I'm considering a tour of Europe and torn between buying a bmwr1200gs with luggage , using it and then getting rid of it after a couple of months. Alternatively I could hire a tour ready bike but this may work out more expensive than the buy and get rid options. Any ideas or does anyone fancy doing a deal on their tourer.
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are you running now?
Changing bikes inevitably means losing money somewhere.
Question is, do you really need a 1200 monster? People have done Europe on smaller bikes set up with decent luggage fitted - modern bikes can multi-task quite well, though don't forget to factor in fuel economy, tyre life and chain maintenance, and remember the insurance may well be higher if you go to a bigger bike.
Motorcycle hire is stupidly expensive. If you are taking a two week trip you could buy a middlweight machine for what you would pay in hire costs. Most middleweights these days would be perfectly capable of making that tip and you'll have a bike to keep afterwards.
I've done that kind of thing already on a steel framed CBR600, a TL1000S and a ZZR1100 (all of them with pillion). The CBR6 was probably the best compromise because I had fitted it with hard luggage and its MPG was good. (I also toured around europe on a KLR250 but that time was without a passenger).
You simply don't need a BMW R1200GS to do long distance touring. Charlie and Ewan chose those bikes because they were freebies from BMW and they thought they would need to carry loads of heavy/ bulky filming equipment. In isolation the BMWR1200GS was uterly the wrong bike to use when they were on untarmac'd roads but they had made their bed and had to lie in them.
Get a reliable, inexpensive bike that you can keep and install hard luggage on it (you can sell the luggage seperately after the tour). My CBR600 cost me £800 about 4 years ago and I've done 35,000 miles on it since with many of those miles with luggage/ pillion. I would not recommend hiring a bike unless you want to throw money away.