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New member from Devon, UK

Post by R Williams » Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:44 pm

Hello all, retiree (73) from rainy Devon. Bought a 2016 GT last June with 916 miles on the cllock, mint condition too. Why the previous owner decided to sell, Ive no idea. When I eventually got to ride it ( I had to get over having a CABG in March, Aussie Dave springs to mind !), found the suspension horrible, but info from this site soon sorted it with the update. Perhaps this was why the previous chap didnt like it.
Anyway, good health to all and safe riding. Roger.

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by Carolina SDGT » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:06 am

My family hails from merry old England, the weather is probably why they left 100 years ago. Visiting over the years I’ve found the weather for a motorcyclist challenging to be sure. Welcome aboard, wishing you good health and many years of riding the GT.
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Post by R Williams » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:40 pm

Steve, many thanks for your reply. Unusually, we had a lovely summer last year !. Good health to you too. Regards, Roger

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by Aussie Dave » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:25 pm

Cheers R Williams from wet and wild Devon :) ....... it pretty wet here in Brisbane at the moment ;) .

Sorry I didn't spot your OP, but thanks to CarolinaGT you made it back to the top of the list......

You bought a GT to celebrate surviving your CABG, you must be feeling great! It took a while for me to get revving properly after mine, but I'm back into it again...... just in the process of changing mufflers for a nice sound and potentially taking a bold step with a de-cat...... (growing old disgracefully :lol:).

I put 16,000kms on my GT in 9 months last year, so I'm fully recovered. Now all I have to deal with is a rapidly deteriorating left hip joint..... I'm on the short list for hip replacement surgery..... still waiting....... but at least I can still ride the GT (even if walking to it is awkward :roll: ).

Congrats on your 73'ship and choice of weapon!
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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by DaveNZ » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:26 am

Wellcome Mr Williams, Beautiful summers day here, i did the forgotten highway today on the 790, and i stopped to take a pike of this sign, just for yous'e fulla's.
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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by R Williams » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:47 pm

Hello Aussie Dave and Dave NZ and all, thanks for the good wishes, but sorry to here about bad hips !. Always fancied a KTM, so what better time to think about one than when youve just been cut in half !!!!. Glad to hear by the way that things have got a little better in Australia.
Just about to fit a Booster Plug to the GT and shelter from the 100 MPH winds coming this way tomorrow. Cheers to all.

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by R Williams » Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:51 pm

Dave NZ, Ive just looked closer at the picture you included, they dont mince words do they !.

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by Aussie Dave » Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:19 pm

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G'day Roger.

I think you'll like the Booster Plug....... early days for me, but seems to work well - was hoping to get out today with my new MiVV can, for a ride but it's still raining ..... I tried the O2 dongles a couple of times and they we ok, but so far, I think the B/P is much better. Read pk1's post about where to place the temp probe - out the old carbon canister vent hole but not touching the frame, or in the under seat compartment so long as it's in free air/not touching anything that gets warm/hot is fine...... there's no where in front that is suitable.

I had an email message from the site admin, but don't see a private message...... I'm happy to talk about my CABG..... I posted the saga while I was in hospital/recovering at home, just so the other Dave in New Zealand could call me an 'invalid' :lol: ...... jjscx has also gone through the procedure and Rock (a much younger victim than us old farts)...... also, I was amazed by the number of casual comments I encountered while walking to get fitter, from others who had the procedure!

It seems we are not as unique as we might have thought :lol: .

I'm happy most of the fires are out now....... after 3000 houses and an area the size of the UK was burned to a crisp by the most ferocious, unstoppable fires we have ever seen...... we mourn the 1 billion estimated animals that have been destroyed and the air tanker crews that lost their lives...... still, we persist.....it's a big land mass (the size of the USA) so most are not directly affected..... but the hard working few that held the lines on the fire grounds can take some rest. Some 34 people were killed directly by the fires.

The Murdoch/NewsCorp/Sky/Fox networks seem to have been spreading a lot of fake news about arsonists and lack of back burning/fuel reduction...... this is all BS...... these fires were burning in forrests that have never burned before..... everything was so dry, the tree canopies were exploding and sending balls of flames up to 15kms ahead and starting spot fires well ahead of the fire front...... easy to get trapped with no way out for RFS teams in trucks.......fire tornado's and cyclonic downdrafts that flipped at least one 8tonne truck..... bloody scary stuff ;).
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Post by R Williams » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:35 am

Hello Aussie Dave, Im glad to hear its raining still !. Cant comprehend what the fires must have been like and the loss of life. Have a cousin in Oz who said they had their box of family photos at the ready in case they had to escape the fires. Nature at its worst.
Yes, I emailed you about the "op" just out of interest really, but Ive now realised how common it is !.We are so lucky these days with the medical facilities available, poor sods 60 odd years ago never stood a chance. What shocked me though having to have the op in the first place, was that I thought I lived pretty healthily, never overweight, ate properly, dont drink or smoke, walked miles, physical job, blah blah blah !. ( never looked at other women either ) !!!!. Parents and bad luck I think.
The place you put your Booster plug looks perfect, that will do me too .
I bought my GT on impulse , hadnt test ridden one and at the time hadnt the strength to ride it either, but bloody hell , Ive come to realise how fantastic it is . Hurry up spring weather !.
Regards, Roger.

