Originally Posted by blnsfn2
I have the RT now and was thinking about getting the GT. What will be the differences in performance, handling, ride, etc. Any experience on this would be greatly appreciated!
Ha, you'll get a lot of opinions here...I came off a '99 RT and have test riden an R1200 and just completed a 2000 mile trip in AZ > Utah > Colorado > Az on my GT.
There is one undeniable fact - there is no comparison between the motors, so acceleration in any gear / top speed goes to the GT. The GT motor is smooth and effortless even at low RPM in top gear.
Handling - a very subjective area... To me the GT handles very, very well, but differently than the RT. It has a slightly longer wheelbase and may be ultimately track better than an RT. Hard to explain unless you rode them back to back... which I have and even so, I couldn't give you a clear winner on the street
If by ride you mean ergos - i.e. peg/handlebar/seat relationships - it depends. Some may disagree, but IMHO if you're under 5'10" (which I am) you'll experience a slightly more forward lean and the pegs are slightly rearward and higher than the RT. Not dramatically, but noticieable.
If you have bar backs and a russell or mayer seat on your RT (which I did not) then this compounds the issue and you probably won't like the GT on a long run. This is based on two friends who also ride RT's and have sat on (and decided not to ride) or have ridden my GT and commented afterwards.
All in all, I like mine, and would not go back to the RT. But the only way you
will know is if you can find one to test drive.