To replace my 1200GS the only bikes I took out for a run were the CT and Triumph Explorer, I had considered a few other bikes but had a paper sift and only ended up with these two.
The Triumph initially felt almost identical to the GS straight away in the way you sit on the bike. I found it handled slightly better than the GS but the suspension was set harder, brakes were really good and the engine really nice, but, I found after 90 miles bum getting a bit numb, engine was buzzy about 5k and my right thumb was getting a bit numb like it does on the GS. having had an 1150GS prior to the 12 for all day comfort the 1150 was a better bike.
I really wanted to like the Triumph more than I did and to be honest the CT was the underdog, thinking back the reason it was getting a test was more to satisfy myself that the Explorer was the better bike. The CT made it through the paper sift more as a quality product and I expected it to be bland in comparison to the EXp and GS.
It did take a few miles to get used to the Ct but after about 50 miles it was converting me, 200 miles at a time comfort and an absolute gem of an engine. Needless to say Honda got my business.
Yes there are a few things that I have covered on another thread relating to what I would change on the bike but these are all subjective to the individual.
Biggest problem I have at the moment is deciding whether or not I am going to get any more decent runs this year as the salt is out on the roads here. Do I cover it in ACF 50 and use it or put it under a blanket until March