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Exclamation My new K1200GT . . . Day ONE!

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How many reviews can one possibly stomach?! I don't know. But here comes another one. Only because ClearwaterBMW is begging for it.

I must admit it right up front. I was really nervous about riding the GT for the first time. Heck! I was nervous about seeing it, for that matter. After all, I basically bought a bike that was sitting up in Michigan . . . who knows how many miles it had on it? Who rode it already? Was it scratched?! A latch broken?! The list goes on & on. None of it any good.

I rode an '06 Kawasaki ZZR600 50 minutes to get to my dealer...with the owner of the Kaw on the back. I was there with my riding partner Nancy when she bought her new Kaw down in West Virginia just a few short months ago. She saw it only fitting to be there for my new purchase. Good friends & riding buddies are like that.

I pulled in to see my 'Deep Blue' GT right in front of the shop. Pulled up right beside it . . . and it was PERFECT! Upon close inspection...not a scratch to be found. Not a single flaw. Yummy!

I walked in and teased the owners about taking it for a demo ride. Their jaws dropped...as they were certain that I was buying it, NOT demo'ing it. I strung them along just long enough to be cruel, then I let them off the hook. With a sigh of relief, the three of us sat down and signed all of the paperwork.
Meanwhile Nancy flirted with Fred, the Service Manager. I might have to see what I can do with those two. But that's another thread, in another forum.

I bought my first GT oil filter (already have oil at home), and we were outta there!

(Side note: THIS is how I broke my new GT's motor in.)

I mount the GT...adjust mirrors...turn key and fire it up, play with the BC button a little, then go. I pulled out onto the 35mph street and NAILED IT! Woohoo! I like the sound. And the GT has some giddy up & go! Cool! We proceed to go a few blocks, then we get on the freeway. I run it up to 10K in 1st and 2nd, and I am very delighted at the performance. I settle it back down to about 65mph and set the cruise. Aahhhh...very nice. I ride it home, varying my speeds and RPMs. I pull it in the garage and change the oil at 50 miles. Too soon? I don't think so. BTW...changing the oil on the new GT is a new adventure. More on that later.

After the oil change, my wife & I go for our first 2-up ride. I don't have the large tour trunk yet, but it's on it's way. We head over to my brother's house (a fellow LT'er) and he checks it out thoroughly. I teases his wife about trading their LT in on a new GT. My wife & I excuse ourselves from 'the fight' and head out for coffee and ice cream. We park in a line of Harleys, only to have an '04 GT owner greet us from behind. As I remove my helmet he says, "The new GT. Are you JOE?!". Holy KayWrap . . . I'm famous! We got our over-priced coffee and our ice cream and chatted with our new friends for awhile...then headed home. It was already dark, and it dropped to 57°. A good time to test the headlights, wind protection, and heated seats.


