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GT or GTL to replace '14 RT?

I'm considering trading in my '14 RT on a K16GT or GTL. My dealer doesn't have a GTL so I can't compare them in person. I'm intrigued by the difference in price ($1045 per BMW US website). It appears that the GTL has everything on the GT plus a top case and a taller windshield. Unless I'm missing something, the GTL seems like a good deal. Anyone know of differences in equipment I'm not recognizing?

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Re: GT or GTL to replace '14 RT?

Yeah, this question has been coming up a lot lately . . .

The basic motor, chassis, and electronics are the same on the GT & GTL. It's mostly the riding position, plus the trunk and a few accessories that differentiates the GTL from the GT.

The GT ergos are closer to the RT, with shorter handlebars, a taller two-piece seat, pegs higher and further back, and a shorter windshield. It's leaned more toward solo sporty rides, and the lack of a trunk makes it a bit lighter.

The GTL has longer bars, a one-piece seat that's lower for the rider and wider for the passenger, lower/forward pegs, and a taller windshield, plus the trunk which makes it a bit better for two-up rides. The GTL also adds LED driving lights and some chrome trim.

With an experienced rider, either model can be ridden very quickly on almost any road, either solo or two-up.

There are basically four K1600 models:

"Standard" GT model - as described above.

GT Sport - lower windshield, custom paint, and a different seat.

GTL - as described above (adds trunk and driving lights)

GTL Exclusive - GTL with custom paint, and all the options: more lighting, luggage liners, and some nice two-up touches like armrests, and a wider passenger seat.

The biggest obvious difference is the riding position. It's best to sit on (or test ride) both, but if the GT feels a bit too leaned-forward, then the GTL might work for you. Alternatively, if the GT riding position feels good, and you're less interested in the trunk, them the GT is a good option.

The trunk alone retails for $1,585, so if you think that you'll use that, it makes the GTL a good deal. If you primarily ride two-up, then the Exclusive is worth a look.

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Re: GT or GTL to replace '14 RT?

Thanks for the info!
I love the RT but I want to consider all my options before making a decision. I ride solo so I don't need the GTL-E but I do use a trunk. I have clothes and tools/tire kit in the panniers and like to have the trunk for helmet storage during bathroom/meal breaks and to store extra layers. I actually prefer a farther reach than the RT but I've accepted that touring bikes have relaxed riding positions. Sounds like I need to find a GTL at a different dealer for a test ride.


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Re: GT or GTL to replace '14 RT?

I highly suggest a test ride. I sold my '12 K1600GT after a year. Was disappointed with the sloppy drive train and that it pulled to the left. Wind protection as also sub par IMHO.

If you test ride one get out on the highway, set the cruise and lift your hands off the bars to see if it pulls left.

The GT has a throatier exhaust and higher speed limiter than the GTL.

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After just reading the 2015 improvements, will definitely go with a 2015 white K16GT. Haven't heard back from BMW about my 2014 RT buyback, but hope to have the money back when the '15 GT is available. Since I wanted a 2015 bike, my only option was a buyback... which was pretty stupid from BMW IMO, since they'll have to pay me over a grand in taxes, instead of just trading it in for a 2015 for the difference. I"m going to get my money back about the same time the 2015s are available anyway. Oh well.

Disappointed that the RT discontinued the color I dislike the least, so my only choice on that bike would be another army green RT, like the one I have now (bought it sight unseen, and was disappointed to see a green bike, rather than gray, like the name implies). Also disappointed the new GT won't have the radial brakes and quick-shifter of the RT, but at least it'll have the new dash, hill-assist, and keyless ignition, so not that bad. But most importantly, hope BMW finally sorted this bike on it's FOURTH year of production, and don't have to deal with blown trannies, bad switches, bad water pumps, and other mechanical crap like that. The good news is I'll be able to reuse the Nav V, BMW cover (it's actually made for the K16), bag liners, and rear BMW fender badge.

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Re: GT or GTL to replace '14 RT?

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After just reading the 2015 improvements, will definitely go with a 2015 white K16GT. Haven't heard back from BMW about my 2014 RT buyback, but hope to have the money back when the '15 GT is available. Since I wanted a 2015 bike, my only option was a buyback... which was pretty stupid from BMW IMO, since they'll have to pay me over a grand in taxes, instead of just trading it in for a 2015 for the difference. I"m going to get my money back about the same time the 2015s are available anyway. Oh well.

Disappointed that the RT discontinued the color I dislike the least, so my only choice on that bike would be another army green RT, like the one I have now (bought it sight unseen, and was disappointed to see a green bike, rather than gray, like the name implies). Also disappointed the new GT won't have the radial brakes and quick-shifter of the RT, but at least it'll have the new dash, hill-assist, and keyless ignition, so not that bad. But most importantly, hope BMW finally sorted this bike on it's FOURTH year of production, and don't have to deal with blown trannies, bad switches, bad water pumps, and other mechanical crap like that. The good news is I'll be able to reuse the Nav V, BMW cover (it's actually made for the K16), bag liners, and rear BMW fender badge.
Where did you see the 2015 information?

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Where did you see the 2015 information?
Found on google (after several tries) the official BMW press release of all 2015 motorcycles. The GT/GTL information is posted over the K1600forum, so check it out if interested. Hope this helps.

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