Last November I rode my R12GS from Miami to Little Rock (~1200 miles each way) for a business meeting. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip despite some cold rain and chilly temps (for Miami anyway). Since I normally ride the GS offroad and on the twisty hardtops of the NC mountains, it was reassuring to feel how well the tall GS performed on the big slabs and at high speeds. Add in the fun factor of the GS and I was convinced that this was the best bike for me for rally trips and other long rides.
Little did I know. Earlier this month I had another series of meetings in Little Rock so I decided to take my R12RT this time. Up to now I was mainly using the RT for daily commutes to work and 2 up day rides with my wife. Not surprising, she much prefers the back of the RT than the GS. Anyway, I discovered that the RT is an amazing touring bike as well and had no problem covering the distance from Miami to Little Rock in under 2 days. The cruise control, ESA, larger top case, and wind/rain protection are major advantages over the GS.
So, the key question is which bike would I keep if I could only have one? My heart says the GS, but my head says the RT. Since my heart would probably win out, it's a good thing that I can enjoy both bikes and keep my marriage intact.
Any thoughts from others who have ridden both bikes? GS, RT, and NC mountain cabin are pictured below. Cheers.