Day ONE Impressions:
  • Overall - For the first 10 miles or so, I didn't know what to make of the bike. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. It was very surreal. Maybe I tried liking it too much too soon. I decided to just stop thinking about everything so hard, and just ride it. By mile 20, I found myself smiling and starting to understand it. By mile 40, I was convinced that I made the right choice.
  • The Motor - Starts quickly, purrs like a kitten, revs like it's possessed. Passing a vehicle in 6th gear doesn't require down-shifting at all. But, it is more fun to do so. At 80mph . . . HEAVEN!!! I can run it there ALL day long!
  • The Throttle Response - Perfect! I have read all of the negative reports, but this issue doesn't apply to my GT. I just hope mine doesn't change. I rode through a 25mph zone in all 6 gears, and didn't have an issue with any one of them. Very smooth. Responsive, but smooth and predictable.
  • The Cruise Control - Perfect! Just like my LT. It engages quickly, and increases and/or decreases speeds smoothly. At 30, 45, and 55mph I set the CC in 6th gear, and you'd think it had an electric motor. Butter!
  • The Brakes - Typical BMW. Perfect! I tested the ABS in my gravel driveway and they passed with flying colors. The rear-only pedal is way cool!
  • The Windshield - It's too low for me, and the air flow is "dirty". Not really a lot of buffeting...just not smooth. A taller/wider Cee Bailey's with a little flip will solve this issue. At least that's what a little birdie told me.
  • The Handlebars - I think I like the lowest position the best. Need more time for a true evaluation. I don't recall any significant buzz in the grips either. Thank God!
  • The Footpegs - The position is good. And no buzz that I can recall from 2K to 10K RPMs.
  • The Mirrors - The best mirrors I have ever seen on any motorcycle. No vibration, distortion, and perfectly placed.
  • Passenger Comfort - Until we get the tour trunk, my wife cannot make a complete evaluation. But she enjoyed herself tonight, and had plenty of room. In fact, I think she just might have more room on the GT than the LT. More on this later.
  • The Suspension / ESA - Love it! I think the suspension is better than the LT's hands down. Even my wife commented that it felt smoother than the LT ever did. And the ESA is much more effective than I thought it would be. Good job BMW!
  • Fit & Finish - I can't find a single flaw.
  • Exhaust Note - I like it a lot. Quiet, but with a little growl under there.
  • The Seat - No problem so far. I'll know better after my first full day in the saddle.
  • The Tires - I got the Bridgestones BT-020s. Love the rear tire, hate that front 020. Not now, but in a few thousand miles. I'll be looking for what my options are soon.
  • The Headlights - Excellent! Both low and high-beams are very good. Add my caliper-mount MotoLights and I think that's all I'll need.
  • The Dash - So far, it seems very nice. Very readable, and comprehensive with just a quick glance.
  • Seat Heaters - As good as the LT's.
  • Low-Speed Handling - I did an 18' U-Turn with my wife on the back effortlessly.
  • High-Speed Handling - Too soon to tell.
OK . . . That's all I got for now. And YES, I took pics. But for now, I need to go ride it. All this typing about the GT is driving me NUTS!!! I'm outta here!

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My brief GT test ride basically told me the bike is everything they say it is. Glad to hear that you agree.

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One thing I'm dying to know that you neglected to mention . . . did you pay retail for that cup of coffee?
Full retail!
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And what kind of ice cream?



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Hey Joe,
i'm glad that you took the time to make this very detailed evaluation... as i WAS begging for it

i'm thrilled with what you've said...
i wonder if are sleeping RIGHT NOW
or if you are IN THE GARAGE, admiring the bike
i can't wait to hear more... when you have more time to ride her
........ and, as for changing the oil at 50 miles..... you are a stud

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Congratulations Joe. I'm looking forward to seeing this new beauty... SOON.

It's raining here today; maybe you're getting it up there also. Take her out for a "rain dance"!

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Good to me both of ya!
I've only seen the Taupe and Graphite colors in real life, so yours was the first Blue, and even at night, I thought it was the best color!
Glad to hear your throttle response isn't like the one I test rode in Americade, that one was very sensitive at low speeds! You would think BMW would make sure their Demo's are...... or wait, maybe it's me!



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Joe, while I enjoyed reading your review, there was one part that I found hard to believe:

"The Headlights - Excellent! Both low and high-beams are very good. Add my caliper-mount MotoLights and I think that's all I'll need."

What!? No HID? No six pairs of aux lights!?

Your review left out one important area: Tunes! With no onboard LT sound system, what's your plan?

I would think the new Autocom with the speed-sensitive volume control would be just the ticket on the GT.
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Makes me want to sell my EGC for a GT so I can have an ALL BMW garage. Great job, Joe! Looking forward to burgers and Bimmers!


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And what kind of ice cream?
Homemade hard ice cream . . . Butter pecan w/ cashews


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........ and, as for changing the oil at 50 miles..... you are a stud
You didn't see the way I broke it in. Woohoo!


