Join Date: May 2006
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
Re: 1200GT after R1200RT
A good friend has an ST and likes it other than the weight and heat on his feet. Otherwise it handles well, has plenty of power and a huge gas tank.
I owned an LT for 7 years, and now have a GT. Both are excellent for what they do. The LT was awsome 2 up and had great Wx protection. It was top heavy at slow speeds and ran out of ground clearance if you pushed it. The front also seemed a bit vague in the corners and mine anyway wanted to fall into turns. You got used to it though and again, if I were riding 2 up, that would be the bike.
The GT is a better 1 up choice imo. Lighter, smoother, and faster to the point you really have to use the cruise to keep from looking down and realizing "oh S*, I am putting along at 100". It rails the corners, splits CA lanes, gets great milage and you feel no excess bike heat. The seat sucks, it takes a bit to get used to the throttle, and to smooth out your shifting, after that the thing feels like an extension of yourself.
Oh, did I say that I love this bike. I can't comment on the boxer, but I know the police all wish they had GT's.