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Anyone seen the white/pearl colored GT in person.

I saw the GT for the first time this weekend. The dealer had two that made it onto the showroom floor for a couple of hours before the owners came to pick them up. One was the blue metallic and the other the slate. The bike looks so much better live than in the pictures it was amazing. Personally I like the blue metallic the best, but the dealer says that he will be getting a blue one and a pearl colored one in a couple of weeks. He says that the pearl is really a knock out color with the black seats and that would be his first preference as for color choice. If the blue and slate look way better in real life than do the pictures, I am wondering how much better the white colored one is. Anyone actually seen one who cares to comment!
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How do I reply to this without stepping on toes? Hhmmn...
OK . . . I got it.

Color is a very personal and/or subjective thing. I ordered the 'Deep Blue Metallic' GT because I really thought it looked best on the bike. The Dark Graphite also looks good...but I just felt it was a little . . . "ordinary", for lack of a better term.

The 'Crystal Grey Metallic' is a very strange color to me. In some lighting, it looks really nice. But in other lighting, it looks less-than-desirable" . . . to me.
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I'm kinda with Joe on this one. The Crystal Grey is a nice color but not my thing. You just have to see it for yourself then make up your own mind.

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When I bought my new GT I had two dealers bidding for my purchase. I told them both my LT sold in 2 days on eBay and I would be riding on a GT Saturday morning. One was blue, one ......see photo.

I love Joe's painted top case. I am going to follow his leadership.

I would prefer the Toscana Green Metallic like my LT, but NO.

Now with over 2,000 miles on the Grey Goose, I am thrilled with the ride quality and power. The color of mine is OK, not sexy.

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I played with a Crystal Grey Metallic GT while at Bike Week in Daytona.

Certainly this 'lighter' color will not be for everyone. But, I thought it looked Great!

The lighter color seems (to me) to minimize the rather over-bearing slab sides others have complained about. Not a bad thing.

However, I do believe I'll wait for the proper color - silver!

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There is no white/pearl GT. It's Crystal Grey. In the direct sun, it is very bright silver. Under florecent lights, it is cream. On a cloudy day, it takes on a very light grey.


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There is no white/pearl GT. It's Crystal Grey. In the direct sun, it is very bright silver. Under florecent lights, it is cream. On a cloudy day, it takes on a very light grey.
And while riding a 'Deep Blue Metallic' GT, the CGM just appears to be a headlight that seems to fade off in the distance.
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I stand corrected on the color. It is Crystal Gray Metallic. But at least from the pictures, the lighter color seems to reduce the slab sided look the bike has. I was just wondering if in person it has the same affect as in the pictures.? After all if there is anyone to ask its this group. None of you guys are the least bit bashful about expressing your opinions.

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I had my choice of colors when I got mine, I chose the Crystal Grey Metallic, and I love it. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the colors.

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I stand corrected on the color. It is Crystal Gray Metallic. But at least from the pictures, the lighter color seems to reduce the slab sided look the bike has. I was just wondering if in person it has the same affect as in the pictures.? After all if there is anyone to ask its this group. None of you guys are the least bit bashful about expressing your opinions.
Nobody should ever form an opinion about how any bike/car/truck looks from a picture. It's absurd, at best. For this very reason, while in the design phase, vehicles are made out of clay so that the designers can see what it actually looks like. How the curves work. I find the term "slab sided" to be a very ignorant term regarding the new GT. Ignorant from the stand point that people are using that term without ever even seeing the new GT "live", or "in person". I find the design of the new GT to be cutting edge and very trendy. Modern, yet classic. and . . . FAST!

The LT's design was nice in it's day, but those days are quickly passing. Today, I find the LT's design to be "bulbous", and perhaps even "out-dated". And anyone hoping that the new LT won't look like the new GT had better start wishing upon another star.
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I stand corrected on the color. It is Crystal Gray Metallic. But at least from the pictures, the lighter color seems to reduce the slab sided look the bike has. I was just wondering if in person it has the same affect as in the pictures.? After all if there is anyone to ask its this group. None of you guys are the least bit bashful about expressing your opinions.

Ron

Without waiting for the color of your choice (seems 'o6s are hard to find in and around Dayton....get any color you can....and have it painted.

I think candy apple red would look good....or how about Cadalic Imron White Pearl?

