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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #45 on: July 30, 2014, 08:00:16 PM »

I've gone back and forth over the past 50 + years of riding between all the Euro bikes, Japanese bikes, a couple Italian bikes and many Harley's.  There is no bike I don't like but only my Harley's had soul which why I seldom haven't had a Harley in my garage even if I owned a few other brands at the same time.  I must say Duc's also have soul but the ergo's don't suit me at 67 year old.   OBTW, I'd own a GSA all day long before the K1600GTL, the GSA's ugly as heck but they are a riding "tool" and a great touring bike. Kinda like an ugly woman with a great body, you may not want to be seen in public with one but they sure can be fun.    :P
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #46 on: July 30, 2014, 09:03:39 PM »

Amen to that.  The GSA just is like a club...rather crude and not pretty but sure does the job no matter the situation.  Spook
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #47 on: July 30, 2014, 09:11:09 PM »

The GSA is a great bike, no doubt.  My only issue with it as a daily rider is the height.  Even with a 34" inseam, it's just ungainly.

Once it's moving, there isn't much better out there.


BTW, I pick up the K16 tomorrow.....





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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #48 on: July 30, 2014, 10:34:38 PM »

Definitely a beautiful bike! Enjoy and stay safe!
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #49 on: July 30, 2014, 10:37:54 PM »

That's awesome, Train!  Congrats on your new toy.  I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've ridden it a few miles.  I hope the speeding tickets don't dampen your enthusiasm. 
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #50 on: July 30, 2014, 10:53:46 PM »

Congratulations, I've ridden with three members here that have one and they love theirs.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #51 on: July 31, 2014, 08:49:39 AM »

That's awesome, Train!  Congrats on your new toy.  I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've ridden it a few miles.  I hope the speeding tickets don't dampen your enthusiasm.


As long as he's not going through Ohio, he should be okay.  :D


Congrats Russ. 
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #52 on: July 31, 2014, 10:33:37 PM »

Jumping Jesus I'd forgotten how good this bike is.  I'm still in break-in, so I've gotta keep it under 5,000rpm, but even still......This thing is a smooth beast.  I did a quick 50 mile ride home from the dealer through the local backroads, and even with a green engine and new tires, I was an easy 20mph faster through familiar corners with no effort at all.

The riding position is damn near identical to the Ultra, my feet are maybe an inch further back.  The bars are much, much narrower than the 575s I had on the Ultra.  And damn is it quiet, which is nice. 

I need highway pegs and a windshield with a recurve.  The seat seems too soft, but it'll take a long ride to really tell.  Otherwise it's a 160hp beast that even keeping it under 5,000rpm will tug the front wheel off the ground and run like stink.  And with dead-stock suspension rides better than my Ultra with JRI shocks, a CCE triple tree, and Ricor Intiminators.....And not just a little better.

So I'm happy.  It's a helluva machine.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #53 on: July 31, 2014, 11:27:53 PM »

I traded my 2011 CVO Road Glide Ultra in on my 2013 K1600GT and soundly second 05Train's comments.  I truly liked my CVOs but they did run hot, and both weighted in well over 900lbs. No heat issues with the BMWs and they're about 170lbs lighter with more HP.  Plus, if you like to go fast in the twistys, the Harleys suspension and clearances put them at a disadvantage.  There's no comparing the two bikes in terms of performance.  There's a very visceral appeal to the Harley and it's probably more fun if you're just cruising (even at +15 speeds) but the K1600 motor actually has more torque and is so smooth there's no vibration.  The two bikes satisfy slightly differing urges and both do a good job.  It's not a question of which is better, but which scratches your particular itch best.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #54 on: August 01, 2014, 06:30:04 AM »

Glad you guys are happy. I just can't get past the looks. Rubber side down fellas.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #55 on: August 01, 2014, 07:29:56 AM »

The two bikes satisfy slightly differing urges and both do a good job.  It's not a question of which is better, but which scratches your particular itch best.

Very well said and so true.

Train, congrats on your new bimmer.  Many happy, trouble free miles to you, brother
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #56 on: August 01, 2014, 08:44:09 AM »

Nice Ride there,Train !!! Good Luck with the New Ride.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #57 on: August 01, 2014, 09:24:54 AM »

The two bikes satisfy slightly differing urges and both do a good job.  It's not a question of which is better, but which scratches your particular itch best.
This really sums it up well.  Riding the two bikes back-to-back, it's a very different riding experience.  Neither is bad.  From my experience with the RT and GS/A, the Beemers are more playful bikes that take more rider input on the highway.  The Harleys don't dance as well in the mountains but are far more stable at cruise.

In the Ultra/K16 Venn diagram, there's a decent amount of crossover, but it's exploring the outer edges that makes the differences really stand out.
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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #58 on: August 01, 2014, 09:42:55 AM »

Glad you guys are happy. I just can't get past the looks. Rubber side down fellas.

 :nervous: :nervous: :nervous:
I'm worried, I'm thinking the same as Jesse!

Maybe the best part,
There are BMW forums for people with BMW's.
What a novel idea.

 ;D

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Re: CVO Street Glide vs BMW K1600GTL
« Reply #59 on: August 01, 2014, 09:43:32 AM »

:nervous: :nervous: :nervous:
I'm worried, I'm thinking the same as Jesse!

Maybe the best part,
There are BMW forums for people with BMW's.
What a novel idea.

 ;D

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