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post #1 of 7 Old Dec 20th, 2019, 11:36 am Thread Starter
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K1200GT or R1200RT

I am doing my research on where I want to go with a bike purchase. I'm getting back into the sport after a several year layoff. Originally drawn to the RT but I had a good friend who had a GT. So what are the pluses and minuses of choosing one over the other?

Not interested in a sport bike layover riding stance. This 55 year old wants to sit up and not be hunched over. Price is a concern also. I am putting the last kid through college and have to make the significant other not throw me to the curb bringing another toy home.

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

This 59 yr old doesn't much care for the position on the K100RS for much more than 30 min., better with a comfort seat, I've done two hour cause I had too, but my hips are cramping. I do enjoy the power of that bike, but the more upright K100 standard and K1200LT are my favorites. I have k-pox =-}

That R-RT that shop has looks like a good bike for you if you want BMW.
Similarly, the ST1300 and the Concours would be other contenders. The conny just needs a cruise control.

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

Maintenance costs are much higher on the GT. Tires go in 5000 miles, about 9k for an RT. Engine work on the GT is time consuming as it is hard to get to. The RT has a comfortable riding position for most. Don't buy either bike made before 2007. The servo brake system of bikes between 02 and 06 are prone to failure and cost an amazing amount of money to repair. Some GT models have serious driveability problems. Hopefully most of those are scrapped by now.

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

I started on a 2005 1200RT and now have a 2009 1300GT. The RT is more comfortable on long trips with a more upright seating position and has good power. The maintenance is a lot cheaper; most things are easy to do yourself. I ran mine for 110,000 miles before I had a driveshaft failure. I was always able to get around 10K on the rear tire and about 12K on the front. Now the GT is more of a sport seating position and is not as comfortable as the RT. I had to add a lot of farkles to make it comfortable. The power is insane as I can smoke the rear tire in first gear (160hp). As far as maintenance, I send mine to my indie for valve adjustment checks because it is too much work. As far as tires, I have been able to get the same mileage as the RT using Michelin PR 4GT tires (I don't baby the bike, being a former California canyon runner). There is about a 60 pound weight difference between the two (GT is heavier) and steering on the GT feels a little heavier. If you buy a GT, don't buy one before 2008. 2009 is the model where they fixed all of the issues of the previous bikes. The best year to start for an RT in my opinion is the 2010 Camhead.

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

I hope to check out a local 2007 GT this upcoming weekend. It sounds like it was well maintained with clear records back to 2009. We'll see how it fits. I liked the seating position of the RT and of the ST1300. I have also sat on a couple of 1200 LT's. That's a bit porky for commuting around town. The Concours 14 that I checked out was a bit tall in seat for me.

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

Here's a few interesting ones nearer to you than me:

2009 K1300GT

2007 K1200 GT 29k mi.

2010 K1300GT Premium 4500 miles For Sale

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Re: K1200GT or R1200RT

about 5~6 yrs ago, i've had 2006 k1200gt, and use to ride my friend's 2008 r1200rt for a while. both were in top shape.

with that said:

-RT was comfy, good power, handles easier, maintenance is easy, feels light, i can cruise all day and carve canyons.

-K1200GT was FAST, feels top heavy, bit less upright but still comfy with some simple but costly adjustments, basic maintenance is easy enough to diy but anything above that can be very expensive at the shop. this thing eats up miles on the frwy, it just goes, and goes.

i was 44 yrs old when i got the KGT used, and i was 46 when i was on the RT, and if i had to choose, i'd pick the RT.
i am about 5'8", 31 inseam, and 160lb, currently have a 2016 RT which i bought new... other than the handle bar extension, bike fits me like a glove.

*i had the servo assisted brakes in the KGT and i really enjoyed that. but i heard that system does fail in time, and its a fortune to replace.
**try not to buy either bikes that are prior to 2008..... if it was up to me, i'd get the camhead version, 2010+
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