Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Rochelle , NY, USA
Yes, many differences, as I owned a 2006Gt and took a test ride when the 2009's first arrived..
Besides the engine which is much smoother in the acceleration dept., there was no Bucking Bronco Syndrome, as the airbox is totally different.
The ergonomics are much better. The front end has a better rake or feel, much easier to turn at very slow speeds. It is 60 lbs lighter which is a lot for an older person like me ( 78) to horse around in the garage.
There are many more small differences, but those are the main ones for me.. The only issues have been, when I first got the bike, under warranty, was to remap the throttle mix of air and fuel, as there was some stalling issues. The handlebar switches left and right were replaced due to lousy manufacture. I also had the "hot start" issue resolved by putting in a new harness to the starter under warranty, even though my issues were negligible.
I added a stebel horn ( taken from my 2006), along with the pulsating brake light and motolights. Other than that, the bike has given me no trouble. Two years ago, I rode it down to GA, TN, & VA on a 1500 ride, and it performed like a champ on the "Dragon" and other crazy twisty roads.
I expect the bike to give me many more years of pleasure.
BTW, I did a test ride on the 1600GT. Great smooth bike but a bit too heavy in the garage to move around. Besides, my strength at my age is not as good as in past years, and I don't want to drop it at a stop light or similar!!!
Deep Blue 2009 K1300GT