Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Marshall, TX, USA
One major pitfall in owning this bike: it's EXTREMELY addictive!
Coming off a Harley you're going to have a whole bunch of adjusting to do. First and foremost is the riding position. Secondly, is the power. Gobs of power.
I'd suggest hot-footing back to the dealer and arrange a test ride on the GT, and just for grins, the RT. You might find you like the RT better. Then, if you can, find a test ride on the others to compare for yourself. You're the one that's going to be riding whatever you decide to buy.
The C14, FJR, and ST1300 are all very good bikes, but they lack the creature comforts of the GT. The C14 is a very powerful bike - on paper, more power than the GT. The FJR is slightly below the C14 & GT. The ST is down compared to the rest, but it's still a good touring bike.
You won't be able to get the adjustable bars on the C14 or ST. The FJR has some adjustablility, but I don't think it's near what the GT is.
Then there's the ESA. Try to find that on any of the others.
Would I buy the GT again? In a heartbeat!
'99 K1200LT - gone
'06 K1200GT - the new kid in town
'08 Wing - gone