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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 15th, 2012, 2:24 pm Thread Starter
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I went down to the local dealership the other day and took out the new 650GT. All I can say is WOW! Had it on back roads and freeways and loved it. Sure would love to take it on my favorite loop around Mt Rainier before the snows hit.........

Had to really get close to the RID to find out that the bars on the right side was actually the RPM indicator.....would prefer a digital display showing bigger numbers. There's room for it.

The filler cap for gas is a real PITA! I stuck the hose in there and it sprayed gas all over the place......would be the first thing removed if I had one. I understand why that thing is in there....it's just a poor design.

The windshield was a bit short and narrow for my liking......but I'm 6' and 230#.

No clutch......just get on the gas and go. Pretty slick. Real quiet when up to speed. MPG was out of sight.....3 times what I'm getting on the LT.

PLENTY of leg room and you can really stretch out. REALLY nice.

Suspension was a bit stiff........which was a surprise.....I liked it.

You could see your changing tire pressure (F and R) in the RID .......and a lot of other info I can't remember.

Turn signals and brake/running lights are all LED's.

REALLY NOTICED that people parked and drove closer to me compared to the LT. Scarey.

Tried to get it up on the centerstand.....must be a special technique......I couldn't do it and didn't waste any time trying to figure it out.

Missed the cruise-control and a radio/stereo.

I surely wouldn't be afraid to drive one of these across the U.S.

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No clutch......just get on the gas and go. Pretty slick. Real quiet when up to speed. MPG was out of sight.....3 times what I'm getting on the LT.
Your LT must get really poor fuel mileage. I get 47 on my LT as the long-term average and I can't believe the scooter gets 141 MPG.

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post #3 of 5 Old Nov 16th, 2012, 8:28 pm
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I sat on one this afternoon and agree that it's very roomy. Not sure I could get past the fact that it weighs as much as the RT. It's kind of a tweener bike- not quite enough to tour on and more than needed for my commute.

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Your LT must get really poor fuel mileage. I get 47 on my LT as the long-term average and I can't believe the scooter gets 141 MPG.
I second that. With a 50/50 mix riding, I average 45. I have done as well as 59mpg holding 60mph for a tank.
Infact, my LT does just a touch better in mileage than my 650 Funduro. Truth be told, I do ride the 650 a bit on that hard side

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My dealer had a combined scooter and "used bike overstock" event yesterday.

Before I'd buy one of the new scooters I'd pay $8k for the 1961 fully restored R27 in the used bike inventory.

Single cylinder, 250cc.

I could commute on that ... were I a commuter.

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