Hello All! My first post here:
I have an 04 1150GS that I will never part with, 80,000 miles and running great. I spend a LOT of time in the woods with her.
That being said, I have also been craving something with much more horsepower. I have been laid up after some shoulder surgery and have had much time to ponder what would satisfy my need for speed.
The short list (controlled much by budget) came down to either a '10-'11 new Kawasaki Connie or a 08-09 GT. I really didn't look hard at an RT, just for HP reasons.
After much internal struggle I made up my mind on the GT. The next day a new ad popped up on IBMWR's site for a well farkled 08 for around 13,700. I found other bikes like it with a few less mile for a few less dollars but what pushed this one over the top were the farkles, GPS, top of the line autocom, Russell day long. I would have had to drop anther 2 grand in all this stuff easy plus the down time needed to make it happen. The deal was right for me and I think the seller felt good about it.
The K12/13's have high performance mills. 152/160 HP. The cost of those extra ponies is more care and feeding. All bike have issues. It comes down to what you really want out of the bike. What will put the crap eating, hard to remove grin on your face when you twist the right wrist!
I would not make a decision to buy or not buy a particular model based on what you read on internet forums. Looking at the Kawasaki forums, you would think every single 08 Connie rider had heat blisters on his right shin! I know 2 of them and their shins are unscared. Sure this cam chain issue could be really bad but because the folks that did have troubles posted their info we are all better ready to deal with the situation.
Good luck on your search and let us know what you come up with!