Originally Posted by Nodakgus
I have had my 1200RT about 8 months. I have been experiencing increasing levels of "buyer's remorse" wondering why I did not purchase the 1200GT.
I am interested in opinons from any GT riders who moved from a 1200RT to the GT. I am very performance-minded in my riding and it is from that perspective from which I have been beating myself up wondering if I bought the wrong bike [for me that it is. I have nothing negative to say about the RT].
P.S. Note that my avatar is a pic from a Track Day at Gateway Int'l Raceway in the greater St. Louis area. I am on my RT. I would love to run a GT out there!
If you're interested in performance first, while still having a strong touring bike, there's really no contest between the RT and the GT. My wife owns an RT. She had an '06 RT which she traded for an '06 GT, because she like the incredible performance of my GT, but found that it was a bit to much for her, so went back to an '07 RT.
The RT feels more nimble, largely due to the extra leverage from the wider handlebars, plus the difference in the front end geometry of the two bikes. The GT requires a bit more "stability" in its front end setup, due to its extra speed potential. This is really noticeable when getting off of one bike and getting on the other, but don't let anyone kid you about the GT not being flick-able. You have to lean it over a LONG ways to drag parts, but its still pretty easy to do. At extreme lean angles, the RT would have a slight edge, due to loading its tires a bit less (less weight), but only the tightest of tracks would give any LAP advantage to the RT.
I can't imagine any road or track, except maybe a go-cart track, being tight enough to give the RT any edge over the GT. Given a straight section of even half a city block, the GT is going to leave the RT for dead, assuming equally capable riders. I really like the RT, and in some ways its a better bike for road use than the GT, but when talking about performance, the GT gets serious fast VERY quickly.
I will say that riding a GT takes more self control, (skill?) than the RT, as it has WAY more power most of the time that can be safely used, especially on the street.
I quit riding sport bikes back in the mid to late 1980's when they got so track focused, and so fast. I discovered that somewhere around one hundred horsepower at the rear wheel is all that I feel comfortable with. For that reason, I'm hyper alert every time that I ride my GT, and still wonder if someday it'll get the best of me (but then, I'm an old fart!).
Take a LONG ride on a GT, then you'll know for sure if its for you. A ten minute ride, or even half an hour isn't going to cut it. You'll either love it or hate it, very few fall in between.