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Cool GT Shakedown Cruise.....FUN!

Now this was a sweet ride. Hot, as the area had some really high temps and humidity. 1,000 classic cars and vintage racers doing their thing in the Schneley Park area. Cleveland to Pittsburgh running past HOG riders like they were in reverse. New top case is sweet. Helps SO feel safer when I give a spin on the throttle. Ride quality is too good to describe. If you have not ridden one of these, try it. Nine settings at the touch of a button. The GT is incredibly nimble. Big problem for the round trip was the license plate fastener got loose.

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i'm so happy that things are working out wonderfully with your new GT...
but i think that we would ALL like more detailed info.... if you have the time and inclination

thanks in advance

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Now this was a sweet ride. Hot, as the area had some really high temps and humidity. 1,000 classic cars and vintage racers doing their thing in the Schneley Park area. Cleveland to Pittsburgh running past HOG riders like they were in reverse. New top case is sweet. Helps SO feel safer when I give a spin on the throttle. Ride quality is too good to describe. If you have not ridden one of these, try it. Nine settings at the touch of a button. The GT is incredibly nimble. Big problem for the round trip was the license plate fastener got loose.
Rob,

Excellent work! glad to see you and your GT are gettin on nicely. Ill have to stop by and see it someday

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Greg and all are welcome to PM with any questions about the GT. Now over 1,000 miles and guess what? I still have not heard one PEEP out of these brakes. The engine compressive braking itself is a BIG shocker too. That compression ratio difference GT VS LT is really something. SO bounced off me several times as I came to grips with the deceleration provided simply by backing off the power. I am amazed at how easily it falls into first gear. The LT always needed some snuggling. The GT slids right in with a nice little snick feeling. As for torque, this GT seeks triple digits like cats seek mice. I am in love with the snarl as you get over 6 grand. 80 is about 4,600, nice and quiet, yet a SMALL spin of the wrist and you FLY thru those slots in traffic and suddenly you are way too quick for those electronic devices our wonderful police now tote around. The PGH run from CLE and back was over 47 mpg with me, SO, luggage and top case packed...and I was NOT a good boy. Not to mention the traffic with the car show, the race, and SO with luggage. Unlike the LT, I have not had even the slightest drama at low speed or dropping a foot to hold her up. This thing is poised, much lower cg, and the 9X adjustable suspension is TITS. I'm an old BSME, so I kind get a buzz when things are so freaking well done. This suspension is truly unbelievable. Our roads here in the NORTH COAST really beat the crap out machines and those riding them. On the GT, I am in HEAVEN. But, the horn STILL blows. Nasty little pathetic excuse of a horn!

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... running past HOG riders like they were in reverse.
HEY!!! THAT'S MY LINE!!!



Glad to hear you're starting to enjoy the GT. Trust me...it only gets better. I rode the GT all day from customer to customer location, and it was a real pleasure. It's so nimble on the highway, or city streets.
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But, the horn STILL blows. Nasty little pathetic excuse of a horn!
But it wouldn't be a true BMW if they didn't give you at least one thing to whinge about. Let's hope it's just the horn . . .

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Greg and all are welcome to PM with any questions about the GT. Now over 1,000 miles and guess what? I still have not heard one PEEP out of these brakes. The engine compressive braking itself is a BIG shocker too. That compression ratio difference GT VS LT is really something. SO bounced off me several times as I came to grips with the deceleration provided simply by backing off the power. I am amazed at how easily it falls into first gear. The LT always needed some snuggling. The GT slids right in with a nice little snick feeling. As for torque, this GT seeks triple digits like cats seek mice. I am in love with the snarl as you get over 6 grand. 80 is about 4,600, nice and quiet, yet a SMALL spin of the wrist and you FLY thru those slots in traffic and suddenly you are way too quick for those electronic devices our wonderful police now tote around. The PGH run from CLE and back was over 47 mpg with me, SO, luggage and top case packed...and I was NOT a good boy. Not to mention the traffic with the car show, the race, and SO with luggage. Unlike the LT, I have not had even the slightest drama at low speed or dropping a foot to hold her up. This thing is poised, much lower cg, and the 9X adjustable suspension is TITS. I'm an old BSME, so I kind get a buzz when things are so freaking well done. This suspension is truly unbelievable. Our roads here in the NORTH COAST really beat the crap out machines and those riding them. On the GT, I am in HEAVEN. But, the horn STILL blows. Nasty little pathetic excuse of a horn!
Rob,
thanks so much for taking the time to give us these details
i really appreciate them.... A LOT
i can't wait to get mine
i hope it really IS being made next week

take care
thanks again

i've put aftermarket horns on all my BMWs
the '96 RT
and my '02 LT and 05 GS
i'll find a place for a stebel or fiamm on the GT as well

unlike a lot of other folks, i DO use my horn...
i live in florida and we have a lot of folks who need a good HORNING OVER once in a while

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Riders that use horns are obviously riding too slowly!
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i might be the only one....
but i sure do love a good train whistle on a bike...
it surely gets people out of the way when need be

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