Desperately wanting a GT but.........

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Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:18 pm

I've just test riden the GT and loved it, apart from one issue. I'm 6' 2" tall which I don't think is exceptionally tall but found that whenever I was changing gear or using the back brake my legs and particularly my knees fouled the cut outs on the tank where your legs should fit, which was really annoying.

I wonder if the comfort seat which is half an inch higher will alter the angle of my legs enough or maybe the KTM rear sets which give adjustment to move the foot pegs back. However the rear sets are also higher which could mean cramped legs. I'm prepared to spend the money on the seat however if you add on another £459 for the rear sets I'm wary of adding more cost and then finding out it still doesn't suit me.

I really want this bike but also don't want to spend all that money on a bike that isn't comfortable.

Anyone experienced the same problem and found a solution please? HELP PLEASE.

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by SPL » Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:57 pm

The comfort seat if noticeably higher (the demo I tried had one fitted).

Ask the dealer to fit one so you can try it?

Otherwise take a look at the road-biased Super Adventure S (I changed my mind on the GT and went for one of these instead).

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by Scuba1290 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:15 pm

Email attack performance for rear sets, they have plenty of adjustment


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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by jhalfhide » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:21 pm

As above, you can get decent rear sets for less than the KTM ones.


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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by Eddie » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:20 pm

BDG wrote:I've just test riden the GT and loved it, apart from one issue. I'm 6' 2" tall which I don't think is exceptionally tall but found that whenever I was changing gear or using the back brake my legs and particularly my knees fouled the cut outs on the tank where your legs should fit, which was really annoying.
I'm about that height, ~34" inside leg. It was something I was initially concerned about before I got the bike, but I've never noticed it in real life.

I've adjusted the angle of the gear and brake levers, and the position of the pegs on them, to make it easier to get my big boots on them. I've also swapped the OE bar risers to their furthest forward position, so I'm leant more forward and spreading the weight on to my arms a bit.

I've done >600 miles in a day and still been ready for more.

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:46 pm

SPL wrote:The comfort seat if noticeably higher (the demo I tried had one fitted).

Ask the dealer to fit one so you can try it?

Otherwise take a look at the road-biased Super Adventure S (I changed my mind on the GT and went for one of these instead).
The 1290 Adventure S is my fall back option though I've just come from an 1190 Adventure S and I really fancy the GT

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:48 pm

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Thanks for the link, I've emailed them and got a very quick response so a better option than the KTM rear sets due to the adjustability

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:52 pm

Eddie wrote:
BDG wrote:I've just test riden the GT and loved it, apart from one issue. I'm 6' 2" tall which I don't think is exceptionally tall but found that whenever I was changing gear or using the back brake my legs and particularly my knees fouled the cut outs on the tank where your legs should fit, which was really annoying.
I'm about that height, ~34" inside leg. It was something I was initially concerned about before I got the bike, but I've never noticed it in real life.

I've adjusted the angle of the gear and brake levers, and the position of the pegs on them, to make it easier to get my big boots on them. I've also swapped the OE bar risers to their furthest forward position, so I'm leant more forward and spreading the weight on to my arms a bit.

I've done >600 miles in a day and still been ready for more.
Thanks to everyone, I really appreciate the feedback. Eddie, interesting your real life comments. I enjoy big mile days and have rattled off several 1,000 mile days over the years, normally overstaying in the south of France then coming home in one hit.

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Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by MR C » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:07 am

You will deffo need the comfort seat my ass starts to hurt after 300 on the stock seat and after a 650 mile day I felt destroyed.

I brought the Ktm rear sets after reading they lower the position only to find there's a typo error and they don't lower, dealer refunded .

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by Eddie » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:15 pm

MR C wrote:You will deffo need the comfort seat my ass starts to hurt after 300 on the stock seat and after a 650 mile day I felt destroyed.
I've found it to be one of the most comfortable bikes for long days that I've ever owned.

Either you haven't got enough padding on your arse, or you've got too much padding above it. :lol:

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by MR C » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:27 am

Eddie wrote:
MR C wrote:You will deffo need the comfort seat my ass starts to hurt after 300 on the stock seat and after a 650 mile day I felt destroyed.

Either you haven't got enough padding on your arse, lol:
I fit into this category [SMIRKING FACE]

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:58 am

Eddie wrote:
MR C wrote:You will deffo need the comfort seat my ass starts to hurt after 300 on the stock seat and after a 650 mile day I felt destroyed.
I've found it to be one of the most comfortable bikes for long days that I've ever owned.

