Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island, New York, USA
I here so many guys say the RT is more nimble, and has a lower center of gravity, and I'm confused by this. I feel just the opposite, the GT is more nimble to me, easier to handle at slow speeds, and I can make much tighter turns at slow speed than I ever could with the RT. As for wind protection the RT was better, but only slightly, and most noticeable down around the lower leg and boot area. Now lets get into the heart of why I prefer the GT. Water cooled is a big plus if you live in an area renowned for traffic. The RT would easily overheat in a traffic jam. The engine, no comparison here at all. The Boxer was slow to accelerate, and I mean the engine not bike speed. That boxer has a very heavy rotating assembly, which is not going to pick up RPM quickly. This makes the boxer prone to lugging, and keeps you shifting gears all the time so the RPM's stay up. I'm not sure I can lug the GT. The engine seems to be able to pull me out of anything. It requires much less shifting of gears. The GT holds a line better than my RT and, I think it's the position of the engine which is lower, and puts more weight on the front wheel. Maintainance, the RT wins hands down, much simpler to work on, without a doubt. Getting the bike full loaded onto the center stand was easier on the RT. Stability in triple digits goes to the GT. Fuel consumption, and range goes to the RT, and I miss that a lot. Both bikes are great bikes which I think of as different solutions to the same problem, I just prefer the GT.
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2003 R1150RT Titan Silver
2008 K1200GT Dark Graphite