Originally Posted by hoog62
Why would anyone waste the extra $8,000 for a GT, when it has no significant advantages over the FJR?
Horsepower, handling, ergonomics, capacity, range.....The folks who test bikes for a living (as opposed to biased owners looking for excuses to justify their investment) have said there is NO runaway winner in these categories.
Now that was funny! I mean really really funny!
lets see you will take someone else word for justifying buying a much cheaper bike? that has less ergonomics, poorer suspension (by a LONG shot) less handling quality, harder steering. hmmmmmm.......
Maybe you are just trying to justify why you can't/won't spent the extra 8k for a superior machine, i hear that from the Connie owners all the time (which btw has beeter ergonmics than the FJR for sport touring so why didn't you buy that and save yet another 6-7k <grin>). same from the KLR owners both of which are great bikes FOR THE MONEY! but compare to nothing else even closely in the same class
Personally i don't give much credit to the paid pros when I have been riding a motorcycle now for 30 years and more than likely have at LEAST double the miles than any of the paid pros do, i think I know what is good and could care less if it were a BMW or not.
The bike (the NEW GT) IMNSHO is the best thing that I have ever rode by a LONG shot. it is a fine touring machine that rides better than the LT, Goldwing and far better than the FJR Connie any HD the ST1xxx's the list could go on and on. Hell it had a better RIDE than the GS and to me that was probably thee most comfortable suspenion out there
Now if you just happen to love your FJR then that is fine, say so and no one can say your wrong.
But don't even try and tell me or us for that matter that because a paid pro says it's so that it is, that is pure HOG wash.
I've been around motorcycles since a kid, hell I started riding them to school since right at 14 yrs old, have owned street bikes since then constantly except for about year after my first divorce in '84 - OVER 30 years of street riding!
No "professional" is going to tell me what is a better riding handle performing machine, sorry the riders that did that comparo hadn't a clue IMHO comparing the FJR to the GT.
It is like comparing a Ninja to a Harley.
no dissrespect meant - think about your statement for a moment