Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca, USA
RT vs. GT
Based on what you stated your needs are you need to buy an RT. This comes from a guy who rode a 93 K1100RS for 11 years and loves the K engine. Unfortunately my K was totaled from an accident up in the Sierra's 3 years ago or I would probably be riding it right now. My immediate reaction was to find another K bike. A year or two before my accident I rode a friends R1100RT for a weekend and could not believe how well it handled and "turned in" to corners. As I have gotten older I was looking for a more upright seating position, more protection, and maybe even a radio. I found a great deal on an almost brand new 04 R1150RT in Texas and bought it. Meanwhile I had heard good things about the new R1200RT. I found one advertised here in L.A. 6 months after buying the 04. I talked with the owner and scheduled a test ride. 30 minutes later I was the proud owner of an 05 R1200RT. This bike is sooooo much better than the R1150RT. There is no pull to the right when you accelerate due to counter balancers being used, 43 lbs. lighter, about 15 more h.p., better gearing, flickability now, cruise control, heated seats. This TWIN is better IN EVERY WAY vs. the earlier models. It will HAUL ASS in the mountains in 3rd/4th gear above 5K rpm's and there are not many bikes that will be able to get away from you.
More than likely you will need to add a seat, shocks, and windscreen but that is par for the course for BMW, right? Another thing, you can do the maintenance on the RT saving yourself thousands of $$$ over its lifetime if you like to wrench. I get a lot of self satisfaction working on my own bike so I do the maintenance. As stated earlier I have always been an inline 4 kind of guy but I am loving this bike so far after 18 months of ownership and I can see keeping it just as long as I owned the K bike. Bottom line is go take one for a test ride and decide for yourself.