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post #31 of 57 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 11:49 AM
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I rarely ever ride that fast, typically running 5 over the limit. I'm in no hurry usually. However, coming back from my weekend ride this past weekend, I did hit 80 for extended periods because I was cold and wanted to get home lol.

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post #32 of 57 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 12:08 PM
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My cruise holds at 90mph. I will set it there and ride to Sturgis from Iowa that way and back, around 800 miles a day. of course i roll on the throttle occasionally when 90 doesnt seem fast enough! MPG does go down quite a bit when riding that way of course.

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post #33 of 57 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 12:42 PM
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Thats whats beautiful about the new frame and swing arm. Bike can handle the roads well
Pfaat! Pre '09 just fine for 80 mph all day. A few low cost tweaks and any difference on the butt is purely imaginary - in the mind. Back to the point, and not to digress, the core of the question is how does the Road Glide compare to a BMW k1600 GTL ?

I have been looking at the BMW k1600 GTL and I want one. I have said to the wife that it fills a different and needed motorcycle niche in my garage than our present three Harleys. The RG is excellent on the 50-200 mile day ride. And the Deuce gives me a "total motorcycle experience in under 50 miles. Say I want to do an "iron Butt" with several of my riding buddies that already display their Iron Butt license frames on their bikes. And say I wanted to ride the four corners of the USA? The bike I would purchase today for that - sorry born again believers in HD - would be the BMW k1600 GTL.

Different bikes, different objectives, different experiences, all good.

BTW, wife's response to my rationale is how many days a year am I going to ride more than 400 miles to make it worthwhile? Do I have the free time. And regarding desire, why after 350 miles would I not want to stop at a hotel, put the feet up on the bed, and have a Martini? And she says, and we would still be ahead monetarily staying in hotels and drinking Martinis. She has a point.

So, the BMW k1600 GTL will not be parked soon in my garage - for now. Alas, have to stay riding only my 2 Harleys for now. The humanity of it all. Life is good. )
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The K1600 is a beast. Tons of power and comfort to boot, It's unlike any other motorcycle. If you want to ride cross-country it is the bike to own. Everything about it says its German.

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i keep my lowers on year round. but i do take the doors off in the summer months for increased air flow.
I leave mine on as well with them OPEN. Great idea taking them off, never thought of that. Thanks

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The K1600 is a beast. Tons of power and comfort to boot, It's unlike any other motorcycle. If you want to ride cross-country it is the bike to own. Everything about it says its German.
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Deutschland herzustellen ausgezeichnete Maschinen!!
I agree. Germany does produce excellent machines. Further evidence is that HD thinks so too. HD partnered with Porsche (now VW) to design the V-Rod engine.

And I like German beer and German speaking wives.
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My Deuce will do 85 all day long in any weather with sporadic 100+ mph bursts. The RGU will do the same, just more comfortably.



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My Deuce will do 85 all day long in any weather with sporadic 100+ mph bursts. The RGU will do the same, just more comfortably.
Anything your Deuce can do, my Deuce can do better.

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?.. No it can't ....
Yes it CAN!

LOL (forgive misquote)

I agree, Deuce is HD perfection, and RG is perfectly comfortable.
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I am new to Harley's having been on BMWs most of my life... ... My question is what other forum member's thoughts are on this type of riding... I.e. is it considered too hard on the big VTwin which has the reputation as a cruiser?
this discussion should have given you the answers you were looking for:

00. Ride it like you stole it
44. People are like Motorcycles: each is customized a bit differently
70. No matter what marque you ride, it's all the same wind
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