I'm looking at getting back into riding later this year. I previously rode a Honda VTX1800C and had some friends that were on K bikes. I was rather envious at the time, but couldn't afford to trade up.
I've been reading a lot about the changes over the last 5+ years that I haven't been on two wheels, and was pretty sure I wanted a K12GT (which was what I was drooling over in '05), but reading about the updated R12RT has made me not so sure. It seems like a pretty nice ride.
I have a couple concerns to sort out: dealer accessibility, reliability, model years to avoid, and normal parts/maintenance costs (I will do whatever wrenching I can on my own). From where I am in NW Florida, google says the closest dealer is 200+ miles away. Which kind of puts a crimp in getting any warranty work done. I could always make the trip for major surgery but that would probably be it.
I've been skimming through the forum but haven't found a whole lot on year comparisons, especially between the K and R bikes (yep, I know this is a K site). So I'm really just trying to get a good feel for what major differences there are between 1st and 2nd gen GTs, as well as RT evolution over the last 5-8 years, objective differences between the two (such as "if you want to do X, the GT does this, the RT doesn't"). And most importantly, which years had the gremlins or over-complex systems, etc.
I would be riding to work as often as possible (pretty long riding season in FL - 11.9 months I think), which is a whopping 4 mile drive. Long rides would be ideal, but probably not as often as I'd like (maybe monthly). The rest would be around town, etc. Two-up riding would need to be comfortable, but my wife probably won't be able to ride with me too often. I was an extremely aggressive rider on a cruiser, so I'm not sure if that means I'd be normal on a sport-tourer, or still on the aggressive side (I liked twisties and speed).
Wow, lots of questions for a first post! I have tried to find as many answers as possible on my own, so please don't flame me for any seemingly dumb questions...
Thanks for any input!