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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 10-14-2019, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Bmw k1600

Do any members here also have a K1600 or have had a K1600 and then moved on to a Road Glide?

What were your experiences - both positive and negative - with the K1600?

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I went and looked at a K1600, nice bike. It’s not at all maintenance friendly for the owner. It’s setup basically for dealer only repairs and maintenance. There’s even a valve adjustment that happens fairly often and is pretty expensive because the engine is essentially buried. Not much of an aftermarket for it either. So order it the way you want, get a trinket or two from the dealer, and that’s it. Go ride. It’s got plenty of power and is super smooth and linear.

Bought a Ducati instead. LOL I never though that would happen.....
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Buy a Beemer and you will never complain about Harley dealer prices again .. Friend in Australia has a SS1000 ( I think it's the SS ) $1000 every 6000 miles for service ..

Would love a Ducati , but at my age if I ever got in the crotch rocket position I would probably stay there

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I was looking at a K1600 at a hotel in Robbinsville, NC last week, And the guy told me that BMW means Big Money Waster.

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Buy a Beemer and you will never complain about Harley dealer prices again .. Friend in Australia has a SS1000 ( I think it's the SS ) $1000 every 6000 miles for service ..

Would love a Ducati , but at my age if I ever got in the crotch rocket position I would probably stay there

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I realize that there probably aren't many Ducati dealers in Bama, Jack, but you need to get caught up on their line-up as they've been making a cruiser for about 10 years now. It's called the Diavel, 158 HP and 481 pounds. It's a muscle cruiser, sort of in the vein of a Yamaha V-Max. Or check out their MultiStrada sport touring bike with hard bags. 461 lbs. with around 150 HP. Both have a full compliment of electronic riding aids. Out of 8 main models, only 2 are true crotch rocket sport bikes these days. Parts are expensive and dealers are few and far between unless you live in a major metropolitan area.
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My riding buddy has had a H-D Heritage Softail Classic, GoldWing, and now a BMW K1600 GTL. His favorite by far is the BMW.

He is a more aggressive rider than I and can make that bike fly through the twisties. He does all of his own basic maintenance (oil, filter, tires) with no complaints. Well, I take that back. The specified Michelin tires are relatively soft, so he burns through tires rather fast, especially the rear. He had a few mechanical issues early on, all covered under warranty. I do know he has spent less $$ maintaining his bike than I have on my 2015 CVO Road Glide Ultra. As I recall, he’s got about 25K on it so far. We have swapped bikes for ~50 miles or so, and it is a night and day difference, with the BMW being lighter and much more responsive, performance wise. We tour together and he has almost as much storage capacity as the H-D.

If you want good assessment of the BMW, go over to their forum. They are pretty blunt about the good and the bad. And go test ride one. I was considering a change last Spring and test drove the K1600B Grand America and the new GoldWing. Both performed amazingly well, but lacked the storage capacity of my existing bike. The K1600 GTL has considerably more storage than the Grand America. But Both bikes are a little too fugly for this long-time Harley rider. I ultimately decided my RGU could satisfy my needs for a couple more years until something really catches my eye. But if it were practical to have both in my garage, I would buy a BMW in a heart beat.

Good luck in your decision.

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buddy of mine I used to ride with had a Duc and it was $1,100 minimum every time he took it in. Heard similar about the beemers, couple of folks I met on the road who were on a gold wing said their maintenance cost was cut by 50-75% when then went to Honda from BMW. IMHO, ride whatever fits ya and makes your heart sing.
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I realize that there probably aren't many Ducati dealers in Bama, Jack, but you need to get caught up on their line-up as they've been making a cruiser for about 10 years now. It's called the Diavel, 158 HP and 481 pounds. It's a muscle cruiser, sort of in the vein of a Yamaha V-Max. Or check out their MultiStrada sport touring bike with hard bags. 461 lbs. with around 150 HP. Both have a full compliment of electronic riding aids. Out of 8 main models, only 2 are true crotch rocket sport bikes these days. Parts are expensive and dealers are few and far between unless you live in a major metropolitan area.
I know fuzzball , I was being faseeshush ..... I like the MultiStrada and if I wasnt chasing you down in the birthday department , I would serially consider one .. Then there is the KTM also , one of the guys in Kentcky last year had one , another sweet ride .. On the other hand I can do myself in with my anemic 75 HP Roadie ..

too bad the off road bikes werent this cool when we were kids ..

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I did infact own a 2013 K1600GT....BMW is very good M.C...lots of toys and tech...BUT if they have a problem a major problem you will never know because the hide it....I owned a 2013 early year K1600...what a fun bike,did a lot of things very well................UNTIL it started puking smoke....BMW did not say anything about the problem with piston cracking in the 2012-mid year 2013.....I was 3 months out of factory warranty when it all went south....$6100. dollars later....BMW offered NO HELP....SORRY BUT!!!!!I will never ever ever ever buy another BMW of anything....Sorry but the Germans have not forgotten,buy at ur own risk.........I did have RPM1 warranty and they did step up and pay but they tried very hard to derail me ....BE WARE.....
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I had a '14 K16 GTL, traded it in on my RGU. Two words: never again.

BMW seats are designed by Nazi ergonomists. They're rockets, but they have a taste for oil that would make an alcoholic blush. And they're as sensitive and fragile as teenaged girls.
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