Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
K1200 GT - dilemma
About 4 months ago I tried the new Kawasaki 1400 GTR which, coming from a (classic) K1200GT (which really doesnít handle well or easily), was a revelation. I fell in love and felt that this was my next bike. However, I wasnít banking on the impact of the new K1200 GT. (or even the brand new S that I rode immediately beforehand and covered some 180 miles!). The K1200 GT was brilliant and ticked all my boxes; even if it didnít quite deliver the adrenalin rush of the K1200 S!
Hereís the problem; the Kawasaki is a darned good bike but I know that, over the next 12 months, Iíll need to spend some £1,000 ($2,000) in replacing bits e.g. screen, heated grips, top box; new exhaust; PCIII. The GT doesnít need any of this. The GT also has ESA (and optional ASC) + heated grips and heated seats, which Kawasaki donít offer these as an option.
So, in a sense itís a no-brainer; except for the fact that the Kawasaki is priced at £10,250 ($20,500) whereas the fully loaded GT SE is a cool £13,900 i.e a shade off $28,000. Thatís pretty serious money.
So, whilst I appreciate that all you guys are likely to be somewhat pro the GT, you may well have had this same dilemma; if so, Iíd like to hear from you. Thanks
John I. Stephen - Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
K1300 GT (quite superb ! )
Triumph Tiger 1050 (2008)
K1200 GT (2003)
Suzuki GS 750 (late 1970s)