I owned a used 2013 R1200RT and after a test ride immediately jumped to the 2014 water cooled. Both were bought used with 1500 miles or less, saving thousands of dollars. Yes, the RT's seem to depreciate fairly quickly in my experience. Even though the 2014-18 do not have the TFT display they are so much more readable than the thin black on gray lettering of the older GS models. I actually prefer the menu setup on the 14-18 RT over the newer TFT system, but have to admit the color is much more vivid with the TFT. Comparing BMW's 605 lb wet weight to 700 or over for the equivalent ST1300, FJR1300 or Concours 1400 is what headed me to the R1200RT. That is a huge difference, plus the BMW's ergonomics and handling are way better IMO. I did sell my RT last year and picked up one of the newer Goldwings mostly for passenger comfort. By doing so I took on almost 300Lbs, reduced handling and cornering speed, reduced luggage space but made my wife happier with a more comfy seat. Always trade offs. The Goldwing does have a smoother engine with its 6 cyclinders, not to say that the RT isn't smooth.I am getting the itch, again, for a BMW R1200RT. I've had FJR's and Harleys, but never a BMW. I have had the pleasure of riding a couple of RTs and really loved the way they handle and feel.
I am without a bike at the present time, but looking at R1200RT models for sale on various sites. Seems from about 2014 forward, there are exposed frame components, tubular if you will, that are not on visible earlier models. This must must indicate some improvement for the frame component. I am sure the later models have better suspension components, EAS, better brakes, etc. Are there still problems with the switch gear popping up now and then?
So if you were looking, what is the oldest model you would consider? I am willing to pay the extra for later model bikes. The last thing I want is an older bike with known issues to the community of which I may not be aware.
So any input from the community would be appreciated.
I agree 100% about the 1150RT, I loved my '04. I have to think though that after 10 years on a camhead GS and now putting some miles on a shiftcam RT, if I rode an 1150 it would feel dated.True to a point. I still miss the super supple suspension and amazing good looks of my 1150RT.
Hell my 2013 RT felt dated, and all I did was test ride a 2020...the ride back home on my 2013 was so underwhelming lolI agree 100% about the 1150RT, I loved my '04. I have to think though that after 10 years on a camhead GS and now putting some miles on a shiftcam RT, if I rode an 1150 it would feel dated.