Some advice from touring pros re: Fun factor
A question for experienced touring/sport touring riders for someone considering a 1600GT.
Some background on my current state of mind:
I have had the stream of sport bikes in my youth, then moved into a 1998 and than a 2002 VRF. Coming from sport bikes, I found the VFR position very "CBR" ish but a little more sluggish and less agile than rational sportbikes. Hence, I went the route of 6-7 track weekends on a track only bike and left the roads riding to the kids. Then in 2005 bought a BMWGS. I absolutely loved it . .loved the position . .loved the mellow character of the boxer. I'll never return to a japanese sportbike on the road. Last year I sold the GS. Still love it but want a change . .although I may return to the GS again someday. I respect the RT . . . reasonably light for it's purpose, fun to ride . . .maybe too much protection, but lots of fun gadgets. But as the motor is essentially the same boxer, yet with more cramped position, I just didn't think it was me. Then considered the 1300GT . . maybe the same as the RT but with some huge power. However, there was something soulless compared to the boxer and just not enough to push me over the edge there either. Then comes the 1600gt . . which I'm considering putting a deposit on. Exciting new motor . . TONS of toys . . .comfort of the RT with effortless power . . .and really . . .the headlight . .the integrated GPS . . the 160+HP power and all the gadgets has me excited (however shallow that is). And now for the question:
As a bunch of (probably?) LT riders . . .is this new GT in a different fun category than, say, the RT or 13GT (or even 1300S)? In other words, should I be realistic in thinking that as a person that has never owned a proper "touring" bike I should have different handling and weekend twisty road fun expectations than these other (arguably) sport touring bikes? The gold wing or perhaps the LT are spectacular machines . . .but are probably a step further down the touring spectrum than I want. Am I confused, or am I lining things up correctly? If it's a 1300GT/RT competitor . .I think I'm in. If it's a little more Gold wing. .I'd appreciate your words of caution.