Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Test rode the K1300GT, 07 K1200GT and R1200RT
After reading a lot of information about the K bikes over the past couple of months I finally got to test ride a couple of them yesterday at North County BMW in Escondido (San Diego) yesterday. What a blast!
My current ride, a 2005 Yamaha FJR1300A is an excellent sport touring (more sport then touring) machine with the following short comings. No cruise control, too much heat to the crouch area, right hand goes numb after 15 minutes, which the cruise control would solve and no gear indicator.
I took the K1300GT out first and I felt that it was easy to ride, turn, and was definitely more comfortable over the bumps then my FJR. The seat felt great and the handle bar position did not cause any left shoulder pain that my FJR seems to give me. The gear box seemed nice but still made clunking noises similar to my FJR going from Neutral to 1st gear. The FJR makes a better engine sound them but overall I really like the K bike for it's comfort and my favorite option the Cruise Control.
Then I took out a new (1k miles) 2007 K1200GT and although the gear box was clunkier, I still really liked the bike a lot and I am not sure I can justify the extra money for the 2009 K1300, however I did much prefer the K1300 new turn signal mechanism .....similar to the FJR.
The salesman convince me to take out a 2008 R1200RT and I was surprised to find out that I liked it more then I expected. It is clearly the more comfortable long haul bike with better gas mileage and a large gas tank. This one had the built-in radio which was a plus and the shorter wheel base made for excellent nimbleness in the parking lot. However, I did not care for the vibey, low horsepower boxer engine.
My next step is to test ride the Honda ST1300A and then decide what my next move will be, but I have to say that I am leaning toward a 2007 or 2008 K1200GT.
Last edited by mtmnet; Apr 5th, 2009 at 3:56 pm.