The new CT has arrived, resplendent in the pearlescent white that I decided on
I picked it up last Thursday from Doble's and left them with my trusty GS Adventure, which they had already found a buyer for.
A few words about Doble's first. A pleasure to deal with, no bullsh#t, no false promises, just a professional dealer who gave me a great deal which meant it only cost me £600 to change from my GSA to the CT. The handover was nice and smooth and I just had to keep an eye on my wife as she wandered around the shop attempting to buy stuff for herself
I have done just over 100 miles on the bike now and the first impressions are very positive, with just a couple of observations to share. The engine...................well, what a beast. Smooth, tractable, powerful and very deceptive. It never sounds busy but you have to watch the speedo as it builds up speed so easily.
Gearbox is good for such a new bike with just the usual clunk going into first.
Steering is nice and positive and tracks very well. Still getting used to the suspension and I have just adjusted it using Veejays settings but yet to try it as it is rather damp today.
The throttle was very sensitive on the way home, much more so than the drive by wire on my K1600, but I did a CBT on Saturday and I am adjusting to it nicely.
Brakes feel nice and progressive.
The standard screen is not up to the job and the seat is an instrument of torture. I fitted a Givi Airflow screen today and I will be seeing what Viking Vinyl can do for me on the seat front.
I have also fitted Givi crashbars and a Leo Vince stainless silencer. Doble's had fitted a Givi topbox rack as part of the deal so my E55 fitted straight on. The final addition is a Pyramid Plastics fender extender. I also have the Givi quick release pannier brackets for the Givi V33 panniers but I don't need to put those on just yet.
One observation relates to the brake pipes. Are they just the usual rubber flexible hoses or stainless pipes with a rubber covering?
Photos will follow.