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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Bmw 1600 b 2018

I am intrigued by the BMW 1600B Check it out with one of the reviews on You Tube,
They make a nice bike. Looks like a blast to ride, I am happy with my CTX DCT but if I had a wish list the BMW 1600 would be on it!
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No thanks. Pretty, yes, but like I need a 1.6 litre bike that weighs 800 pounds fueled and loaded. I can kill myself just fine on the CTX. The thing looks HUGE. Kinda reminds me of the old Country song "Give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around"

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I had an 1130CC Harley nightrod. Great bike but way too heavy. Went up to 160 on the track with slipper clutch. Who needs to go that fast. Can't use it on public roads. I got pinned under it once, couldn't budge the 900 lbs of bike. As Bob says, CTX is right.

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Tried it, liked it, the weight seemed to me to disappear completely above about 5-7 MPH, making even the dealer's parking lot on a hill comfortable at my 50-ish years of age. Not sure about the price unless we take more long distance trips than we can do before retirement. It's on my short list of possibles in a few years.
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I was on a ride home one windy day, and experiencing quite a bit of handling difficulty on the CTX. My riding partner that day was on his 1600B and said he noticed my problem, so he offered to swap for a short distance, just to see if it was the bike or me. I don't know whether it was the extra weight, or the larger tires, or whatever, but the 1600 was much smoother in the gusty crosswinds. My riding partner also noticed more sensitivity to the gusts on the CTX. Since then, I've had the opportunity to ride a different 1600, and a new 1250RT. They both handle way better than the CTX.

To help in those gusty crosswinds, I took off the top box, and noticed a difference. I had the Bestem 929 mounted on the rear carrier like most everyone else. Since then I bought another rear carrier, that I'm modifying to fit facing forward, over the pillion. I'm not going to use the top box all the time, but when I do, it will be in the slipstream, directly behind me, instead of hanging off the tail like a big rudder. I can do that since I never ride 2 up. I also took off the Cee Bailey windshield to see what effect that would have, on a windy day, and that too improved the handling in gusty crosswinds. I'll probably run the rest of the summer with the stock windshield in place.

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Love the handling of both the 1600B and the 1250RT. If I was 10 years younger, I'd probably swap tomorrow. One thing would really sway me, would be a DCT on either one. The clutch is OK on the open roads, but anywhere that I'd have to be continuously gripping and releasing would be painful for me. "What a drag it is, getting o-l-d."
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That's an awesome bike would definitely be on my list of money was no object. The fact that it is four times the price and 50% heavier than the CTX I would expect nothing less than night and day performance. Would love to have one doubt I ever will.
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Tried it, liked it, the weight seemed to me to disappear completely above about 5-7 MPH, making even the dealer's parking lot on a hill comfortable at my 50-ish years of age. Not sure about the price unless we take more long distance trips than we can do before retirement. It's on my short list of possibles in a few years.
Most people hating on heavier bikes clearly never have ridden one. There is a big difference between sitting on one and moving it vertical off the kickstand vs. actually riding it. The same can be said for ALL bikes! There are times and reasons where more weight is a good/better thing. Bigger bikes are not necessarily for more speed(very common misconception), they do have purpose, just each purpose is more oriented upon its own class.
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That's an awesome bike would definitely be on my list of money was no object. The fact that it is four times the price and 50% heavier than the CTX I would expect nothing less than night and day performance. Would love to have one doubt I ever will.
R1250RT is 615# wet and ready. That 101# (20%) more than the CTX w/DCT. You'd never know it riding this bike. I likewise never felt the weight when riding the 1600. It was smooth, and handled better in traffic (buffeting from 18 wheelers), and gusty crosswinds. My personal favorite of the two, is the 1250RT. The one I rode had a lower seat and a lowering kit that brought the seat height down to just a little over 28". The 1600 with lower seat (no lowering kit) had a 29.5" seat height. I wasn't totally flat foot, but hey, I'm not even 5'4" tall and I was able to comfortably move the 1600 around, so what do you want? BTW - the 1600 (like the new Gold Wings) has a reverse function, to make parking easier. It was easier to back up than my CTX.
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My wife had a BMW 1600 before her crash that totaled it. Nice bike, but expensive to maintain. The BMW folks decided the 1600 needed 2 oil pans and plugs plus the need for a special tool to get to the inner plug. So changing your oil by yourself was a problem. Very, very expensive just to change the oil. No thanks, many other bikes out there just as nice.
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