mistercindy Posted November 13, 2007 Share Posted November 13, 2007 I have an '05 12GS and am considering trading it in on an '07 or '08 12RT (the K12GT is tantalizing, but I just don't think I need to go there!). I'm just considering a change and I'm pondering the RT. Offhand I like the larger RT fuel tank and the fact that the servos will be gone. The biggest chunk of my riding is a 60 mile round trip commute to work (when I can) on urban highways. But I do a number 300-600 mile day and/or weekend trips over the course of a year, too. I average around 12,000 miles per year 99% of which is on paved roads. I did test ride the 12RT once for a few miles when I was tired of the buffeting on the 12GS (which I cured with an Aeroflow). My biggest memory of the 12RT was that the mirrors were in an odd place, but I sense that is something one just gets used to. Anyway, for those of you that have owned or extensively ridden the two, what do you find to be the main differences in the ride? What are your preferences? Did you find the 12RT to be buzzier than the 12GS (another thing I've read)? Etc...? I've also got some questions involving the specs (from the BMW web site) that I'm hoping some of you may be able to answer. Forgive me, but other than the simplist things like changing fluids, bulbs, etc..., I've never made myself become much of a wrench. - The "Primary Drive" is a different on the two bikes. What does that mean? - The "Front Travel" and "Rear Travel" are different, too, with the GS's being several inches longer than the RT's. What does that mean? - I had read somewhere that the gear ratios were different (ie., lower RPM's for the RT at highway speeds), but the specs I see at the BMW website say they are identical. Did that change, or did I read wrong? Thanks for taking the time. Link to comment
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