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Nice write up Joe, Just wait till the break in starts paying dividends
I'm still finding power/torque here & there!
I'm counting on it. It seemed somewhat sadistic . . . but I'm 'OK' with that anyway.


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It's raining here today; maybe you're getting it up there also. Take her out for a "rain dance"!
Yep, rain here too. But I won't be riding. After I take care of a few customers, I'll be home preparing the Ninja for it's new owner. I got some local Yawhoo with CASH and sweaty palms! (Might be gone by this weekend. )


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Good to me both of ya!
I've only seen the Taupe and Graphite colors in real life, so yours was the first Blue, and even at night, I thought it was the best color!
Hey!...Here's the guy that made me famous! Nice meeting you too Mark. You sure are nice compared to your brother. What happened to him?! And of course the 'Deep Blue' is the best color. The fastest too.


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What!? No HID? No six pairs of aux lights!?

Your review left out one important area: Tunes! With no onboard LT sound system, what's your plan?
Nope...just a pair of MotoLights...that's all. As far as tunes, just like my Ninja. My IntaRide RP1 intercom w/ my iPod. That's all I (and the li'l lady) need.


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Looking forward to burgers and Bimmers!
Me too! But . . . um . . . it's BEEMERS, not Bimmers! A Bimmer is a cage! YUK!
(Consider yourself "schooled". )
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Yep, rain here too. But I won't be riding. After I take care of a few customers, I'll be home preparing the Ninja for it's new owner. I got some local Yawhoo with CASH and sweaty palms! (Might be gone by this weekend. )
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"'Hey!...Here's the guy that made me famous! Nice meeting you too Mark. You sure are nice compared to your brother. What happened to him?! And of course the 'Deep Blue' is the best color. The fastest too."


Awww....he aint so bad when he is not grumpy , besides, he was my portal into motorcycling!

Forgot to ask that gal on the Sportster were she got those Kevlar reinforced spandex riding pants, with the Kevlar kilt!

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"'Hey!...Here's the guy that made me famous! Nice meeting you too Mark. You sure are nice compared to your brother. What happened to him?! And of course the 'Deep Blue' is the best color. The fastest too."


Awww....he aint so bad when he is not grumpy , besides, he was my portal into motorcycling!

Forgot to ask that gal on the Sportster were she got those Kevlar reinforced spandex riding pants, with the Kevlar kilt!
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Forgot to ask that gal on the Sportster were she got those Kevlar reinforced spandex riding pants, with the Kevlar kilt!
Unfortunately, she left her sense of humor at home. (She really thought she was something special.) I'll take the girl on the back of my Beemer over her anyday.
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Me too! But . . . um . . . it's BEEMERS, not Bimmers! A Bimmer is a cage! YUK!
(Consider yourself "schooled". )
Ouch, ass is still sore from that "schooling".... Beemers it is.


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Thanks for the write-up....

Congratulations on the new baby, Joe!

I'm not sure I should thank you for the write-up.....it has me thinking.....and that it is a dangerou$ thing.

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Ouch, ass is still sore from that "schooling".... Beemers it is.
Aw...C'Mon! At least it's not Brokeback Mountain sore!
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why we can't see even one photo of your new GT? Whatcha waitin' for?

Maybe next time you stop for gas, take a photo then post it when you get home.

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Thanks for the write up. The more I read from you guys with the new GT the more I want one.... Keep up with the reports when you stop for Gas.

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You got em. Jeez o pete!

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You got em. Jeez o pete!

It's just a bike.
Yeah yeah yeah. I'm sure it broke you up to post pix of your new bike.

Why the pic of the temp tag -- is that so we can call local law enforcement-types in the Cleveland area and warn them to be on the lookout for you?

Also: looking at pics 1 & 3: at first glance it looked like you had some road dirt/splash marks on the bottom of the fairing. On second glance you can tell it's so clean it's reflecting the texture of the ground. Cool.

