I've never understood this, My 15 road R.G. handles as well as just about anything I've owned in the past 50 years. You should ride what you want, you don't need to justify it. I could make the argument that a R.G. is better for around town because of the bags and fairing boxes , radio, etc. There isn't but about 100 lbs. or less in wght. between the 2 bikes and a passenger will be a lot happier on the R.G. Having said that, it's your bike, you should have the one you want.