Either you haven't got enough padding on your arse, or you've got too much padding above it. :lol:
I'm sure I've got too much padding, interesting it's one of the most comfortable bikes you've had and your on the large side like myself

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Post by DaveNZ » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:20 pm

I find the seat really comfortable, 300-400Ks plus no problem, a seat doesn't need to be soft, it needs to be the right shape, too soft, and you loose that seat of the pants road feel. i actually find the handle bar-seat-foot pegs perfect for me, I'm 78Kg and 6 foot, bike was made for me. i also find my multistrada great and comfortable, and its a different position again.............maybe I'm adaptable, no, I appreciate these manufactures making great bikes for us to ride, and mould my body to suit. :D
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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by Eddie » Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:42 pm

DaveNZ wrote:I find the seat really comfortable, 300-400Ks plus no problem, a seat doesn't need to be soft, it needs to be the right shape, too soft, and you loose that seat of the pants road feel. i actually find the handle bar-seat-foot pegs perfect for me, I'm 78Kg and 6 foot, bike was made for me. i also find my multistrada great and comfortable, and its a different position again.............maybe I'm adaptable, no, I appreciate these manufactures making great bikes for us to ride, and mould my body to suit. :D
My Multistrada wasn't bad, but the airflow from the screen was very turbulent.

The GT's screen seems to provide a little less protection, but it's just a direct blast, not so much turbulence, so it's easier to just lean into it and get a shift on.

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by DaveNZ » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:29 am

Eddie wrote:
DaveNZ wrote:I find the seat really comfortable, 300-400Ks plus no problem, a seat doesn't need to be soft, it needs to be the right shape, too soft, and you loose that seat of the pants road feel. i actually find the handle bar-seat-foot pegs perfect for me, I'm 78Kg and 6 foot, bike was made for me. i also find my multistrada great and comfortable, and its a different position again.............maybe I'm adaptable, no, I appreciate these manufactures making great bikes for us to ride, and mould my body to suit. :D
My Multistrada wasn't bad, but the airflow from the screen was very turbulent.

The GT's screen seems to provide a little less protection, but it's just a direct blast, not so much turbulence, so it's easier to just lean into it and get a shift on.
The Multistradas screens were junk, poor design, Turbulence was bad, i changed mine to a MRA screen. The GT screen seems ok, just a little protection, and no turbulence which is the key
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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:53 am

Eddie wrote:
BDG wrote:I've just test riden the GT and loved it, apart from one issue. I'm 6' 2" tall which I don't think is exceptionally tall but found that whenever I was changing gear or using the back brake my legs and particularly my knees fouled the cut outs on the tank where your legs should fit, which was really annoying.
I'm about that height, ~34" inside leg. It was something I was initially concerned about before I got the bike, but I've never noticed it in real life.

I've adjusted the angle of the gear and brake levers, and the position of the pegs on them, to make it easier to get my big boots on them. I've also swapped the OE bar risers to their furthest forward position, so I'm leant more forward and spreading the weight on to my arms a bit.

I've done >600 miles in a day and still been ready for more.
Well I've got the bike now but have been stuck with man flu, plus they've been salting the roads so the bike is tucked in the garage. I'll try what you've done with the foot pegs Eddie and if that doesn't work it's Attack rear sets next as the comfort seat hasn't helped the legroom issue

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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:00 am

Just reading the thread and thought.........are your boots the type with a cut out heel over the peg or are they the full flat footprint style? I have a worn hip and if I wear my Alpine Stars I get hip sore, whereas if I wear my BMW allrounder boots (not because I like BMW's but because they were on sale and are actually bloody great boots - Goretex n all.. ;) ), with the old fashioned style separate heel step......gets my foot down 'into' the peg better than the sports runner style of the Alpine Stars..... :?

Small changes made together, make a lot of difference..........either that or 'sit further back' on the nice flat seat.. :lol:

Hope you work out a solution....... :)
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Re: Desperately wanting a GT but.........

Post by BDG » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:08 pm

Hi Dave, good suggestion re the boots but I've tried 2 different pairs and the knee/tank interface problem still exists even with thin soled boots, higher seat and adjusting the brake and gear levers.

I love the bike, it's like a scalpel after the 1190 Adventure, but curse the tank cut outs so I must find a solution. Attack rear sets as they have lots of adjustability from the USA next I think.

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