Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Marshall, TX, USA
I test rode the new RT back in Nov. Totally different riding experience. No hand brake for the front - all 3 wheels are ABS/linked to the brake pedal under your right foot. Handling is weird. If you have a death grip on the bars it will wander, but relax your grip and it's fine. It does take more effort, a lot more effort, ride aggressively. I personally think it would make a great 2 up ride. My girlfriend really like it. It was easy for her to get on and off, the seat was comfortable, the floorboards are adjustable for her, and she can get on and off without me having to hold the bike. For me, no matter how much she wiggled around back there, I never felt it. Slow speed and stops were easy. Didn't have to worry about dropping it.
A friend of mine who went from an R1 to a 1098 to a B-King, traded the B-King off to get the RS. He really loves it and is really starting to ride aggressively with it. This guy is one of those track day guys and used to pull wheelies on the freeway in Dallas. And along with his Spyder he has a 250 Suzuki Motard. He knows how to ride, and ride hard. If he loves it, it must be fun.
'99 K1200LT - gone
'06 K1200GT - the new kid in town
'08 Wing - gone