Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Maricopa, AZ, USA
Re: LT to RT
The RT is certainly lighter, more maneuverable, and less plush. I commute daily on an RT (albeit a 1100RT - different animal than the 1200), and after picking up the LT, the RT feels like a dirt-bike. Certainly better suited to city parking lots and tight quarters, but at the expense of absolute comfort when cruising, and some wind protection.
The 1200RTs are reportedly a quantum leap over the 1100/1150's, and have apparently resolved many of the quirks intrinsic to the earlier oilheads. If your primary mission is lightly loaded touring, sport-oriented riding, and commuting, you may ultimately end up liking the RT quite a lot. However, if you do ultra-mileage, 2 up and heavily loaded, the RT will probably not feel as good at the LT.
Incidentally, if you're wanting to keep the big gal, you may want to look at picking up an older RT (or a retired police RT, which is what I did), and put it in service just as a commuter. I picked my RT-P up for $2200 at the auction, and proceeded to put another $2K into it to make it a commute-worthy asset.
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