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How good is the weather protection on the GT?

My LT is now close to 6 years old and my extended warranty expires in 11/2008. I want a Garmin 2830, which means I need a new intercom, etc. Refarkling to get it to were I want it will be expensive and I'll still have a 6 year old bike. I also want a lighter bike since I ride solo all of the time and am getting older. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my LT, I'm just getting the itch for a newer ride with newer farkles. However, I just am having a hard time parting with the absolute weather protection offered by the LT. I had the opportunity to test ride the GT for about 15 min last year and really liked it. Boy, I'd like the chance to take one the the Smokey MNTS for a weekend. Just got back from a 3 day MNT trip over Memorial Day to the Smokies and the fat lady still rocks. But, 250+ pounds less would be nice for a 60.5 year old fart like me.

I'm just concerned about protection from rain and cold. Though more air in the summer would be nice. The LT will cook you with temps >90 degrees with full riding gear (even with Meshtech). Anyway, I'd appreciate some honest input on how well the GT protect from the elements. I know it handles like a dream. Any input on long distance comfort (1000 miles days) would also be appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 Old May 27th, 2008, 8:14 pm
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Re: How good is the weather protection on the GT?

If you'd slide that sweet leetle Chevy over just a leetle bit, you'd have room for the GT AND the LT!!!

Be the best of all (3) worlds!!

Good luck, Dick.

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Re: How good is the weather protection on the GT?

Hey Dick, it's not as good as the LT, but I have no complaints. You get hit more with water on the feet, hands and arms. Gear takes care of that.

Aeroflow makes a windshield that gives you more protection and guards that go on the side of the bike. That just leaves the feet kind of open, but like I've said, I have absotootly no complaints. Go to www.k-bikes.com, there are a few threads in the GT section going right now with pics of the Aeroflow setup that can be removed for wamer weather.

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Re: How good is the weather protection on the GT?

Yeah, what Grif said. The feet part I haven't noticed near as much as the hands and arms. I put a V-Stream on in the winter and it really made a difference as far as cold air on my arms. My biggest problem in cold weather is my hands. My fingies get down right frostie. Those Aeroflow extenders are probably just the ticket for that.

Hot weather? Well, just about like any bike. As long as you're moving it ain't bad at all. I just lower the windshield (stock with laminar lip) and I get plenty of air.


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Re: How good is the weather protection on the GT?

I think the weather protection for the stock GT is OK, not near as good as the LT or even the RT. I have the BMW tall windscreen and Cee Bailey +2 and +4 and during the winter added the Aeroflow extender thingees. The extenders improved hand protection and did a better job of keeping the wind and rain off my shoulders. I usually keep the balls of my feet on the pegs when riding and have not had any issues with wet or cold feet.

I did dump the stock seat and got a Russell. On a long ride my knees do bark at me, (we are pretty close in age). I usually stand on the pegs for a bit or some such. After 2 years there hasn't been a single day when I wanted the LT back.

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Hey Dick, it's not as good as the LT, but I have no complaints. You get hit more with water on the feet, hands and arms. Gear takes care of that.

Aeroflow makes a windshield that gives you more protection and guards that go on the side of the bike. That just leaves the feet kind of open, but like I've said, I have absotootly no complaints. Go to www.k-bikes.com, there are a few threads in the GT section going right now with pics of the Aeroflow setup that can be removed for wamer weather.

Did I tell you I love my GT?
Thanks Grif. I guess I'm just going to have to go up to BMW of ATL and tell them that they have to lend me a GT for the weekend. I know I'll like it. I just need to find some rain to ride in.

I tried to join the K-Bike side, but they do not accept AOL email addresses. Oh well.

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If you'd slide that sweet leetle Chevy over just a leetle bit, you'd have room for the GT AND the LT!!!

Be the best of all (3) worlds!!

Good luck, Dick.

And hey, you don't get to call yourselvis an ole phart 'til you retire, full time!!
Dick, I need you to talk to my wife. Since she doesn't ride, I don't think that 2 bike thangy is gonna fly.

The Impala still purrs like a kitten and looks brand new. Hell, it is brand new after to frame off restoration we did 4 years ago. It now has 106,500 miles on it with the original engine (we didn't do anything to the engine except replace all the seals and paint it). I'll have that thang until I die. If you ever get down this way, stop by and I'll take you for a ride.

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Re: How good is the weather protection on the GT?

Thanks to everyone else who posted a reply. I think a GT may be in my future.

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Dick,

Certainly, I love my GT. A lot more than the LT I rode hard for 4 years. Getting ride of that extra weight is one thing, but the lower cg is the GOOD news. More power combined with better suspension is just flat amazing. Being able to quickly remove the bags and carry them in to our home or hotel is worth the price of admission. This feature certainly is very much appreciated by me compared to the fixed bag setup on the LT.

As far as weather, I added the Z-Technik shield. Per SO, 25% less buffetting. I had the BMW tall shield.

She loves the GT more than any bike we have owned since 1971.

The GT suspension is superb and effortless to adjust. SO calls it "the cloud."

I would NOT go back to an LT. Far too top heavy & slow.

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I'm just concerned about protection from rain and cold. Though more air in the summer would be nice. The LT will cook you with temps >90 degrees with full riding gear (even with Meshtech). Anyway, I'd appreciate some honest input on how well the GT protect from the elements. I know it handles like a dream. Any input on long distance comfort (1000 miles days) would also be appreciated.

Thanks is advance.
Doc,
It's a motorcycle, your supposed to get wet, cold, and hot. But I put a shorter shield on my GT for a cooler ride in the summer. It still has better protection than my 93 K11RS or any other bike I have ever owned, never owned an LT.
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Doc,
It's a motorcycle, your supposed to get wet, cold, and hot. But I put a shorter shield on my GT for a cooler ride in the summer. It still has better protection than my 93 K11RS or any other bike I have ever owned, never owned an LT.
You mean, I need to go back to my Harley? The LT cured me of all miseries you listed except for being hot. I'm old and I desired to be cozy!

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