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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2007, 12:09 pm Thread Starter
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Another intro

I've been lurking since the middle of last year when I considered moving to a sport tourer. Not wanting to be completely rude, I figured I'd post a short intro before posting to some pretty interesting threads that have popped up in the last few days.

My home is in the suburbs north of Atlanta and I'm riding an 07 GT since October last year. I've been on HD touring bikes most recently and was ready for something faster and more suitable for "spirited" riding. Anyway, I've been through a number of farkles and upgrades and will end up sharing on appropriate threads as time goes on. My better half rides along most times piloting her own bike, an 05 VTX1800.

I've been riding for over 25 years on all sorts of machines. I started out on a 71 HD Sprint 350 and it was all downhill from there This K-GT has been a truly awesome ride and turning out to be a fairly competent touring mount for longer rides.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2007, 3:49 pm
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Welcome aboard.

I expect you'll have some interesting perspective to add.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2007, 5:32 pm
 
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turning out to be a fairly competent touring mount for longer rides.

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Not only lurking but riding for how many months? And the best you can say is, "fairly competent touring mount for longer rides". That's funnier than any thing I've read in the Sunday paper.

Come on. This is a new era. Men can now show their emotions. Tell us what you really think of the bike. And if you still come back to "fairly competent". Please tell us what's lacking, needed, and what's out there that does it better.

Please keep in mind that I don't have a bike. But I will. Your input is valued and welcome aboard.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 2007, 8:30 pm
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Have you been riding with your Harley buddies with the new GT? I kept a 02 Harley Heritage Springer for awhile so I could ride with my "Harley buddies". When I went to the garage I would just gravitate towards the GT2. Slowly one one by one my Harley buddies stop calling me to ride. They would make fun of my protective gear and all the "gadgets" on the bike. When I did ride with them I found myself wanting more adventure and excitement. The GT2 is the best all around motorcycle I have ever own. Sometimes I ride with GS's (who can just plain burn the miles away), sometimes I ride with the sport bikes and have fun in the twisties. On occasion I will ride with a group of mainly Harleys, but it's to socialize not ride.

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Not only lurking but riding for how many months? And the best you can say is, "fairly competent touring mount for longer rides".
OK - I'll stick with that and clarify. Longer rides == over 500 miles a day. Don't get me wrong, I never expected the comfort of an LT or Gold Wing outta this GT. I was willing and ready to sacrifice the all day open road comfort of a Harley FL to satisfy my inner hooligan. For around town and short rides it's awesome and the ultimate sleeper. It's nice to actually be on the open road and comfortable at speeds where I really have to pay attention to a radar detector. And no more getting hemmed up behind slow poke 4-wheelers on the back roads. Just -think- pass and you're around them and a 1/2 mile down the road already. I'll probably change my tune about the longer rides after the GT breaks me in a little more. I still feel like my knuckles are dragging every time I finish a ride. That is, the GT is a real smart bike that has really humbled me on my riding abilities. It's getting better though
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Have you been riding with your Harley buddies with the new GT? I kept a 02 Harley Heritage Springer for awhile so I could ride with my "Harley buddies". When I went to the garage I would just gravitate towards the GT2. Slowly one one by one my Harley buddies stop calling me to ride. They would make fun of my protective gear and all the "gadgets" on the bike. When I did ride with them I found myself wanting more adventure and excitement. The GT2 is the best all around motorcycle I have ever own. Sometimes I ride with GS's (who can just plain burn the miles away), sometimes I ride with the sport bikes and have fun in the twisties. On occasion I will ride with a group of mainly Harleys, but it's to socialize not ride.
That is a great example of the difference between people that are motorcycle enthusiasts and others that are trying to be a big bad biker they really aren't. The folks I do ride with on occasion are mostly on HDs but definitely in the former group. They just like to ride and their choice is what they want not just what they want to be seen on. In fact, it was one of them that talked me into taking a look at the GT. I had been looking at sport tourers and happened to make a run to the BMW dealer to look at some Gerbing stuff (the BMW dealers are the only ones that carry any meaningful inventory of that sort of stuff around here). My friend happened to be there and had been going on and on about the overgrown dirt bike he had ordered (GS-A) and talked me into some test rides. After two rides on the GT (and on a R-GS to prove I really didn't like it) I was signing papers and riding the GT home.

As you say, the GT has turned out to be a great "all-arounder". Not quite as squidly as a full out sport bike and not the all-day-long road sofa but good enough to keep up with any of them and enjoy the best of both extremes. I have noticed that most of the locals out & about on their garage jewelery quit waving at me
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th0mas, I'm on the north side of Atlanta too, Lawrenceville area. A great thing about being here is that we're so close to some great riding areas. Maybe we can hook up for a ride to Suches and compare notes. It would be good to have another like minded person on a ride.

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Always possible but I'm not usually one for planning. Maybe I'll see you around. If you see a dark graphite GT with a blue VTX close by it's probably me and my better half.
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