I just finished this year's excellent adventure
, and have recently rolled over the 8000 mile mark on the new GT.
The bike is running better than ever. The clunk in the transmission is still there, but not nearly as pronounced going into 3rd 4th 5th or 6th gear. The engine is as solid as ever. No brake blips. ESA is a joy. No oil usage whatsoever. And I don't think I've ever seen the temp guage ever go above the halfway mark.
I've been in everything from 28 degrees (back in May) to 114 degrees (last weekend in Amarillo, TX) running at every speed between 0 and "whatever" with no problems.
You have to like everything about the bike except the following (and we've all heard it before):
Seat sucks -- beads from www.beadrider.com
were the only thing that made the latest 4000 mile trip bearable.
Windshield sucks -- the CeeBaileys is a must, but I need to get a +4 instead of the +2 (I'm 6'3")
Side cases -- BE VERY CAREFUL THAT THE RETAINING STRAP IS CONNECTED WHEN ON THE SIDESTAND SIDE. If it gets disconnected, the lid will hit the asphalt, and you will be pissed off.
Things that worked very well.
My Autocom with the iPod, Sirius Streamer GT, and Passport X50 connected. Also, my ICOM GMRS radio was perfect. Much better than the old Kenwood LH50. The Panavise mounts in the mirror boss holes, and the BMW GPS mount worked perfectly.
The 49 Litre topcase is a godsend! I recommend that you go with that as an option if you travel. As it turns out, with the side cases and the top case, I have more storage than the LT I used to ride.
The grab rails on the pillion seat are perfect mounts for bungees. I had my Helen2Wheels bags with my camping gear and my clothes tied down the entire trip and never had to worry about a thing.
I've got a couple more trips planned, and with a few impromptu weekends, I should easily get 15000 miles on the bike before the end of the year. I'm so glad I didn't wait for the '07.