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Nobody should ever form an opinion about how any bike/car/truck looks from a picture. It's absurd, at best. For this very reason, while in the design phase, vehicles are made out of clay so that the designers can see what it actually looks like. How the curves work. I find the term "slab sided" to be a very ignorant term regarding the new GT. Ignorant from the stand point that people are using that term without ever even seeing the new GT "live", or "in person". I find the design of the new GT to be cutting edge and very trendy. Modern, yet classic. and . . . FAST!

The LT's design was nice in it's day, but those days are quickly passing. Today, I find the LT's design to be "bulbous", and perhaps even "out-dated". And anyone hoping that the new LT won't look like the new GT had better start wishing upon another star.
Well Joe, when the stars come out tonight I'll be wishing, not that the new LT will look like the old one, but that it won't look too much like the GT or the R1200RT. The R1150RT was a gorgeous bike but the new R1200RT looks like some kind of weird transformer bike. I like the GT, but I wouldn't call it's looks cutting edge. It is slab sided and from across the parking lot it looks like a Concours (a 20+ year old design). The bags are off the RT - thats more like "cutting shelf" than cutting edge.
Trendy...maybe. Modern...absolutely. Classic...time will tell.
I'll probably buy the new GT in spite of it's flaws. Hell, I'll probably even buy the wrong color. And over time I hope, if it's half as good as you say it is, I may even see it your way...naw, I always know when the emperor has no cloths on.

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I'll probably buy the new GT in spite of it's flaws. Hell, I'll probably even buy the wrong color. And over time I hope, if it's half as good as you say it is, I may even see it your way...naw, I always know when the emperor has no cloths on.
Great! I thought all the whiners would just keep buying LTs!
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Hi All,

Just wanted to throw my .02 in here...

I saw the Crystal Grey Metallic bike a few months ago (indecision made it slip through my hands at the time) and I really liked it. It definitely made the bike look clean - and seemed more silver than grey to me.

I have never seen the dark graphite in color, but this past Friday saw the bike in blue - which I hadn't liked on the web site.

As others mention, you can't really appreciate how any of these bikes look now based on the photos. They don't do the bike justice. The blue, which looked TERRRIBLE (IMHO) on the site looked very nice in person. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see it in direct sunlight, but it still looked very nice in the shade.

That said, my order is due for a Crystal Grey Metallic is due to be released from production TOMORROW!!! from BMW and I can't wait.

One question though - someone (sorry, can't remember who in the posts) had mentioned that they were considering having the topcase painted to match the Crystal Grey. How off is the standard color of the topcase from that color now? Is it really noticable - or just a nice to have? When my dealership put the topcase on the Crystal GT it didn't seem like the color was off <too much> but at the time it wasn't my bike so I wasn't being that critical about it.

Thoughts?
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Hey Ken! That is a nice looking picture of your bike. You wouldn't have a side profile you could put up do you? Ron
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One question though - someone (sorry, can't remember who in the posts) had mentioned that they were considering having the topcase painted to match the Crystal Grey. How off is the standard color of the topcase from that color now? Is it really noticable - or just a nice to have? When my dealership put the topcase on the Crystal GT it didn't seem like the color was off <too much> but at the time it wasn't my bike so I wasn't being that critical about it.

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As you probably already know (see avatar), I had my top box painted to match. It made the top box look smaller, but also more integrated. As if it actually belonged to my bike. BMW should offer paint matching to all top box buyers. Freakin' MORONS!!!

Forum member 'fas' has talked to me about getting it done to his CGM GT. In his (and my) opinion, the top box even looks worse on the CGM. At least with my blue GT, the top box matched the frame, and was a contrast with the rest of the bike. With the CGM, the top box is close to the color of the bike...but not close enough, and frankly it clashes. Yuk!

Who knows? You may feel differently.
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Forum member 'fas' has talked to me about getting it done to his CGM GT. In his (and my) opinion, the top box even looks worse on the CGM. At least with my blue GT, the top box matched the frame, and was a contrast with the rest of the bike. With the CGM, the top box is close to the color of the bike...but not close enough, and frankly it clashes. Yuk!
Great - one more thing to deal with....OK, I guess I'll just wait until a nice patina of road grime gets all over my '07 on my cross country trip so I don't notice....

.....I'll also just try to avoid looking at it (yeah) and will rest assured that I wont see the color in my mirrors either way!!!
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Question And speaking of the top box!

