AZKomet Posted May 21, 2010 Share Posted May 21, 2010 Ok, after much angst I made a decision on a new machine. First, I would like to thank Marty Hill who helped me immensely. He picked me up at the airport, let me stay at the Marty Hillton and helped me get the bike. So, after 2085 miles back home I thought I would share my new ride info. First of all some comparisons. The Kaw Connie is smoother, faster and supplies more wind protection. It also is on rails in the corners. It does have its downfalls like no cruise and a shorter mile range. The power from the 4K rev mark is blistering fast. The GT is buzzy at speeds. It is not as smooth as the old style K12 RS nor does it have the spool up that I loved so well with the older RS model. It lacks wind protection and that is evident on the highway behind big trucks and the like. It does have a superior fuel range and cruise control. The seating position is not as upright as the connie even with barbacks/risers. It is powerful throughout the revs and the spool up is much more civilized than the connie after 4k. The 13GT corners well and is very nimble. It does have some qualities that surpasses the connie but I cannot put my finger on it. So the new ride? I chose the 1300 GT for a couple reasons. It's a BMW and will hold its KBB better than the connie. I got it for less than a new connie here in AZ. It has EVERYTHING that BMW puts on it. It has cruise which was a no no for connie even though it is a simple thing to put on. The fuel range was the most important thing though I think. I hate putting gas in a machine every 150-180 miles which is about what the connie gets on a tank. After riding a connie for 8 hrs I made up my mind about that. I know you want pics? Later....it is galaxy blue and pretty dirty at the moment. Rain, dust storms and a stinking flat tire 200 miles from Phx was the only issue. BTW I threw that Stop and Go tire plugger away. What a joke that is. Plain old tire plugging cord did the trick after several attempts with the other. I did get carried away a couple times and was stopped for performance awards. None the less it is a great machine....I would have chosen the connie though if it had cruise and a bigger tank. I am partial to BMW though, every time I get a Japanese bike I go back to BMW. I will keep my GSA for the moment as I have summer plans for it. After that? Who knows. Phil did a great job at not spilling the beans!! Thanks Phil! Marty too!!!! Link to comment
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