Author I hate to say this, but....  (Read 1130 times)

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  • Offline hairymonster   gb

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    I hate to say this, but....
    on: Sep 09, 2022, 10.31 pm
    Sep 09, 2022, 10.31 pm
    I hate to say this, but....

    The damn thing is just too heavy for me to feel comfortable on. After 1,800 miles round Scotland, I just felt I was fighting the bike too much. For getting there and back, I can't think of many bikes I would rather have been riding. The smooth powerful engine catapults you into 3 figures with ease, and on a long boring motorway ride, the bike was comfortable, the riding position spot on.

    BUT, round windy little roads in Scotland, playing chicken with the campervans between passing places, trying to turn round on anything less than precisely flat smooth tarmac, travelling through towns, trying to filter, I found it hard work. 

    With several bits of titanium in both forearms, I find it tough pushing it around. I have dropped it once whilst pushing it. I realised it was going to go, I couldn't hold it, but I managed to lower it to the ground gently. I could not pick it up solo - the first bike I have ever had which I couldn't lift on my own. I used to have a BMW 1150GS, itself no lightweight, but crucially it was about 25-30Kg lighter than the CT and I could pick that up.

    So, what do I get next? Tough one.

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #1 on: Sep 10, 2022, 07.45 am
    Sep 10, 2022, 07.45 am
    A very tough one. I looked at the new Triumph 1200 but I still grinned more when I got on the Crosstourer.
    I haven’t found another bike out there with any real character, it’s all about gadget appeal for  the marketing boys

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #2 on: Sep 10, 2022, 08.22 am
    Sep 10, 2022, 08.22 am
    Versys 1000 must be up there?

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #3 on: Sep 10, 2022, 03.21 pm
    Sep 10, 2022, 03.21 pm
    *Originally Posted by hairymonster [+]
    the first bike I have ever had which I couldn't lift on my own.

    Did you check on your techniques, like ...
      facing away from the bike
      holding on handle-bar and rear rack
      squatting
      lean backwards and push (not lift)
    ?

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #4 on: Sep 10, 2022, 03.24 pm
    Sep 10, 2022, 03.24 pm

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #5 on: Sep 10, 2022, 03.31 pm
    Sep 10, 2022, 03.31 pm
    All of the ADV liter bikes are somewhere 550lbs and above.

    If you want to replace the CT, you may have to get one with a smaller engine to lower the weight. I don't see another way; perhaps, a Honda NC750X ?

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #6 on: Sep 10, 2022, 03.35 pm
    Sep 10, 2022, 03.35 pm
    I probably do most of the pushing the bike around, when I'm at home.
    So I now do my best to be at home with less than half a tank of fuel.
    It makes a big difference having a full tank, when the bike is already top heavy.

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    Re: I hate to say this, but....
    Reply #7 on: Sep 10, 2022, 04.26 pm
    Sep 10, 2022, 04.26 pm
    The GS has the weight much lower down which gives a considerable advantage

     



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