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Thylacine1
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Hi from Canberra

Post by Thylacine1 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:36 pm

Hi All, I have been following the goings on here from the shadows for a couple of weeks but I picked up my new GT last Monday and thought it time to emerge into the sunlight. The bike is great but I am annoyed at the delay in obtaining its panniers (ordered with the bike just on three weeks ago but not yet delivered because, according to the dealer, KTM won’t ship them until they have other goods coming up here as they are part of a sales promotion). Oh, and the pillion ergo seat hasn’t arrived either. Either the dealer is sodding me about or KTM is way behind Triumph in handling spares.
Anyway, clocked up my 1000km in the first 3 days and it is now ‘off the leash’ after today’s service; looking forward to it. The bike is replacing my well loved Tiger 800 XRT for weekly 300 - 400km runs, interstate trips and pillion duties. I clocked up 50000km on that in two years so it will be interesting to see how the GT fares.

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Re: Hi from Canberra

Post by AllanP » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:37 pm

Welcome Thylacene1 I hope you enjoy the new bike. This is a small group but there is a lot of experience and knowledge here and I've learned a lot from the other members. I've never been Canberra and I'd be interested to know what kind of roads you will be riding your new bike on, city, country, flat, hilly etc.

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Post by mick shere » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:06 pm

Welcome in :-) Looking forward to your long term reviews

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Post by Aussie Dave » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:18 pm

G'day from Brisbane.. :) Welcome to Orangeland ;) ...

Enjoy that Gt......but keep in mind (like waiting a couple more weeks for the cases) the best will come in good time. The cases come from KTM's Perth WA warehouse.....I think mine took about 4 weeks.

I fitted the Motech rear top rack that also fits the SD-R. It is a neat, snug fit (I only run a 34Ltr top box). The KTM Shad colour matched 40Ltr(?) top box has a special rack to allow a thick pillion back rest....which means it sits a long way out the back if that is a concern (see photos somewhere in here...)...and you'll probably wait ages and pay heaps for it. SW Motech appear to make the GT specific rack only to order.... :roll:

The suspension will feel like it is either way too soft or way too hard until you grind out about 3-5000kms, then you'll be finding settings that work well - I used comfort damping and rode around the bouncies until the shockie settled in and now I use 1+lgge spring and street damping as my touring setting.

Oh, yeah, you've probably read (fek me, Bananarby Joyce is banging on in the background :roll: ) about the gear ratio's.......it's not a major issue - the gearing is pretty good but 6th really is an open road overdrive that you will no doubt use out on the Monaro highway ;) - I just ride mine as a 5 speeder and it is returning 22K/Ltr on the motorway in 5th at 110kph......6th is only usable over 130klicks.

Cheers from the north.. :D
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Re: Hi from Canberra

Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:15 am

Cheers Thyla-ccinno...... at risk of info overload :roll: ........ just had to mention that the tyre pressures recommended by KTM are bullshit.......you've probably enough tar under the helm to work that out, but the sky won't fall in if you run with 34F 36R for solo workouts - but the ecu will pannick and flash up a 'low pressure' warning unless you go back to KTM and ask them to either kill the 'warning' (but retain the TPMS readings) or if they know how, reset the parameters to warn when pressures drop to say 32f 34r ;)

Whot colour did you go for?.......orange or matt orange? The matt orange/silver GT looks great with silver cases and the bright orange (like mine) is,... errr, very colourful with the orange cases... :lol:


PS Have a look in the "lets see the GT's" thread in this introduction header.......
Current delights...1290GT-2017, CBR1100XX-2005

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Re: Hi from Canberra

Post by Thylacine1 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:14 am

Thanks Aussie D, useful information. I was going to ask about suspension settings. As I weigh in at 62kg, I am finding them firm and wondered if the programmed preload and rebound settings can be changed.

Allan, the roads around this part of Australia are quite varied. I ride with a group that covers a lot of kms every week on back roads, 99% sealed but often rough, generally hilly and whenever we can find them, twisty. I also put in two or three interstate trips a year taking in the Snowy Mountains (yes it does) and some freeway work.

Update on the missing panniers, top box and ergo seat. After three weeks of the dealer telling me he didn’t know when the parts would arrive and in any case, that KTM would only ship the panniers with another consignment because they were part of a sales promotion ( I.e. included in the bike price) I emailed KTM here in Aus.and politely expressed my discontent. The response was swift. I received a phone call from KTM within 12 hours and the parts were airfreighted that day. It included orange (bright, Allan) panniers that the dealer had told me were not available. So bouquets to KTM from me; excellent service.

1300kms up now and very happy with the bike. GPS wired in, will fit panniers and top box when I return from family Christmas duties and then must work out the best way to fit my Tutoro chain Oiler. Merry Christmas all.

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Post by Aussie Dave » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:54 am

Glad to hear that's all sorted quicky.. :)

Hmmm, Tutoro chain oiler...... I was going too fit one too...... looked into it and there was the kit to the rear sprocket which was the recommended best way to oil the chain (apparently single sided oiler lubes whole roller)....but it looked like it could move about over bumps - so I procrastinated, as I usually do - and tried a tube of Motul chain grease in a big tube ( eg toothpaste) with a brush on the end - works for me, but the Tutoro chain oiler would be the best as it doesn't require cutting into the wiring loom or vacuum system.

Some have mounted the feed to the rear of the front sprocket which might make more mess but they say it works ok and it is secure. If I was doing your kms I'd be fitting the Tutoro system too ;)
Current delights...1290GT-2017, CBR1100XX-2005

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Re: Hi from Canberra

Post by Thylacine1 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:41 am

Aussie Dave, I used the Tutoro for 50,000kms on the Tiger, a great bit of kit. I think I wiped the chain clean with a rag twice in that time and and it was still in good shape when I sold it. Certainly when knocking out 1000km days you do not want to be stopping to lube the chain every 500km or so. Even dirt roads didn't phase it. The only downside was some splashing of oil onto the rear wheel, however, that is easier to remove than overspray from chain lube.
No, I am not sponsored by Tutoro.

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Re: Hi from Canberra

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:44 am

G'day from Bris-vegas...... :roll:

Just realised I didn't respond to your question about suspension settings......sorry......brain gone to mush in this humidity.....

62 kgs...... yeah, that's a lot less than my 80kgs (though I'm headed to 79 at long last.... :lol: ).

So the story from new with my GT was I used Comfort damping, on Solo spring, and just let that long travel rear float around before eventually moving up to 1+gear spring. When I had enough kms up (around 3-5000k's) I tried Street damping and that had become quite nice (unlike on day 1 - it was too hard).

Now with over 10,000kms I use Street damping as my default and go for Sport damping when either loaded with luggage or looking at some quick corners.......doesn't happen often.......our roads have crumbled to shite, and our drivers have adopted drunk Russian road rules.... :roll:

Maybe by now some clever suspension guru knows how to tweak the damping rates for lighter riders.

Ps hint - use Sport engine map.....it is actually nicer than Street map in traffic.

Oh, I've used Comfort damping a couple of times recently (just curious) and it was well behaved compared to the early days when everything was brand new and weird. Time and miles makes a big difference to the WP.
Current delights...1290GT-2017, CBR1100XX-2005

Prev loves...Capo1200TP-014, CBR11xx-002, 2xFZR1000genisis-94, FJ1200-89, FJ1100-84, XS1100P, VF1000F-83, CX500, VF750S, KZ1000J1-81, KZ1000ST-79, CB750F2-77, CB360T-74, CB175.. started it all in 1974 ;)

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