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    Congrats on the new bike John. Very nice!
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    What a stable,,, well done !! It will be interesting to hear how you decide which one to ride on any given day. Enjoy,,, Cat'

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    Thanks guys. Great bikes, both. But I will be selling the ST shortly.
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    Nice bike John. Now get out there and enjoy a few of those great mountain roads that I used to enjoy when I lived there.
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    Re: 2016 BMW 1200RT

    Quote Originally Posted by BakerBoy View Post
    Anyone care to pass me some Grey Poupon?

    But of course!

    Congrats.
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    Re: 2016 BMW 1200RT

    Seeing this thread reminds me of how good this forum is and how disappointed I am in Honda. Honda led with technology for so long that I never thought I'd want to leave the brand. I went to BMW in 2007 as cruise control, electronically controlled suspension and other amenities went from feeling like a gimick to something that really enhances the touring experience. For years I've been waiting to see how Honda would respond and have wanted to go back to Honda engineering but they continue to offer bikes that are very beginner oriented without having enough excitement, have really odd styling or are the same bike with virtually no changes for a decade. Yamaha has been able to introduce beginner friendly, economical yet lively enough to have appeal to experienced riders. They have made evolutionary changes to the FJR to keep it in the conversation.

    I know the sport touring segment is small but it does make me sad that after being away from my very solid ST for almost 10 years that Honda still has not provided something to keep us in the fold. Thankfully, others have and the R1200RT is a great example of a bike to consider as owners of ST1300's look for another bike.

    I've had a VFR1200 for a couple of years and keep hoping they will put that engine in a sport touring bike. Let Honda recoup some investment in that excellent engine placed in a bike the market did not want. It is a dream many have had for a while and it seems far from being fulfilled. As Honda continues to ignore this segment it does my heart well to see this forum is still the great place it has always been. Optimistic, friendly to all riders of all brands, keeps away from drama like politics and is just a great place for support and friendship.

    Well done ST-owners forum.
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    I happened to be looking at Craig's list for BMW parts and lucked into a good used BMW 49L top box from a guy in Fort Collins for $500.
    The same box new is $961 and the newer version box is $1360
    I will decide later if I get it painted to match the 2016 San Marino blue.

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    Good find!

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    Re: 2016 BMW 1200RT

    Now that I've had my RT for about 6 months...

    I'm enjoying the bike (2016 BMW R1200RT, with Dynamic ESA, Keyless Ride, GPS Ready, TPMS, Audio System, Cruise, heated stuff, wonderwheel, ...).

    The vibrations inherent in the opposing-twin engine aren't to my liking (I miss the ST's V-4), but it is what it is.

    A few things that need improved on the RT:
    --The audio system (promising, but falls short in practice)
    --Small fairing pockets
    --Reduce the many adjoining seams and openings on the front fairing of the bike--bugs and dirt are difficult to remove in those seams. (Save your "ride more, clean less" comments for someone else.)
    --Improved panel fastening. Some lower-panel gromets are loose, the lower right panel has one gromet that isn't always staying fitted/latched.
    --Tipover protection

    The largest detractor (annoyance?) so far has been the factory audio system. I'm using a Zumo 660 (fits in the factory 'GPS Ready' cradle) and a Sena 20S (I am not using BMW's $$$ Navigator nor BMW's $$$ Bluetooth helmet). The nagging issue is that anytime a non-BMW device puts sound onto the Bluetooth system, the bike's Bluetooth system doesn't always resume (the dash still indicates BT is functional/paired). Most often, when an arriving message or phone call is transmitted from my iPhone onto the audio system, the Sena system rightly gives it priority over music it had been playing, and it transmits the iPhone sound on the BT audio channel. But then the Sena or BMW audio system (?which?) rarely resumes music streaming onto the BT audio channel. If rebooting my Sena doesn't cause the BMW audio system to re-initiate the connection and resume music streaming, then I have to pull over and shut down the bike--most often a bike reboot is required to get back to normal audio function. I've managed to get that audio problem lessened by deleting the iPhone pairing to the Zumo GPS (losing ability to see or make phone calls on the GPS screen, therefore have since mounted the phone to the handlebars so it is visible). I also just updated my Sena 20S firmware from 1.6.3 to 1.7.5 and have restored factory defaults on it in hopes that will help (not yet tested).

    Without going into the detail, the RT has great handling, is full of great features, has surprisingly good power, is lightweight, has good weather protection, is easy to maintain, and more. It is modern, and is what the Honda ST should have been updated to by now.

    Overall, the pluses are greatly outweigh the minuses, and I'm glad to have this bike.

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    Re: 2016 BMW 1200RT

    Aw, I like the thrum of the boxer motor. I guess what bike you had previously matters as the STs are almost too smooth for me. My RS runs smoother than my Tenere so I guess it is relative. Neither have the paint shaker feel of my 2012 RT and I love the torque of the new boxer motors. Sure would like to have an RT in the stable again for a winter bike but it was a bit too warm for summer riding in the southeastern US. I'm pleased with the two bikes I have now. I'd be more pleased if I could actually ride them somewhere.

    My RS doesn't have a radio so I don't have those issues. I wouldn't want anything on the bike that competes with my helmet crooning or interrupts the heated discussions I have with the voices in my head

    It didn't take long for me to get spoiled to cruise control, electronic suspension adjustments and less weight. I'm with you.....too bad Honda has abandoned the sport-touring market. Oh well, other options are there for the taking.

    Glad you are enjoying the bike.
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