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Post by Aussie Dave » Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:46 pm

Good on you Roger,

There's a trick you may not have read about...... the GT can turn the rear tyre if you disable the traction control.... in fact some owners have crashed even with the TC on..... I think they were caught out with a combination of high tyre pressures on a light bike, tall oem gearing, a quick shifter, and an unfamiliar/sharpish RBW throttle.

I don't think the throttle is too sharp (I like mine), but some guys may only be used to slower carby throttles, so be careful on wet or slippery roads until you are sure..... though the booster Plug will smooth the throttle anyway.

I have run with 34psiF and 36psiR from the first week of ownership..... got 15,000km tyre life from the Angel GT's, been on Michelin PR5's since June 2019 and at 13,000kms there's a lot of tread left to easily make the same or better mileage- I'll probably just get new rubber at the 30k km major service anyway regardless of what's left on the tyre. New tyres always feel so much better than worn tyres :lol: .

I asked the dealer to disable my tyre pressure 'warnings' (but kept the TPMS monitoring function so I could check pressures on the fly) as they were distracting me in corners..... KTM must be frightened of litigation so they cover their butts legally by recommending 36F 42R...... they probably know 99% of riders won't use that unless they ride 2up fully loaded all the time.

I also didn't expect any heart issues, although I knew I had hereditary cholesterol issues I was on treatment for that since 20yo. I thought I was fit enough(Tennis, Squash, aerobics, weights, running, swimming etc), with a healthy diet, never smoked, only drank light beer socially, but the wheels still fell off at 60yo!

I remember reading a phamplet in a hospital brochure while recovering post op..... it said the three main factors in heart disease were.... 1- being male, 2- being over 55yo, and 3- family history...... so that fitted me to a T.

Like you said..... I'd have had no chance just a few decades ago!

I had a shower yesterday after hammering out my reply to your email, then while 1 was getting dressed for a short ride....... you guessed it, dark sky, rain...... :lol: .

I was watching a current affair show on TV last night, and they were getting stuck into one of our federal govt stars...... the current govt had ignored an expert submission recommending to urgently buy more large aerial fire fighting tankers, for 2 years, just because they were hell bent on creating a budget surplus to look good to their voter base.

We own only 1 large air tanker, but lease another 7 (well, the C130 crashed so make that now 6). The report recommended buying many more as fires are now too fast and big for traditional ground attack strategies. We also need them earlier in the fire season at the same time as the northern hemisphere are fighting fires, so there is competing demand for limited air tanker assets.

The govt rep was embarrassed and I was glad to see the panel weren't letting him off the hook at all ;) .

Rain is good.... now we have flooding....... and this is what happens after only 1C rise in global average temp...... imagine what +4C might cause!

On that happy thought...... have a great day mate :)
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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by DaveNZ » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:55 am

^^^Its a tough one this i call it "Global weather change" Australia exports over a billion tons of coal every 2 years, and is your biggest earning single export item. Can't have it both ways unfotunatly. But the big polluters are China and the USA. And they denounce climate change. We are seeing virtually the whole of NZ north island in drought, and top 2/3s of the South island, and recently had a record rainfall and flooding in Milford Sound area. The planet is a changing and fast. Back to bikes, i took the 790 out for a 240km ride Saturday and the GT for a 200 km main road yesterday for a Lamb burger (beautiful)
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Post by R Williams » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:48 pm

Hello Aussie Dave and all, looks like there are crap governments everywhere !!. Amazing you are now having floods too.
Thanks for the info on the GT. Regarding the TPressures, I use 33 and 38, gleaned from this forum !. Mines only done 3000 miles, so still on the original tyres.
One of the things I remember most whilst in the recovery ward after the Op, came when chatting to a nurse, and happened to remark that before I ended up in hospital, I had not a clue what a catheter was used for, at which she remarked " I bet you do now " LOL. :oops:
Regards, Roger.

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Post by Aussie Dave » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:30 pm

G'day DaveNZ..... hope you have been enjoying the wet weather caused by cyclone izzy/whizzy/wazzy/ossie whatever :lol: :lol: ...... it's breaking up so we might have a fine day up here in Brisbane. Lord howe Is copped a flogging though, and the system is now heading for the south coast of NSW.

