Originally Posted by Bravo616
........... What are the real differences between the previous generation and the current generation K1200GT? Thanks for the help.
Old GT vs new GT:
OLD: (2004 K1200GT, footpegs lowered, handlebar setbacks, and Cee Bailey screen)
+Sweet four cylinder motor, laying on its side (like the current LT) (some call it the flying brick), rubber mounted, pretty smooth, very reliable (for me), very comfortable riding position. The BEST stock seat that I've had on a motorcycle in years! Sexy looking, quick, fast (140 MPH+-) and stable. Good handling in broad sweepers, handled wind buffeting from interstate traffic well. 700 mile days were no problem with this bike, never tried for more.
-Very narrow range of movement to the windscreen, saddlebags are a bit small, one saddlebag is smaller than the other due to exhaust pipe clearance, and contents of that bag seemed to run hotter than the other bag. Optional tail trunk bag has know issues about sometimes falling off. Front end feels "heavy" at low speed. Lighting isn't nearly as good as the new GT. Smaller alternator than new GT.
NEW: (2006 K1200GT, handlebar setbacks, Corbin seat, Cee Bailey screen)
+- Awesome four cylinder motor hard mounted transversely in the frame, leaning forward (which is why call it the slant
four), with counterbalancers. VERY strong engine, with power everywhere in the RPM band. At certain RPM ranges, some vibration (at least compared to the old GT) creeps through, especially at large throttle openings. Low speed steering is heavier on the front end than the R1200RT, but better than the old GT. At speed it is MUCH more nimble than either of those, it seems to "flick" through turns as quickly as you think about it. Not as nimble as a crotch rocket (too heavy for that), but VERY nimble, yet very stable at elevated speeds to 150 MPH +-. Noticeable lighter than the previous GT. Saddlebags are equal in size, and the same bags (I think) that the R1200RT uses. The BEST saddlebags that I've ever used, bar none! As far as I can tell, the optional trunk bag is solid as a rock, never heard of anyone losing one yet.
The ESA suspension is fantastic! I think the wind & weather protection is somewhat similar to the previous GT, but the riding position is more sporty. Of course, that sporty riding position is what gives such a "connected" feel. I got "ON" my previous GT, with this GT, it is more like WEARING it!
My two biggest complaints:
1. footpegs are so far back that my legs tend to lose circulation (I'm fat, old, and in poor physical condition). I've done 700 mile days on it, but had to stop every hour or so to stretch my legs (not tried anything farther)
2. Almost TOO much power, without constant use of the cruise control, I find myself going WAY too fast. 100 MPH is just loafing, as comfortable as 60 MPH on my Goldwing. I find myself riding much more aggressively when on this bike. Someday, that's gonna cost me a ticket!
I hope that helped. Test Ride, see which "fits" you. I haven't ridden my wife's R1200RT enough to give any opinions on it, but it seems to be pretty awesome too.