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GT IS LIGHTER - Former LT'ers Love It...

I was thinking today of how much I love my GT and then read about another "Dropper" amongst our LT brethren. I never dropped my LT, but sure came REALLY close a couple of times and it just about wasted my knees (which were already bad). How many of you really enjoyed losing the 200 +- lbs when you switched to the GT??? I sure did. Slow, tight turns and u-turns are no problem.

How about you...Are you loving the lighter GT???

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Re: GT IS LIGHTER - Former LT'ers Love It...

Sure did while I had it and now I love the lighter RT, would NEVER go back to an LT
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Re: GT IS LIGHTER - Former LT'ers Love It...

Yeppir, I'm digging it. But, the only reason I have it is Sandar the mag quit riding. There would be no way she would ride the back of the GT.

Not only do I love the weight loss, but the telepathic cornering, the motor and, ESPECIALLY ESA!!!!

I bet the new LT will have ESA. Just has to, it is too great.

Also, the bike is so much easier to work on.



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Sharon would see the way I prepared the LT for her to climb on board - separate my legs as far out as I could on the ground, lean slightly forward and grab the handlebars securely, tilt the LT slightly away from the side she would be getting on the bike, etc. - and she concluded (erroneously, I thought, at that time) that the LT was on the border of being too heavy for me. When I told her that the new GT was over 200 lbs. lighter than the LT, she said mebbe I should get one.

No way I'm gonna pass up that opportunity! I delight in the lighter weight of the GT every time I ride it, every time I push it backwards into its parked position in the garage, at every stop and u-turn. And while I never dropped the '02 LT in 39,000 miles (dropped the first '99 LT 3 times at 0 mph), I'm beginning to think ... mebbe the LT was getting a bit too heavy for me.

I LOVE the GT! And unlike Grif's sig. other, after a seat change to KonTour front and back, Sharon is quite comfortable as a passenger on the GT.

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Re: GT IS LIGHTER - Former LT'ers Love It...

Funny, there's a thread on K-Bikes now about guys complaining the GT is a bit top heavy, and that it needs some form of tip-over protection. Us ex-LT riders are just laughing . . .

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Funny, there's a thread on K-Bikes now about guys complaining the GT is a bit top heavy, and that it needs some form of tip-over protection. Us ex-LT riders are just laughing . . .

Yea Ken...you got that right! If a GT is top-heavy, then an LT is....well, I'm trying to be kind.

I did love the comfort of my LT, but the GT's weight is MUCH more manageable.

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Best move I've even made. SO likes it too, which is a bonus.
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Love the GT. I'm no longer afraid to pull off, park, buy gas,turn around in the middle of the road, etc. GT is wonderful. I'd never go back to the LT, though I did love the weather protection. I don't even think of anything like that anymore. I just ride and try hard to keep it somewhere close to the legal speed limit.

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I was thinking today of how much I love my GT and then read about another "Dropper" amongst our LT brethren. I never dropped my LT, but sure came REALLY close a couple of times and it just about wasted my knees (which were already bad). How many of you really enjoyed losing the 200 +- lbs when you switched to the GT??? I sure did. Slow, tight turns and u-turns are no problem.

How about you...Are you loving the lighter GT???
Yeah, the GT was a good choice, for me. Have to work hard to keep from "meeting" Mr CHP Officer every time I ride it!

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Hard to beat the LT for pounding out mile after mile on the highway. At least thatís what I used to think. Iím fairly new to the GT but for me it just runs circles around the LT. The GTís lighter, quicker, and the fun factor trumps any advantage the LT might have on the highway! Iím even starting to like the ďslabĒ styling.

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I couldn't agree more that the GT is right-sized for most rider's touring needs. I'm a big (6'2", 220#) guy and am tired of having topheavy bikes. After getting my GT a month ago and realizing what a delight to handle, I sold my beloved '06 R1150GS-Adv. It wanted to go over at every opportunity and I dropped it a dozen times, if once. It's not that I've never dropped other bikes, but nothing like with that topheavy GS. Life is too short to be constantly worrying about turns, parking spots and the like, for fear you're going to drop your bike.

