Hey GT riders,
I now have about 2000 miles (1400 are mine) on my "new" (demo model) GT. I've been working up in the Seattle area (Boeing plant) and have to go back this week. I am considering hopping on the GT and riding up. Probably my biggest day on a motorcycle has been 250 miles (4-year rider). Seattle is about 800 miles from the SF Bay Area where I live. Looking at the map, I'd love to hug the coast and make an adventure out of it but, reality dictates that I get up there and get to work.
So, any advice before I take off on Wednesday? Weatherman calls for rain in Oregon and Washington but that's not scaring me off since I'll be up there for over 2 weeks and would like to have the bike. I have a well used Roadcrafter (wearing it for 4 years) and waterproof Sidi boots. My gloves aren't waterproof but my experience in the rain so far is that the GT keeps me pretty dry on the road. My first ride from the dealership was in the pouring rain.
I've read a lot of good and bad about the stock seat (can't figure out if I have the new version on my '07) but my backside has never complained on my shorter trips so far.
Concerns you could help me with:
- Any tools that I should take along other than the trusty Torx under the seat?
- Tubeless patch kit; good idea or not?
- Parking outside a medium grade hotel (Holiday Inn Express in Puyallup) for 2 weeks; bad idea? Should I cover the bike at night or does that attract more interest from undesirables? Should I use additional security such as cable or rotor locks, etc.
- I'm going with the BMW 50L sport bag to hold my laptop, clothes (I don't enjoy laundry), etc; stuff that won't fit into the side cases.
My plan is to ride it in one day with an optional overnight breather in Portland if I'm feeling too worn.
I've always run a headlight modulator on past bikes and I feel a little naked without one (haven't had time to install one yet). I know they're not cool but I swear they attract attention at intersections, where many accidents happen. Opinions?
Let me know if you have any advice for a fairly long and mostly uninteresting slab ride. Also, if I can make some spare time, any "don't miss" good rides in the Seattle area would be very welcome.
Thanks in advance!!