Have to share this with you all...
Went for a ride with the girlfriend today. Rode hwy 9 over to Santa Cruz and headed down 1 towards Monterey...
We were going to check out some tide pools and walk on some beaches.
Since I've never seen a Ural in person I wanted to stop by Watsonville (BMW of Santa Cruz) on the way down and take a look. We never made it to Monterey.
I was walking by the used bikes and spotted a green GT that looked super clean. Upon further inspection it was an '04 with only 1230 or so miles on it! It has a nice Givi top case and PIAA lights.
I took it for a ride and fell in love. It is true that the suspension on these bikes is worn out at 25k miles. The difference in ride quality was amazing. It also shifts smooth as butter compared to my old bike. The motor runs smoother as well. Quite a nice ride. My girlfriend even prefers the ride on the GT. I didn't expect her to notice.
Acceleration seems soft compared to the RS, but I had a Remus on the old bike. I rode another stock RS and it felt the same as the GT. My RS was spirited when it wanted to run.
Overall I can't be happier. I have a near brand new example of what I feel is the best of the breed. The new GT's just don't do anything for me.
I'm sitting here in amazement. I can't believe I got a new (to me) GT!!! I can't wait to pile on the miles. This is the bike I should have purchased in the first place. I'm glad the planets aligned for me today.