Originally Posted by tkirklan
I rode an LT for the last 8 years and looking at going to something a little lighter. My wife has started riding her own bike now so I'm not riding 2 up as ofter. I just test rode the new RT and was not as impressed as I thought I would be. Made me start thinking it may be easier to go over to the GT instead. Anyone else with any experience on all 3 bikes?
I’ve been fighting this dilemma myself for some time now. I’ve seen your inquiry on other forums and please keep in mind that you are on a Forum dedicated to K Type engines.
Although I still change my mind from time to time, my next bike just might be the K1300GT. I did walk into a BMW dealership with a Credit Union check in pocket and turn around, walked out of a dream. There were still some niggling doubt and the thought of what the 2010 R1200RT might bring.
Then came the research into the Kawasaki Concurs - 14 with its no (none what-so-ever) lash final drive and a price tag $8K less. But, for now, I’m still sticking to BMW…maybe.
So to be honest with you I don’t know where I’d go or where you should go. They are both fine machines. Do a little more research. I have an entire external drive devoted to this type of research. I’ve found:
1. There are a lot of converts R1200RT to K1200/1300GT
2. There are a tad more converts K1200GT/1300GT to R1200RT
3. There are a lot of mind changers R1200RT to K1200GT then back to R1200RT
4. The R1200RT outsells the K1200/1300GT buy an exceptional amount. In fact the R1200RT ranks in the top 10 (usual around 5 or 6) selling bikes in the world…and it’s the only one over 600CC.
5. Despite the large numbers sold a used R1200RT is not easy to come by. I’ve looked for used RTs but the resell values are far too high for my likes.
6. It is a Buyer’s Choice when it comes to the GT. Resell is fairly low compared to the RT. There are quite a few GTs out there. Unlike with a used R1200RT, you don’t have to settle of a color that's available; you actually have choices and can take your time shopping without the fear of losing out on a good deal. There are LOTS of good deals on GTs. Lots of’em.
Average Resell Values (from my past findings):
7. Unlike the R1200RT, the GT is sometimes not a good fit (Comfort and Power) for the average rider. Too much power...not enough comfort.
8. K1200/1300GT owners for the most part (not all of them) tend to be more aggressive and outspoken. R1200RT owners tend to be more mild mannered. Whether this is true is a matter of opinion. But try reading posts from GT and RT Forums and its easy to see there is a difference in what is posted and how it’s answered.
There is really no way to know for sure unless one spends a great amount of time on each. Just about anyone can live with the R1200RT but the K1300GT is a “Yes” or “No” bike.