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Calling all you LT to GT converts

On my ďbucket listĒ is a motorcycle trip up the Haul Road in Alaska. The LT probably isnít the right bike to take on such a trip so last year I bought a new GS Adventure. It seemed like the perfect bike for the Haul Road. Since the end of January, Iíve put over 6200 miles on it. Itís a great bike, with plenty of power and torque.

But from the very first ride, it just didnít ďfeel rightĒ. I figured I was just used to the LT and it would merely take some time to get used to the GS. I even put some TKC knobby tires on it and took it 165 miles off road in the Adirondack Mountains a couple of weeks ago. After dropping the bike twice in sand and mud, and fighting the bike every mile, I realized that I donít like riding off road...not to mention that I donít know how to do it. After all, the AL-CAN highway is paved all the way up now, right? So what if itís not the Haul Road.

Now the question that is running through my head is this: If I donít enjoy riding off road, and the bike just doesnít feel right, why donít I try something else? My thoughts are a new LT, RT or a GT. After owning both the LT and GS, I think I like the K engine better than the R, so Iíll probably be keeping clear of the RT.

Iím taking the GS in for its 6K service next week, and I have arranged with the dealer to let me take a GT overnight as a loner bike. Since I know practically nothing about this bike, is there anything particular that I should try or look out for during my extended test ride?

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post #2 of 23 Old Jun 25th, 2008, 10:18 pm
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The LT and GS are fantastic machines for their purpose. I do not think you should ride the GT though. It is a classic example of bad bike syndrome. It will cost you lost sleep and emptying of the wallet. Enjoy your ride and do not forget to hold on tight until you get used to the extra power. I fell in love with the GT on my first ride, But I must admit it took several thousand miles for me to "understand" her and feel totally comfortable.

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Since I know practically nothing about this bike, is there anything particular that I should try or look out for during my extended test ride?
Yes, cops. Before you twist that right grip make sure the road is clear, then hang on. The power truly is intoxicating.

Other than that, it's a fun, smooth ride and as great of a mile muncher as it is a back roads carver. It may take a while to get used to the more forward lean, especially compared to an LT or GS, but it can be just as comfortable.

As for the Haul Road, a GS or other dual sport is the preferred tool, but it can be done on most anything including an LT, GT, Wing, or Hog.

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When you first get on the GT, don't try to play with the BC in a corner unless you've already got your line. Real easy to accidentally goose it till you get used to what you're doing.



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Do NOT...I repeat, DO NOT ride the GT!!! You'll have to have one!

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Thanks guys for your responses. Griff, I'm sure there's a story there about the curve and BC. As far as all the advice of not riding it because I'll end up wanting one goes...I've already resigned myself to the fact that every time I go into a dealership, I have to

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I went from an LT to a HD, to a GT. Loved the LT. Liked the HD. Am crazy about the GT. The only modification I needed to make to make the bike "mine" was to add Suburban Machinery Barbacks. I use them in the lowest position, and mile after mile is just followed by a smile.

Bring your wallet (but you already know that), and some sort of cleaning rag/towel, etc. At some point you will have to wipe that silly grin off your face from riding the GT.
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Griff, I'm sure there's a story there about the curve and BC.
Not much of one. Just got the bike, riding home the back way from the dealer, laid over in a sweeper and decided to play with the BC. I scared the crap out of myself when I accidentally juked the throttle and the bike tried to jump out from under me. Glad I was on a good line!



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Do NOT...I repeat, DO NOT ride the GT!!! You'll have to have one!
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Thanks for the warning, but I didn't listen. I came home with this today:


It's an '07 with only 6700 miles. Now all I have to do is sell the GSA so I can afford to eat this week.

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....Thanks for the warning, but I didn't listen....
Congrat's! Outstanding choice.

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Enjoy your new toy. I don't recall seeing sliders on a GT. How are they attached?

