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Welp, after riding my brand spanking new 2008 Adventurine Silver K1200GT home through thunderstorms and lightening yesterday , I awoke this AM to blue sky, 70-80 degree temps and in general a great day to try out my just washed GT. After getting all my honey doos done, I finally got on the bike at 2:30 PM.

Man, what a bike. I've never driven a Formula 1 car but this had to be close! Sounds and feels like it has an electric motor in it. Almost no noise, just whine, whine, whine, whine, whine and whine, then O'my God >100+. I rode up to a little mountain ridge just north of Columbus to try out the only 8 twisties in the area (45 mph speed limit). I'm having the time of my life and bother to take a look at the speedo. 80 +, geez, let off and how the hell and I gonna ever ride this bike without ending up in jail! Just after that, I passed a Park ranger doing about 50, waved and he just looked back. Lots of motorcycle tearing up the only twisties we have around here. He was standing there with a news reporter and TV van, probably doing a thing-a-ma-popper about crazy motorcycle riders. Anyway, got past that one and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to stay below 70.

On my way home, I took a little traveled 2 lane road along the river back to Columbus (55 mph speed limit). Stopped and bought fuel, then took off for home not really paying much attention, as I was not trying to speed, at least knowingly. I'm riding along and look in the rear view mirror and notice a little black dot way back there moving up rapidly. Hum, what could that be, sos I start looking at the speedo keeping it around 64-65 (as we all know BMW speedos are 6-7 fast, right?). Black dot slows some but keep gaining. It's a black Dodge Charger. Hum, could be a cop, sos I really what the speedo keeping it at 64-65 (57-58, right). He follows me for a little while, then blue lights start flashing all over the place. Shit! It's a very unmarked Georgia Highway Patrol car. Pulled over and sit. He tells me to get off the bike. Asked: "Do you know how fast you were going when you passed me back there?" Me: "I have know idea, I never saw you. I just got this bike yesterday and am learning about it. My last BMW speedo was 7 mph fast, I assumed this one was too. When you pulled me over, my speedo indicated 64-65 mph. How fast did you show I was going?" He said he showed 65 mph but that I was going a lot faster than that when I passed him on the side of the road, sos I guess the GT's speedo is accurate, or at least mine is.

Then, I tried to explain to him that I don't have my GPS yet and that BMW are known for their overly fast reading speedos and that I had just spent the entire afternoon trying not to go fast (mostly true, but maybe a little white lie), as this bike had more damn power than anyone could believe. Hell, just sneeze and the damn thing will jump 30 mph. Honest, I was really not trying to speed. My last bike was 865 pounds with 100 hp and this one is 645 pounds with 156 hp. I must have said that with a big shit eating grin on my face, cuz he just smile and said I'm gonna give you a warning ticket, but what that speedometer. He never did tell my how fast I was going. Oh, I almost forgot, he complimented me on riding ATGATT!

Honest officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest it really is!

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Re: Honest Officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest!

Yep...that GT'll get you a ticket REAL quick. Honestly, when I first got mine I too wondered, "How will I ever ride this bike and not get thrown under the jail?" I have to watch it constantly

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Re: Honest Officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest!

Congrats in your bike Nice color!! and fassst I also went from a LT to a GT this year. It takes some time to get used the power. It is easy to go fast with out you knowing. Same thing happened to me coming home one day after I passed a slow poke on the road, the bike went to 80 in 2 seconds. I didn't mean to just that a county sherif was just around the corner and told me to stop. Darn my luck!!! BUT after he got closed to me just happened to be my competition shooting team mate. He just ask if I been given a ticket lately and we start talking about my bike. I was lucky Enjoy your bike


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Then, I tried to explain to him that I don't have my GPS yet and that BMW are known for their overly fast reading speedos and that I had just spent the entire afternoon trying not to go fast (mostly true, but maybe a little white lie), as this bike had more damn power than anyone could believe.
Now you know what cruise control is for -- keeps you at legal(-ish) speeds! FWIW my speedo is 5% high by the GPS, or 4 MPH at 80. And you're right, it'll go from 70 to 100 in a heartbeat, makes it really easy to pass those Harleys.
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Yep...that GT'll get you a ticket REAL quick. Honestly, when I first got mine I too wondered, "How will I ever ride this bike and not get thrown under the jail?" I have to watch it constantly
This bike should come with 10 "Get out of Jail Free Passes", just cuz it's sooo much fun to get on it. After awhile, I hope the temptation stops. I dun-know though, I might need to make friends with a Bail Bondsman.

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Now you know what cruise control is for -- keeps you at legal(-ish) speeds! FWIW my speedo is 5% high by the GPS, or 4 MPH at 80. And you're right, it'll go from 70 to 100 in a heartbeat, makes it really easy to pass those Harleys.
Yup, that's how I usually keep it under control, but since I'm trying the break it in and am supposed to vary the RPMs, I'm not using it for the first 600 miles. That's my excuse and I'ma stickin' to it. It's the varying RPMs that are getting me into trouble!

