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Thread: My first ride on a GTL

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    P Monk
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Orange, Texas

    My first ride on a GTL

    I was out squashing bugs on my 90/6 today and went to see a friend who has a new GTL. He wanted me to ride it, I didn't want to hurt his feelings so I obliged him. My first impression is that this seems much higher quality and much more compact, and much less clunky than my ex Goldwing. It's ride is absolutely smooth, much like my GS. Handling is effortless. I felt like I was doing about 50 on a curvy road, when I looked down I was doing more than 70! This thing could really collect tickets.

    Some folks say it isn't a touring bike like a Goldwing or an LT. I have owned both and I couldn't disagree more. If your idea of a touring bike is riding behind a barn door size windshield with your feet so forward you are forced to install a backrest to be comfortable, you might not like the GTL. If your idea of a great touring bike is one that rides ultra smooth, and that you can look over the windshield, and that doesn't require a backrest, this may be the ultimate tourer (except for my GS of course).

    The only thing I saw that needs improving is the seat. It felt a little low and the seat was a little too narrow, but my butt is accustomed to Russel daylong saddles on my GS and /6.
    P. Monk
    74 R90/6 (the Black Hole) Harvey couldn't kill it. . 09 R1200 GS, drowned in Harvey replaced by 2011 R1200RT. Wife, 1953 model survived aplastic anemia and a bone marrow transplant.

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    Apr 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by dpmonk View Post
    The only thing I saw that needs improving is the seat. It felt a little low .
    I second that remark! The GT seat is higher and provides a better relation between butt position and footpegs

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