Did you also pay the extra cash to have the lock key-matched to the ignition?! They get you coming and going!!!
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Did you also pay the extra cash to have the lock key-matched to the ignition?! They get you coming and going!!!
You've got to be kidding me.....I'll be talking to my dealer about that.

The bike is expected to be released from production on 8.15 - then I have to wait until it hits the states, so I'm ramping up full gear (no pun intended) on things I'll be needing for my journey.

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Love the Crystal Grey

"One question though - someone (sorry, can't remember who in the posts) had mentioned that they were considering having the topcase painted to match the Crystal Grey. How off is the standard color of the topcase from that color now? Is it really noticable - or just a nice to have? When my dealership put the topcase on the Crystal GT it didn't seem like the color was off <too much> but at the time it wasn't my bike so I wasn't being that critical about it."


I had a blue on order; gave it up the minute I saw the Crystal Grey come out of the crate.

I actually like all the colors; I just think the Grey contrasting with the black seats makes it 'pop'.

I thought about painting the topcase, but IMHO it's unnecessary with the Crystal Grey. The colors are REALLY close.

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WHAT! no electric locks that can be controlled with the push of a button? How crude on a cutting edge bike. :~)

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WHAT! no electric locks that can be controlled with the push of a button? How crude on a cutting edge bike. :~)
You have forgotten that these bags all come off of the bike, haven't you? Unless it was a BlueTooth setup, I don't want it.
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WHAT! no electric locks that can be controlled with the push of a button? How crude on a cutting edge bike. :~)
That "feature" is likely being reserved for the LT.

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Well Joe (and maybe someone else)

I can kind of see why you might think CGM isn't the best colour. I mean, after all, when I was in my teens I used to like cider, british bikes and anarchy in the UK. Sorry, but I WAS a bit younger then. As I grew up a bit my tastes changed, and I moved on. Don't take this as a criticism Joe, I mean we all have to live out our lives and gain experience. Don't worry, you'll get there in the end. I did like blue bikes some time ago... maybe five or ten years ago. Now.., well blue is just so .....one dimensional. Where is the subtlety, a colour that can change with your mood and the light, with complexity and depth. I'm sorry, I might trying to turn a tortoise into a hare overnight. Don't worry, if you like it now, that's cool. It's good to look back at past choices and realise how far we have travelled, so you have something to look forward to. Anyway, I have to go now, so I'll let you get back to your cider.

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Just to be clear, Joe, the above post is that subtle British wit you've heard of. Most Americans just don't get it, but for those who do, it's quite funny.

And Brian, It's not Joe's fault. He just doesn't know any better. He even prefers his Guinness ice-cold. But I have to say, I'm still partial to a good pint of cider. Too bad we can't get anything decent over on this side of the pond.

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Where is the subtlety, a colour that can change with your mood and the light, with complexity and depth. I'm sorry, I might trying to turn a tortoise into a hare overnight. Don't worry, if you like it now, that's cool. It's good to look back at past choices and realise how far we have travelled, so you have something to look forward to.
You OBVIOUSLY haven't seen how the 'Deep Blue Metallic' changes with the light. How it's wide array of hues dance across the spectrum like that of the sun across a gorgeous lake in the country.

The CGM goes from kinda silver/kinda NOT silver to primer. Which actually would probably make for a nice base-coat. Yessir! The CGM GTs just need a nice topcoat and they'd be real purty like!


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Just to be clear, Joe, the above post is that subtle British wit you've heard of. Most Americans just don't get it, but for those who do, it's quite funny.

And Brian, It's not Joe's fault. He just doesn't know any better. He even prefers his Guinness ice-cold. But I have to say, I'm still partial to a good pint of cider. Too bad we can't get anything decent over on this side of the pond.
The world traveler has spoken! Ken...you must be so proud of yourself. To be able to take time from your busy schedule to explain things to the little people.

As for the temperature of my Guinness...you don't know me at all, do you? I'll drink it cold...sure. But I have yet to store my draught of choice in MY refrigerator. Sorry.

That's OK Ken. You can say what you want. I know the REAL reason you're not going to CCR. O yes...I know.
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That's what I like about these posts....they cover so much intellectual ground. I start out by asking whether anyone has seen the GT in silver metallic and we end up discussing Guiness vs Cider, blue tooth as an option on the new LT, removable side bags, maturity and the aging process etc. etc. You never know what you can learn by hanging around and reading the posts after they get over 5 e-mails long. I got the information I needed on the color and so much more. I think I feel enlightened! Ron
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Cool Grey Goose with top case.....colors?

