I've been lurking here for months but not posted yet. I bought my GT after 8 years of riding a Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird. Never had any problems but the wife started to find it uncomfortable, so we bought the BM.
I rode 18000kms in less than 6 months, and thought I'd share this story and pics as I see several of you here are thinking of, or are interested in European touring. So, here is my pictorial tale of 1300kms, and 15 Swiss passes, including the second highest pass in Europe, the Stelvio at 2754m. Hope you enjoy the pics!
Less then one week after returning from my 4000km tour in Andorra, Spain and Auvergne, I spent two fantastic days on my GT, riding with a friend (Z1000), touring major Swiss passes. Here is where we went:
Grimsel 1759m, Susten 2724m, Oberalp 21044m, Lockmanier 1914m, San Bernadino 2065m, Julier 2284m, Bernina 2328m
First day toal distance 684kms, riding time approx. 9.5 hours
Coffee stop before ascending the Grimesel
View from Gletsch towards the Furkka
The Sustenpass- Probably one of my favourite Swiss passes due to great scenery and mega views
The San Bernadino
Stelvio 2760m, Umbrail 2501m, Fuorn 2149m, Fluela 2383m, Wolfgang 1831m, Oberalp 2044m, Gotthard 2108m, Neufenen 2478m.
Days riding 616kms Riding time 9 hours 10 approx.
Conveniently numbered turns
Looking back direction Bormio
Bormio to Stelvio
Some of the 48 hairpins looking down from summit of the Stelvio
Some of the most famous bends in Europe
Descending the Umbrail
Looking down to Andermatt
From this position he can watch for speeders leaving Andermatt
Bear rides motorbike!!
Gotthard looking down to Airolo
Top of the Neufenen
Short rest before descent of the Neufenen and a boring motorway trek home
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PICS!