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Enjoy your new toy. I don't recall seeing sliders on a GT. How are they attached?
I'm not exactly sure yet. The PO gave me a baggie of what looks like engine mounting bolts and said they had something to do with the sliders, so I assume that they are actually part of the engine mounts now. I won't know for sure until I take the tupperware off and start the farklization process.

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Sliders! Now that sounds good. The prospect of dropping my beauty ina parking lot is bad enough. Finding out it will cost $thousands for new panels/paint is worse. Your sliders actually don't look too bad too me. Now if I can get over the idea of drilling hug holes in the panels on purpose I'm all set

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Nice bike. Too bad you got the slowest color.

The frame sliders are made for the K12S/R bikes, but they do fit the GT (if you cut the holes right) They replace a couple of engine mounting bolts. I don't know that they would offer full protection in the event of a tip over, but I'm sure they would help.

I also noticed the custom seat. I think it's a Bagster?

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Nice bike Silver glides through the air, Less friction not like the graphite that tents to drag along. Congrats on the GT, have fun but carful on the power range, It is different and gets time to get used to. I went from the LT to the GT and loving it.


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That seat is a Sargent....


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I wonder if those sliders would make good highway pegs for those long rids when one needs to stretch ones legs????
please try it and let us know, I've been looking....
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I wonder if those sliders would make good highway pegs for those long rids when one needs to stretch ones legs????
please try it and let us know, I've been looking....
I don't think so. Too much potential for scratching the panels with my boots or riding pants zippers.

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I wonder if those sliders would make good highway pegs for those long rids when one needs to stretch ones legs????
please try it and let us know, I've been looking....
Having had my LT tip over in the driveway twice! I am now a GT convert worried about no tip over protection whatsoever & would love to see a thread on slider installation.

I LOVE this bike. Once the wife was done going with me (15 years) I sold the LT which I loved, and bought the slow colored but still rockin lt grey one. Having been a sport bike guy and still racing "old guy" off road, this thing rolls your eyeballs back like nothing I've ever ridden after owning around 40 bikes. Having just spent $600 to get my KTM suspension "tricked" the push-button suspension adjustment is amazing and well worth the $$.

I am riding from Vancouver, WA to Glacier Pk and back over the 4th & maybe will see some of you on the way. Whooossssssssssssssh......... I love BMW's (& KTM's)
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Thanks for the warning, but I didn't listen. I came home with this today:


It's an '07 with only 6700 miles. Now all I have to do is sell the GSA so I can afford to eat this week.

Now, that is SWEEEEET! Just a BLAST to ride isn't it? Wooohoooo!!!!


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On my ďbucket listĒ is a motorcycle trip up the Haul Road in Alaska....
Dave, tell us more about this Alaska trip that you're planning? I think you might need some company on that one!

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Dave, tell us more about this Alaska trip that you're planning? I think you might need some company on that one!
Planning is the key word here. The earliest that I could go is next June, but it's looking more like June of 2010. The trip will take a month. The main purpose is to ride up the Al-Can Highway as far north as the pavement goes.

Coming down the Al-Can, I'll make a right turn into Alaska and tour Denali National Park. I need to stop at that little restaurant half way between Denali and Fairbanks....the one owned by a guy they call Skinny Dick...and get a picture of that place.

On the way there (or back...or both!) I'll ride through Glacier National Park and take in the sights there. Other than those few main points, everything else that comes up is a bonus.

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Planning is the key word here. The earliest that I could go is next June, but it's looking more like June of 2010. The trip will take a month. The main purpose is to ride up the Al-Can Highway as far north as the pavement goes.

Coming down the Al-Can, I'll make a right turn into Alaska and tour Denali National Park. I need to stop at that little restaurant half way between Denali and Fairbanks....the one owned by a guy they call Skinny Dick...and get a picture of that place.

On the way there (or back...or both!) I'll ride through Glacier National Park and take in the sights there. Other than those few main points, everything else that comes up is a bonus.
Sounds like the perfect trip for our GT's!

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