Originally Posted by kverna
I`m thinking of trading in my K1200gt -05 for a new K1200GT, or a Kawasaki GTR1400. I`d like all the equipment on the BMW, but think the Kawa is both good-looking and sporty. I prefer a sporty bike with touring capability.. What do others think!?...
If you prefer a sportier ride, the C-14 is definitely in the running. But, I also have to say the GT beats it in almost (if not all) ways. I had a C-10. It too is a sport/tourer with sport being the oprative word. The ergonmics though were not good for me. Even with a softer (Russel) seat and KB risers it still hurt to ride it longer than an hour. If I hadn't of added bar-end weights and softer grips I couldn't have managed that. 15 minutes of the high end vibration left my hand numb or in pain.
Before buying my RT & LT I thought about the GT. Before that I thought the C-14 was my ticket to heaven. Until I sat on it. That's all I needed to do to know the ergonomics were even worse. If you like to ride a sport bike, or like the tucked in feel, then go for the C-14.
Just as an FYI, I have a couple of british magazines that rated the GT, C-14, ST1300, and FJR 1300. They surprised me at the time by rating the GT as a faster (best of the lot) motorcycle. When I looked at the numbers, I wasn't surprised. The GT has the same basic horsepower as the C-14 even though it is 200 cc less. But it also weighs less. And has much better ergonimcs and better 2-UP capability.
Before you buy, try a test ride. I didn't far too well getting the local Kawasaki/Honda dealer to provide a test ride though you may have better luck.