Originally Posted by ccii42104
I can't seem to sell my 04GT because of them. Three pre servo LT owners have test riden my 04. They hate them as much as i do. After 12k miles i still can't get used to them after 20 years of Heavy weight sport bikes. As soon as i off load the 04 an 07 will replace it within a week.
I'm with Messenger13 on this one.
Sure, here in N-east Ohio I know of at least 3 nice, low mile GT1/RSs for sale that have been sitting at the dealerships for nearly half a year. I don't believe it has anything to do with power assisted brakes. There are also at least 10 new '07 GT2s for sale in N-east Ohio some of which have also been sitting for months. (I know, it's winter)
To the original post,
I've got an '04 GT with the servo assist brakes and I like 'em alot. Yes, they are non-linear during actuation. However, I'm accustomed to it and I LIKE IT (Saturday Night Live). Sort of like the oft criticized turn signal switchgear setup.
Here's why I like the power assisted brakes.
For the most part I ride quite conservatively. In the few panic/emergency braking situations I've had in my m-c riding life I made the same error each time. I did not pull the front brake hard enough. Don't know why. Yes, I do practice emergency stops. But as most of us know, a real emergency is a horse of a different color.
For me, in an emergency, the power assist takes the (not applying enough front brakes) out of the equation. If I panic, I clench, the brakes are PLENTY ON, and the abs is at the ready if called upon. As the situation is relieved by decrease of speed, good fortune, act of God, or otherwise I can release the brakes as needed.
I think it helps me, as an average joe, when confronted with the unexpected.
Maybe this is what BMW had in mind in the first place when they decided to go with power assist.
If I were in the market for a new GT2 it would be a tough decision, '06 or '07.
Having written the above, I guess I'd go for the one with the power assist ('06). Though it seems like all the m-c magazines are saying good riddance to power assist. Also, '07s can include the HID headlight option and the latest engine management software.
Just put $1500 of love into the '04, fine bike, trimmed to suit me, going to keep it a while.