Originally Posted by loxxy
I am either going to buy a St1300 or the KGT. Any body went from a St to a GT. I want to get the GT but I ride Quite a bit with the wifey and was wondering which would be best for her. Im 5 11 200lbs she 5 7 130 . I hope she does not read this . anyway any thoughts.
This is not exactly an unbiased forum. Since most of the participants own K1200GTs, don't be surprised if the GT is favored here.
I have nothing against Hondas. I have owned mostly Hondas. I bought my Honda Magna new (hence the name XMagnaRider), and rode it for 21 years until it wore out. When that time approached, I started shopping for a replacement with a completely open mind. The only constraints were that I can only have one motorcycle, and it should last a long time. So I spent 2 1/2 years comparing motorcycles before settling on a K1200GT. I did a lot of research, went to motorcycle shows, talked with owners and riders, and tested/rented many bikes. Honda ST1300s are used by several police departments in my area. I spoke with several officers about them, since they ride them every day. Many of the ST1300 police officers recommended the BMWs, "if you can afford one."
The Honda ST1300 didn't make the short list because:
1. It weighs a lot more than similar bikes.
2. It has a lot less power than similar bikes.
3. The universal complaint of the police officers was that ST1300s throw off a lot of heat at the rider.
I can't answer your questions about the "wifey". I am 5' 10", 195 lbs, but ride solo. Here was my short list: (1) BMW K1200GT, (2) BMW R1200RT, (3) Yamaha FJR1300A (not "AE"). 'Hope this helps.