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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2008, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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Differences?

I'm thinking of getting a bike soon and I'm interested in a BMW. I already have a 4-wheeled bimmer, and I love it. Now I want to try a 2-wheel model. But what is the difference between the R and K-series bikes?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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Not too sure on the difference in them ....the all new 1000RR BMW is looking real sweet too....inline 4 motor too. Here's a link to the article on it...

http://www.busanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3670
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2008, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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I should mention that I'm not really looking into a superbike. Although it does look really sweet. I doubt I could afford it!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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Not an expert by any means, but the K bikes are inlines, usually I4's I believe, and the R bikes are Horizonally opposed 2 cyl's. The classic BMW look with the cyl's poking out the side are R Bikes, although the newer R's are oil/air cooled while the older BMW's are just air cooled.

The K Bikes, I believe, are water cooled.

BTW, if someone else offers info that contradicts me, I'd tend to believe them. As I mentioned, I'm no expert, just an R bike fan.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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In-line vs. Opposed

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I'm thinking of getting a bike soon and I'm interested in a BMW. {snip} But what is the difference between the R and K-series bikes?
As previously stated, the big difference in motors is an inline 4-cylinder (K-series) verses a 2-cylinder horizontally opposed (R-series).

If you are looking at the differences between something like the R1200RT and K1300GT that gets a bit tougher. The frames and suspension are also a bit different as is the clutch. If you are in the mood for sport touring, then either bike will do you fine. Go sit on them and take 'em for a ride to see which you like the best. If you think the RT is more for you, I'd suggest getting a 1200 which will put you 2005 or newer. BMW made some substantial suspension changes for 2005 along with moving from the 1150 motor to the 1200 motor.

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