There's nothing you can do with an LT that you can't with a GT. I used to have a GoldWing, so I can relate to an LT experience. I feel much more freedom with this gorgeous piece of machinery. Besides, as a techno-freak, the LT is ancient technology. The GT is state-of-the-art.

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With the changes I've made to my GT, it's about 90% as comfortable as my LT was. Too bad my wife hasn't been as lucky.

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Well, I never dropped either of my LTs - but I could have a couple of times. I don't miss the LT one bit.

Lighter is fine, but I got the GT for the engine - horsepower is good! Handling, ergonomics, etc all superior. The saddle is no more torturous than the LT.

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Dropped my LT twice. Both times it was sitting on the side stand idling. (Hey, the driveway is nearly flat!) Luckily, the tip over guard and mirror are cheap.

Once mama decided riding was no fun anymore, the LT was gone and the fun started over with the GT. This is a great bike, easy to ride what I use to tell the wife was triple "S"; Safely, Smoothly, and Swiftly.

It is amazing how many miles you can cover in a day solo.
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Absolutely love the weight loss.

I do a lot of in town (small towns) driving, some in big cities, and the GT just goes where I want to go. No longer do I worry about a turn being too tight, making u-turns, etc. I just look where I want to go, and I'm there.

My LT was never dropped, but I did come close a few times, and that was scary. So far, have not dropped my GT, but did come close (stupid moves on my part), but was easily able to recover, something I would have been unable to do on my LT.

The LT is a great bike, but for me, the GT is much more enjoyable.

I feel more confident (not cocky) on my GT than I ever did on the LT. I'm sure the weight factor is a prominent player, but more than anything, I think I simply found the "right" bike for me.
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With the changes I've made to my GT, it's about 90% as comfortable as my LT was.
Ken, I'd like to see your list. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on an '08 GT.

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Ken, I'd like to see your list. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on an '08 GT.
PULL THAT TRIGGER.

I tried to save my LT from going over and ended up having a back operation to remove the disc that blew out because of it. Sold the LT for a 12RT and although it was a nice ride I went back to a 4 cylinder with the 06GT. Love it and no regrets what so ever.

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I dropped my LT the first day on the way home, should have listened about those brakes a little closer. I felt it to be top heavy but after I was a rider coach the weight just seemed to go away?!

But then I saw the new GT !!! You can read about it in this months ON, first bike column.

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Ken, I'd like to see your list. I'm very close to pulling the trigger on an '08 GT.
Honestly, what I really want is a K1300RT. But since they dont make one, I've had to make do with a GT.

The day I brought the GT home it got a Cee Bailey windshield (since replaced with the AeroFlow/AeroGard setup), Helibar risers (since replaced with Suburban Machinery risers), and Verholen peg extenders (since removed). The second day it got a Rocky Mayer custom seat, and then much later a Bakup backrest. Now it's 90% as comfortable as the LT is, but a lot lighter and so much quicker.

Other additions have been adding electronics (Lowrance gps x2, V1 radar detector, Baehr intercom, iPod hookup) and setting it up for LD riding (Big Mak tank bag, Custom Tankbags rally book, Warm-n-Safe dual heated controller, PHID driving lights, Samson fuel cell, two 3-liter water jugs).

I've done countless 1,000-mile days on it, plus a few 1,500-mile days, including one rally that was 8,000 miles in 7 days.

My biggest complaint (besides the @#$%&! final drive) is that it goes through tires rather quickly. Imagine that.

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My biggest complaint (besides the @#$%&! final drive) is that it goes through tires rather quickly. Imagine that.
Thanks for the info. I am concerned about the DFD, too, but it's not going to stop me from riding. I am also looking at an '08 GS, and plan to ride both tomorrow afternoon. I'm not totally convinced that I'll give up my LT, but since Sweetpea rides her Burgie all the time I am free to get something lighter and solo oriented.

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I'm hoping the new FD will last a bit longer this time, but I have my doubts.

Hm, an excuse for more test riding, darn. Both the GT and GS are fine bikes, it just depends on which way you want to go.

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