From a Spyder Ryder's perspective, the main differences between the RT and sportier RS (for "Roadster Sport," the new moniker for last year's "GS") are the obvious ones of riding position, weather and wind protection, and carrying capacity. Less obvious is the difference in operational efforts—the RT's wider track (about three inches), much higher, more pulled-back, wider handlebar, as well as what the Can-Am guys call more "relaxed" steering geometry, yield a substantially different riding experience. Turn-in and line selection are much less demanding than with the RS, and thus, with the electronic cruise control engaged, the RT rider really can steer the thing with two fingers of one hand, something much less easily done on the RS. This translates to much less attention required to keep the half-ton of vehicle aimed where you want it, and in concert with the much more upright riding position, also demands less muscular effort. Likewise, doing away with the foot-operated parking brake on the RS and replacing it with a push-button electromechanical system is a big improvement.