Originally Posted by el_golfo
While this may be an odd question to ask on a K bike forum, maybe K1200GT is the answer I am looking for. My last bike was a modified V-Max. I now want a more sophisticated ride but I still need a good dose of power. The only bikes I am considering are the GT and RT. I like the power, smoothness, and looks of the GT. I like the riding position and wind protection of the RT. I am almost sold on a 1200GT, but I am concerned that the riding position (with the bars adjusted) may be a bit too forward for my comfort. Should I be concerned about this? Is leaning forward something you get used to?
The vmax compares to the st1300 more than the K1200GT. I had a 2000 Vmax and have ridden the st1300 more than twice,
vmax - st1300 - v4 - five speed - one carb the other throttle bodies (not efi). No cruse control on either, vmax - self cancelling turn signals - st1300 no.
I loved the power of the Vmax up to 130 with ease, no wind protection, wife hated riding on it, freeway speeds with ear plugs still deffening because of the high engine rpms.
Having demo'd a K1200GT for almost an hour and almost 100 + miles I can say if you "liked" the vmax you will love the K1200gt.
Power out the kazoo. six speeds at 65 mph, ExTrEaMlY QUIET.....110 in a heartbeat (remember the word demo). 5th gear from 30 to 110 no bucking, no fowled plugs, brakes to live for (vmax brakes suck big time). and rider comfort above and beyond the St1300 (so the wife says). Wind and rain protection - vmax - notta.
Take the kgt and take off the side bags and it is racy sharp. did not ride the RT but having a bike that will run 100+ mph , mile after mile after mile, is a big plus.