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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2007, 4:56 pm Thread Starter
 
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Why do I want to buy an '03 GT?

I've been riding an R1150R oilhead Boxer for four years now, and it's great for what it does, but the urge for something a bit more touring oriented has bit me again (as it often does). I'd been thinking that maybe my tired old bones (I'm 55 but fit) might want something in a sit-up-and-go-tour-bike like a K1200LT. But then the other day, a guy in my BMW club let me ride his '03 GT for about 20 miles, and all I can say is, WOW!

I liked EVERYTHING about that bike - the smooth rush of big power especially. I had fun playing with the electric windscreen - he currently has a real short Z Tecknik screen on there. I didn't test the heated seats, as it was 85 degrees out, nor did I get to test the cruise control. Only thing remotely negative about the whole experience was that I felt my feet and ankles getting warm as I tooled around in city traffic. Once out on the interstate, as I watched the temp gauge move back down, the heat went away from my feet. Did I mention I LOVED that big rush of power as I merged onto the interstate?

So, tell me why I would want to sell my perfectly adequate, reliable, lightweight Roadster that gets 42 mpg locally (and 46+ on the highway) for this beautiful GT?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2007, 5:11 pm
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But then the other day, a guy in my BMW club let me ride his '03 GT for about 20 miles, and all I can say is, WOW!
Ride it for a longer distance than twenty miles. MUCH longer, if you can. That way you can see if the seating position is something that you can live with, or would need to be altered via aftermarket goodies.

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Ride it for a longer distance than twenty miles. MUCH longer, if you can. That way you can see if the seating position is something that you can live with, or would need to be altered via aftermarket goodies.
What he said and..............
See if the bike pulls to the right like so many K1200's do.

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I agree, I have had my '03 Orient Blue GT (the faster color) for over a year now. Mid-way through the first season I had to put bar-backs on it as my shoulders, elbows and wrists couldn't take it any longer. Of course I had come from riding a bike a maximum of 2 or 3k miles per year and by mid-season I had already put 6k on it, so I was riding a lot more than my usual. The smooth power of this machine had me addicted from the first moment. By the end of the first season I had 13k on the odometer!
On Sunday I am going for a ride that I have planned for the last year and dreamed of since I started riding motorcycles more than 20 years ago. I am going from my home state of New Hampshire all the way to Florida via the BRP! Just turned 15k and am wondering if I should have the 18k service done before I go or have it done in Florida!
The list of goodies is getting longer every month....
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Peg Lowering Kit
Stealth Passenger Backrest
Bag Liners
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Still want to add - a taller windscreen and something to protect the paint on the side of the tank and the panniers.

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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old May 7th, 2007, 7:01 pm
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Cool Gt

Yes, you do.
I'm 55 also.
52,000 miles on mine simce January 2005 when I got mine.
The ergos are adjustable, screens can be changed.
You won't be sorry, IMO.
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45 more horsepower! Handling and power! You should have one bought before the sun comes up. Two weeks ago, rode with an 04 KRS, and it and my KGT both avg. 42 mpg @ 4200 rpm. Roughly 78 mph on 974 miles. Buy one! It is a NO LOSE deal.
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So, tell me why I would want to sell my perfectly adequate, reliable, lightweight Roadster that gets 42 mpg locally (and 46+ on the highway) for this beautiful GT?
Because the POWER of the dark side is impossible to resist.
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-Because it's extremely comfortable
-Because it handles two-up no problem
-Because it's a cruise missile

And best of all:

It's fun passing sport biker squids on their 600RR's and 1000 Gixxers in the twisties. It's a tourer that can get down to work if necessary.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2007, 11:29 am
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Hey RR-

You won't be disappointed... I don't have a heated seat, & have never needed it. I do have the Gerbing heated jacket liner & gloves though
The stock "tall" windshield gives you full wind protection, & there are others as well.
It's not the best city bike ever, but it's unbeatable on longer trips, & sheer H#LL through the twisties!!!

Keep us posted-

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old May 8th, 2007, 11:50 am
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re-Why do I want to buy an '03 GT?

The bike performs wonderfully as many have said. Two years ago I purchased a 2003 KRS with just 250 miles on it. I couldn'd get used to the bike even after I replaced the windshield with the GT's one, barsback, lowering pegs, and Sargent seat.
I sold the bike a year later with 3000 miles to buy a similarly new 2004 R1150RT.

I loved the look of the RT but the ergos were even worst than the KRS, very uncomfortable for me, so again new set of barsback, lowering pegs, taller windshield, Rick Myer seat, Sargent seat, and so on. The bike was a beauty but beside the ergos problems I was missing the power I got used with from the KRS.

To make the story short, I sold the RT six month later and I bought a 2003 GT. Of course, I have to re-buy all gadgets I previously sold with the KRS. I also installed an Touring Aeroflow windshield which offers great wind protection, although the the bike doesn't look as sporty.

I guess this is way to let you know how much I missed the power and the smoothness of the RS/GT. I decided I will get used of its riding position and learn how to live with it.
For many years I have been riding cruisers (of which I still have one ) and I was comparing the KRS/GT and RT to my cruiser, I guess. I'll still keep the cruiser for longer two-up trips.

On the negative side, I find the GT to be rather fragile in comparison to other bikes I previously owned. A month ago while replacing the head light bulb ( a real pain to do )
a small plastic hook that holds the spring bulb's retainer broke. I managed to re-route the retainer and with a small hand saw I was able to create another hook. I would have need to replace the entire assembly for for $300 if I couldn't get around it. Similar experience when I installed the Aeroflow windshield. A small plastic clip of the windshiled harm cover broke. I had to replace the cover.

Finally, two weeks ago I hit a pothole at about 30-35 MPH. Both wheel rims got damaged and needed to be replaced along with the tires ( over $2,100) . While I was waiting for the tow truck two other biker hit the same pothole with heavier bikes ( one was a Harley cruiser ) . No damage on their bikes.

In conclusion, I think the RS/GT is a great performing sport touring bikes, but certainly no one of the strongest bikes in the market, at similar cost. I very much enjoy riding my GT, however.

Good luck.

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