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Y’all know how I worry about the city carrying too much CTO on the books for me? And how CTO is viewed as an unfunded liability by the finance director? He got fired…uh, I mean, asked to “retire” early the other day, BTW. But, be that as it may, because I’m such a conscientious employee, I took some time off work again today. I needed (yeah, needed) to get some miles on the GT, and today looked to be the only day without rain for the next few.

I rode up 128 to Colverdale, and grabbed a burger at the Hamburger Ranch. Okay food, but a cool RTE destination. I continued up 101 intending to go as far as 20, and take that east to Lake Co. But I ran into the south edge of a weather system that looked like it would only get heavier as I continued north. It also felt cold enough to possibly snow, so I turned east a bit sooner, and took 175 to Lakeport instead. Then down to Middletown. There was already some snow on the peaks around Clearlake, and along the road going towards Middletown. From there I returned to Napa Co. (and clear skies) via Butts Canyon, and played in my own backyard of Napa County roads: Berryessa-Knoxville, Chiles-Pope Valley, Sage Canyon, and Silverado Trail.

Last week Kay and I test rode the 1200 RT, as well as the GT. If I was in the market for one all purpose sport-touring ride, it would be the new RT, no question. But, I had no intention of trading my 1150 RT; and the jump from the 1150 to the 1200 RT wasn’t great enough, for me, to justify the cost. Again, I stress for me. A different rider may come to a different conclusion.

Now, the GT -– that’s an animal of a different color; a different horse. (It’s my story, I’ll mix my metaphors if I wish). When I test rode the GT I knew I was hooked on that smooth in-line 4 power. It was a done deal in my mind.

Pending modifications: I knew from speaking to others, and reading posts about the GT, that the pegs were higher, and farther back than, say, the RT. And the others were correct, the pegs are up and back. I think this placement will be fine when I’m sport-touring. But for sport-touring, I’ll be investing in the peg lowering kit.

I had also read that others complained greatly about the stock seat. Although I only did a couple hundred miles today, the stock seat wasn’t too bad. I do have a call into Rick Mayer for an appointment, and the seat will be replaced, but it’ll be okay for now.

amarider said:
Sweeeeeeeeeet! The proper color.
Now what did you get on it?
John, to answer your question from the other thread: GPS, Xenon headlight, Heli-Bar bar backs, and 49-liter top case (for when Kay rides). It does not have the ESA. I though about it for a bit, and decided I wouldn’t miss what I never had before, and I could save a few bucks. (Okay, a few hundred bucks).

Anyway, here’s a couple pics from today.

Alexander Valley


Lake Co. Hard to see, but there's snow on the hill tops. I came across more farther on.
 

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Thanks for the report Tom, and enjoy the new ride.................

That poor blue horse of yours may never see the light of day.;)
 

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Right on Tom!!! How do you like the new GPS??
 

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Right on Tom!!! How do you like the new GPS??
Still working with it. I don't like the map not orientated north, but there is probably a setting to change that. Just haven’t found it yet. The 3D graphics and route instructions are cool.
 

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tlash said:
Still working with it. I don't like the map not orientated north, but there is probably a setting to change that. Just haven’t found it yet. The 3D graphics and route instructions are cool.
There is a setting for that...
 

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Nice ride

hey tlash

thanks for the pic's
looks like a great ride
(still snow here in indiana )

does CA use paper tags on ur new bike ?

fyi I noticed in the first pic you had none........
thought you would rather hear it from me than an LEO

later dude
 

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Ridesalot said:
hey tlash

thanks for the pic's
looks like a great ride
(still snow here in indiana )

does CA use paper tags on ur new bike ?

fyi I noticed in the first pic you had none........
thought you would rather hear it from me than an LEO

later dude
No Paper tags need to be displayed here in CA. Tom is an LEO BTW...
 

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Congrats Tom, I came really close to picking the GT. There was one sitting next to my RT at the Dealer. I chose not to ride it and save the frustration of what to buy. I did sit on it. I am really happy I went for the RT. 2K miles on it so far and no regrets.
Enjoy!
 

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tlash said:
wheww, that's a load off my mind.
...and I should also remind you to keep your speed down LOL:p;):D
 

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That's what i get

for reading with no comprehension

that Evelyn Evelyn speed reading course has me messed up again...


thanks for the pics
SNOW sucks...
 
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