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post #41 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 03:17 AM
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Have you tried the R9T scrambler? - I reckon its the pick of the range
I SO wanted to love the R9T Scrambler.

Then I took one for a test ride -- and hated it! The vibration right up through the seat and everywhere was awful. I couldn't imagine riding it for extended periods of time (and I wanted something I could do some long distance touring on).

Hence, I bought a Street Scrambler...
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I SO wanted to love the R9T Scrambler.

Then I took one for a test ride -- and hated it! The vibration right up through the seat and everywhere was awful. I couldn't imagine riding it for extended periods of time (and I wanted something I could do some long distance touring on).

Hence, I bought a Street Scrambler...
Ha, funny - the way it shook was the thing I liked the best!
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I SO wanted to love the R9T Scrambler.

Then I took one for a test ride -- and hated it! The vibration right up through the seat and everywhere was awful.
Last summer when my T100 was in for its 500 mile service the BMW semi happened to be there with a whole bunch of demo bikes and a couple BMW people who were leading group demo rides that lasted about an hour. I picked out the RnineT pure.

When I first fired it up, I was startled by the amount of vibration and how harsh the engine sounded. The riding position was definitely more aggressive than the T100. In the long term, it would have been too much so for my 60 year old wrists and neck ó but for a demo ride it was fun. It liked to dive into turns more than the T100, but wasn't overly twitchy. However, there was a lot of vibration at all speeds, and the exhaust note was a bit harsh for my taste. It seemed like a very nice motorcycle, but just not "my thing".

When I got on my T100 and started home, I kept thinking to myself "My god, this is smooth, quiet and refined."
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A lot of good points made in comparing some BMW R9T and Triumph watercooled models. It gets a little sketchy when the comparisons are between different models in their respective ranges, for an example the R9T/5 at the beginning of this thread and say a Thruxton R .

I get to ride a T120 quite often and definitely find it more comfortable to ride for me than either my Thruxton R or my R9T/5. The Thruxton R feels faster and handles better to me than the T120 and R9T/5. For me the R9T/5 is right between the T120 and Thruxton R in terms comfort and performance.

I looked at the new Speed Twin for this slot and it was close but I liked the appearance of the R9T/5 over the Speed Twin and it was cheaper.

Quite frankly if I took the four bikes in my backyard to a bike show the crowd would pick the Royal Enfield first, the Red Thruxton next, the BMW RnineT/5 third and the Thruxton R last. Now I haven't had the BMW in that mix but I have had those results in two shows before.
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A lot of good points made in comparing some BMW R9T and Triumph watercooled models. It gets a little sketchy when the comparisons are between different models in their respective ranges, for an example the R9T/5 at the beginning of this thread and say a Thruxton R .

I get to ride a T120 quite often and definitely find it more comfortable to ride for me than either my Thruxton R or my R9T/5. The Thruxton R feels faster and handles better to me than the T120 and R9T/5. For me the R9T/5 is right between the T120 and Thruxton R in terms comfort and performance.

I looked at the new Speed Twin for this slot and it was close but I liked the appearance of the R9T/5 over the Speed Twin and it was cheaper.

Quite frankly if I took the four bikes in my backyard to a bike show the crowd would pick the Royal Enfield first, the Red Thruxton next, the BMW RnineT/5 third and the Thruxton R last. Now I haven't had the BMW in that mix but I have had those results in two shows before.
Wow what a stable.
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Wow what a stable.
Nah...this was a farewell picture (at least for now) for the red Thruxton. My buddy bought it a few days ago but I still get visitation rights as long as he has it.

I still get ride the Zx1400R I sold to
his son. We have a network of five guys that trade, buy and sell motorcycles with each other when possible.

Who knows I might buy the Zx1400R back in 2021 and try for 200 mph again.
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Iíve been a member of this community for nearly a decade and have made lifelong friends here. For real. In the flesh.

Unless youíre moving, too, youíre not getting rid of me so easily! :-D

Congrats on the new bike. I think I mentioned that it was a close one between the earlier version of the 9T and my Thruxton.

As our little group in Philadelphia goes progressively more Beemer blue, Iíve been very impressed with the latest generation of bikes from BMW. On our latest weekend overnight, 4 out of 9 bikes were late model Beemers- and yes, on my Triumphs, I do miss the simplicity of shaft drive like my previous Moto Guzzi had (although I miss little else).

Have you dipped your toe into the BMW community, either on the previous forums linked here or on Facebook? Itís always been my impression that BMW riders are at least as fanatical and Carole driven as Triumph riders, if not more. It would be interesting to hear your impressions about that side of the online riding world.



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Yo Marc!
I did join an R9T forum and I’m finding it to be pretty welcoming and those guys are super passionate about their rides for sure.
A few Triumphrat members are on there as well.

I know that the “typical” BMW rider gets painted a certain way, but I’ve not joined the regular community. So, I don’t have a sense. It seems like the niche-y focus of the R9T doesn’t appeal to many of the traditional riders? I’m not sure yet, being new.
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