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Comparing the BMW R1100RT to the Kawasaki

Until August of 2000, I was a owner of a 1995 Kawasaki ZG1000 sport-touring motorcycle. I was pleased with my Connie, I was when BMW came out with the and shortly after the bike was to dealers, I made a special to the BMW shop in Sturgis, South which is about 200 miles my home.

Even though I the salesman at the time that my was not yet a year old and I had no intention of buying the new he insisted I take one for a ride. I am at heart a non-confrontational sort of I allowed this aggressive to twist my arm and force me astride the new (that’s what they it at the time) Green RT.

Against my better judgment, I gave it clutch, and by the time I had traveled blocks away from the old BMW on the north side of Interstate 90, I had in love. But love or not, I had a and a perfectly good Concours, a which by then had become a friend, and there was no way I could up $16,000 for a new two-wheeler.

Fast five years, and as I do every I am sitting at the breakfast table the motorcycle section of the local For Sale: 1998 Sinus R1100RT, 5,200 miles, Three-rail motorcycle trailer

After I cleaned up the spilled I made my way to the telephone and punched in the listed in the ad. Two days and $10,000 (Yeah, I got him down $500. Not huh?), I was the proud owner of a discounted, hardly used, immaculate BMW motorcycle.

That was or six weeks ago, and although I the honeymoon is not quite over, I I can make objective comparisons the Concours and the R1100RT. One reason I can be is because, as much as I love the I still have a soft for the Connie. So, let’s begin. I start with what I to be negative aspects of both and then move to the positive Remember, I am talking about bikes in their stock

Of course many of these are curable with the addition of accessories.

First, the Kawasaki

The bike has a terrible windscreen causes buffeting that is severe and always annoying. The gas is so inaccurate that it shows empty when there is well over a hundred available in the tank. The bike its fuel high, so the always motorcycle is particularly top-heavy full of gas. The speedometer fast. The seat is mediocre.

The styling is fourteen years old and its age. I am just under tall and I find the leg room to the point that I have removing the knee armor in my because on rides of more 100 miles it becomes tight and The handlebars are low for a sport-touring bike and cause wrist and shoulder The bike is very buzzy, between 4000 and 4500 which is right at freeway

You have to be an Austrian weight-lifter to get the on its centerstand. The bags are a pain to They are boxy, unattractive, and are with a separate key.

The has helmet locks that are when the bags are attached. The although adjustable front and is old-tech and feels it. The luggage is so small that it is useless.

Two plugs have to be removed to the oil. It has an old-style oil filter. It has that need to be adjusted 6000 miles.

Next, the RT:

It has a that is too short for some and too for everyone. It has instruments that to have larger numerals for the rider. The speedometer is absurdly The odometer may be inaccurate. (I’m not sure). There is only one odometer.

The handgrips are uncomfortable. The turn are awkward to use. The radio is the of the motorcycling world. It has a seat was apparently designed in the Eighteenth by the Marquis de Sade. Buzzy.

and very clunky transmission. five gears. A fairing is a pain to remove. A battery for all practical purposes is inaccessible.

I this is subjective, but to the American ear the sounds more like sewing machine than it a modern motorcycle. It has a clunky Not enough power.

Bags are small. Clunky transmission. helmet locks that are worthless. The bike is expensive to and even by motorcycle-shop standards, service and accessories are expensive. It has that need adjusting 6000 miles.

Did I mention the transmission? And, oh, yeah, it tends to surge, particularly in 2nd and 3rd at low to moderate rpms.

BTW, I the negatives of the BMW to be twice as bad when to the Concours because the BMW costs as much. (Concours, $8,000; $16,000).

Now, the positives for the

Because it springs from the Kawasaki gene pool as the it is fast down low, it is in the middle, and it is very fast on (139 top end, 12 seconds in the It has six gears. It has two odometers. It has a 7.5 gallon gas my knowledge, the largest in the industry Gold Wings). Adjustable front end.

Air-adjusted shock in back. A that will keep dry except the top of your helmet and the of your boots. Two fairing Huge bags.

Many for bungee cords, including two in back designed specifically for purpose. Very flickable in the If you maintain your battery which is easy to do since it is located under the seat, the will fire up first every time.

In five I never once had a problem starting. And the best part: It costs $8,000!

Positives for the

Pardon my exuberance, but it is one gorgeous It has gazelle-like lines that fail to turn heads. It has It has fuel-injection.

It has a front and rear that is the wonder of the motorcycling It has an adjustable seat, allowing for of leg room for almost any rider. It has an windscreen that is not only functional, I never tire of with it. It has a gear indicator I might have once was a gimmick appreciated only by but now I have to admit that I use it if that makes me a sissy, so be it.

It handles better than any motorcycle heavier than hundred pounds on the market. includes a 600-pound Concours and a ST1100.) It is subjective, I know, but IMO it has the most beautiful colors of any available. (That includes all the hues put out by Willie G. and the boys in It is so well balanced that it virtually no effort at all to put it on its centerstand. It has bags that are a snap to

It has a canister-type oil filter. It has a roundel. And but not least, ladies and gentlemen, the has those two big, beautiful that stick straight out to the

It just doesn’t get any better that.

I believe that the Kawasaki Concours, bar none, is the best motorcycle buy in the world. For you get a bike that probably has way power and handling ability any of us are capable of dealing with our name happens to be Kenny or Max Biaggi. It has a storm-buster fairing, luggage capacity, and as much or comfort as many bikes thousands of dollars more.

Add to that the fact that it is a as reliable and trustworthy as anything on two and you have something that be beaten. At least it can’t be when looking at it as value for and bang for buck.

On the other technically the BMW shows how dated the has become. We RT-ers whine ourselves about Motronic clunkiness, and surging, but despite all it cannot be denied that the is and has been for over six years on the cutting edge of modern motorcycle technology. It is a nearly blend of form and function, and if is no object or of only moderate my old friend, the Kawasaki Concours, as good as it is, cannot come to the BMW.


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