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#983232 - 03/28/17 12:11 AM R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC  
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Anyone here spent time riding both bikes, maybe even owning both? I left RT's when I sold my hexhead RT for a 2015 GS-LC. I did test ride an LC-RT just before buying the GS so I am aware of the significant improvements in handling made with the LC-RT's. I keep wondering if the RT is maybe even as flickable as the GS, and thinking about having one in the stable along with the GS. Anybody done both? TIA. wave


Bob
2017 R1200RT-LC
2015 R1200GS
2010 R12000GS (gone)
2007 R1200RT (gone)
2008 KLR650 (gone)
2007 F650GS (gone)
2006 FJR1300 (gone)
2005 V-Strom (gone)
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#983233 - 03/28/17 12:16 AM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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I have rt, love it, my friend, who is a much more technical rider than me says he feels the gs front end is very light and unstable in tight turns. Given that, he can lap me at will due to his skill.

Both fantastic machines. I like gs but like rt better for my age, size, riding style, and wind protection.
Wish I could own both.

Alan


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#983266 - 03/28/17 12:31 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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The RT might be a bit heavier, but it also has the front 17" wheel. And better tires. The GS is lighter, but has a 19" front wheel and is a LOT taller. My guess is that the same rider would be slightly faster on the RT in really tight curves.

Hard to justify having both simply for how they handle since I think they would be close. I wanted the wind protection and fancier electronics the RT offers. But, I think I would be able to make a GS quite comfortable for 800 mile days with some work. I am so happy with the RT that I would not take the chance on a GS. But, had I bought the new GS I might be saying the same thing about it!

#983300 - 03/28/17 04:58 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: realshelby]  
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I currently have a R1200GS LC after a 2007 and 2011 RT. I would rate the RT better in the curves although a good set of street oriented tires on the GS will make it handle almost as well.

#983301 - 03/28/17 04:58 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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When serious, several dealerships in you "area".
Go test ride, bring wallet, just in case...


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#983303 - 03/28/17 05:10 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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Now, I've got nothing against owning more than one motorcycle at a time but if that's not the objective here, check out the GSA! A little bit of both in one bike. thumbsup

Pat


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#983340 - 03/28/17 08:31 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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Have had both the RTW and GSAW with low suspension. Weather protection 20-30% better on the RT because of the bodywork, but the GSAW was a better overall fit for my riding choices simply because I didn't want to be confined to pavement or good hard pack. For me it felt more nimble too. Every time I took the RT onto gravel I was cringing the whole time. Did like the heated seat, audio package, and central locking on the RT though. GSAW is worth the extra bucks over the GS IMHO. It's range and standard protection makes it a pretty great package...I may sound conflicted because I am but too many toys for both!


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#983350 - 03/28/17 09:34 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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Have any of you really wrung out an LC-RT in the twisties...vs a GSA? Thats where a lot of my riding takes place. My old hexhead RT was not real happy there and felt quite ponderous compared to my GS-LC. But I know the new LC-RT has new steering geometry, just haven't been able to try one in the twisties so far.


Bob
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2015 R1200GS
2010 R12000GS (gone)
2007 R1200RT (gone)
2008 KLR650 (gone)
2007 F650GS (gone)
2006 FJR1300 (gone)
2005 V-Strom (gone)
2005 E-Glide Classic (gone)
#983355 - 03/28/17 09:55 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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Here's my RT on the Snake. Obviously not being wrung out to it's full potential because of limitations (Me) but it handles beautifully. No surprises. If I remember correctly from the WV UN you are a rather tall guy? Your knees will be a little more cramped compared to the older Hexhead RTs and way more than on a GS or GSA. May or may not be an issue. dontknow

Pat


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#983371 - 03/28/17 11:01 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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Nice vid--and I am heading up to the snake tomorrow. smile

I also noticed one other thing I miss re. the RT--its quiet. I always liked the "stealth mode" of my old hexhead. Or is that just a result of the mic placement for the camera? My GS is kinda rumbly when accel/decel thru the twisties. I prefer quiet.

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Bob
2017 R1200RT-LC
2015 R1200GS
2010 R12000GS (gone)
2007 R1200RT (gone)
2008 KLR650 (gone)
2007 F650GS (gone)
2006 FJR1300 (gone)
2005 V-Strom (gone)
2005 E-Glide Classic (gone)
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