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What a great bike you have as well. I almost went that route. They both have things to offer. I wish the same for you and thank you :)
 

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So what didn't you like about the RT that you felt the need to trade it in for the GA?
Lots of things actually.. The RT1250 is a wonderful bike, and I think between the two it would depend more on the personal choice of an individual than a design issue. To me neither bike has that issue. But for my personal decision, here are the reasons. I traded because the RT has more of an upright riding position that didn't work for me, when compared to the GA. It is more of a relaxed ride for me and I don't feel I am reaching for the bars at all. Its just more natural. I put a riser on my RT to get the bars back more but it still was not as relaxed. The seat is better for me on the GA. I like the floor boards up front better and they look more integrated then the highway pegs I added to my engine bars on the RT. I like the full solid feel of them. The ride is smoother going down the road as is the engine and it is easier to hear the radio with less road noise. Plus you have rear speakers on the GA. I like the rear lighting on the GA. I had a trunk light on my RTs case, but this thing is super noticeable for braking etc. I like the rear upper trunk for getting my helmet in. Set it in upright and shut it. The RT I had to always turn it this way or that way on its side and it was still a bit big it seemed. Then it starts getting scratches where I don't wan't. I like the reverse gear on the GA. The RT is light, but I have a pretty good lip in my garage to get over. The GA is easier to throw a leg over. Especially if you are restricted with all the riding gear on, pants etc. To me, I think the GA has a better road presence and is prettier. Yes prettier, and there have been lots of compliments on the bike. Of course that is important to me :) There are trades offs, and too many to list. One being the speed limiter on the GA if you have to go over 105. I have all the speed I safely need. If I want to go faster I will get another sport bike and go to a track. And a bit more buffeting in certain circumstances. I am not worried about that, big horse little horse :) So the list can go on and on. I would say test drive them both and make your mind up. There is no right or wrong decision. Last thing, the horn on the K is near a car horn lol. It's loud and I love it!
 

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Lots of things actually.. The RT1250 is a wonderful bike, and I think between the two it would depend more on the personal choice of an individual than a design issue. To me neither bike has that issue. But for my personal decision, here are the reasons. I traded because of the less upright riding position of the K. It is more of a relaxed ride for me and I don't feel I am reaching for the bars at all. Its just more natural. I put a riser on my RT to get the bars back more but it still was not as relaxed. The seat is better for me on the GA. I like the floor boards up front better and they look more integrated then the highway pegs I added to my engine bars on the RT. I like the full solid feel of them. The ride is smoother going down the road as is the engine and it is easier to hear the radio with less road noise. Plus you have rear speakers on the GA. I like the rear lighting on the GA. I had a trunk light on my RTs case, but this thing is super noticeable for braking etc. I like the rear upper trunk for getting my helmet in. Set it in upright and shut it. The RT I had to always turn it this way or that way on its side and it was still a bit big it seemed. Then it starts getting scratches where I don't wan't. I like the reverse gear on the GA. The RT is light, but I have a pretty good lip in my garage to get over. The GA is easier to throw a leg over. Especially if you are restricted with all the riding gear on, pants etc. To me, I think the GA has a better road presence and is prettier. Yes prettier, and there have been lots of compliments on the bike. Of course that is important to me :) There are trades offs, and too many to list. One being the speed limiter on the GA if you have to go over 105. I have all the speed I safely need. If I want to go faster I will get another sport bike and go to a track. And a bit more buffeting in certain circumstances. I am not worried about that, big horse little horse :) So the list can go on and on. I would say test drive them both and make your mind up. There is no right or wrong decision. Last thing, the horn on the K is near a car horn lol. It's loud and I love it!
Thanks for the detailed explanation I appreciate it. I just totalled my GTLE after hitting a deer so I'm trying to decide whether or not to go with another K16 or RT.
 

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Thanks for the detailed explanation I appreciate it. I just totalled my GTLE after hitting a deer so I'm trying to decide whether or not to go with another K16 or RT.
No problem. Then think about if you hit the deer on the RT. A much lighter bike with less mass, where the heavier bike would offer more protection. Or maybe you would have avoided the deer with a quicker handling bike like the RT. Decisions ;)
 

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I have to say I sold my Indian Roadmaster and went to a 2019 RT and love the bikes handling, motor etc but the ergonomics were so wrong for me. I could not ride any great miles / kms without pain between the shoulders and neck so after a mear 2 weeks it was gone and back onto the GTL. Not as comfy as the Roadmaster was but as mentioned above there are always trade-offs. Having owned RT`s in the past and one other GTL around 2017 I went with the GTL knowing it would be a more ergonomically friendly bike and still have lots of the good stuff such as handling and speed that I like about the BMW brand while being a safe bike to ride in just about any condition. So I can agree and see Direwif`s points that he makes.
 
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I was actually looking at another Roadmaster, until I forgot how smoothe the K bikes are. I agree with you 100 percent on the pain thing. I was always tense in the shoulders and my neck on the RT. Its a great bike, but for the longer hauls I like what I have. Sheriffs dept in my city bought some RTs to try out. It's a popular police bike the world over. I saw the RTs they purchased at the BMW dealer. The GTL is another wonderful bike. And again, the GTL offers things the others do not. If this bike didn't fit me so well, I would go back to the GTL myself.
 

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No problem. Then think about if you hit the deer on the RT. A much lighter bike with less mass, where the heavier bike would offer more protection. Or maybe you would have avoided the deer with a quicker handling bike like the RT. Decisions ;)
Unfortunately there was no way I could have avoided the deer with any bike since it jumped in front of me with only a few feet between me and it. :-(
 

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Unfortunately there was no way I could have avoided the deer with any bike since it jumped in front of me with only a few feet between me and it. :-(
Well I hope you did not get injured. I love animals but the deer just dont get it. ;)
 

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Broken left leg that will require surgery to repair plus a few nicks and bruises but injuries could have been far worse.
I am sorry to hear that. It could have been way worse for sure. Did you have an inflatable air jacket on at all? I know that would do nothing for your leg, just curious.
 
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