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post #1 of 26 Old Jun 28th, 2006, 5:47 pm Thread Starter
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New GT - Nah!

Just traded the most fantastic bike I ever owned, my 2004 GT for a new LT. After my buddy was killed on his I decided to go a bit slower and get an LT. I saw the new GT today. Compared to my old one it looks more like a crotch rocket than a BMW. Yes it has more techno stuff and nice panniers, but the rest has no style. What a shame. The riding position is more like an RT and not the sports tourer like I owned. I'm definitely pleased that I got an LT.

Sorry ...it's just me!

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The funny thing is . . .

Time and time again, I considered selling my Ninja and getting a GT (the old version). I was constantly being talked OUT of it. The older GT had nice styling...but that's about where it all began and ended! All I heard was how heavy the steering was, and that the bike was a dog in the twisties! Your ex-bike was nothing but a sad stop-gap until the engineers could present us real sport-tourers with a functional bike.

With each passing mile, I can't believe how much more refined this bike is than the LT. The suspension is nothing short of AMAZING! I am thoroughly impressed.
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post #3 of 26 Old Jun 28th, 2006, 11:18 pm
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With each passing mile, I can't believe how much more refined this bike is than the LT. The suspension is nothing short of AMAZING! I am thoroughly impressed.
Joe, Joe, Joe....not quite an "apples-to-apples" comparison....doesn't your LT have the original stock shocks and 44K+ miles???

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You'll see Ted. My LT NEVER felt the way this bike feels. NEVER! The way it takes bumps with the wife and I aboard is miraculous. And then to be able to switch to a 'SPORT' setting on the fly is so cool.

You'll see Ted...you'll see.
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Well, to be perfectly honest, I'm AFRAID to see! Which is why I am puttin' some new shoes and new Ohlins on my '03 as we speak, or type, as it may be. (Actually, tires are going on now and Ohlins have been ordered, but haven't arrived).

Didn't even go into the showroom when I dropped the bike off this morning - from what you all have said I know if I see it I'll buy it....and a new bike just aint in the budget right now...

Just keep those posts coming so I can get a little taste!

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It's all about choice and that's one of the things that makes our way of life and the free enterprize system so wonderful!!

I would never own either the new or old GT model as it never appealed to me.

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I might consider replacing the Sprint ST with a GT, but a GT can't replace the LT. If they build and LT with that cool suspension and new motor, that is what I think most of us are waiting for. Cindy tried the pillion seat on the new GT, it is NOT as comfy as the LT. The GT is a much better sport-touring bike than most, but it's not an LT. I hope that the styling of the new LT will not be so angular and utilitarian, the current LT is svelte.

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I hope that the styling of the new LT will not be so angular and utilitarian, the current LT is svelte.
The current LT is a LOT of things...but "svelt"?!
SVELT?!?!
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The current LT is a LOT of things...but "svelt"?!
SVELT?!?!


Yes, spelling aside, the LT is SVELTE.

"Slender or graceful in figure or outline"

Not very "slender", but certainly "graceful in figure or outline"

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Oops...major typo!

Yes...it was the "slender" part of svelte that I was chuckling about. I like the term "bulbous" better.
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Oops...major typo!

Yes...it was the "slender" part of svelte that I was chuckling about. I like the term "bulbous" better.

Eh...is Dolly Parton a baaad thang????
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Oops...major typo!

Yes...it was the "slender" part of svelte that I was chuckling about. I like the term "bulbous" better.
I've always thought the term "Rubenesque" (referring to the Old Master who painted large/curvaceous women) applied perfectly to the LT. The LT certainly is no anexoric bean pole model, and she's a heck of a lot better-proportioned than Dolly Parton.

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I rode the GT from Yuma Arizona to San Diego yesterday. I went through the mountains near Mt. Palomar, lots of twisting turns.

I am very, very, happy I traded in the LT. The LT is limousine. The GT is a sports car.

I took a 4200 mile trip on the LT this month and decided to trade it in. The LT is a bear to handle in slow situations. I was in Deadwood, South Dakota, where there were people walking the the streets where I needed to suddenly stop multiple times. The LT is a not a bear, it is a Moose to handle at slow speeds.
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Eh...is Dolly Parton a baaad thang????
Only when she sings, or speaks in that funny little-girl voice.

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I've always thought the term "Rubenesque" (referring to the Old Master who painted large/curvaceous women) applied perfectly to the LT. The LT certainly is no anexoric bean pole model, and she's a heck of a lot better-proportioned than Dolly Parton.

Yeah, buttt....uh...wish the LT had headlights as good as Dolly!!!
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The funny thing is . . .

Time and time again, I considered selling my Ninja and getting a GT (the old version). I was constantly being talked OUT of it. The older GT had nice styling...but that's about where it all began and ended! All I heard was how heavy the steering was, and that the bike was a dog in the twisties! Your ex-bike was nothing but a sad stop-gap until the engineers could present us real sport-tourers with a functional bike.

With each passing mile, I can't believe how much more refined this bike is than the LT. The suspension is nothing short of AMAZING! I am thoroughly impressed.
You never rode the "old GT". It is a fantastic bike and handles very well. Whilst I'm sure that the new GT is an improved version, it still looks like Bangle now works for Motorrad. SOB stuffed up the cars, now he's going to have a go at the bikes - aaarrrgh!
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You never rode the "old GT". It is a fantastic bike and handles very well. Whilst I'm sure that the new GT is an improved version, it still looks like Bangle now works for Motorrad. SOB stuffed up the cars, now he's going to have a go at the bikes - aaarrrgh!
Yes, I have ridden the "old GT". It did NOT handle "very well". "OK" maybe...but not very well. And it cracks me up the way you OLD SKOOL GT guys are whining about the new styling, and making statements as if they were FACTS. You think the new GT is ugly...fine. But that's an opinion. And a bad one at best! Besides...you're from South Africa. What the heck do you know about styling?! I haven't seen any amazingly styled bikes come from South Africa lately!
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Joe:

Remember.....different strokes for different folks! I test rode the GT two months ago. My ass was numb after a 40 mile ride. Certainly not the comfort that my four LT's have provided. Loved the handling and power, but......like others here, for me the LT is my cup of tea. What's really the important point here is that you love your GT and I love my LT!

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Remember.....different strokes for different folks!

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What's really the important point here is that you love your GT and I love my LT!
Oh great! How am I supposed to argue with that crap?! Could you go back and edit your post? (Something that makes less sense please?!)
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After 16,438 miles on the 2002 K1200LTC, I helped the new owner load it on his trailer today. It now lives in Georgia. The new owner bought it from me off eBay for $12,000. After two different days of GT test rides without and with the SO, I like the suspension of the new GT SO much better. Low speed handling is WAY better. Being a city commuter, I am looking forward to the GT. Should pick it up Saturday morning. Then I'll change this signature.

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i have no doubt the gt is one of the most advanced motorcycles on the planet.

but as far as looks, i wouldn't hit my dawg in the butt with one.

only one man's opinion, of course ...
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Yes, I have ridden the "old GT". It did NOT handle "very well". "OK" maybe...but not very well. And it cracks me up the way you OLD SKOOL GT guys are whining about the new styling, and making statements as if they were FACTS. You think the new GT is ugly...fine. But that's an opinion. And a bad one at best! Besides...you're from South Africa. What the heck do you know about styling?! I haven't seen any amazingly styled bikes come from South Africa lately!
At least we never designed the Harley Davidson!!! America did that!!!
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At least we never designed the Harley Davidson!!! America did that!!!
And what a marvelous design it is. It's just not functional!
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