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So, how does the GT handle in rain? Howz bout protection? Do you get slobbery wet?

Wind? Hellacious from the side, pass an 18 wheeler on fear of your life type wind. How bout the hands? Do they take a direct hit? (thinking about winter when it gets below 80)

Can you get on one and ride after using a jack hammer all day?



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post #2 of 23 Old Aug 2nd, 2006, 9:26 pm
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Not as great as the LT. But still very good in the rain.

Wind, particularly turbulence around a truck can get interesting with the full bags and topcase.

I never took a direct hit on the hands, and with the automatic heated grips (which measure ambient temp and warm accordingly) work great. High is high, but what was the low setting is now the automatic setting.


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So, how does the GT handle in rain? Howz bout protection? Do you get slobbery wet?

Wind? Hellacious from the side, pass an 18 wheeler on fear of your life type wind. How bout the hands? Do they take a direct hit? (thinking about winter when it gets below 80)

Can you get on one and ride after using a jack hammer all day?
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After riding through serious rain on 3 separate occassions, I have determined that the GT is just as good as the LT, with two exceptions. Your feet, and your hands. I always wear waterproof boots and carry waterproof gloves on hand, so that's not an issue for me.
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With limited GT experience so far [two round trips from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, PA, then Niagara Falls Canada, and back home], I can report the GT slices thru high speed winds better than our LT did. SO and I also have the large case back there. I love being able to take the cases in to the hotel. SO vastly prefers the GT seating, better for her little hips [5' 2", 110#]. I have not hit heavy rain yet, so I can't say. The light rain we hit in Canada was no difference that I could detect. It was so darn hot I was hoping it would rain! Although some may not like the GT design aesthetic visually, I now believe it is better at high speed stability from an aerodynamic POV. I would love to see wind tunnel drag coefficient data and I know BMW has that data. But, we will NEVER see it. That spinnaker thing with the big barco-lounger LT in cross winds on a trip we made last summer to Toledo with storm wind hitting at a 45 degree cross wind was dreadful. Coming back from Niagara we ran right into the face of oncoming thunderclouds. The GT is my favorite, having ridden the LT for four seasons. How much of my preference is the suspension setting capabilities of the new GT VS the aero issues I can not sort out. Interestingly, SO reported [with no questioning from me] that she prefers "the ride of GT." She calls it less buffeting. Just brought home the BMW GT tank bag today. I must say I am very impressed with the design fit and finish.

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I hit some heavy rain at the MOA. One thing I noticed was with the stock screen was my arms were wet. Not sure if the Cee Bailey +3 plus +3 would help but it sounds like it wouild.

Oh just another reason to spend more money on the new bike. The way I'm spending money on this thing it sure feels like I own a Harley again. That is until I ride it and my Harley memories or just that memories.




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So, how does the GT handle in rain? Howz bout protection? Do you get slobbery wet?

Wind? Hellacious from the side, pass an 18 wheeler on fear of your life type wind. How bout the hands? Do they take a direct hit? (thinking about winter when it gets below 80)

Can you get on one and ride after using a jack hammer all day?
Don't let Barbara hear you talk like that. After all you've been through together.

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Well Ken, I'm afraid it's true. The old girl and I are prolly gonna part ways. I've never kept a bike this long before and don't have time or the inclination for two. Sandar the mag just isn't turned on anymore by riding cross country in the hot, cold, wet, dry, etc. so I said to meself, "Self".

The sad thang is the wait till October. Talk about driving you nutz. Of course, that long of a time period, I could change my mind. Or maybe not. Or maybe I will. Or won't

I'm thinking about doing a buy the farkles, get the bike free thang. About two pages of farkles. About the only way to turn a bike with that many smiles on it.

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I understand, Grif. I'm in the same situation with my LT, and vacillating as well. It's time for an upgrade, but do I get a GT now, or wait for the '07 with the improvements (having the non-power brakes may be worth waiting for), or will we be seeing hard evidence of the next LT by then? Too many choices, and I could write dozens of threads agonizing over my decisions, but I wouldn't want to annoy others like that.

I'm sure Barbara will be missed and thought of fondly in the years to come, but then again I could say the same about many of the bikes I've owned and ridden over the years.

I just wish Ed, or maybe Pep were still around to show us what a GT can really do.

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IToo many choices, and I could write dozens of threads agonizing over my decisions, but I wouldn't want to annoy others like that.
dozens.......

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Thousands! Don't think I haven't agonized over it myself. Then, there was the leetle question of asking the boss. She didn't even blink an eye, and when she heard October, was thrilled as Halloween is my bday and one that ends in 0.



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but do I get a GT now, or wait for the '07 with the improvements (having the non-power brakes may be worth waiting for), or will we be seeing hard evidence of the next LT by then?

I just wish Ed, or maybe Pep were still around to show us what a GT can really do.
Hey Ken, from what I hear, the October delivery is the 07. I don't think you could buy a new 06 anymore.

I've also talked to Robert, one of the owners at Lone Star. He's real sceptical of a major overhaul on the LT. Seems the demographic shrinks every year. I dunno.

Pep's a wimp. He doesn't like to ride in dirt and gravel on the LT



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I've had a couple stints in the rain, one was a real frog stangler/thunderstorm with cross winds. I was very happy, just like messenger said feet aren't as well protected, I was wearing a one piece stitch and gortex boots and never had a problem. I almost liked it better in the rain than the RT.

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I believe October for the '07 GTs, but Jeff mentioned a January delivery for the GTs equipped with ASC. I think that may be worth waiting a couple of months for. Our year-round riding season means such things make little difference overall.

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The LT doesn't have great foot protection either. At least that's been my experience on those long, cold night rides.

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I believe October for the '07 GTs, but Jeff mentioned a January delivery for the GTs equipped with ASC. I think that may be worth waiting a couple of months for. Our year-round riding season means such things make little difference overall.
A real man doesn't need ASC. The next thang you'll be touting is ABS

Oh yeah, I'm already having to wait till October. It would smoothe kill me going into January.



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The LT doesn't have great foot protection either. At least that's been my experience on those long, cold night rides.
Well then, the GT has less than that.

Personally, it sounds to me like Grif is a goner. What color you getting Grif?
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So, how does the GT handle in rain? Howz bout protection? Do you get slobbery wet?

Wind? Hellacious from the side, pass an 18 wheeler on fear of your life type wind. How bout the hands? Do they take a direct hit? (thinking about winter when it gets below 80)

Can you get on one and ride after using a jack hammer all day?
it sucks in the winter time so you will need to bring here and leave it for my trips down to florida, ya know to keep it warm or it wil freeze solid and you never be able to ride it again which premantly ruins your warranty

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The LT doesn't have great foot protection either. At least that's been my experience on those long, cold night rides.

i always said my wifes rt has better protection than my Lt , I'm glad to see one other lt riders agfrees the lt isn;t the best for protection

the RT seriously does..

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What is this winter of which you spake?

Got a production date today! The week of September 11th.



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What is this winter of which you spake?

Got a production date today! The week of September 11th.

hmm sept 11 huh,

see it will be getting cooler than,. that bike needs nice warm weather riding down the beach checking out the babes in bikinis! i cam arrange that for you <grin>

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