Originally Posted by grifscoots
No offense taken.
The FJR is a completely different animal, hell, on the GT the hassock front end, ESA, the brakes and the engine are well worth the price of admission.
You ride a BMW, I don't have to tell you. The fit, finish and engineering blow the other brands away. I gladly paid for the GT without flinching.
If the dollar doesn't strengthen up, the new LT will be pricey. BUT, it will be worth every penny. Wait till you see the toys on it.
Very subjective Grif, You know me I've been riding BMW's for a long time now.
While I agree with you on the Hassock and ESA, I like the FJR's power plant a little better than the new K engine. The FJR's clutch, transmission and looks are a HUGE improvement over the BMW. Brakes are about a draw, as well as the comfort, the GT has a little more leg protection. As far as maintenance the FJR wins hands down, reliability well will see. The two areas that the GT is clearly superior is cruise control and heat management. Even with the improvements in the FJR's heat management, it can still get hot.
When I decided to go back to a sport tourer the GT just didn't do it for me, again subjective. The price was a factor but it really came down to looks, maintenance (ease to work on), cost of parts - like a $17 BMW spark plugs. The FJR won me over by the over all feel and a smooth transmission and tight clutch.
I in no way think that anyone's getting ripped off by buying a GT. The Dollar is suffering so much right now and I believe BMW is doing all they can to make up the difference but that only can go so far. To me giving up things like the ESA, Hassock and cruise for the clutch, transmission and ease of maintenance was the right thing for me. (Not going to mention the EWS).
It's all subjective, Buy and ride what you like.