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    Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    on: Sep 18, 2021, 09.10 pm
    Sep 18, 2021, 09.10 pm
    Hi all. Thanks for letting me join.

    I'm originally from South Africa and been in the UK for 11years. Been riding motorcycles since high school and loved touring usually doing a few small trips a year, nowadays mostly commuting as the joints and bones get older!

    I'm about to push the button on a 2019 CT with 16K on the clock. Really looking forward to getting the bike.

    I do mostly commuting around 14k a year. I have had a couple of BMW GS in the past with my current one proving to be too unreliable.  I do feel like it's time for a change and hope the CT will be much more reliable than my last GS.

    From what I've heard and read, the CT is super reliable although thirsty and not too expensive too service. I like that fact that there is not too much gadgetry that could go wrong.

    I have attached a picture of the bike I may be picking up this week, not the cleanest as it looks like it was used all year round, I will be doing the same.

    I will have lots more questions!

    Cheers
    Frankie




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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #1 on: Sep 18, 2021, 11.56 pm
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    Hello, and welcome!

    On the reliability front I have had no issues, mechanically, in the 6 years I have had mine, BUT maybe check out the threads in the suspension/forks/etc subforum for issues several of us have had with the chrome quality of the forks, and subsequent pitting. I would definitely recommend putting on some (ugly) fork socks.

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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #2 on: Sep 19, 2021, 08.50 am
    Sep 19, 2021, 08.50 am
    Welcome to the forum.
    For me, the CTs thirst for fuel is a strange phenomenon. Economy seems to suffer in an urban environment, but out on fast roads and cruising at higher speeds, the economy is as good or better than comparable bikes I've owned. I get about 50mpg in touring type situations, but see that drop to about 45mpg with town riding. The DCT transmission is definitely the selling point with this bike. 
    Last Edit: Sep 19, 2021, 08.52 am by Pickaxe
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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #3 on: Sep 19, 2021, 01.50 pm
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    Yep, I agree with Pickaxe on the fuel consumption, and I have had absolute reliability from my 2015 Highlander dct over 28k miles.

    I have no experience of the GS but I think your choice of a CT will please you. Let us know on here how you go on .
    Just love my HONDA dct, and my manual TDM900.

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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #4 on: Sep 20, 2021, 04.05 am
    Sep 20, 2021, 04.05 am
    Hi TCT and welcome

    I have owned my second hand 1200X ( non DCT version - never sold in Australia) for the last 6 months and can honestly say it is a pleasure to ride and super reliable, mine had only approx 20k on the clock and it really has only been just broken in.   I have done a few 600 - 700 km round trips and can say on the highway it just goes and goes and goes with about 300km to the tank.

    Hope the new bike goes well

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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #5 on: Sep 20, 2021, 09.10 pm
    Sep 20, 2021, 09.10 pm
    Thanks for the replies. Good to hear so many good things about the bike. I have paid a deposit and am picking up the bike this Friday. Very excited!

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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #6 on: Sep 21, 2021, 08.05 am
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    If I'm using either of my bikes for the urban run to work, I lose about 20 - 30 miles 0ff my tank range.
    Easily explained with the BIRD, it's on choke and hardly warms up. The Tourer probably within the ECU does the same,
    so short runs, cold engines drink more,
    Then the urban commute has a lot more stop starts so again that big heavy lump will take more fuel to get it moving.

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    Re: Newbie intro - TheCrossTourer
    Reply #7 on: Nov 28, 2021, 08.03 am
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    Welcome! I have not measured it scientifically but the fuel economy on the bike feels substantially worse than other litre (plus) bikes I have owned. I think though that is because I tend to be rather heavier on the throttle...(I put this down to the fact that on the CT I am higher off the ground than on most other bikes and therefore need to go faster to feel like I am going at the same speed!)

     



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