First Post, New 1200GT
Hello to everyone. This my first post. A little over two weeks ago I was in Sierra BMW returning a couple of things. On the way out I noticed a beautiful 1200GT and decided to stop and drool. I had wanted one for the past couple of years but the price tag had prevented me from pulling the trigger. I decided to look at the hang tag and saw a price of 16,490 down from close to 22,000. The bike had six miles on it. I left thinking that my R1200RT was a good bike and I should not make any moves. Over the next couple of days I could not get it out of my head. So, two weeks ago yesterday, I rode down to Sierra BMW in the rain and long story I am now riding that K1200GT.
I had the 600 mile service done on Friday. The weather has been hit and miss going from beautiful, to snowy or just cold. I normally ride to work which is just shy of sixty miles round trip. The coldest I have ridden is 14 degrees and the other morning started the bike with at 18 degrees after the bike sat outside all night. About 150 miles have been in the rain. I have ridden a pretty varied set of conditions in a short period of time. Here are my impressions compared to the R1200RT:
Comfort: The GT is much smoother but the RT has a ltle more relaxed riding position. I would call the comfort comparison a tie.
Protection from the weather: (The GT has the tall windscreen). The RT has slightly better protection. I will emphasize the difference is slight but the nod would go to the RT.
Slow speed handling: I thought there would be a bigger difference but I find the GT quite nimble and the wet clutch is an advantage when slipping the clutch. The RT is probably slightly more nimble but for normal parking lot handling the difference is negligible. For my purposes I am going to call this a tie.
High speed cruising: I have only ridden the GT up to 120. About the fastest that I rode the RT. Both bikes are very stable at that speed but the GT felt as if it was on rails. Defintely better.
Sweeping turns: The GT appears to hold a line better and feels a bit better overall.
Twisties: For those of familiar with the Reno area, I live at the base of Gieger Grade (the road to Virgina City) I have spent quite a bit of time playing on this road with both of my RTs. The RT is probably a slightly more nimble and the GT tends to hold a line better. My initial impression is that I actually like the handljing characteristics of the GT a bit better.
Transmission: The GT seems to shift a little smoother and not quite as clunky as the RT. The difference is not huge and may just be the difference in individual bikes.
Engine and performance: Here is where the GT shines. The RT's power is very adequate while the GT is amazing. The RT is smooth but the GT redefines the word. The RT is more sensitve to being in the right gear. The GT's power band is very broad and one can be very lazy about shifting and still be rewarded with wonderful performance.
Overall, both are great bikes and there is alot of controversy as to which is the best. My opinion is that GT is an amzingly easy bike to ride. It is happy putting around but equally happy going like a bat out of hell. It is POWERFUL and SMOOTH. Overall, a much more pleasing bike to ride.