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Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:02 am
by supergt
Hi all, finally pulled the trigger on a 2017 grey SDGT after looking at several other bikes, still breaking it in but love it so far. Doing some typical mods, lights, horn, crash bars, pan guard, windscreen, etc. Haven't seen any GT's in my travels yet but will keep an eye out.
Rubber side down. :D

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:03 am
by DaveNZ
Congrats on your new purchase, just in time for your summer riding season, enjoy the torque.

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:13 pm
by SuperDukeGT
Welcome to the forum. Obviously I own a GT and I live in Nanaimo. The forum is a good site to gain inside information on these bikes; however, not all of your questions can be answered here so if you want some information regarding upgrades or retrofits, feel free to ask me. A lot of the work I did on my bike, I learned through the school of hard knocks; even the dealers mechanics were at a loss in many cases. I don't have all the answers but I have modified my bike probably more than others. In example, lights, seats, Rottweiler performance parts, windscreen, carbon fibre parts, radar, panniers, exhaust, PCV, auto igntion module, sprocket, catalytic converter delete, oil filter, air filter, fuel mapping, tail tidy, LED signal lights, etc. I think I am petty much done as I spent this past winter tearing it down and modifying the bike to my specs.

My experience has been that you won't encounter many of these bikes on the road, at least not on Vancouver Island (may be different on the lower mainland with a higher population). In fact, in the past two years, I have yet to encounter another GT. These bikes are expensive and out of range for a lot of guys. Retrofit parts to the bike and the price gains even more altitude! There is also quite a bit of competition (other brands) in this niche market and BMW, Ducati, Yamaha, etc. are more well known for sport touring bikes than KTM which, until recently, has been more aligned with dirt bikes.

Best of luck with your new bike. Bryan

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:48 am
by Aussie Dave
G'day SuperGT....... from Downunder (Aus).

Welcome to the forum and enjoy tricking that weapon up with bling.

When you look around at the competition, all the bikes in this category have become very pricey. Others have very small fuel tanks/ low horsepower/ no panniers/ massive weight etc etc... and might be cheaper, but can't do what a GT does so easily :D.

The GT has light weight, bulk power, great fuel range - and slim fitting but weird shaped side cases... so it can be your sports bike and your touring bike...... just fit the hand guards and maybe a taller/tinted screen.. 8-)

I'd suggest asking the dealer to delete the 'low tyre pressure warning' (but keep the TPMS system active) so when you decide to run lower pressures than KTM's recommended 36-40psi.... you won't be distracted mid corner with a sudden 'WARNING' message.. ;).

Cheers

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:01 am
by Newbusa
SuperDukeGT wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Welcome to the forum. Obviously I own a GT and I live in Nanaimo. The forum is a good site to gain inside information on these bikes; however, not all of your questions can be answered here so if you want some information regarding upgrades or retrofits, feel free to ask me. A lot of the work I did on my bike, I learned through the school of hard knocks; even the dealers mechanics were at a loss in many cases. I don't have all the answers but I have modified my bike probably more than others. In example, lights, seats, Rottweiler performance parts, windscreen, carbon fibre parts, radar, panniers, exhaust, PCV, auto igntion module, sprocket, catalytic converter delete, oil filter, air filter, fuel mapping, tail tidy, LED signal lights, etc. I think I am petty much done as I spent this past winter tearing it down and modifying the bike to my specs.

My experience has been that you won't encounter many of these bikes on the road, at least not on Vancouver Island (may be different on the lower mainland with a higher population). In fact, in the past two years, I have yet to encounter another GT. These bikes are expensive and out of range for a lot of guys. Retrofit parts to the bike and the price gains even more altitude! There is also quite a bit of competition (other brands) in this niche market and BMW, Ducati, Yamaha, etc. are more well known for sport touring bikes than KTM which, until recently, has been more aligned with dirt bikes.

Best of luck with your new bike. Bryan
Really yet to encounter another GT on the Island? :mrgreen: I have one very modded just up in Qualicum, good friend of mine in Port Alberni has one modded as well and I've seen at least one more locally :mrgreen:

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:24 am
by SuperDukeGT
There you go! three of us on the island! Probably more Ferrari's and Lambo's on the island than our GT's and I may encounter one of those every other year or so despite the fact that one of my neighbours down the street owns both!

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:04 am
by Newbusa
Maybe 4 in area, I met a younger guy at Mile Zero last year on one with a Remus muffler. So unless your that guy then that makes 4 :mrgreen:

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:02 am
by Newbusa
We should have a Island meetup one of these days, and we all could discuss what mods we have and how well they work. :mrgreen:

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:03 am
by kevxtx
Welcome mate.

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:46 pm
by supergt
SuperDukeGT wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:13 pm
Welcome to the forum. Obviously I own a GT and I live in Nanaimo. The forum is a good site to gain inside information on these bikes; however, not all of your questions can be answered here so if you want some information regarding upgrades or retrofits, feel free to ask me. A lot of the work I did on my bike, I learned through the school of hard knocks; even the dealers mechanics were at a loss in many cases. I don't have all the answers but I have modified my bike probably more than others. In example, lights, seats, Rottweiler performance parts, windscreen, carbon fibre parts, radar, panniers, exhaust, PCV, auto igntion module, sprocket, catalytic converter delete, oil filter, air filter, fuel mapping, tail tidy, LED signal lights, etc. I think I am petty much done as I spent this past winter tearing it down and modifying the bike to my specs.

My experience has been that you won't encounter many of these bikes on the road, at least not on Vancouver Island (may be different on the lower mainland with a higher population). In fact, in the past two years, I have yet to encounter another GT. These bikes are expensive and out of range for a lot of guys. Retrofit parts to the bike and the price gains even more altitude! There is also quite a bit of competition (other brands) in this niche market and BMW, Ducati, Yamaha, etc. are more well known for sport touring bikes than KTM which, until recently, has been more aligned with dirt bikes.

Best of luck with your new bike. Bryan
Thanks for the offer Bryan, I've only seen one GT up in Whistler a couple of summers ago and that's about it. Nice to know there are a few around.

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:47 am
by Newbusa
Yes, welcome to the site supergt, sorry for derailing your thread :?

Re: Hello from Vancouver, BC

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:40 pm
by mick shere
A very big welcome to you, welcome in :D