K75RT vs K12GT - K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 2010, 11:05 am Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: , ,
Posts: 9
K75RT vs K12GT

Although the older K75RT have stabile, quiet, bullet proof engines and the fairing provides good wind protection. However in the summer, you would shift to the side of the bike to get any breeze and the heat from the engine is really unbearable.

Does anyone know if the newer KGT bikes (2006 and newer) have the same short comings or are they resolved? Also, are there any other issues with the newer Ks?

thank you

tony
tlaw1994 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 2010, 12:49 pm
Enthusiast
 
mrlajoie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 311
Quote:
Originally Posted by tlaw1994
Although the older K75RT have stabile, quiet, bullet proof engines and the fairing provides good wind protection. However in the summer, you would shift to the side of the bike to get any breeze and the heat from the engine is really unbearable.

Does anyone know if the newer KGT bikes (2006 and newer) have the same short comings or are they resolved? Also, are there any other issues with the newer Ks?

thank you

tony
Yes and no? I think the amount of airflow on my '03 was great in the summer time, and kind of limited in the Spring/Fall/Winter/Rain. The airflow on my '10 K13GT is much different. With the screen completely down I get air from my chest on up. With it completely up I can get mostly out of the airstream but there is a lot of buffeting. The newer bike tends to leave your shoulders and arms out in the air more.

Issues with the new bikes? Um, some. SOME people are having engine problems. SOME people are having stalling issues. SOME people are having electrical issues.

I've had my bike stall at low speeds about 6 times. Mostly just before the first 6k service interval. They put some fuel additive in the tank and it has been fine so far. I'll see what happens as I get closer to the 12k.

Besides that... Tons of power, great handling, great for all day riding, etc. Mine has all the factory available gadgets with the exception of alarm system. Cruise is FANTASTIC on the highway. I've only added a GPS (Zumo 660) so far. Lighting is much better than my '03. My furthest this season was only to Rochester, NY from NH. Other than that I ride anywhere from 100 - 200 miles per week.

Range is about 230 miles if you are gentle with her. Tank is 6 gallons including the reserve. I'm getting a little over 40 mpg.

.....Mike
'10 K1300GT
Royal Blue Metallic
Garmin Zumo 660
Nolan N-103 w/ BT Kit
mrlajoie is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 2010, 9:27 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Holden, MA, USA
Posts: 172
Geez, Tony, you live in New England and you don't want a bike with a built-in heater? Tomorrow at dawn it's going to be 40 degrees when I start my commute. My thighs will be huggin' that warm gas tank like nobody's business...
Steve
1990 K75RT (RT as in "Really Toasty")
stevemac829 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 2010, 10:08 am
Enthusiast
 
mrlajoie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 311
This morning was in fact 43 degrees for my short commute to work. Shields up, and heat turned on...

.....Mike
'10 K1300GT
Royal Blue Metallic
Garmin Zumo 660
Nolan N-103 w/ BT Kit
mrlajoie is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 2010, 2:26 pm Thread Starter
Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: , ,
Posts: 9
actually i live in wisconsin, during the summer months there is nothing you can do to get away from the heat out of the engine. it would be a great winter, fall, spring bike, but when the summer is in full swing, it is not as fun.
tlaw1994 is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 2010, 9:48 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Holden, MA, USA
Posts: 172
tlaw...sorry I got your location wrong. Yes, the KRT in summertime is a cooker. When you've only got one bike (like me), it's kind of a love/hate relationship. Autumn is coming, and the riding will be great. Hey, if only we could rig up a flip out grill to attach to the engine, think all of the brats you could grill up at Lambeau!
Steve
1990 K75RT
stevemac829 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2010, 8:21 am
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Belton, Tx, USA
Posts: 140
http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showth...highlight=legs

Here are some things you can do to cool your legs on a RT.

Ron Cooper

91 K75RT
75RT is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the K-Bikes.com - Excellence in Motion forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spacer Required on K12GT w/ 5.5 Rim? MarkS K1200RS/GT (Classic) 27 Jun 8th, 2012 12:59 pm
Is the K12GT for me? hisport K1200RS/GT (Classic) 18 Oct 12th, 2010 1:08 pm
Wheelie on a K12GT? Lucsch K12/1300GT (Next Gen) 28 Aug 5th, 2009 1:55 am
K12S vs K12GT (old model) ratemut K12/1300S 4 Jul 18th, 2006 3:30 pm

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome