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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-10-2016, 04:37 PM
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BMW must have really changed the RT. I had a 2004 and it handled like a dump truck when compared to my 04 FJR. My 2012 FJR would make you throw it away. The only thing I liked on the BMW was the fairing !!
IMHO that is not true, I own both a 2013 FJR and a 2016 RTW..
They are two different bikes, the FJR is a supersport touring with emphasis on the sport side and the RTW is more on the touring side and 2 up....
As far as handling at low speeds the RTW is better than the FJR due to the boxer motor carrying it's weight down low and has a claimed weight of 604lbs to fjr's 639lbs. They are both great bikes but they do different things well...If you like to ride one up and have a fist full of power and a slick gearbox at a great price, than FJR is your Bike. If you like to ride 2 up, have great fuel mileage and have all the amenities of comfort, but you don't mind the outrageous price, than the RTW is your bike.


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The cost of ownership would keep me completely out of the BMW club, but I've logged thousands of miles on BMW RTs up and down the California coast.

To me it feels bigger, heavier and much more comfortable than an FJR... and less sporty in character. But trust me, the big girl can dance just fine. That boxer has beautiful torque and balance. Many an FJR pilot and many a sportbike pilot would not want to keep pace with somebody that knows how to ride it. It's capable of hooting lots louder than anybody should... on a public road.



I would never buy one though, because even if money were no object, I love the bulletproof nature of the FJR... and it feels lighter and more nimble, more entertaining for me.

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I agree Liquid on the price of ownership. BMW stands for bring my wallet...


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there's no comparison in maintenance cost between the two....

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That boxer has beautiful torque and balance. Many an FJR pilot and many a sportbike pilot would not want to keep pace with somebody that knows how to ride it. It's capable of hooting lots louder than anybody should... on a public road.
100% agreement on that statement. I've got the riding partner that proves your statement daily. I too have experience on both, and I can tell you all that it's the indian, not the arrow, especially in the case of this comparison.

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100% agreement on that statement. I've got the riding partner that proves your statement daily. I too have experience on both, and I can tell you all that it's the indian, not the arrow, especially in the case of this comparison.

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