Originally Posted by MrBreeze
Any opinions would be welcome!
Opinions? On this site?
The RT/GT thing has been beat to death, and more recently, the '08/'09 thing as well. Here are the summaries:
The RT and GT are both extremely competent bikes, with similar but not identical missions. Some folks prefer the low end grunt of the RT, along with the more upright riding position and the slightly better wind protection. Some folks like the top end rush of the GT, along with the overall smoothness and competence that the newer suspension gives. Both bikes will eat up the miles like nothing else, but most riders tend to fall into either the Boxer camp or the Slant/4 camp.
So you have to ride both and make up your own mind.
As for the '08/'09 GT debate, no one but moto journalists have ridden the new K13's yet, so this is all based on fact sheets and initial reviews. The changes to the K13's seem to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but all are headed in the right direction (more power, smoother throttle control, more refined drivetrain, better suspension range, etc.). But the earlier bikes are very competent too, as long as you get things up to date with the latest recalls and service bulletins.
The deals to be had on the '08 and earlier GT's make an awesome bike into a phenomenal buy that many riders will be (and have been) quite satisfied with. But the '09 improvements are significant as well. So the real decision is down to you and your wallet.