Originally Posted by jpalamaro
But, what caught my eye was your comment: "I couldn't get comfortable on the GT. A shame, really, as I pretty much wanted to buy one." Our physical attributes are similar at my 5' 8" and 30" inseam, so it piqued my curiosity. Obviously the seating position is more geared towards a sport bike, but not as severe with the adjustable/higher and wider bars. The seat is atrocious, but that could easily be corrected, so I wonder if it was just the general ergonomics or something else Mark?
Excellent Q, John. I believe it was a combination of three things:
-- I have 40-50 pounds on you, which um, takes up excess space between the tank and body
and adds to pressure on the shoulders/hands and er, "other" parts;
-- I have memories of an ultimately unsatisfactory experience with a similar situation with an R11RT, where the initial body position was similar and I thought "it's close, and with a couple mods it should be great" -- after 8 months of BarBaks, Russell seats, adjustments, etc., I finally had to admit that I couldn't "tailor" the bike to meet my desires. I didn't want to take a chance on going through the same thing again with the GT;
-- My wallet's not as deep as yours, so I can't pick and choose from a large stable everyday
Seriously, I tend to drive one bike, and only one bike, as my primary daily commuter and touring vehicle (your R100 Mystic is literally the first time in nearly 30 years that I've owned two bikes at one time; the other bikes in the garage are SWMBO's
). Because of this, and my ever decreasing spare time for modifying things, I want/need the bike to "fit" from the get-go. Unfortunately, the GT didn't.
So, there ya go. BTW, the Mystic will be at CCR -- let me know if you want to ride her again to see how far you've come