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How many reviews can one possibly stomach?! I don't know. But here comes another one. Only because ClearwaterBMW is begging for it.

I must admit it right up front. I was really nervous about riding the GT for the first time. Heck! I was nervous about seeing it, for that matter. After all, I basically bought a bike that was sitting up in Michigan . . . who knows how many miles it had on it? Who rode it already? Was it scratched?! A latch broken?! The list goes on & on. None of it any good.

I rode an '06 Kawasaki ZZR600 50 minutes to get to my dealer...with the owner of the Kaw on the back. I was there with my riding partner Nancy when she bought her new Kaw down in West Virginia just a few short months ago. She saw it only fitting to be there for my new purchase. Good friends & riding buddies are like that.

I pulled in to see my 'Deep Blue' GT right in front of the shop. Pulled up right beside it . . . and it was PERFECT! Upon close inspection...not a scratch to be found. Not a single flaw. Yummy!

I walked in and teased the owners about taking it for a demo ride. Their jaws dropped...as they were certain that I was buying it, NOT demo'ing it. I strung them along just long enough to be cruel, then I let them off the hook. With a sigh of relief, the three of us sat down and signed all of the paperwork.
Meanwhile Nancy flirted with Fred, the Service Manager. I might have to see what I can do with those two. But that's another thread, in another forum.

I bought my first GT oil filter (already have oil at home), and we were outta there!

(Side note: THIS is how I broke my new GT's motor in.)

I mount the GT...adjust mirrors...turn key and fire it up, play with the BC button a little, then go. I pulled out onto the 35mph street and NAILED IT! Woohoo! I like the sound. And the GT has some giddy up & go! Cool! We proceed to go a few blocks, then we get on the freeway. I run it up to 10K in 1st and 2nd, and I am very delighted at the performance. I settle it back down to about 65mph and set the cruise. Aahhhh...very nice. I ride it home, varying my speeds and RPMs. I pull it in the garage and change the oil at 50 miles. Too soon? I don't think so. BTW...changing the oil on the new GT is a new adventure. More on that later.

After the oil change, my wife & I go for our first 2-up ride. I don't have the large tour trunk yet, but it's on it's way. We head over to my brother's house (a fellow LT'er) and he checks it out thoroughly. I teases his wife about trading their LT in on a new GT. My wife & I excuse ourselves from 'the fight' and head out for coffee and ice cream. We park in a line of Harleys, only to have an '04 GT owner greet us from behind. As I remove my helmet he says, "The new GT. Are you JOE?!". Holy KayWrap . . . I'm famous! We got our over-priced coffee and our ice cream and chatted with our new friends for awhile...then headed home. It was already dark, and it dropped to 57°. A good time to test the headlights, wind protection, and heated seats.


