Originally Posted by diggitydogg
You know, after putting 300 miles on my new GT, I can't help but wonder if I should have given the S more consideration. Can someone with experience on both (jpalamaro, are you listening?) offer a brief comparison, particularly the ergos? I love the ride on the new gt but still struggle with the looks. My hunch is that I'd be less comfortable on the S, and therefore less happy. Thanks
I've got an 05 S (about 11K miles)and just got a GT (now about 1K miles). They are just completly different bikes. I'm going to do a more detailed comparison soon but there is no real answer to your question because it's relative to what you want and how you want to ride. For me, I have the S for my solo and spirited riding bike and the GT (which replaced an 1150 RT) for my 2-up/carry stuff bike. The S is mostly sport. The GT is either, but: The bars, even in the low position are 4" higher than the S. The GT bars are also even with the steering stem and the S's are an inch or two ahead. The footpegs are a bit more forward and perhaps a fraction lower. So, the GT, no matter which bar position is going to sit considerably more upright. The S...just more sportbike like position. The GT is a competent handler but it's additional weight and slightly higher cog slows it down some in the tight stuff. And, as you can guess, the power of the GT is more mellow than on the S. I have ridden the S for 400+ mile days in twisty stuff and I'm more tired than I am on the RT and will be on the GT. But, I have no problem with the S...it's a matter of degree.
Somebody once said the S is SPORTtouring and the GT is sportTOURING. For me, the GT reminds me more of an RT on steroids. I'm sure for long distance riding I'll look more toward it than the S...especially if much luggage is involved. And of course, if weather protection is an issue, the GT is better...but not as good as an RT.
I'm actually happy that the bikes are so different, even though I expected more similarities. The differences will make it easier for me to keep both. BUT, if I were to have only one, it would probably be the GT.
Hope this helps.