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Congrats in your bike Nice color!! and fassst I also went from a LT to a GT this year. It takes some time to get used the power. It is easy to go fast with out you knowing. Same thing happened to me coming home one day after I passed a slow poke on the road, the bike went to 80 in 2 seconds. I didn't mean to just that a county sherif was just around the corner and told me to stop. Darn my luck!!! BUT after he got closed to me just happened to be my competition shooting team mate. He just ask if I been given a ticket lately and we start talking about my bike. I was lucky Enjoy your bike
You're right, It's got to be the color. Just too damn slippery!

I love the color by the way.

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Now you know what cruise control is for -- keeps you at legal(-ish) speeds!
What about all the pics I've taken with the cruise set at 110?!

(FWIW, the cruise can't be set any higher than that. Go figure. )
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Don't tell my wife Patricia you got rid of the green Lt. She loved that bike of yours.

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How did you like that first car or set of cars you had to get around? Allot different than the LT. The first time for me were two very slow cars on a 2 lane road and it was like.... Whoa it's over and oh crap I'm doing 100 and still pulling. It's a good thing it comes with cruise control.

Have fun with the new toy and try not to smile too much It's been a year and I still can't stop!

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After awhile, I hope the temptation stops.
Been more than a year and 13000 miles for me, temptation is as strong as ever, and even 7 straight days in the saddle doesn't make it go away. Be careful out there!
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Don't tell my wife Patricia you got rid of the green Lt. She loved that bike of yours.
I liked the Toscana Green, also. But this Adventurine Silver is soooooooo slippery!

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How did you like that first car or set of cars you had to get around? Allot different than the LT. The first time for me were two very slow cars on a 2 lane road and it was like.... Whoa it's over and oh crap I'm doing 100 and still pulling. It's a good thing it comes with cruise control.

Have fun with the new toy and try not to smile too much It's been a year and I still can't stop!

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What cars? Oh, you mean those blurry things that I go by!

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Been more than a year and 13000 miles for me, temptation is as strong as ever, and even 7 straight days in the saddle doesn't make it go away. Be careful out there!
Maybe we should start a GT speeding anonymous club. Addition is really hard to deal with, you know.

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Hi, my name is Bob, and I'm a KGT speeder.
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I can neither confirm or deny those accusations.

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I went out for a 146 mile ride today and I gotta admit that the need for those 5 G accelerations is getting less. Now, it seems the 1-2 G accelerations are just fine. Also, I don't think I got above 65 mph more than once. There may be hope for me yet. I don't think I'd look good in a black and white striped suit!

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....Honest officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest it really is!
Yeah, every time I get pulled over by the CHP, I blame Grif! After they're done beating me with that 3 foot Rosewood straight stick (which hurts much more than the metal side-handle baton), they let me go....

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Re: Honest Officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest!

Same thing is happening to me. Just cruising along, then before I know it I'm up to 85+, then 90, then I begin to back off.

Had my '08 GT since March, and have been riding most every day as I use it for work. But, just lately, maybe the last two to three weeks, I've noticed me and the bike becoming one. And it seems "we" just want to go fast.

I've never had so much fun on a bike in my life.
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But, just lately, maybe the last two to three weeks, I've noticed me and the bike becoming one.
Awesome! I know you had some problems adjusting to it. When it starts to fit, it's a beautiful thang.



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Re: Honest Officer, it's really all Grif's fault, honest!

One of the worst things/ or to me, is when the officer ask, "Do you know how fast you were going"? and the person says, "When I saw you etc.........". By the time you see the LEO it is over by a long shot and when you do see him/her you are already slowing and the speed you see will be lower than what he clocked you at. So when you give him, the "speed limit", the LEO thinks,you are playing around.

Do not start my stops, by asking. I tell them what they are doing, but some of the time I get the, "but when I saw you", too late.

Anyhow, congrats on the new bike, and being nice will some times get you out of the ticket. I think the new bike and that you were honest, got you rolling again w/o hurting the pocket.

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One of the worst things/ or to me, is when the officer ask, "Do you know how fast you were going"? and the person says, "When I saw you etc.........". By the time you see the LEO it is over by a long shot and when you do see him/her you are already slowing and the speed you see will be lower than what he clocked you at. So when you give him, the "speed limit", the LEO thinks,you are playing around.

Do not start my stops, by asking. I tell them what they are doing, but some of the time I get the, "but when I saw you", too late.

Anyhow, congrats on the new bike, and being nice will some times get you out of the ticket. I think the new bike and that you were honest, got you rolling again w/o hurting the pocket.
Thanks John,
The Highway Patrol Office was really nice and understanding. He was impressed that I had on full armour and we had a short talk about the new bike. I really try not to exceed the speed limit by more than 5 mph because my insurance rated go up tremendously depending on the number of tickets I have won within a three year period. 25 years ago, I accumulated a bunch and my rates went up 300 percent for three years on everything I drive. That taught me that the tickets are cheap but the insurance is outrageous.

However, went the GT makes me do it, IT IS ALL GRIF FAULT, HONEST OFFICER IT IS!

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