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Offline HEN99

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Cross- Europe-Tourer
on: August 01, 2015, 06:48:06 PM
So having just completed my first ( with the good lady) Euro trip, what do I think of the CT as a long distance hack???Well …. as a newby I went prepared :-
Breakdown insurance ----Not needed  :046: ( No surprise there)
Top up oil ………………………Not needed-- ditto-----
Puncture repair kit…………Not needed .. was a little worried as the Bridgestones only had a few mm left -- but still have a few mm left  .. tyre pressures  checked  --- no change from a week ago !!!
waterproofs …………………..Not needed ( i know nothing to do with the bike - but hey )

Only thing I did to the bike was - to lower the Vario screen 25mm or so and fit it up with fuel - every 150 miles

OK really minor niggles-- The standard seat -- ok for 2 hours-then well, you want a break
The side stand - I really get worried about it - you have to park it on a firm- flat surface, loose stone- soil --No way
The fairing -- why no cubby hole/locker???
really ( really ) minor niggle ( well -- It is a tourer !!)  It has no power band ?/ It has no happy cruising speed ??? 80/90/100
I settled at 130/140 kph , but I would look down at the speedo  and sometimes it was going faster -you could not tell from the feel of the bike ( only the wind of course).
So to sum up -- Great bike , will tour with no effort - even fully loaded- but would not recommend NOT going off the hard stuff 2 up  :305:

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Offline Hartley

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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #1 on: August 01, 2015, 06:53:18 PM
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Pretty much my feelings on the CT as a tourer. Cubby hole would be useful, good point.

It just gets on with the job.

Oh and I can verify the bit about not leaving the hard stuff :005:


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Offline pete fairbairn

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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #2 on: August 01, 2015, 07:38:58 PM
I agree the side stand stability or lack of it worries me even more on DCT model. IT seems too light build for weight and angle it sits at.
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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #3 on: August 01, 2015, 07:44:45 PM
This bike is OK for long and short rides. Loaded with luggage or not. The only thing I hate is the "klack klack" from the drive shaft. Sometimes it drives me crazy after having crossed one or another big city!

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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #4 on: August 01, 2015, 08:50:12 PM
Add a Givi BigFoot to the side stand and it'll hold the bike even on grass a and loose gravel
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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #5 on: August 01, 2015, 09:07:04 PM
I have a Bigfoot and it does help but I think the main issue is the stand being a bit too short.


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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #6 on: August 01, 2015, 10:50:07 PM
Yup. I miss the 14ltrs of underseat storage of my gsx14.

I do not miss constant chain adjustment and daily lubing with no centrestand.

Or getting absolutely covered in bugs!

Or the constant clutch work in the tight twisties.

CT wins 3-1.  :305:

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Re: Cross- Europe-Tourer
Reply #7 on: August 01, 2015, 11:35:26 PM
*Originally Posted by andyrob [+]
..... and daily lubing with no centrestand
.....

Exactly what the wife says!
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