I am new member on here and I was beginning to think I was the only Crosstourer rider in Europe. I have never seen another one on the road!
Just taken delivery of my latest CT which is the limited edition model with a standard manual gearbox. Grantham Honda managed to get me one made. Readers might be interested in what I have done on and to the CT. Last year rode 4.5K miles through Eastern Europe around Bosnia Croatia etc. Due to go back again in June 2013 (Montenegro and Albania). My first CT (just replaced, a deal I could not resist) averaged just over 42mpg, never used any oil and performed faultlessly. As I hate the standard CT luggage I avoided the SE model. This this year I purchased aluminium panniers and just had them fitted. Big mistake, they look vile. Now going back to my Gvi V35's. A bit small and side opening but they look really good and allow me to filter without catching the panniers. I have also added Datatool heated grips (£62) which are not unlike the expensive Honda items and much nicer than the Oxford brand. Givi crash bars, which I am really pleased with, a replacement MRA adjustable screen and a main stand. Off to Wales tomorrow for my first proper ride on this one.
I have owned a number of BMW GS and GSA's. Never had any problems but always expected to break down and the finish was crap on the three bikes I owned. All things considered I am really enjoying the CT, just wish they had a bigger tank like the GSA as I do get about a bit and finding fuel can sometimes be difficult.