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!