Join Date: May 2006
Location: Annandale, VA, USA
My comparison is between a K12RS and an R11GS.
R - more vibration, more noise, rougher ride, better view, easier to load & carry big loads, harder to find tires, easier to do routine maintenance
K - smooth all around, less helmet buffeting, feels like there's more power on tap, helmet vents finally work like they're supposed to, harder (for me) to cycle between left & right turns quickly
Until I gather the parts for my GS sidecar project, I'm still riding the GS a couple days a week, so I'm switching back & forth between my two bikes fairly regularly.
Right now, I'd rather commute on the GS and ride the RS pretty much anywhere else.
As far as working on them, the idea of taking off the body panels on the RS every time I want to do any maintenance is kind of daunting. On the GS I can drop the bash plate & have the fuel tank off in about 5 minutes.
'98 K1200RS (being hacked)