At least all the fires are out, or very much under control..... what a summer!..... the big southern fires have been ongoing since November, but we had nasty fires in Qld in September-December..... now floods :roll: .

This morning's real news (ABC breakfast news) advised over 5.4 million hectares were burn't nation wide, and the big Sydney fires (Gospers Mt and the one to the south) took out 500,000 hectares each.

Last night's news showed one of our best local riding haunts in flood (Mt Tamborine-Gold Coast region).... guess it'll be a while before we can ride those roads.

The greenery will grow fast now, hopefully sucking up plenty of CO2 to compensate for the pollution caused by the fires. At least our fires were started naturally (climate induced lightning strikes on super dry forests), not by deliberate vandalism like in Brazil where El Rancho's are burning forests for cattle production (or palm oil BS)....... just what we need, more heart disease from fatty animal products (or snake oil remedies)..... have we learned anything in the last 100 years? :roll:

PS Cheers Roger.... looks like quite a few nations have mishandled the Corona Virus emergency, so hospitals could be a good place to stay away from for a while. :shock: .
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Post by jjscsix » Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:44 am

Just to be clear about the U.S. denouncing climate change. It's really only one person. Yes, I get that he is the boss right now. But we do have term limits. If we could just get a short lived recession to start in late summer, it could be just one term.
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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by DaveNZ » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:45 am

jjscsix wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:44 am
Just to be clear about the U.S. denouncing climate change. It's really only one person. Yes, I get that he is the boss right now. But we do have term limits. If we could just get a short lived recession to start in late summer, it could be just one term.
I had my fingers crossed for impeachment, but the cards were stacked in the orange stains favour. The f##k no witnesses aloud in a trial. Any way, theres always cancer or an aorta explosion, fingers crossed. :D.......................Hey Aussie Dave, we are in the grip of a drought, 2/3rds of the country are having record breaking drought, who would have thought, NZ in the grip of a draught. Been getting shit loads of fishing and riding in, every day is 23-25C sunny no cloud and no wind, very un-west coast weather. Man I've been catching lots of fish. But on next monday my holidays are over and I'm going to start back at work. :| Took the wife out yesterday, she caught Gurnard 2 at a time, the sea is full of fish at the mo.
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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by mick shere » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:46 pm

Another KTM in Devon!!!! Thought mine was the only one ;-)
Did you get yours from SP on Marsh Barton?

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Post by R Williams » Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:32 pm

Hello Mick, no, bought it from a bloke in Totnes. A couple of months later, he told me that if I didnt like the bike, he would buy it back !!!.
I had the free software update done at SP, seems a good place to go.
Regards, Roger.

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by Aussie Dave » Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:36 am

jjscsix wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:44 am
Just to be clear about the U.S. denouncing climate change. It's really only one person. Yes, I get that he is the boss right now. But we do have term limits. If we could just get a short lived recession to start in late summer, it could be just one term.

Errrr we have to accept some blame..... Rupert Murdoch is an Aussie export who owns the Newscorp-Fox empire, responsible for more fake news helping fuel the juggernaught Trumpmobile ...... For this I am sorry.

Thankfully his son (and heir) seems to have more of a conscience so maybe all will change as soon as he succeeds the old man.....if we can survive until the old guy passes over to the dark side.

Thinking Aussies feel your pain...... it's become another version of BS 'Reality TV'..... except it's for real :twisted: :twisted:

PS Hey DaveNZ.... NZ in drought :o ...... pull the other one!........ you just had a big cyclone drift slowly over the Tasman - didn't push any rain onto your landmass eh...... sure wet our feet over here!
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Post by mick shere » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:48 pm

Yep I like SP, been going there for years so I was really pleased when the took on the KTM dealership... They spent over £800 on the battery charger they put the bikes on for the software updates to ensure the voltage stays stable during the process.
I think that shows commitment :-)

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Re: New member from Devon, UK

Post by DaveNZ » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:36 pm

Aussie Dave wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:36 am


PS Hey DaveNZ.... NZ in drought :o ...... pull the other one!........ you just had a big cyclone drift slowly over the Tasman - didn't push any rain onto your landmass eh...... sure wet our feet over here!
Most of the north island and the top 2/3rd of the south island haven't had any significant rain since before christmas. Today its cloudy, northerly breeze but very warm, got a few large drops of rain, we need rain badly, my water tank is down to half, so we ok for now, but thousands have dry tanks and are on a waiting lists for water deliveries. If the country doesn't get wide spread rain soon, we will break all drought records. We never got any of that rain that hit you guys.
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