Strongly Agree to Disagree on your impression in all categories except the motor. I will give the 6 the smoothness nod. Slight nod in overall power to the 6. The RTW with less HP TQE makes up for this with a Much Quicker Revving motor and yes less mass. Regarding Handling ,Suspension , Breaking , Flickability and ease of maintenance the RTW get's the nod for sure.
BTW I have spent more than enough time on the 6 . My opinion is based on 2 months and 5000 miles riding the 2014 GT .
I have quietly listened to your opinion on this subject in the multiple threads where you have weighed in extolling the virtue of the new RTWC, and Herm also conveyed some of your opinions on this subject to me. Personally, I think it is a rare experience when one of us finds his true "sweet spot" on a bike. I think that is what has happened for you on the RTWC, and anyone of us should be envious of you for finding that place for yourself. Recall that I was stuck with the "do not ride" drama at the same time you were. My situation is different than yours, and not the subject of this post, except to say that I can definitely attest to the fact that if anyone has the knowledge and experience to make a decision between these two bikes. . . . . . . . you do, because of the 2 month+ loaner of the GT from Hermy's before you got back your beloved RTWC.
So. . . . . . . what's my point (s)?
1. Pete definitely knows a lot about what it's like to extensively drive both bikes.
2. Pete knows what's good for Pete.
3. Reasonable people can disagree. For example, as a longtime disciple of the RT Roundel and a skeptic of the K16 Roundel, I have decided (for myself) that I prefer the K16. To re-affirm that I wasn't crazy, I jumped back on the RTWC 2 months ago at Max's after riding my '14GT all day. Truthfully, the RT came across as a diesel truck compared to the GT. Not a criticism, just an observation, and an opinion that applies only to how I
feel about the two bikes. Couldn't wait to get back on my GT. And remember, I have been an RT man for more than 7 years before this.
4. Finally, that we are all entitled to our own misguided opinions, and need to respect the misguided ones of others.
Just my poorly considered $.02