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#1002737 - 12/25/17 10:05 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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I have to agree with Dave, my ‘17 RT seems more flickable than my ‘15 GS did. Which is one of the reasons I made the switch.


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#1002805 - 12/28/17 03:20 AM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: bobbybob]  
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The 19" wheel does take more effort to turn than a 17" wheel but then the GS has a wider handlebar than the RT so that compensates for it. The 19" wheel also provides more stability at speed. Coming from both an RT (2007) and a Triumph Trophy (2014), I can tell you that my 2017 GS is easier to ride in the twisties than either of those.


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#1002814 - 12/28/17 12:24 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: AZgman]  
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Originally Posted by AZgman
The 19" wheel does take more effort to turn than a 17" wheel but then the GS has a wider handlebar than the RT so that compensates for it. The 19" wheel also provides more stability at speed. Coming from both an RT (2007) and a Triumph Trophy (2014), I can tell you that my 2017 GS is easier to ride in the twisties than either of those.

Then it must be a difference in riding technique because my GS definitely takes more effort to get the front wheel turned even with the wider bars. I can get the GS to run through the curves almost as well as I could my RTs but the extra effort is noticeable.

#1002816 - 12/28/17 01:38 PM Re: R1200RT-LC vs R1200GS-LC [Re: AZgman]  
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Coming from both an RT (2007) and a Triumph Trophy (2014), I can tell you that my 2017 GS is easier to ride in the twisties than either of those.


Coming from an '07 RT, yes you would say that and so would I. But the new LC RTs are an entirely different animal than the hexheads and camheads. They share the same frame as the LC-GS's and the steering geometry is also quite similar, so the LC-RT's feel very light and flickable compared to the earlier years.

Edit: I had always heard that a 17" front tire was much more stable at speed than a 19 or 21 inch....

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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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