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I currently have a R1200GS Adventure which I have owned for nearly a year. Prior to that I had a R1200GS which I bought new in 2005 and sold this summer after almost eight happy years of ownership with minimal issues during the time I owned it. The GSA has been great fun but I went to the French Alps at the end of June and my wife rode her bike on tour for the first time instead of sitting on the back and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The trip got me thinking about the need for a bike as capable two up as the GSA as I also have a K1600GT which SWMBO has pronounced as the most comfy bike she has ridden pillion on an a rear seat she describes as "my seat". She will do more tours abroad on her own bike but if she wants to enjoy the scenery then we will take the K1600.
So I have been taking a few of the adventure bikes out for test rides over the last month. So far I have ridden the F800GS Adventure, Triumph Tiger Explorer, Yamaha XTZ1200, KTM 1190 Adventure, Ducati Multistrada and finally the CT.
I have ruled out the F800GS (I found it too cramped and while it pulled well for an 800 I prefer the heft of a bigger engine) and the Tiger (ergos didn't suit me and also previous dealings with Triumphs factory warranty department that left a bad taste in the mouth).
To be honest nothing has really stood out and given me the wow factor. The KTM was wickedly fast, handled well and has good ergos but the heat from the rear cylinder was oppressive. The Multistrada had good ergos, went like a scalded cat, handled well but the service costs are rather high (£750 for the 15000 mile service
). The Super Ten and CT were both pleasant surprises and very competent bikes, with the grunt of the CT and lack of vibes being particularly impressive.
Other factors do come into play of course. The service intervals on the CT are good at every 8k (only the KTM beats that at 9k) and I understand you can buy a service package in advance for £575 that covers the 600, 8k, 16k and 24k services which is very good value indeed. The service intervals on the Yam are every 6k with a valve check at 24k.
I have not had a proper ride on the new watercooled GS yet and I know the service intervals are every 6k but the service requirements compared to the older boxers are less thanks to the unit construction engine (no alternator drive belt to change and 12k valve checks instead of every 6k and no gearbox oil change every 12k) and of course the Adventure version is nearly with us.
So how are those who have a CT finding it? I have seen threads relating to heated grip problems and rear shocks being replaced due to seized preload adjusters but have any other issues raised their ugly head?
How have you found the tank range? I am used to going well over 300 miles per tank on the GSA and the K1600 can easily manage 250 per tank even when pushed.
How do you find seat comfort? I was starting to get a numb bum after 30 minutes so has anyone else had the same problem and found a solution?
I noticed a long thread on screens which I need to read but what about alternatives to the Honda panniers? For day to day use I have a Givi E55 top box but I will need more room when I go touring so has anyone tried other panniers?
Sorry for going on and asking so much but all help will be gratefully received.