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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2008, 8:14 pm Thread Starter
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Considering RT

Anyone have experience moving from a KRS to an RT? I'm considering replacing my 03 with the R1200RT, but am just starting to gather information. Pros and Cons of that bike?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 2008, 10:56 pm
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The RT is an outstanding bike IMO. Reviews routinely note this. Munich has really refined the RT over the years and it shows. I enjoy it over any kind of distance, any kind of road. I can't think of any cons, unless one likes to ride at triple digit speeds.

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Oh man, nice pic! I like the look of that bike. I think I'm in love...

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 14th, 2008, 1:43 am
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I dumped my ill fueled 06 KR for a new 07 RT and have not looked back. The smoother handling and low speed riding greatly outweighs it's slowness. Plus it's better for my wifey. I tested out a new GT also, and still chose the RT.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2008, 6:25 pm
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Had three RS's and have an R1200RT now. No con's. Absolutely loved the RS. The way that bike runs is intoxicating. The r12rt is alot different. Better in every way except you won't get that rush from the engine like you do on your rs. As long as that won't be an issue you should be OK.

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 2008, 10:25 pm
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I went the other way. From an R1200RT to a K1200R. Both can be good tourers if equipped right.

I flatly didn't like the RT...for me. Too heavy feeling, too bulky, seat too high even at low setting. Just plain bad ergos...for me. Uncomfortable seat and just not my style. Too frequent valve adjustments that were always very much in need of adjustment.

Plus...great torqy engine. It will move on down the road. Engine got great gas mileage in a straight line and in twisties. Bike handles competently in twisties in spite of it's seemingly huge size and height. Large fuel tank with lots of range. Real handy and easy on off hard cases.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 2008, 5:13 pm
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I live on both worlds but my KRS has replaced the RT as my usual ride. I've ridden both bikes all over the country and you can't beat the RT when it comes to weather protection and comfort. As Sfarson said, the RT is nice unless you like to ride at triple digits but in the larger picture of reality the RT is a great mile eater that does a lot of things quite well. I don't know that I can say that about the KRS. On the other hand it's hard not to like the KRS' acceleration, can you handle not having that adrenaline rush??

Every once in a while I think about selling the RT but then I start thinking about it's handling, the adjustable windshield, the unique boxer engine, and I quickly dismiss the notion.

Good luck with your decision!

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 2008, 7:46 pm
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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.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old May 16th, 2008, 10:10 am
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Totally agree Steve. Without sounding too too, whatever, I had an 'S' and 'R', LT for years, still have my '07GT and '07 Adv and am preparing for a 4000 miler in June. The bike I will take is the '08RT.
1. More than enough pep
2. Excellent wx protection...I have a Cee Bailey Wide Screen
3. Great fuel mileage
4. Excellent storage
5. Handles like a dream. Very flickable, low COG so that you don't need a 36 inch inseam to heft if up from sidestand, and don't have to worry if you get it 10 degrees off vertical like the LT
6. And while seats are a very, very personal thing, the standard seat with an Alaskan Leather pad fits my 160 lbs perfect (I've tried the Corbin and Sargent, didn't like them)

Good luck, hope this helps.

PS: Don't be a cheapskate get the ASC and the ESA, you will not be sorry!

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2008, 2:15 am
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Im thinking of going from 07GT to an RT.
I can resist anything but temptation and the power of the GT is like a siren constantly beckoning me to go faster. Its just too damn easy to ride the GT very fast and down here they automatically take your drivers license off of you for doing the speeds I find myself more frequently doing.
I havent ridden an RT yet but it might be a solution while still providing me with the great handling/touring and trinkets.

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