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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2006, 8:32 pm Thread Starter
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New Gt ride report

Picked up my new GT wed the 10th. Graphite Metallic, I ordered it just after seeing one at daytona. I have been riding electra glide's for the past 10 years so it is a big change for me and one that I wish I had of made long ago.
My first ride was about 75 mile's. I was amazed at how much power the bike had and how smooth it rode. My only complaint that first ride was I didn't have more time and the seat got very uncomfortable, I was a little sore the next day.
Fri. after I picked it up I rode to lake lure, N.C. then to the blue ridge parkway on near Asheville. I was very pleased with how it handled. After throwing around a big harley, The bike seemed to go thru turns by itself, I just had to sit and enjoy it. Went up the parkway to Mount Mitchell. It was 35 deg. at the parking area there. I liked the idea of heating grips, but thought that heated seats on a bike was a waste. OK I was wrong. The seat seemed to help keep my whole body warm. The windshield did a good job of keeping the wind off me except for my upper arms. It really could be a couple inches wider for me. I am 6" so a little taller would be nice but for me the width would help more. From Mount Mitchell I rode the parkway into Blowing rock. The bike didn't care what gear I was in. I rode some in fourth, some in fifth, and some in sixth. It is a 45 mph speed limit most of the way, and what ever gear I was in I could do the speed limit, (over most of the time) have plenty of engine braking, and all the power in the world when I rolled on the throttle. Then took 221 from blowing rock back home. Coming home I rode from the speed limit to felony speeds. The bike doesn't care just so its going . I am not sure what the difference was but the seat was very comfortable all day. 280 miles and couldn't find anything that I didn't like about the bike.
Rode sun for a while. The more I ride it the more I wonder why I didn't own a bmw motorcycle years ago. I have had bmw cars since the early 80's.
Had the first service done tue.s with 643 miles on it. Coming home I found the first thing I don't like about it. It is hard to ride at 5 to 10 mph. Coming down I-85 south, I was caught up in road construction. traffic would move 100 ft and stop. never moving at more than a snails pace. At those speeds the throttle is very touchy, I tried to just let it idle and that didn't seem to work to good either so ended up having to slip the clutch a lot and trying to keep it as smooth as I could. This could just be me not used to a bike with this much power, and it isn't something that I will do very often or at least I hope I don't. I just found for me, at these speeds it was very hard to control my speed and to keep things smooth.
I LOVE THIS BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! I am sure as time goes there will be things that I want to add or maybe change some. I am heading for the dragon on the 24th of this month. I can't wait to see how the bike performs there. I really think it will put the dragons tail between its legs.lmao One question if anyone knows, how do you slow this things down to the speed limit.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ok Ed, I'm drooling.

Thanks for the impressions. I become more insanely impatient everyday.

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Ok Ed, I'm drooling.

Thanks for the impressions. I become more insanely impatient everyday.

just wait and see after you will have it. never had a woman so addictive as this bike is, feel like riding it all day long. had lots of both.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 18th, 2006, 5:07 am
 
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Hi Ed,

Congratulations on the GT. I can echo everything you said. The low speed snatching is a problem, isn't it. On the bright side, it was the same when the K1200S came out and they fixed it later with a fueling/mapping upgrade. So many people have identified this so I am sure there will be a fix soon. The best way around it for now is not to go slow The bike really doesn't seem to care which gear it's in, does it? The power/torque is spot on. I needed the gear indicator just to make sure I didn't stop in 6th gear. What a bike! I'm sure you will like it even more with a few thousand miles under the belt. By all accounts everything smooths out and just gets better.

Have fun,

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just wait and see after you will have it. never had a woman so addictive as this bike is, feel like riding it all day long. had lots of both.

That's the trick isn't it? Having lots of BOTH!!

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