Originally Posted by messenger13
And no offense guys, but it's primarily because I feel that I own a different bike then the majority in this forum. I consider myself a realist, and I typically don't look at things with rose-colored glasses. And after over 10K, I still consider this GT to be the best bike I've ever owned.
Having said that, I hope I don't like the GTR1400 too too much when I see it for the first time...perhaps at the Cleveland bike show in late January '07. Time will tell. But for now, I am ecstatic with my '06 GT. A marvelous machine.
I think MY GT is the best bike that I've ever owned as well!
I saw the preproduction prototype GTR1400 at the Kawasaki display at Biketoberfest Friday. There's a LOT to like about that machine!
- The bags come off very similar to ours.
The key MUST be used every time to open the bags
- The handlebar grips seem to be a bit higher than ours, when ours are set the the highest position.
- The seat feels pretty good.
- NO cruise control! The rep was a bit defensive about the lack, and said it is still under consideration, as are heated grips. There's HOPE!
- Fit and finish seemed a touch crude, compared to our GT, but it WAS a preproduction prototype, after all.
- The muffler sticking out beyond the rear tire looked a bit strange, but my wife said she LIKED the looks of it.
- The seating position felt more touring oriented than our GT. Footpegs father ahead, more like the FJR. (Rep made no secret of their target!)
- Windscreen was WAY too low to go well with the high bars! I'm sure the aftermarket will take care of that.
- The "storage" compartment in the center of the tank looks a bit odd, and would be useless with a tank bag. Its very small too, way smaller than the one on our GT.
Here's the BIG news! Kawasaki "currently" plans to have "some" GTR1400 bikes in the demo fleet during Bike Week at Daytona next spring. Dealers should have bikes start showing up soon after, probably no later than early May!
Overall, I was fairly impressed. At first blush, I think I like it better than the FJR, although I'd be hard pressed to accept it as a substitute for my GT.