It is no rocket ship or race bike. It is just well balanced, nice smooth power, and plenty of wind protection. Oh.....and the brakes are great. All this makes it hard to tell you are on a big bike.
I totally agree. I was 50,000 miles into my GS-ADV when I got my RT (03) and immediately fell out of love with my GS-ADV for anything resembling "long distance" as the RT just made such easy work of it.