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post #1 of 6 Old Sep 13th, 2006, 5:23 pm Thread Starter
 
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Maybe I missed it ... RT vs. GT

Please excuse me if I missed a thread, but I am looking for some feedback on the RT vs. the GT. I have an '05 RT and while I read about RT owners trading for GT's, I haven't seen anything discussing in detail just why they are doing that. I am pretty happy with my RT, but it does lack a little "ummmph" when my wife rides with me or I am bouncing around in the 2,000 - 3,000 rpm neighborhood. There are a few other small things that bother me but I find the balance, weight, and comfort to be just fine. Can anyone tell me why I should (or shouldn't) trade for a GT?

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Please excuse me if I missed a thread, but I am looking for some feedback on the RT vs. the GT. I have an '05 RT and while I read about RT owners trading for GT's, I haven't seen anything discussing in detail just why they are doing that. I am pretty happy with my RT, but it does lack a little "ummmph" when my wife rides with me or I am bouncing around in the 2,000 - 3,000 rpm neighborhood. There are a few other small things that bother me but I find the balance, weight, and comfort to be just fine. Can anyone tell me why I should (or shouldn't) trade for a GT?

Thanks.

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Hey Crowley,

You'll probably get a few responses back - but like the old saying goes about opinions.....

I'll give you mine though I'm no RT expert. I previously owned an LT and loved the bike, but being somewhat vertically challenged felt the LT was sometimes a handful at low speeds - especially in gravel.

I went to the dealer and rode an RT - and I also rode a GT. For me, the GT was the bike to have. Although I'm sure others will disagree (and it probably would have changed in time), I didn't see myself getting used to the feel of the boxer motor. I just liked the feel of the new K motor much more.

The only way to decide this is for YOU to go to your dealer and ride one yourself.

Be prepared though, you might find yourself wanting a new bike.

That said, what you mentioned as your primary reason for considering a GT could be fixed on your bike with a little more twist 'o the wrist!!

Good luck,
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post #3 of 6 Old Sep 13th, 2006, 10:21 pm
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Cool rt/gt? decision to step up the power curve?

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...but it does lack a little "ummmph" when my wife rides with me or I am bouncing around in the 2,000 - 3,000 rpm neighborhood.... Can anyone tell me why I should (or shouldn't) trade for a GT?
My brother in law was here in Bay Village, Ohio, for a visit and rode my GT. He rode his RT from Lancaster, PA, here with his SO. After his GT ride, he said, "Wow. I could adapt to that power." His ride home to Lancaster seemed so much longer, especially up those hills. The GT has a dry sump and a very low cg when compared to other machines. The suspension setting ease is amazing. The power is a real plus in city traffic. I commute daily. It is wonderful to be able to pass the cell phone cagers quickly. Best defense? Good offense.

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Hey Crowley,

You'll probably get a few responses back - but like the old saying goes about opinions.....

I'll give you mine though I'm no RT expert. I previously owned an LT and loved the bike, but being somewhat vertically challenged felt the LT was sometimes a handful at low speeds - especially in gravel.

I went to the dealer and rode an RT - and I also rode a GT. For me, the GT was the bike to have. Although I'm sure others will disagree (and it probably would have changed in time), I didn't see myself getting used to the feel of the boxer motor. I just liked the feel of the new K motor much more.

The only way to decide this is for YOU to go to your dealer and ride one yourself.

Be prepared though, you might find yourself wanting a new bike.

That said, what you mentioned as your primary reason for considering a GT could be fixed on your bike with a little more twist 'o the wrist!!

Good luck,
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I gave the new RT a 31-mile test ride and simply didn't care for the bike at all. (Putting it mildly.) This new GT is everything I wanted out of my new bike, and more. Perhaps you're a Boxer kinda guy. I don't know. But I can't imagine anyway truly liking the RT over a GT. Then again, I like the focus on sport with the added benefit of touring. And I believe that the RT focuses more on touring, with some sport added. FWIW, there's only about a 30 pound weight difference between the RT and GT, the GT being heavier. But the 50 extra ponies handles that difference quite nicely.

Oddly though, I love the Boxer motor in the new GSes. I will own one of those ASAP. (read: 2-3 years)

There is also currently a good RT vs. GT thread over on the sister forum K-Bikes.com. Check it out...

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Thanks, guys, for all the quick responses. And thanks to Joe for pointing me to the K-bikes forum where there were several more comments. Sounds like there are 3 things that keep popping up in everyone's evaluations: (1) The feel of the boxer engine, (2) the power of the GT, and (3) the riding position. I am OK with the boxer but the vibes do get to me every once in a while and I do have a little issue with the low-speed throughput on the RT. As to the riding position, guess I will have to go for a looooooooooong test ride!

Thanks for the input. Next stop is at the dealer's!
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