motoguy128 Posted November 12, 2007 Share Posted November 12, 2007 My dealer thought I was weird when I posed the question. I test rode the GS and the RT and picked the RT. Mostly because of passenger comfort (pillion was too high on the GS and the seat was too hard) and rider amenities. But I find myself frequently exploring down gravel roads on my RT and missing that extra bit of adventure. The RT however has a few difficencies for light off-road use in this case. 1) Gearing is too tall, and not enough bottom end. Needs the shorter GS final drive. I like the RT top end however for street use. 2) Too little suspension travel. Needs about 1" more suspension front and rear. Hmmm... when I get aftermarket shocks, is it possible to increase the ride Height 1/2" and increase the suspension travel? 3) Needs a 19" front wheel and more off-road oriented tires. I'm always worried of getting a puncture in the pilot roads from sharp stones. 4) Needs larger fendors and a skid plate to protect from stone ships. 5) Needs stronger fairing mounts and windshield mechanism. Now compared ot my last dual sport (A KLX250S), the RT does a great job of keeping the dust near the ground. Hardley any dust gets on us. Only the back of the cases and a little near our feet. The suspension also does a fair job doespite it's limited travel. The ASC and ABS let you be a little stupid without losing contorol. I know I'm crazy. But most of our miles are still on open roads where the RT is best, but I'd still like to have the ability to ride fire roads and gravel roads wiht more control. I'm willing to sacrifice some street handling for it. Link to comment
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