We took the new R1200RT out for a ride today. We wanted to go look at a toy hauler RV that was at an RV dealer over near Gainesville, GA. It was a gorgeous fall day so we decided we were going to ride our new motorcycle. Our friends, Sean and Christine were going to go with us and ride their Victory Cross Country Tour. Time-wise the interstate was the fastest but riding motorcycles on tow lane roads is more fun! The dealer is right off of Georgia HWY 53 in Oakwood, GA. So we left Woodstock and headed up I-575 until it changed to GA HWY 515 just north of Ballground, GA where we picked up GA HWY53 which we would take all the way to the RV dealer.
The stretch of GA HWY 53 from Jasper to Dawsonville is a road that we have taken many, many times before. It is a fun, curvy road as many roads are in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We also took this route so we could compare travelling it on our K1200LT and on our new R1200RT. The best part of today’s route was after we crossed from Pickens County into Dawson County. We’re in the nice curvy section of road when I hear Donna giggling over the intercom. Yes she was giggling! She said it more fun on the R1200RT than it was on the K1200LT. Believe me, I already knew it was much more fun! Now you have to understand that Donna has never ridden on the back of a motorcycle without a back rest or trunk behind her (or in BMW terms, a top case) until we bought this R1200RT. We have the top case on order but it isn’t here yet. So there was Donna perched on the back of the BMW R1200RT, with nothing behind her, giggling away on a twisty and curvy road because it was fun. We think we made the right decision for a new motorcycle. Oh and know what was even better? We got to ride the same stretch of road on the way home! To be honest, the image below from Garmin Basecamp doesn’t do the road justice. We ended up riding 163 miles today. The R1200RT is now overdue for its 600 mile service and that task has been scheduled. I wanted it out of the way before our trip to the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground this weekend.