I sold my RT and replaced it with a GSA because I wanted to explore dirt roads instead or turning around. Dropping an RT is a very expensive thing and they look bad with scratches and dings. My GSA looks great with some dings,scratches and covered in mud. Just being able to go down those dirt roads and have fun doing it has made the switch to a GSA completely worth it for me. I can still ride to work and take the bride for an ocasional ride as well. I rented a R1200GS last year and rode all over Death Valley with it. It became really obvious what the limitations of a big adventure bike are for the average rider. Some scary moments and no fun at all at times. Back to local dirt roads for me. Good thread.