Another ride impression
Rode the GTL today as well.
There are two options on these: Low Seat and High Seat. The dealer is using the low seat and rightfully so for a demo purposes. I'm 6' with a 30" inseam and the low seat was way low plus it was set in the lowest position. I think the good news here is this will cover a lot of shorter people who in the past couldn't ride for example two up on an LT.
I'd have to say the riding position was pretty darn close between the GTL and my RT. The GTL rider seat is set lower from the passenger seat in such a way that there is essentially a small back rest created from the passenger seat behind your waist. Super nice and great comfort for your back however one drawback might be that riding in high temperature gives you less air behind you since you tend to back up against it.
The bike is surprisingly narrow including the tank between your legs. No comparison to it's LT predecessor.
Shifting was ultra smooth and the bike handles great at low speed. Torque was awesome at low rpm or any gear and the bike accelerates like a rocket out of 2nd or 3rd. It will never run out of breath fully loaded or on an uphill climb at altitude.
As expected. ultra smooth will little vibration. These bikes will be terrific for long days in the saddle and running down the highway or any road. Surprisingly, it felt more nimble than my RT.
Anyone lucky enough to have one on order will be thrilled. Word is there will be less of these in the US than previously stated.
I wasn't able to test the audio and running through the electronic options on the fly proved almost overwhelming at least for a test ride with no pre-ride explanation of how and where everything works. Case in point I ended up activating the heated seat though was able to set it to sport suspension just for fun. Things like heated seats and grips are no long activated by a well positioned switch. Everything is on the "Menu" so will take some getting used to digging through categories. One other observation is the hand grips are skinnier than an RT. No experience here, but it would seem a wider grip would be more comfortable. ???
My guess is if you want to have audio of any kind you'll have to spend top dollar for the Shuberth helmet along with the propitiatory BMW bluetooth module that works in the helmet. I'd say $1,200 and that's just for one helmet set up.
The Navy Blue color is really rich and quite dark in color. So much so it starts looking black in the shade.
Last edited by RTRandy; 05-10-2011 at 02:19 AM.
view from the driver seat.