Originally Posted by Blkvelvt
What are the best points about this bike and why? I love my KRS but something with more touring in it's blood is what I'm looking at.
I'm coming myself from a K12RS '02 and I really loved that bike. However when the K12GT came out (Nov 05), I said to myself 'Looks like I need to at least try that one too'.
Then over the weeks after the introduction in Milan, it became clear that I had to order it before I would be able to ride it, since it would only be available in Europe as of begin April and the wait time would be very long if ordered in April, and at the same time I wanted to sell my K12RS at the beginning of the riding season, not being without a bike.
So I ordered mine mid Jan 06 and got it begin May 06, plus sold my K12RS the week before my GT was delivered.
The biggest difference to me is the handling of the bike: the RS needs some work to make it turn, the GT turns when you start thinking about it! The GT is a very flickable bike, whereas the RS really needs to be worked on. The RS also has a heavier feel, since a lot of the weight is on the front of the bike, the GT is light headed (in all senses), and thus makes up for an 'easier' ride. The riding position is indeed more akin to the RT, but my experience with the KRS was also very comfortable (I had the Verholen barrisers and a Parabellum 'barn door' screen on it).
Power difference isn't that big to my liking, ESA is neat! The GT seems to eat more rear tire than the RS (I did 7500 km on a Z6 on the RS, now at 4000 km on the GT, the rear tire is nearing replacement within 1500-2000 km).
The bottom line is that the KRS is an enjoyable bike that rides on rails, but needs rider input; the KGT is even more enjoyable and rides on rails also, without the need for the extra rider input. I clearly prefer the KGT!