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#652403 - 11/09/10 04:18 PM Re: 1200 RT vs/ 1200 GSA?? [Re: kmac]  
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I don't know guys, Im not an engineer. I work by feel with most of what I do.

I can tell you I think the "Big Fuel Tank" is not that much of an issue. IMHO it is really miisleading to think that the fuel weight is up high because that's what the tank looks like. But, when you start stripping off the tupperware the bulk of the fuel is hanging pretty low in the wide tank bottoms on each side of the frame.


Tom

#652447 - 11/09/10 07:01 PM Re: 1200 RT vs/ 1200 GSA?? [Re: Hollow Road Rider]  
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Interesting comments. I took a '10 GSA out for a spin (for about 1.5 hours), fully expecting to be amazed by the lighter handling, amazing performance, and overall ability of this bike, but it didn't really happen.

I liked the leg room, but did NOT feel it handled better than the RT. Being so high means lots of lean, and although it steers easier, going through a quick series of corners made me feel more like we were waving at the end of a stick than riding.

The GSA we tried also vibrated more than the RT, which made it feel a little more rustic. Didn't like the wind buffeting on the GSA either.

The RT felt more compact, and more "planted" to me, plus had more gadgets, and much better weather protection.

I'm not trying to diss the GSA, which is obviously a really great bike, but there are some (like us) who tried it and went for the RT.

YMMV of course.

Russ

#652483 - 11/09/10 08:54 PM Re: 1200 RT vs/ 1200 GSA?? [Re: RussInParis]  
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And there are others who kissed the RT good-bye and moved up to a GS. I liked my '05 GS much more than my '03 RT. The only thing that made me give up the '05 GS was a fantastic deal on on an '09 GSA. My urge for "weather protection and gadgets" is satisfied by my GT (and it adds in a truly powerful engine.)
There's a reason why the GS is the largest selling bike in Europe...it's because those Europeans are serious and knowledgeable about their motorcycling.


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#652490 - 11/09/10 09:34 PM Re: 1200 RT vs/ 1200 GSA?? [Re: kmac]  
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I dont have a GSA just a GS but there so much less top heavy feeling its not funny. You can throw the GS around like no bodies business. It is a BLAST!


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#652510 - 11/09/10 10:13 PM Re: 1200 RT vs/ 1200 GSA?? [Re: RichEdwards]  
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Originally Posted By: RichEdwards
And there are others who kissed the RT good-bye and moved up to a GS.

I'm another former RT rider who much happier with a GSA. I've had four RTs (2 1150s and 2 1200s)) All four RTs were great bikes, but I was a dirt bike rider in a former life, and was never really happy riding until I got my GSA on Oct. 15th. I've been having a blast riding the thing all over the place on back dirt roads. I've seen places I never would have tried to ride my RTs. Wind protection is good. Gas mileage is a little lower. I wouldn't trade it back for a brand new RT.


Burt
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