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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 25th, 2007, 2:32 pm Thread Starter
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Attempts to Convert GT to LT

I just don't get it! Why would anyone who owns one of the best "Sports Tourer" on the planet want to make it something it's NOT? And, yes, I came to own my new GT after owning an LT for 5 years. But, as said here before, " it two different machines designed for two different applications and TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT CLASSES !!!

It's one post after another, "GT or LT?"...GT or Wing?"...way too many comparisions to the king of all touring bikes...the LT.

Come on folks, if "you old farts" (mental not chronological age) who attempt customization of your already well engineered GT to look like your LT...go ahead, BUT, it won't work. There is a law of diminishing return...Any high tech engineer worth his/her salary already knows, you just can't take a product designed for a specific purpose and make it into a "swiss army knife"... Ask IBM, Sun and many others...Same applies to the aviation...auto, and many, many other industries.

Don't get me wrong, adding customized goodies to you GT, without "dramatically" increasing the overall weight or aerodynamics, i.e., GPS, autocom, custom paint, high performance exhaust, more comfortable seats, quieter windshields, etc. etc., etc., all products designed and engineered to provice better performance or comfort... knock yourself out...

Next, we will be comparing the GT to HD! Opps, that post already exist... Too late...

BTW, I also rode HD's for 10 years +. But, I am not going back...

I gotta find a new forum...

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I'm not sure who's trying to make their GT "look" like an LT and how they're doing it. ????

I was, and am, spoiled rotten by the LT and just had to have the Autocomm, GPS, etc., but in agreeance with your post, it doesn't make the bike look like an LT.

Please 'splain, cause I cain't wrap my head around this.

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Highway pegs maybe? Pullback bars?

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Somebody misses their LT....

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I just don't get it! Why would anyone who owns one of the best "Sports Tourer" on the planet want to make it something it's NOT? And, yes, I came to own my new GT after owning an LT for 5 years. But, as said here before, " it two different machines designed for two different applications and TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT CLASSES !!!

It's one post after another, "GT or LT?"...GT or Wing?"...way too many comparisions to the king of all touring bikes...the LT.

Come on folks, if "you old farts" (mental not chronological age) who attempt customization of your already well engineered GT to look like your LT...go ahead, BUT, it won't work. There is a law of diminishing return...Any high tech engineer worth his/her salary already knows, you just can't take a product designed for a specific purpose and make it into a "swiss army knife"... Ask IBM, Sun and many others...Same applies to the aviation...auto, and many, many other industries.

Don't get me wrong, adding customized goodies to you GT, without "dramatically" increasing the overall weight or aerodynamics, i.e., GPS, autocom, custom paint, high performance exhaust, more comfortable seats, quieter windshields, etc. etc., etc., all products designed and engineered to provice better performance or comfort... knock yourself out...

Next, we will be comparing the GT to HD! Opps, that post already exist... Too late...

BTW, I also rode HD's for 10 years +. But, I am not going back...

I gotta find a new forum...
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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 2007, 9:41 am
 
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Sorry to say it guys, but BeemerDude is not alone here. The thought of highway pegs, a back rest, or even peg-lowering kits on the new GT makes me a bit nauseous. I'm not sure I even understand bar-risers on a sportbike, or a sport-tourer like the GT. But then again, I'm 6'3". I guess I don't need them seeings as my bars are all the way DOWN!
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I don't think adding any of that stuff is an attempt to make a GT look like an LT....that's impossible...they're farkles, add-ons to enhance the owner's comfort....everybody does it...even LT owners.
Example:I didn't buy a pillion backrest because I wanted my GT to be like an LT....I got it for my passenger's comfort. Should I have bought an LT instead?
Why anyone would criticize for doing upgrades like that is beyond me.

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Ah well. I guess I'm with Rob, but even more so. If someone wants to pay for a new GT and then bolt an old rusty Ural sidecar on it and hang fuzzy dice from the top of the windscreen, why should I care? It's his money and his choice. It's not my bike and I can make my own choices with my own money and my own bike.
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Sorry to say it guys, but BeemerDude is not alone here. The thought of highway pegs, a back rest, or even peg-lowering kits on the new GT makes me a bit nauseous. I'm not sure I even understand bar-risers on a sportbike, or a sport-tourer like the GT. But then again, I'm 6'3". I guess I don't need them seeings as my bars are all the way DOWN!
Oh yeah? Well, I'm five foot twelve and ride with them all the way down. I'm not afraid to say that a set of highway pegs, now and then, could be a beautiful thang. Fooking old, messed up knee's.

The good news is, my left ankle has been fused for 18 years and I'll be dayemed if I'm not getting more range of motion out of it. The GT is assimilating me. Resistance is futile, betch.

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Ah well. I guess I'm with Rob, but even more so. If someone wants to pay for a new GT and then bolt an old rusty Ural sidecar on it and hang fuzzy dice from the top of the windscreen, why should I care? It's his money and his choice. It's not my bike and I can make my own choices with my own money and my own bike.
While I am in total agreement with the above paragraph (and with Milkman), what drives me nuts is when someone buys a GT and then whines, moans, and complains about it's ergos. That buyer obviously bought the wrong bike.
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