Day ONE Impressions:
  • Overall - For the first 10 miles or so, I didn't know what to make of the bike. I wasn't sure if I liked it or not. It was very surreal. Maybe I tried liking it too much too soon. I decided to just stop thinking about everything so hard, and just ride it. By mile 20, I found myself smiling and starting to understand it. By mile 40, I was convinced that I made the right choice.
  • The Motor - Starts quickly, purrs like a kitten, revs like it's possessed. Passing a vehicle in 6th gear doesn't require down-shifting at all. But, it is more fun to do so. At 80mph . . . HEAVEN!!! I can run it there ALL day long!
  • The Throttle Response - Perfect! I have read all of the negative reports, but this issue doesn't apply to my GT. I just hope mine doesn't change. I rode through a 25mph zone in all 6 gears, and didn't have an issue with any one of them. Very smooth. Responsive, but smooth and predictable.
  • The Cruise Control - Perfect! Just like my LT. It engages quickly, and increases and/or decreases speeds smoothly. At 30, 45, and 55mph I set the CC in 6th gear, and you'd think it had an electric motor. Butter!
  • The Brakes - Typical BMW. Perfect! I tested the ABS in my gravel driveway and they passed with flying colors. The rear-only pedal is way cool!
  • The Windshield - It's too low for me, and the air flow is "dirty". Not really a lot of buffeting...just not smooth. A taller/wider Cee Bailey's with a little flip will solve this issue. At least that's what a little birdie told me.
  • The Handlebars - I think I like the lowest position the best. Need more time for a true evaluation. I don't recall any significant buzz in the grips either. Thank God!
  • The Footpegs - The position is good. And no buzz that I can recall from 2K to 10K RPMs.
  • The Mirrors - The best mirrors I have ever seen on any motorcycle. No vibration, distortion, and perfectly placed.
  • Passenger Comfort - Until we get the tour trunk, my wife cannot make a complete evaluation. But she enjoyed herself tonight, and had plenty of room. In fact, I think she just might have more room on the GT than the LT. More on this later.
  • The Suspension / ESA - Love it! I think the suspension is better than the LT's hands down. Even my wife commented that it felt smoother than the LT ever did. And the ESA is much more effective than I thought it would be. Good job BMW!
  • Fit & Finish - I can't find a single flaw.
  • Exhaust Note - I like it a lot. Quiet, but with a little growl under there.
  • The Seat - No problem so far. I'll know better after my first full day in the saddle.
  • The Tires - I got the Bridgestones BT-020s. Love the rear tire, hate that front 020. Not now, but in a few thousand miles. I'll be looking for what my options are soon.
  • The Headlights - Excellent! Both low and high-beams are very good. Add my caliper-mount MotoLights and I think that's all I'll need.
  • The Dash - So far, it seems very nice. Very readable, and comprehensive with just a quick glance.
  • Seat Heaters - As good as the LT's.
  • Low-Speed Handling - I did an 18' U-Turn with my wife on the back effortlessly.
  • High-Speed Handling - Too soon to tell.
OK . . . That's all I got for now. And YES, I took pics. But for now, I need to go ride it. All this typing about the GT is driving me NUTS!!! I'm outta here!
Didn't think you would like it!

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congratulations

i appreciate the write up....very cool

i looked over the GT down in Daytona at bike week and thought it was really cool......

as i recall i was thinking it was pretty tall......or i was pretty short....

what is the seat height?

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I'm not sure why, but I like the second pic best.
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"We park in a line of Harleys, only to have an '04 GT owner greet us from behind. As I remove my helmet he says, "The new GT. Are you JOE?!". Holy KayWrap . . . I'm famous! We got our over-priced coffee and our ice cream and chatted with our new friends for awhile...then headed home. It was already dark, and it dropped to 57°. A good time to test the headlights, wind protection, and heated seats."

That was my bother-inlaw. Much nicer than me!
Joe, you're my hero so natually I talk about you to him, and he knew the whole story since I had just been to Roman's. So Blue, New GT, Roman's, Joe, who else could it be?

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I'm not sure why, but I like the second pic best.
It's because the setting behind the bike is much more picturesque, and because there's no Joe standing near it!

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Great report, Joe!

BTW, BT-020s on the K1200RS did not cup/feather like they did on the LT. At 3500 miles, my ME Z6's are toast. Trying the Avons next week. They have the same weight rating as the Z6's, so I think I'll be ok. The Avons on the RS were probably the most perfect tire, so I hope my experience is similar on the new GT.


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Great report, Joe!

BTW, BT-020s on the K1200RS did not cup/feather like they did on the LT. At 3500 miles, my ME Z6's are toast. Trying the Avons next week. They have the same weight rating as the Z6's, so I think I'll be ok. The Avons on the RS were probably the most perfect tire, so I hope my experience is similar on the new GT.
I had the 020s on my Ninja as well. As the front tire wore, it didn't cup or feather...it just felt weird. I'll probably be trying the Avons next as well. Let me know how you like them.
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Please tell us about the oil change. Easy, hard, what?

