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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 2008, 10:06 am Thread Starter
 
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GT.....a long distance tourer?

In it's stock form...I would say no. Too many Ergonomic adjustments are required to increase comfort to go the distance. It's like trying to turn a GT into an RT. Why not just buy the RT? It would be much less expensive. RT or GS might be the way to go!
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Gonna call bull-puckey on this one.

I've done two Saddle Sore 1000's (one certified, the other not) and several 700+ mile day rides, and several multi-thousand mile, multi-day rides with stock seat, stock bars, pegs in the high position, and RS windscreen. It's a great and fast long distance tourer with the stock equipment. The stock ergos are plenty good enough for long distance touring.

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He's trolling again so don't encourage him. Anyone who rides a GT will attest that it's a very capable long distance ride in stock form.



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Gonna call bull-puckey on this one.

I've done two Saddle Sore 1000's (one certified, the other not) and several 700+ mile day rides, and several multi-thousand mile, multi-day rides with stock seat, stock bars, pegs in the high position, and RS windscreen. It's a great and fast long distance tourer with the stock equipment. The stock ergos are plenty good enough for long distance touring.
+1 on this!! I have 2 SS 1K's and many multi-day LD trips on my '04KRS, with only a Sargent seat, barbacks and a GT windscreen, as changes. If I wanted a twin, for long distance riding I would have bought one.

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No doubt the GT is the perfect bike for a competition rally such as the saddlesore1000. Were you a bit tired after any of those runs? Did you neck hurt from tucking in behind the windscreen at 100mph most of the way there? I'm sure all that blazing accelleration didn't exert ANY G-forces on your body. The GT is an exotic, day trip/weekend trip, pack light, get there fast type of bike. Your body will grow old quickly competing in cannonball type rallys! Suit yourself! I'm going to an R1200GS one day soon!

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No doubt the GT is the perfect bike for a competition rally such as the saddlesore1000. Were you a bit tired after any of those runs? Did you neck hurt from tucking in behind the windscreen at 100mph most of the way there? I'm sure all that blazing accelleration didn't exert ANY G-forces on your body. The GT is an exotic, day trip/weekend trip, pack light, get there fast type of bike. Your body will grow old quickly competing in cannonball type rallys! Suit yourself! I'm going to an R1200GS one day soon!
I'm 51 years old and comfortably do a 1,000 mile day on the GT. Bars all the way down, stock pegs, though I do have a Cee Bailey. Then again, I live in south Tejas and my brain was fried by the heat many years ago (try running fence line on your land at 106 degrees where the breaker bar and post hole digger could fry eggs).

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Come on. Any bike is a touring bike if you're tough enough.
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Come on. Any bike is a touring bike if you're tough enough.
That's true. I've heard stories of people touring on two strokes.
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That's true. I've heard stories of people touring on two strokes.
Hell, a 125cc two stroke was run in the Iron Butt Rally.

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Come on. Any bike is a touring bike if you're tough enough.


Definition of a touring bike:

Any motorcycle that is found in your garage.





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