Originally Posted by eng943
For some of us (myself included), the seduction of a 152 hp SPORT-touring bike, causes us to live in a temporary state of denial. We rationalize that the wind protection is adequate, the ergo's sufficient, and the SO will adapt. All in the name of scratching the HP itch.
Then some of us awake to the realization that comfort makes enjoying the ride possible, and need to move on to a bike better suited to that role.
I've said it before. I miss my R1200RT in the same way. The GT is a great machine, but it is not as comfortable, nor does it provide the same wind protection as the RT. Moreover, I cannot get through corners as quickly on the GT. The only thing the GT has on the RT is power and a smoother engine. I've paid a price to be able to effortlessly cruise at 100mph on the GT. The problem is that by modifying my GT to get RT(ish) comfort and protection, I've contradicted some of the bikes inherant qualities.
I'll most likely go back to an RT at some point. I've enjoyed the GT, but I value comfort, handling and smooother throttle control over sheer power.
Having owned LT's for a number of years, and currently owning (ok, will take some grief on this) an '07GT, '07GS Adventure, and '08RT you would think I could comment on this thread with a degree of certainty and finality. Well, I cannot. I recently finished a 6000 mile tour on the RT, and it performed admirably. Last year I did a 4000 mile trip on the GT and it performed admirably. I ride the Adventure and it performs admirably. I initially missed the LT but kept it long enough to overlap with the GT and the Adv and found I was not riding it anymore so away it went. IF asked which bike I'd own if I could only own one? Tough decision and without the reality of REALLY having to do it I cannot answer that question. But, if I assess the attributes of which bike best suited for 'sport-type-touring', whatever that may be, the RT wins:
Large 7 gal fuel tank
Good fuel mileage per gal
Very easy bike to ride, nimble, light in turns, slow-speed maneuvering best of all three
Best weather protection
Cruise (not an issue with me as I have McCruise on Adv)
The RT is also the most vanilla/boring of the three bikes. Sorry!