Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Huntington Beach, Ca, USA
thinking about a RT
I have some experience in this department. I rode a 93 K1100RS for 11 years and 68K miles. So I am a big K engine fan. All in all I had a great time on that bike with some great memories and trips.
About 2002 I rode a friends R11RT for about 600 miles one weekend. I loved the handling, the quick turn in, upright seating, and protection. I must admit I had been thinking about these items just listed but there was no reason to buy a new bike. Fast forward 2 years. I had an accident in the Sierra's and my K bike did not make it. My first thought was to get another K bike. The more I thought about it I kept coming back to the comfort, no dive front end, seating position, etc. I ended up getting an 04 RT and rode it 6 months and 9K miles. Then I saw an 05 RT advertised with very low mileage and a great asking price. One 30 minute test ride and I was sold. Mechanically the 05 RT it is better in everyway vs. the 1150. More h.p., less weight, CRUISE CONTROL which I love, handles great in the twisties, you can easily work on it yourself. I never thought I would own a boxer. It just drove me crazy revving the earlier boxers and the bike would torque to the right. No mas with the new 1200 hexhead. This is a very smooth bike and when you are in the mountains keep it in 3rd/4th gear about 5K rpm's and if you are a competent rider there is not much that can get away from you. There are 3 areas you probably need to upgrade and that happens to most of us. They are aftermarket shocks, seat, and windscreen. I have made those changes so all I do now is ride and enjoy. Ruby is one fine machine. Go test ride one for an hour or two if you can or better yet rent one for a day. It will be the best $150 you will spend to determine if it is the bike for you.
'05 R1200RT, Ruby, as in RED, (current garage queen)
'04 R1150RT, '99 Ducati 748 BiPosto, '93 Seca II, '93 K1100RS, '83 Yamaha Maxim 750,