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    Trade an R for a K?

    I have a low mileage 2007 R1200RT. I've been mulling around the notion of swaping for a k1200gt or k1300gt but I haven't rode a K-GT. I want some feedback from you guys that have ridden both as to why this is a good idea or not. Specifically, handling, torque, maintenance, reliability, confort on longer rides, etc. or anthing else that might play into the mix.

    I love the RT but the notion of something that might be a little zippier and smother is interesting. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

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    Zippier and smoother just about sums it up. A friend with an '07 RT and I swapped bikes. Even he admitted the K is smoother and zippier, while I just had a hard time getting past that "riding a sewing machine" feel of the RT. OTOH, mileage is a little lower, and all those "extra" cylinders do add a bit of complexity to the bike.

    Your call, of course, but if you want smoother and zippier...
    Don't let your bike go anywhere your brain hasn't already been five seconds ago...

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    You stupid, fix it! r11rs94's Avatar
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    An R for a K....NEVER..
    The thing about traveling is, you never want it to end and you can't wait to get home.
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    How about the handling and weight? Noticeable difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    An R for a K....NEVER..
    used to say that and then I did. While i occasionally do miss the RT I am not regretting the move.
    It does seem harder to maneuver in tight parking lots however.
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    Are you daft, man????

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    daft (dɑːft)

    ÔÇö adj (foll by about )
    1. informal foolish, simple, or stupid
    2. a slang word for insane
    3. informal extremely fond (of)
    4. slang frivolous; giddy

    [Old English ged?ªfte gentle, foolish; related to Middle Low German ondaft incapable]

    I don't think so..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NI5L View Post
    Are you daft, man????
    I think you are being bombastic

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    Riding motorcycles to me is about passion which is why I've only owned twins (HD,Triumph, Ducati and now R1200RT). I feel twins evoke this passion that a 4 cyl doesn't so I'll most likely always have a twin of one sort or another. When I decided I wanted to be back on a touring bike after a brief hiatus I knew I didn't want HD again so I demo'd the R1200RT and it was all she wrote. My friends said I should demo the GT as well but I had no interest b/c it isn't a twin.

    I'd say find out what your passionate about when it comes to riding and let that be a compass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stokesrl View Post
    I've been mulling around the notion of swaping for a k1200gt or k1300gt
    What did you end up doing?
    Rinty

    "When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

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