Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Titusville, FL, USA
Speaking as somebody who owns both (a GSX-R and a K1200GT), I think the GT sounds fine. It was one of the things I liked when I bought it.
I've also recorded on-bike video. There is a big difference in sound when the mic is on the gas tank versus a bike passing by. Believe me, particularly on the earlier oil-cooled GSX-R's, they sound like a hundred enraged sewing machines through a camcorder mic on the dash.
But, they both sound sweet riding by. The K1200 a bit quieter of course. But I don't really want a loud touring bike...
I like the sound of most engine configurations. Triumph triples, Ducati's, Guzzi's, etc. all have their charm...