Originally Posted by flemmings27
Hey List Members!
FYI, I posted this posting in the K1300 forum sub-section, but wanted to get some feedback from proponents of the R1200RT bike......
I’ve been fighting this dilemma myself for some time now. I’ve seen your inquiry on other forums and please keep in mind that you are on a Forum dedicated to K Type engines.
Although I still change my mind from time to time, my next bike just might be the K1300GT. I did walk into a BMW dealership with a Credit Union check in pocket and turn around, walked out of a dream. There were still some niggling doubt and the though of what the rumored R1300RT might bring deepen that doubt…a smidgen.
Then came the research into the Kawasaki Concurs - 14 with its no (none what-so-ever) lash final drive and a price tag $8K less. But, for now, I’m still sticking to BMW…unless the rumored VFR1000 proves to be a factor.
So to be honest with you I don’t know where I’d go or where you should go. They are both fine machines. Do a little more research. I have an entire external drive devoted to this type of research. I’ve found:
1. There are a lot of converts R1200RT to K1200/1300GT
2. There are just as many converts K1200GT (1300GTexcluded) to R1200RT
3. There are a lot of mind changers R1200RT to K1200GT back to R1200RT
4. The R1200RT outsells the K1200/1300GT buy a great amount.
5. Despite the numbers sold a used R1200RT is not easy to come buy.
6. It is a Buyer’s Choice when it comes to the GT. There are quite a few out there. Unlike with a used R1200RT, you don’t have to settle of a color that's available, you actually have choices and can take your time shopping without the fear of losing out on a good deal.
7. Unlike the R1200RT, the GT is sometimes not a good fit (Comfort and Power) for the average rider.
8. K1200/1300GT owners for the most part (not all of them) tend to be more aggressive and outspoken. R1200RT owners tend to be more mild mannered. Whether this is true a matter of opinion. But try reading posts from GT and RT Forums and its easy to see there is a difference in what is posted and how it’s answered.
There is really no way to know for sure unless one spends a great amount of time on each. You did it on the R1200RT now do the same for the K1300GT. Just about anyone can live with the R1200RT but the K1300GT is a “Yes” or “No” bike. After you’ve already spent a great amount of time on the R1200RT you’ll know within an hour if the GT is for you. There is a lot to choice from. So find the one that fits your personality/style.