re-Why do I want to buy an '03 GT?
The bike performs wonderfully as many have said. Two years ago I purchased a 2003 KRS with just 250 miles on it. I couldn'd get used to the bike even after I replaced the windshield with the GT's one, barsback, lowering pegs, and Sargent seat.
I sold the bike a year later with 3000 miles to buy a similarly new 2004 R1150RT.
I loved the look of the RT but the ergos were even worst than the KRS, very uncomfortable for me, so again new set of barsback, lowering pegs, taller windshield, Rick Myer seat, Sargent seat, and so on. The bike was a beauty but beside the ergos problems I was missing the power I got used with from the KRS.
To make the story short, I sold the RT six month later and I bought a 2003 GT. Of course, I have to re-buy all gadgets I previously sold with the KRS. I also installed an Touring Aeroflow windshield which offers great wind protection, although the the bike doesn't look as sporty.
I guess this is way to let you know how much I missed the power and the smoothness of the RS/GT. I decided I will get used of its riding position and learn how to live with it.
For many years I have been riding cruisers (of which I still have one ) and I was comparing the KRS/GT and RT to my cruiser, I guess. I'll still keep the cruiser for longer two-up trips.
On the negative side, I find the GT to be rather fragile in comparison to other bikes I previously owned. A month ago while replacing the head light bulb ( a real pain to do )
a small plastic hook that holds the spring bulb's retainer broke. I managed to re-route the retainer and with a small hand saw I was able to create another hook. I would have need to replace the entire assembly for for $300 if I couldn't get around it. Similar experience when I installed the Aeroflow windshield. A small plastic clip of the windshiled harm cover broke. I had to replace the cover.
Finally, two weeks ago I hit a pothole at about 30-35 MPH. Both wheel rims got damaged and needed to be replaced along with the tires ( over $2,100) . While I was waiting for the tow truck two other biker hit the same pothole with heavier bikes ( one was a Harley cruiser ) . No damage on their bikes.
In conclusion, I think the RS/GT is a great performing sport touring bikes, but certainly no one of the strongest bikes in the market, at similar cost. I very much enjoy riding my GT, however.
'00 Valkyrie I/S
'03 KRS - Sold in 2006
'04 R1150RT - Sold in 2006
'03 K1200GT - Sold in 2009