Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
Re: New Member Which Bike the RT or GT
If your wife has been subjected to riding as a passenger on a Triumph Sprint she will likely bless any decision you make. Clearly the woman is already a Saint.
The RT will most closely resemble the riding experience of your Triumph in terms of size and weight, but with the added benefit of improved two up handling, build quality and all day comfort for both rider and passenger. That said, the amount of flat slab riding that you anticipate suggests that you and your bride best test the the 1600 as well, it has all the creature comforts that help to eat up interstate miles and two up 1000 mile weekends.
As for maintenance, the more miles, the more frequent the maintenance - on any bike. As to reliability search the RT and 1600 forums to determine if owning a BMW will suit your sensibilities and your pocket book. BMW products, overall, are more expensive to own and operate than other choices that you may wish to consider.
Your choice is really your own personal decision, the buying advice you get from members here is the result of a preference already made.