SO's sis and her BMW riding man came to town. One of you wanted to see the top case on the Grey Goose. Here ya go. Sill's sold it to me for $500 with the key match N/C. Good people. They also gave me a FREE cover and FREE charger. After weekend runs to Pittsburgh, PA, Niagara Falls Canada, and Presque Isle Park, PA, I must say the GT rides two up better than the LT. SO says it is much better for her. As the prof said, the contrast of the dark seats and the light color works. I added the Alaska Leather butt seat cover in black. I ride to the city and park underground in the 75 year old Terminal Tower garage most days. The GT is SO MUCH better in the traffic and weaving around the dark old garage. It is NIMBLE. Having the power is just so fun. Reminds me of my 911, my 427, my M3. Less weight, more power, and LT storage combined with the auto adjusting suspension......who really cares about the color?

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Hi Rob,

I think that someone might have been me.

Looks good - almost un-noticeable, or not enough to justify the extra $$ for paint!

Thanks for posting the pix!
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Looks good - almost un-noticeable, or not enough to justify the extra $$ for paint!

Thanks for posting the pix!
But in other light, when the CGM looks almost taupe, that top box will look stand out like a sore thumb. Just my .
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Yes, the large top box comes in only one color. No matter what color GT or RT you have.

There is also a smaller top box. I don't know why anyone would buy it. It's silly small, ugly, and provides little to no backrest for the pillion.
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Some people see the gas tank as half empty. Some see it as half full. All I care is that I know where the next tankful is coming from...
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I must say the GT rides two up better than the LT. SO says it is much better for her.
Rob, can I ask how tall you and your SO are? Do you have the standard GT windshield?

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There is no white/pearl GT. It's Crystal Grey. In the direct sun, it is very bright silver. Under florecent lights, it is cream. On a cloudy day, it takes on a very light grey.
I had the chance to see the Crystal Grey yesterday at my dealer, what is interesting is they had it parked beside an 02 Silver LT out in the sun and for sure the bikes looked the same color, even my wife mentioned it.

While there getting some parts they wheeled both bikes INSIDE the showroom and BAMMM!! the Crystal Grey GT now had a more Cream/Ivory/Pearl color to it , very very different than the LT.

I can;t wait for BMW to make the GT in Titan Silver and in Red. I love Red Bikes.

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I had the chance to see the Crystal Grey yesterday at my dealer, what is interesting is they had it parked beside an 02 Silver LT out in the sun and for sure the bikes looked the same color, even my wife mentioned it.

While there getting some parts they wheeled both bikes INSIDE the showroom and BAMMM!! the Crystal Grey GT now had a more Cream/Ivory/Pearl color to it , very very different than the LT.
And that's "my" problem with the CGM. When it looks silver, I LOVE it! But when it takes on that drab taupe-ish hue . . . umm . . . let's just say it's not exactly what I would want my GT to look like.

Even my 'Deep Blue Metallic' varies quite a bit. From deep blue, to a pewter blue. At times it picks up shades of dark green. And, as much as I hate to type it, sometimes I can even see purple. NOT Barnie purple mind you. And DEFINITELY NOT MAUVE!!!
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Rob, can I ask how tall you and your SO are? Do you have the standard GT windshield?
I'm 5' 8" and my shield is the tall.

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I stand corrected on the color. It is Crystal Gray Metallic. But at least from the pictures, the lighter color seems to reduce the slab sided look the bike has. I was just wondering if in person it has the same affect as in the pictures.? After all if there is anyone to ask its this group. None of you guys are the least bit bashful about expressing your opinions.

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I'm not certain anyone has offered a specific answer to the question: does the CGM color reduce the visual effect 'slab-sided' that some have complained about.

My $0.02. Yup, and I believe the reason is that from any significant distance, the black lower body fairing (not sure what to call these sections - sorry) which is black tends to visually merge with the blue and graphite, giving the entire side a rather huge side slab look. On the CGM, however, I believe that the fairing appears less slab-sided/large, because the lower black fairing contrasts rather than visually merging with the much lighter side fairing. Just MHO.

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Thanks prof! It took 38 posts to get the answer to my question, but you nailed it for me. Ron
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