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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 13th, 2014, 11:29 am Thread Starter
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R1200RT vs K1300GT

I'm in the market for another bike. I just sold my 97 R1100RT so a new improved model is needed. I keep going back and forth between these 2 models. I've found lots of used RT's but not many K1300 GTs for sale. I would use this bike as an occasional commuter/weekend cruiser and occasional multi day tripper. My price point is in the $12k-14K so it looks like bikes in the 07-09 years would fit this price. Can someone more knowledgeable than I sway me to one bike or the other?

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post #2 of 5 Old Sep 13th, 2014, 12:01 pm
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Re: R1200RT vs K1300GT

I owned a 2010 K1300GT and had it for a year - powerful bike - for my body /
weight / age was a little difficult to be considered an all day long cruiser. BMW
seat was a killer - needed bar backs - grip puppies and required a lot of
attention to ride smoothly below highway speeds. The bike also had the hot
starting issues until I threw the BMW Gel Cell away and replaced it with a
Odyssey PC680.

So I sold it and got a K1200GT with a side car - WTF!! Added bar backs, lower
foot pegs and RDL seat with back rest. The added weight tamed the bike down
quite a bit and with my wife relaxing in her convertible and me on the bike
things are good. Just note depending upon your size you will be leaning
forward on your wrists a lot more. Still have an LT for sit back in the seat
touring as well.

You might ping John Zeiler who just picked up a k1300GT and traded in his
R1200GS . . .

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Re: R1200RT vs K1300GT

great post. thanks for your feedback on your experiences. I'll try to track john down in here somehow. many thanks
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Re: R1200RT vs K1300GT

I am right here. I liked the GS and the boxer twin but I wanted a non-dirt tempting bike. Got the GT for a really good price with 23 K on it. I find it a hoot to ride in the twisties and it was very comfortable on the interstate in the rain. This was all on the way home from the trade. I have ridden it once to work and found it quite driveable on the commute. Sure it has gobs of "break your neck" power but you don't have to use it all the time. I am quite happy with the new ride. I have not ridden a new (or 5-6 year old) RT ever so I cannot help you there.

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2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
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Re: R1200RT vs K1300GT

I have owned both models. My last bike was a 2009 RT that I put ~50,000 miles on. It was a very comfortable, quiet and nimble. I liked the bike but never fell in love with the engine.

My current bike is a 2010 K1300GT that has a bit more than 60,000 miles on the clock. I love this bike, it does everything well, gravel, rain, wind, highway, twisties. It is very stable and planted. It's heart is the engine, 160 hp, tons of torque, smooth as silk. It will put a smile on your face.

I put Russel seats and bar backs on both bikes. I was comfortable on the RT from day 1, the seating position is perfect. The GT was not comfortable right off the bat, it took some miles for my body to adapt. Now I don't have any issues spending all day on it.

I ride quite a bit, my bikes are my main form of transportation and entertainment. I typically flip bikes every 50,000 miles and have been looking for a replacement for the GT for the last 6 months. I just can't part with it yet. It is a truly amazing motorcycle.


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