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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2008, 9:45 am Thread Starter
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Pining for my RT

What is this affliction for wanting something different?

Lately, I find myself missing the smooth shifting, better handling(flickability), wind protection and comfort of my 1200RT.

Don't get me wrong, I like the GT, but I think I am realizing that I'm an RT guy. I may do a deal on an 08 demo I have my eye on.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2008, 10:12 am
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Have a demo ride and you will probably find that it feels very different to what you remember when you go straight from the GT. It is different again when you go from the RT back to the GT.

When I had an R1200RT loan bike while my GT was being serviced one time, I thought the gear change felt smoother when I got on the RT. However, getting back onto the GT the gearbox felt like butter compared with the RT. The GT also felt way smaller due to the lack of wide plastic in front of you.

It is a very interesting experience and worth doing when you go past a BMW dealer.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 2:34 pm
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Have a demo ride and you will probably find that it feels very different to what you remember when you go straight from the GT. It is different again when you go from the RT back to the GT.

When I had an R1200RT loan bike while my GT was being serviced one time, I thought the gear change felt smoother when I got on the RT. However, getting back onto the GT the gearbox felt like butter compared with the RT. The GT also felt way smaller due to the lack of wide plastic in front of you.

It is a very interesting experience and worth doing when you go past a BMW dealer.
At my 6000 mi service, my dealer let me take my '05 RT as a loaner. I had traded it in and it was still in the showroom. I always thought the RT was more comfortable than the GT, but soon realized that my impression was wrong - cilimbing back on the RT made me realize that I had the GT set up better for my size and riding style. When I hit the road, my first question was "where's the power?", my second question was "what's all this vibration?". In my mind, the RT created a windless area behind the screen, but although the RT was somewhat quieter, it was not a night and day difference (I have a Ztechnic on the GT). As far as handling, the lighter RT may be easier to maneuver in traffic, but it is a less stable ride in the twisties and high speed sweepers. The GT wins hands down in this category. The RT wins the smoother shifting award, though.

So I agree, what you "remember" from a previous bike, like the RT, might be distorted when trying to compare with a new bike. I would definitely do a long demo ride and see what your impressions are then.

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