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Please tell us about the oil change. Easy, hard, what?
Easy . . . but interesting. Getting to the oil drain plug, piece of cake. Spin-off oil filter on the left side of motor; $24 Napa oil filter tool later...and that too was a piece of cake. But wait a minute!!! There's only about 1.5 quarts of oil that drained outta that motor! Dry sump! The oil reservoir is under the seat. Who woulda thunk?! Disconnect pinch fitting and direct drain tube into pan...piece of cake. It just takes about 20 minutes to drain. Like I said . . . "interesting".

The next time, it'll be a whole LOT easier.
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very nice pics joe, got the SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSss

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Where's YOUR pics?!?!?
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Joe, your gonna have to change your aviatar now! If you take a pic of the new bike, just make sure that you are NOT in it! Wouldn't wanna ruin the bike!

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MMMM Shiny MMMMM....................... that is the blue I wanted on my LT

What will we wrench on at the next tech session ??

Did your friend make it home OK ?
I think she turned east and was gone in a flash
should she have gone west??

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Whatever you guys want. I'm just aim to serve. I really had a blast!

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I think she turned east and was gone in a flash
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Yes, she made it home just fine. East . . . West . . . it's 6 to one, half a dozen to the other from that point. I came down to Howard's via 77 south, went home 71 North. Almost the same mileage and time.
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Congratulations JOE!!!!!

I'm so glad you are happy with the new GT. It's a beautiful motorcycle.

I did take one for a test ride a couple weeks ago and was terribly dissapointed, but each of us has his/her own criteria for comfort and I am elated that you have found yours.

I am seriously considering selling my beloved LT. Not because I disslike the bike, but further, I disslike the level of dealer service I have received in the last year. It has been gawd awful!!

I'm looking seriously at a 2006 FJR1300. Cheaper to own and maintain and I really like the Japanese bikes.

I sincerely wish you many, many happpy miles and wide smiles!


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I wanted to look at the FJR but my wife wouldn't let me. Honest. I just thought "whatever" and bought the GT.

We went out on it for a leisurely 150 miles today...pure heaven. The bike rides so much nicer than the LT ever did, it's unbelievable. 18-foot U-turns are effortless. And the roll-on power in 6th gear is AWESOME!

All the above will make more sense to you once you have the FJR...

Good luck with that decision. You know you'll always be messenger13's STEW DOGG!
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Hey, I'm building a new home that's due to be finished in Feb next year. What say you and the wife take a trip to Arizona on the GT and stay for a few days in the Casita (seperate living quarters) here in Scottsdale. We could take a trip up to several beautiful areas and I have the Jeep, mountain bikes and trailes and hiking galore here plus every kind of food you can imagine and all top notch.


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Glad to hear she made it ok I was unsure of her route.

I turned my head to check the western exit and when i looked back she was gone like last weeks paycheck..........nothing but a vapor trail

i stopped at a rest stop just inside Indiana and met up with a couple on a screaming eagle FLH (i'm not sure of the rest ) they had just bought the bike and were coming out of Columbus headed to Missouri

His SO said the seat sucked and was looking real hard at the back seat on the LT

They were going to spend the nite in INDY and we talked of a couple of good places to stay and eat..... asked if they were ready to ride and SO was loud
NO not yet..........I got home 10 min before a gully washer hit.........I can imagen they did not fair so well.......
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Congrats, Joe!

Now--about that "brokeback" sore thing....

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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I think I can some up this page-long write-up in a couple of words:

I rode her hard and put 'er away wet!

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." (Some really OLD friggin' White dude who couldn't have possibly known what he was talking about!) WARNING: Official HATE speech!
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Jeez Jay! You keep coming back and reading it. Me thinks the GT is starting to suck you in!!!
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No doubt, Joe! I have one on order. In a couple more months....

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