Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Forrestfield, Western Australia, Australia
My grip heaters get really really hot in any conditions in about 10 minutes and I have to turn it to low before my hands get really really burnt. They are really a bit too cool on low too but they are far too hot on high. They warm your hands up pretty quickly though.
By the way, Doug, what do you think of the GT compared with the Concours (GTR1000)? It was the only bike I could find that had most of the good points about the Concours with a few improvements. Surprisingly enough, apart from the age of my GTR1000 and about 300,000km, it was probably better than the GT for what I use the bike for every day and I had to think hard and get the right deal to decide to replace it.
It had better weather protection, better screen (Cee Bailey), could ride with visor open in quietness, same gearing apart from a useful lower first gear for town use, plenty of power, adequate brakes and suspension, similar seat comfort and bar reach with raised bars, beautiful and warm in winter but roasting hot in summer, better shaped panniers for practical use, better fuel range and able to use the lowest octane fuel, perfect gear box and final drive, great longevity and mine cost $4000 for 2 years and 45,000km of trouble free riding. I got $3000 when I sold it.
BMW has more power, much less vibration through grips but more through seat and pegs, fantastic suspension and brakes, stiff frame with no hinge in the middle, some extra goodies such as ESA, Cruise Control etc and cost me $24000 more. Apart from that the GTR was better or at least as good.
2007 K1200GT Graphite
Ex 1986 Kawasaki GTR1000
Last edited by BobD; Jul 26th, 2008 at 10:49 am.