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First Trip report on GT

Just some ramblings about my first trip.
Was able to get in about 2200+ miles this past week on trip from St Pete to Pittsburgh, Pa and back. Had all kinds of weather from sunny hi 80"s to cold, windy and rainy in the WV mountains. On the return trip I hit some nasty winds coming across Florida and ran into a group of Harley riders on a ride. The 1600 appeared to be much more stable than the heavier HD's. Used the "RAIN" mode for some twisties. This bike handles superbly in the dirty air. BTW, I was riding solo. The electronics all worked as specified. The "Bluetooth" communication was excellent. I did make and receive phone calls while on the go. I know it's a no-no but I did it once going and twice on the return. When I started the trip I was averaging about 38.5mpg. Now I am averaging over 42mpg. I used Chevron exclusively on the return trip. Not sure what did what but I'll take the 42+. The lights are great in the hills of Pennsylvania. They give plenty of coverage.
One downside is I had constant pain in the right hand, wrist and even the shoulder. I wonder if the tension on the fly by wire throttle is set too high. I will talk to the dealer next week about it. I need to get ready for the Smokies this month.
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Nice to hear you are sorting out the new K1600, Don, and looking forward to future ride reports.

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Wished that work wasn't interfering with your availability for the fall get together. Maybe we'll be able to ride together in the spring.

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I have a GT as well and love it. Your comments regarding the pain in your right wrist and shoulder seems to be voiced by a few other owners where they complained that the bike pulls excessively to the left and you are unconsciously compensating by pushing to the right.

Take both hands off the handlebar and see how severe it is. Some people say it is very severe and others (like my bike) find it negligible.

Take a look on the K1600 forum and read through posts.
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I did read through those inputs.I have not done a good check with the hands off but I will. My thoughts are there probably are some bikes that tend to lean one way or another and that situation is probably minimized or aggravated by the loading and how we situate ourselves on the centerline. The pannier bags are the same ones I used on my 1300 and are packed the same. No problem there.I will remove the bags and give the "no hands" a try.
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I have a GT as well and love it. Your comments regarding the pain in your right wrist and shoulder seems to be voiced by a few other owners where they complained that the bike pulls excessively to the left and you are unconsciously compensating by pushing to the right.

Take both hands off the handlebar and see how severe it is. Some people say it is very severe and others (like my bike) find it negligible.

Take a look on the K1600 forum and read through posts.
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Nice, bright sunshiny day and I decided to dawn my battle gear and give the "hands off" test to my GT. I took all the bags off and placed the windscreen in the stowed position for the testing. Sure enough when I lift both hands at 30mph the bike feels like it is starting into a barrel roll hard left. After doing some more testing at 40mph I got brave and started influencing the lean with my body. If I placed my cheek/buttock off of the seat on the right side , hands off the grips, the bike will track straight. I can also rotate my right shoulder out into the wind to lessen the left lean. I then did a 180 and went back over the same roads and repeated the tests with the same results. I will talk to the dealer tomorrow and get some input form him.

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Just curious, what are your dimensions and how do you find the ergos? I am 6'3" , 230 lbs and considering a GT, but my '09 RT is so comfortable with lowered pegs, bar risers and Russell seat.

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I am 6' 3" and find that to be comfortable I am going to need a peg relo kit and a russell seat raised about an inch to give my legs the long distance comfort they will need on the GT.
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Just curious, what are your dimensions and how do you find the ergos? I am 6'3" , 230 lbs and considering a GT, but my '09 RT is so comfortable with lowered pegs, bar risers and Russell seat.
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Thread hijack.

Hi, Don. It was good seeing you at SMFR. Wish we'd had more time to talk about that new GT of yours!

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One downside is I had constant pain in the right hand, wrist and even the shoulder. I wonder if the tension on the fly by wire throttle is set too high. I will talk to the dealer next week about it. I need to get ready for the Smokies this month.
Don S
Had the same situation. Added a set of Grip Puppies to the small-diameter grips and problem solved.

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