Some people don't like change, and they are happy with what they have.
I have an RT, but realistically, I'm going to go hunting for a K bike as soon as I can put the cash down
I have an Oilhead RT too. I kept it when I bought the K1600. I also have an Airhead (78 R100S) And a K1. Going along with progress and improvements doesn't mean that you stop liking what you have.
Clinging to stuff that is "obsolete" and refusing to move ahead is a different story. It works for the Amish. For a real motorcyclist??? I am not sure. Maybe.
But I'd love to take a 1600 GT on a trip, and see if I could get past the weight. If I had unlimited funds, I'd probably buy a low mileage one, just on spec.
Regardless, I'm happy all these machines are being built, because it keeps the builders in business.
"When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."
Don Stanley; aka Chuy Medina "El Burrito Ballerina"
BMWMOA #24810; www.azbeemers.org/forum #89
Just traded my 2008 K1200GT with 32,000 miles on a new R 1200RT. Just put 1500 miles on the new bike. I like the nimbleness of the RT but the K bike was exciting on the open road but a handful in town Always hated the shifting of the K bike. The new bike seems to be a better all around bike. There was just something exciting about the K bike on the open road but never really trusted it for some reason.
I currently own a 2009 GSA and love it but want a water head in the next year or two. In the meantime, I can't help myself---I'm buying a used 2012 K1600GT with only 700 miles. Just before the GSA, I had a 2007 K1200GT that was a wonderful, powerful, sophisticated machine but just didn't LOVE it---primarily due to the riding position. It wasn't bad, just not optimum for me.
The 16GT is a beast, with a better riding position than the 12GT and the 6 cylinder engine is something special. Can't wait to get it in the next few days! The GSA is going up for sale.