Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Skippack, PA, USA
IMHO, at some point you'll see that the LT is bloated, loaded with lots of stuff that costs a lot to fix and which has little or nothing to do with getting down the road. If that's what you want, look very hard at Gold Wing. Honest.
But... if you want to get down the road comfortably but, as your skills improve, with as much gusto as you like (and LEO won't lock you up for), look hard at the GT. Yes, if you really twist the loud handle, you will go down the road a helluva lot faster than you think (or might want). But the GT won't turn and bite you, either. If anything, it's far more likely to get you through situations that demand excellent steering, handling, and manageable power - in short, those moments when your life is cuing up to pass before your eyes.
Traction control... perhaps you mean adjustable ride or springing (ESA)? Other than really terrifyingly fast bikes, traction control is hard to come by.
R's in general, aren't quite as aggressive as the K's. OTOH, you can expect a lot more shifting to keep the engine turning at a speed it likes. The K's are pretty forgiving on this point. At the moment I'm on a R1100RT loaner while my K1200RS is getting a new alternator (stuff happens). The RT is surprisingly zippy, but it demands up and down shifts to keep it happy, while my KRS can be brought up to 6th and cruised without a ton of gear jamming. 'Course, if I want to get going in the twisties, my left foot and hand will be busy, too.
The R's have two cylinder engines - inherently fewer parts to go sour, but where the K's can be turbine smooth, R's just won't be there. It's not a good or bad thing, it's a personal choice issue.
Feegers... not a bad bike. Lots of people have them. They're cheaper to maintain but... if you're in for the long haul, your BMW will probably still be going when a Feeger's called it a lifetime. The RT I'm on now has 100,000+ on the clock, and I can still walk away from fast freeway traffic.
Not all who wander are lost. Which still leaves room for more than a few lost wanderers...
Red Flash - '03 K1200RS, lightly farkled