Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Fort Washington, MD
Re: Advice on moving from F800GT to R1200RT
I was in a very similar position to you. The 800GT was my first bike ever, at the age of 70 (but that is a different story). I had it for a year, and learned my skills on that bike. Yes, I dropped it a few times early on, usually at slow speed maneuvers. I used it for commuting and fun riding in my area, but rarely more than 60 miles at a time. I lowered the pegs with the Suburban Machinery kit, which made it more comfortable for these rides, but my primary issue with it was the engine heat it produced all summer. I learned to ride bow-legged, but I still felt that it would not be a bike for me for longer touring distances. In September I test rode the r1200rtw, and immediately felt the difference. No heat, much more comfortable riding position, and much more comfortable for long distances. I've now ridden the 1200 over 150 miles in a single day with only one stop, and I've had no issues. The ergonomics are great, the technology is wonderful, hill start assist is very functional, and now that winter is approaching, I've been using the heated seats. The fairing keeps your body out of the cold breeze, and the windshield keeps the cold wind away from our face. I've found that it is just as maneuverable as the 800GT, even at slow parking lot speeds. I would say go for it if you want to be comfortable on long-distance cruising, but still have a highly maneuverable bike to enjoy on country roads.