Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Kansas City (Parkville), MO, USA
Re: Is there at GT in our future?
Just got home from the dealership and had a good ride on the 1300. I did notice some hard shifting from 1-3, but 4-6 seems to shift very smooth. Power band is unbelievable! I did find the foot position on the lower gears very uncomfortable. It seemed like I had to really bend my foot forward to get under the shifter, almost to the point of discomfort. Is this just my big feet, or is there enough adjustment to allow for this to not be a problem? I sat on an 08 on the showroom floor and the shifter didn't seem to be as low as did the 09, but of course it is hard to tell without actually riding it.
I guess now the big question is how improved is the 09 compared to the 07? Dealer indicates they made some serious changes: "redid the transmission, different valves and cams, improved the rear end and many many more." I would hope so for the extra money. I guess my question is can how the 07 compares to the 09? Wife was not comfortable as dealer would not provide a trunk for the test ride. We ride 99% two-up and as she is used to the LT, she felt very uneasy but thought the seat wasn't that bad. I do think the stock seat for me would prove a challenge on long trips compared to the LT, so a custom seat might solve that problem.
To conclude, I am kind of on the fence as to whether the GT would work for us. It has the power to please, no doubt about that point, and according to the dealer, it is almost "maintenance free" compared to the LT. Guess I will have to make up my mind over the weekend before a final decision.
Thanks for all the input.
Gary & Mary Droege
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