Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca, USA
04 GT to 08 GT
I rode an 05 GS for about 30 miles from Big Bear to Lake Arrowhead, Ca. While I really liked the handling and reduced weight I did not appreciate the wind blast at all compared to my RT. You will not feel the vibration due to the counter balancers in the new hexhead engine. If you were on an 04 or earlier model you would feel the vibration.
Regarding trade in value for your bike you are waaaay better off selling it yourself. A dealer is going to give you the least amount they can for your bike so sell it yourself. An 04 with 11K miles is nothing in terms of mileage. You should be able to get a good buck for your bike. In terms of buying a new bike if you like the RT my recommendation would be to buy pre-owned. It is the best value. There was a survey on the bmwst site and I was shocked to see from the respondents that 70% of BMW owners bought their bikes pre-owned. I thought it would have been more new bikes purchased. I have saved an average of $5K per bike after buying 3 BMW's since 1993. When you have a chance be sure to test ride a hexhead RT. It is a great bike.
'05 R1200RT, Ruby, as in RED, (current garage queen)
'04 R1150RT, '99 Ducati 748 BiPosto, '93 Seca II, '93 K1100RS, '83 Yamaha Maxim 750,