I am 61 and have no trouble yet pushing my 2005 R1200RT around the garage but it is a matter of time. I keep bikes a long time. I bought my current bike used in 2010 with 42,000 mile on it and now have 157,000 miles (253,000KM). Things are wearing out. The previous bike was a 1989 Gold Wing that I bought new and rode for 260,000 miles (419KM) before a carburetor problem killed it. So if I buy a new bike, I expect 15 years of use from it.
What I buy this year, I expect to keep until age 76.
Hmm, for the sake of my future self, it sounds like I should avoid the 800 pound Gold Wing but the new R1250RT should be fine. How much does it cost?
A test ride on the F900XR left me grinning. It's much lighter than an RT but seems to have more power than my 15 year-old bike. The price is much better (need to save for retirement).
So I bought the F900XR base model and told the dealer to add:
• Cruise control Option code 538
• Heated grips Option code 519
• Luggage carrier for panniers and top box (I would like to use my 28 Liter top box from my 2005 R1200RT) –
• Touring Cases in white
• Centre stand Option code 636
• Tyre Pressure Control (TPC) Option code 530
Thankfully, BMW in USA has a sale on adding some "factory" options after the sale. It's about a third off the price so it's not too much extra. I'm paying way too much for the TPC because it's in the sale.
I did not want to wait for a custom order because I signed for Reg Pridmore's two-day track school, www.classrides.com
. I planned to ride my R1200RT but its rear wheel bearing and swingarm pivots are bad. The bike is too old to put that much money in. I decided to buy a new bike rather than lose the money on the class.
My riding includes commuting, day trips, and long tours. I know the F900XR will not be nearly as comfortable crossing Kansas as my RT was but it should be okay with the addition of a larger windscreen and softer seat. From my home to my daughter's home is 1,660 miles (2,670KM). Since she lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I like to ride to visit her.
gogs01, I expect to still be riding my F900XR when I am your age. I am downsizing for some of the same reasons you stated. Also, I like sportier riding and expect the 900 to be more fun in the mountains. Lower cost of purchase and ownership are also considerations. I hope it has fewer repair bills than my R1200RT had.