The GT just LOOKS like the bike I want to ride...especially in that Mars Red. I would love to hear feedback from riders who have gone from FJR to GT/GTL.
I came from a CBR, VFR, Multistrada, Tiger, ST1300, K1200GT type of lineage to get to my first K1600 which was a GTL. On all bikes prior to the GTL I never ran out of performance when riding, I ran out of comfort so when the 1600's came out I went for the more relaxed riding position of the GTL.
There is no doubt the GTL is very comfortable but still not perfect for me. After buying the GTL I spent some time on the R1200RT which had ergonomics between the GTL I was currently riding ST1300 and K1200GT I rode prior to the GTL and found the seating position I was looking for. It was more relaxed than my previous sport touring bikes (like the FJR) but not so reclined as the GTL. When I could contrast the GTL and RT I found the GTL had a similar effect on me that a cruiser type of bike does which is put too much load on my back side and has my feet forward enough it is not as easy to take some load off my core by shifting some weight to the pegs.. When I first had the GTL I was okay with that because it was better than the load other sport touring bikes put on my wrist with bars too far forward or my knees with the pegs being too far back. The RT did not put too much pressure anywhere and the riding position was ideal for me. I just was left cold by the motor of the RT.
When I compared the ergonomics of the 1600GT to the RT I found they were very similar and more relaxed than my ST1300 was or the FJR. I grabbed the GT and found the bike for me. It ended up being more comfortable than the GTL and I enjoyed the feel of the bike in that slightly different riding position when compared to the GTL. The riding position had me more involved in the riding without giving up comfort. It was the first time getting less relaxed ergonomics was more comfortable for me other than cruiser bikes that are just not comfortable for me because of the weight they put on my tail.
I went into the K1600 family thinking more relaxed ergonomics were what I was after because all other sport touring bikes I had ridden put a little or much more load on my wrist than I liked and the pegs were too far back and I did not want to make that mistake again. What I found was the GTL was too relaxed and put too much load on the back side. Give the GT a good look and use this tool to get an idea of riding position differences between bikes: Motorcycle Ergonomics
The FJR is an outstanding bike. From a pure dollar standpoint I'm not sure one could justify what the K1600 offers that an FJR does not. The FJR is that good. However, if you can and choose to afford the K1600 you may find what your heart longs for. I have really come to appreciate the sound and feel of the motor, the stability of the bike, the wonderful integration & adjustability of the many electronics and the whole package of the bike. I had many bikes before the K1600's and a few since including the current RT and the big K is the only bike I'd truly miss if I did not own it.
Shop well. Many good used bikes out there are very fair prices. Still good inventory of 2016's as well. Keeping the FJR is not a bad thing either. Lots of good choices.