Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Spotsylvania, VA, USA
Re: A BMW is a BMW is a BMW would smell as sweet
I've looked at a lot of the same things you are considering. The great thing about BMW is that no matter what you decide, there isn't a bad choice.
The GT is freakin' awesome. Its fast! It also is very long which makes a noticable difference in a parking lot. In normal street riding, you may not notice a difference in cornering, but if you ever do a track day, you'll see that the long wheel base is a real handicap in the corners as compared to either the GS or RT. I love the GT but for me, its too much plastic (I am clumsy), too wide a turn in a parking lot and not as fun at the track.
The RT is smooth, comfortable and feels like it rides itself. I really like the RT. Its great at the track, in parking lot or just on a long cruise or commute. Its probably the most practical of the batch. I don't own one.
The GS/GSA has something that is hard (impossible?) to quantify. Its just fun. Its as fast as an RT and the Adventure has almost as much wind protection. At the track, its amazing in a corner and will cause the owners of Jap bikes to hang their heads in shame. It turns heads on the road. I love sitting up over small cars. I love the seating position. I love the leg room. The RT feels a little cramped while the GSA allows a bit of stretch.
I also love the top opening boxes. I use my boxes daily and top opening is WAY better than side opening if you're hauling a laptop back and forth to work.
Did I mention I'm a bit clumsy? If the GSA has a parking lot tip-over, there is no need to cry. Sure the crash bars will be scraped, but then it just looks like you are an adventure touring guy instead of a clutz.
The only down side to the GS/GSA is the lack of cruise control. I hate that. I'm amazed the BMW hasn't figured out that there are a lot of us who might enjoy the "touring" aspect of an adventure touring bike. That is the only thing to keeps it out of the realm of perfection in my opinion.
I hope this helps. I know its not specific to the 2010 models you're contemplating, but everything that can be said about the 09 applies to the 10 as well.