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Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
New GT - First impressions from owners
Hello, all. For those still contemplating a purchase of the '06 GT, a limited view from my perspective. I just took delivery of a crystal grey yesterday. I'm 5'9" and 275 lbs.
Suspension - Night and day difference from the K1200RS. This bike feels poised for action even at the comfort setting. In sport mode, it soaks up bumps like crazy while tracking thru turns even more surely than the already rock-steady RS. The bike feels like it weighs 100 pounds less and turns in with just seemingly a thought of steering input. It strikes me that it sits "higher" than the RS but that could just be me. I'll probably use the normal mode for my commute.
Engine - Wow! Revs much quicker and has more torque. The reported "parade mode" throttle complaint was there in full force until I adjusted a lot of play out of the throttle. That made things much nicer rolling on in turns, etc, but transitions from off to on throttle are still less serene than the RS. I suspect added low-end torque is the reason.
It also seems buzzy by comparison, but I'll reserve judgement on that for a couple of thousand miles.
Comfort - First impressions are mixed. I actually had three K12RS's, so this is admittedly too soon to judge, but.... The seat seems to be bulbous (much like my butt) and centers my weight near the middle without spreading it out evenly across the surface. I'm guessing I'll get used to it, or maybe it will conform. The windshield (tall) reminds me of the LT's with slightly less coverage, which is a good thing. I believe I'll be able to make my 30 minute commute with out earplugs. It came to me with the bars in their highest position, so I'll have to experiment with that. Leg position is more relaxed than the RS, of course. My wife likes the feel of the passenger seat and loves the independent heating control of her seat. That was a nice surprise.
Appearance - For Pete's sake, you MUST see the crystal grey in person. The BMW website makes it look like a dingy police bike. The dealer had called me saying he got his first (now mine) but that it was the grey. I didn't bother to rush right down to see it because of my dislike of the pics I had seen. So, just go see it.
Keep in mind, these are off the cuff first impressions, and that's all. Other new owners, why not jump in and share your thoughts as you come on board?
Thanks to every one for creating such a helpful, cordial board.