:59 AM
http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww74/ghostrider1964/P5070192.jpg

ghostrider1964: You look good on that bike!
:thumb:

I really want it...I told Robert I got dibs on that one:lol2:

I just need to learn howto manipulate the donut

MPS
05-12-2011, 09:03 AM
price tag out the door?

kurt
05-12-2011, 09:06 AM
Kurt, which bluetooth headset did you get? A BMW branded one? Or the Sena I mentioned? Or something totally different?


Update: The Sena SMH 10 was DOA. The left speaker was dead. After spending an hour on the phone with Sena CS and Amazon, I returned it for a refund. I bought a Scala Rider G4 yesterday at LSBMW to replace it, and a helmet designed for headset installation.

kurt
05-12-2011, 09:09 AM
price tag out the door?


The GTL at LSBMW is marked $28K and change, but it has every bell and whistle available.

DaveC
05-12-2011, 09:50 AM
When did kurt go from the GS to the RT?

gixxerjasen
05-12-2011, 12:29 PM
Nice, I want one of those as my next car once my truck is paid off. :mrgreen:

ghostrider1964
05-13-2011, 08:51 AM
The GTL at LSBMW is marked $28K and change, but it has every bell and whistle available.

EXCEPT HIGH SEAT:doh: Think they would get mad if I signed up for a test ride everyweek:lol2::rider:

SilverBullet
05-13-2011, 10:10 AM
The GTL at LSBMW is marked $28K and change, but it has every bell and whistle available.

:eek2: Wow! $28K just seems insane for a bike. I just bought a new car and have 4 bikes. If I add up the value of all 5 vehicles plus my trailer I still don't quite reach $28K + tax, hahaha.

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kurt
05-13-2011, 12:41 PM
It competes squarely with the Goldwing's top offering, maybe even slightly better since $28K includes TT&L.

SilverBullet
05-13-2011, 12:57 PM
It competes squarely with the Goldwing's top offering, maybe even slightly better since $28K includes TT&L.

So includes sales tax, that's a little better. I was adding another $2K onto posted price for that. It probably does go head to head with a 2012 Goldwing but still plenty of leftovers Wings available much cheaper. Here's a brand new 2010 for $18.4K (under $20K w/ T,T&L) but if you want ABS & Navi then add another $2-$3K.
http://www.southernhonda.com/showcaseproductdetail.htm?ID=9929900&Brand=16&Type=1787&fm=1

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ghostrider1964
05-13-2011, 02:22 PM
Just talked to Eric at Lone Star...The K1600GTL has a deposit on it...I would not commit without trying the high seat:tears:

patricjft
05-13-2011, 02:31 PM
I am sure they will get another one in shortly.

kurt
05-13-2011, 02:50 PM
I thought it was their demo. :scratch: They couldn't sell me their R1200RT demo until it had 2,500 miles on it.

lddave
05-13-2011, 04:29 PM
I got a ride on one today at Wild West BMW . What a great bike .


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Dave

rharris612
08-03-2011, 10:54 PM
Would love to hear more about the GTL and the GT. I drive an Ultra and love cross country doing 22,000 miles in two years. Looking at the GTL. Salesman says the GT has a better riding position, kind of leaning forward with the GTL sitting straight up.
Anyone done any long rides have an opinion? I also ride with a friend who has an Ultra. We use the CB a lot to pass the time and keep each other laughing. Wonder if we'd miss it and if using bluetooth phone wouldn't prove to be a pain. I know a CB can be fitted but.... The BMW does look impressive from every angle and perspective.

hardybaker
08-04-2011, 06:03 AM
Two weeks ago, on my way to the BMW moa Rally in PA. we stopped at David Bloodworth's BMW shop in Tenn. and looked and talked about the GTL. He said he had sold sixteen of the 1600s. I didn't know there were that many in the country.(so soon) HB

rharris612
08-04-2011, 08:50 AM
I've been told that they were making a limited supply, as "BMW normally does", and if I put money down now on the GTL I might expect one at yearend.
Kind of like the gadgetry on the bike. Would give you alot to play with while cruising. The bikes look like they ride super-smooth and stable. Also like the idea of the systems working together to provide a 'rain-mode' in suspension, traction, and ABS system.

Red Brown
08-04-2011, 09:23 AM
I expect the Honda ST1300 to be like the K1600 in their next version, which should be out in about a decade.

Stay tuned.

RB

dukey33
08-04-2011, 10:11 AM
Would love to hear more about the GTL and the GT. ...

Dedicated forum over here:
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=146

jhansen
08-04-2011, 03:23 PM
Mr Harris, you should check out lone star BMW website. One of their customers got one early on and posted a ride report about it.

h2000fb
08-04-2011, 09:41 PM
Would love to hear more about the GTL and the GT. I drive an Ultra and love cross country doing 22,000 miles in two years. Looking at the GTL. Salesman says the GT has a better riding position, kind of leaning forward with the GTL sitting straight up.
Anyone done any long rides have an opinion? I also ride with a friend who has an Ultra. We use the CB a lot to pass the time and keep each other laughing. Wonder if we'd miss it and if using bluetooth phone wouldn't prove to be a pain. I know a CB can be fitted but.... The BMW does look impressive from every angle and perspective.

IMO, - the GTL has a better riding position. If you came off an Ultra, again, the GTL will have a better riding position.

Talking to your friend while riding is fun. You can get a Scala or Chatterbox that installs in your helmets and still converse... just not on CB. But, CBs are hard to beat. The advantage to the Scala or Chatterbox your phone will work with them. Your wife can still reach your and if you get miles ahead of your buddy, he can reach you just as easy. You never get out range.