Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Re: Topcase for GT
My wife and I rode the 1600GT today around the Cotter Loop for about an hour and a quarter (those in Canberra know it) some climbing and descending corners, chance to open up a bit along the Cotter road, managed some slow speed 360 degree turns left and right in a car park, and back along suburban streets and through the shopping centre. The wind was quite strong and even having to lean into the wind to maintain a straight line on a long exposed straight stretch, the bike was extremely well behaved. Co pilot was impressed with the smoothness and handling, thought the seat was good, had sufficient room, was taken with the colour (red), and thought the mirrors were excellent.
The screen seemed to be effective at about 50% height but the wind made it hard to judge how it affected the pillion seat.
I found the gearbox a bit tight (but no BMW clunk) and it was a hit and miss result to upshift without the clutch - the bike only had 400km on it.
We rode the 1200GT to and from the dealership and it gave a good comparison - particularly on the trip home. We both found getting back on the 1200 felt cramped and, as sweet as the 4 is, it was no contest against the 6.
To the purpose of the post, I tried the 49ltr top box from the 1200 and it fitted on the 1600 rack but it was not quite as snug as it should be. I was not confident to take the test ride with the top box because of the little bit of free play . ( A few rubber shims or large rubber washers might do trick). The top box originally came off a 1200RT so that might be the issue. Even to rekey the lock and colour match the top is significantly less than the OEM top case.
Born Again Middle aged BIker