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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 7:10 am Thread Starter
 
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Another New GT

Hi Guys:

Just picked up my '07 GT last week. Only have been able to put about 150 miles on it so far. Wow, this is one SUPERB bike.

I would say that I have only two SMALL gripes about the bike:

1. The clutch lever doesn't engage until close to the end of its travel. This is making my shifts a little rough (tend to gun the engine when I am trying to match the engine speed to the shift). Are all BMWs this way? Does it help the feel of the lever if you change the distance between the grip and the lever? I am on setting "1" where the lever is closest to the grip.

2. Need a bigger windshield. I am 6' and am getting blasted in the head no matter where I put the shield. Am considering a Cee Bailey +4, +2 based on what I am seeing on this board.

Otherwise, like I said, this is one magnificent bike. I understand why people are calling the engine a "thruster." So smooth and quiet.

One last thing....still looking for a good tankbag that fits with NAV III on the standard BMW mount. Somebody was talking about the Marsee Corona.... Tried a Big Mak...no go. Now available in the classified section.

I appreciate everyone's input on this board. Top quality. I am learning a lot.

Mike
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 7:22 am Thread Starter
 
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Plug under passenger seat

One more question: What is the blanked-off electrical plug for that is under the passenger seat? What is BMW thinking you will put there?

Thanks. Mike
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One more question: What is the blanked-off electrical plug for that is under the passenger seat? What is BMW thinking you will put there?

Thanks. Mike
see this thread on this site. it explains fully what the accessory connector does:

http://www.k-bikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4648

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One more question: What is the blanked-off electrical plug for that is under the passenger seat? What is BMW thinking you will put there?

Thanks. Mike
Congrats on your new ride!

If you do not have an OEM alarm so it looks like you mean the plug for it's connection. Right under the passenger seat.

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Regarding the clutch lever, yep they all do that.

I am from the pre-load the shifter BMW (the '06 R110RRTL) where one had to keep your foot in position to keep a preload in the lever then pop in in once you activate the clutch, else you get a really loud clunk. Still do it today and this bike shifts far better than the old RT. BMW used to have the distinction of a "Box-O-Rocks" transmission. You won't get any feedback through the hydraulic line like you used to get with a cabled bike.

In time you'll figure out a pattern. Maybe shorten your shift time?

I am also 6' and found the stock taller shield a bit noisy, seem its coming from the top of the helmet area. I've got a Cee-Bailey 4+2+ shield lying on the floor right now. I'm planning on putting it on today but I won't be able to give it a test until next week.
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Congrats on your new ride. Yep, use very little clutch pull, almost like you are just applying pressure than actually pulling it in and shift briskly. This is becoming the smoothest shifting BMW I have ever had. I also have a Cee Bailey +4 +2 and just ordered a +6 +3. With the +4 I still get more air than I want even with the seat set low and bars down half way. I'm 6'2" with 34" inseam.

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I have a +4 +3 CB screen and it works fine for my 6'1".

You may get used to the clutch as I have. Try it for a few thou miles.

My BMW tankbag (version 2) fits fine and is a good bag.
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1. The clutch lever doesn't engage until close to the end of its travel. This is making my shifts a little rough (tend to gun the engine when I am trying to match the engine speed to the shift). Are all BMWs this way? Does it help the feel of the lever if you change the distance between the grip and the lever? I am on setting "1" where the lever is closest to the grip.
1. congratulations on the bike
2. every BMW ever made has this same problem... i've complained about it for years....
apparently only and you ane me care
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One last thing....still looking for a good tankbag that fits with NAV III on the standard BMW mount. Somebody was talking about the Marsee Corona.... Tried a Big Mak...no go. Now available in the classified section.

I appreciate everyone's input on this board. Top quality. I am learning a lot.

Mike
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it's amazing
horrible picture at night..
but....
it works fine with the nav iii and i'm only 5'6"
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 2006, 2:23 pm
 
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and....

the bag even looks good with a Marsee jacket piled on top
from st. augustine yesterday

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