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1000 miles this last weekend – on my GT

Well this past weekend was a blast – in every sense. I went with two other friends, one on a Ducati ST3 and the other on an old (1980!) R100 to the Brittany area of France. We covered 1000 miles over the weekend.
The GT behaved beautifully but I have the following observations :-
  • the cruise control failed to activate upon initiate selection on two occasions; could this be a “faulty connection”?
  • the fuel consumption jumped from 140 miles before the yellow warning to 165 miles; and even then only took just over 15 litres (4 US gallons), which shows how economical the GT can be, on a long run at “sane” speeds :-)
  • the real pain over the weekend was my right hip which, after the first 250 miles, was aching / painful requiring stops every 30 minutes. Still don’t appear to have understood Master Yoda’s riding technique ?

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  • the cruise control failed to activate upon initiate selection on two occasions; could this be a “faulty connection”?
Probably a loose microswitch, if anything.

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the real pain over the weekend was my right hip which, after the first 250 miles, was aching / painful requiring stops every 30 minutes. Still don’t appear to have understood Master Yoda’s riding technique ? [/list]
What I'm about to tell you sounds counterintuitive, but it worked for me.


Raise the footpegs to ther upper position.

It changed the angle of my hip to where it was a lot better.

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What I'm about to tell you sounds counter-intuitive, but it worked for me.


Raise the footpegs to their upper position.

It changed the angle of my hip to where it was a lot better.
I agree; that DOES sound extraordinary; especially when I stretch out I get an immediate relief (at least for around 10 minutes).

Does anyone else have this experience.

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been there, done that

had the same sensation on long rides. installed lowered pegs, type II barbacks and a sargent seat. a bit better, but not the solution. the real solution was a russel daylong seat. i'm all day on the bike now without discomfort. and often that's in very hot temps in florida. check em out.
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  • the real pain over the weekend was my right hip which, after the first 250 miles, was aching / painful requiring stops every 30 minutes. Still don’t appear to have understood Master Yoda’s riding technique ?
Mine flared up (same right hip in front) about a day or two after a 500 miler with only two 10 minute stops.

I may lower the seat a bit next time to see if it changes anything.
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I already know that this sounds stupid, but the only time I get the right hip pain is when I start from a complete stop and raise both feet from the ground at the same time. If I keep the left foot on the peg and the right foot on the ground, I never get the hip pain. Once I get it, it takes a while for it to go away.

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Mine flared up (same right hip in front) about a day or two after a 500 miler with only two 10 minute stops.

I may lower the seat a bit next time to see if it changes anything.
My seat is already in the lower position. Are any of you guys medically trained in the sense of explaining the physiology of this condition. My sense (layman's perspective) is that it's due to a lack of blood flow to the lower leg and this restricts the oxygen to the muscles and hence the ache starts. Why, whe started, it takes a few days to totally recover, is surprising me.

I am in excellent overall health but accept being over weight :wtf or (depending upon your perspective !)

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  • the cruise control failed to activate upon initiate selection on two occasions; could this be a “faulty connection”?
Hey John,
Listen carefully to the clutch lever as you pull it in, pull it in slow with your ear close to the grip. There should be two distinct little "click" sounds. The first click shuts the cruise "off" when shifting, and the other is for the starter safety switch, for starting in gear. The first click will happen in the first maybe 3mm travel. The second click is further in the lever stroke maybe 10-12 mm If you only hear the second "click" then there's the problem. Let me know what you find

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