Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Fairfax, VA, USA
Re: 1200RT v. R v. wait for the water-cooled
On the RT vs. R, as tempting as the R model is, in one of my conversations with my dealer, he noted that he sees lots of people by R's, and then end up trying (usually unsuccessfully) to accessorize them to try to create an RT-like ride out of an R; many of these end up trading in on an RT. So if you are looking for the weather protection and dash/glovebox/radio/etc. etc. of an RT, particularly for longer distance rides, go to an RT and be done with it.
If I were in the market for a boxer, I'd wait for the wasser boxer -- but then, I've got a K16 and an 1150RT-P to ride in the meantime, so the wait would be much easier for me. Here's my thoughts for someone in your position:
I expect that the wasser-boxer RT will be equipped with most, if not all, of the K16's features/gadgets -- in order words, it will be the next step beyond the R12RT, not just today's RT with a new drive train under the bodywork. Those that don't care for all the electronics won't care; those of us that like all the capabilities the K16 brings to the table will be happy campers.
The wasser-boxer release predictions are pretty consistent about release at Intermot this in October 2012, as a 2013 model -- here's the catch: the GS is traditionally the first model of any new boxer generation. *Usually* the RT comes out the next year (although there have been exceptions). Given the number of "leaked" opportunities for the GS to appear i nthe press, and the "coincidental" lack of any such leaks of anything which begins to look like an RT model, my guess (and that's all it is) is the RT will come out in mid-2013 as a 2014 model, with deliveries beginning in late 2013.
So, if you do not want to wait what I'm guessing will be two years for the wasser-boxer RT, go for the R12RT now. FWIW, that is what I would do if I was in your shoes -- buy the R12RT, enjoy it now for two-three years, and consider trading (while it still has a significant value) after the wasser-boxer comes out and the initial-release teething pains are resolved. If you don't like the new boxer, keep on enjoying the camhead.
If I'm wrong and the RT comes out in early 2013 (Intermot releases never get here before the next spring), you're in the same position, except maknig the buy/don't buy decision 6-8 months sooner -- not a signfiicant difference to me.