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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 6:10 pm Thread Starter
 
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200 miles of discovering the GT

I was suppose to break this baby on the hills of San Antonio but that was scrubbed due to my daugthers' unexpected academic award friday and sunday being mothers day, I decided to do the right thing and stayed locally.

Well here goes my opinion:

I am 5'-8", 180 lbs., 30" inseam, and 57 years of age and been riding since I was 16.
The ergonomics of the bike based on standard seat, tall windshield set at the lowest position and handlebar set at its highest positions is PERFECT for me.

The motor has a humming growl that rises as the RPM goes up, handling is similar if not identical to the K1200S. similar to a 996 except less effort during counter steering.

Electronic information brings this and other recent BMW to the 21st century, I like it a lot and at todays age it is expected.

Finish is excellent and I am glad they went back to the integrated fluid reservoir on the handle bars as oppose to the plastic transparent container that everybody seems to be using, as far as overall massing, I am hoping it will improve on subsequent itiration but for now it is acceptable.

A word of caution, the bike is top heavy especially when its full of gasoline so careful when you make a sudden stop on an awkward angle also the bags are large and kinda high for a short person thus you will keep hitting them with your foot as you mount and dismount untill you learn to raise your foot higher than you are used to.

I traded my R1150 RT for this GT and was concern about giving up a well proven mount that I truly enjoyed., thus far I have no regrets and unless you are a die hard boxer affectionado you will not miss the RT.
The GT has potential of becoming an excellent all around bike., This bike makes my K1200S redundant and perhaps a K1200R would be a better companion. (he he he)

Conclusion, I love this bike and I hope it continues to bring many miles of smile to my face.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 6:43 pm
 
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thanks

Excellent post. very useful. I am making my decision on ride reports, not speculation, so this is useful to me. thanks again .
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 6:51 pm
 
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very excellent post
thanks for the effort and info
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 6:58 pm
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Thanks for the report. I fully expect you will head for 335, 336, and 337 very soon. Please let us know how it goes.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2006, 8:45 pm
 
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Hi Rick,

So, you opted for the high road (family) versus the twisties & sweepers, eh? Good for you. Your Mom would be proud. Congrats to your daughter, too!

Nice report on the ride. I'll bet that baby just continues to grow on you as time and miles go by.

Travel safe!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 15th, 2006, 11:38 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks ya'll. I am just returning some of the insights I took from this board.
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