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  • Offline 1299cc   gb

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    First Ride
    on: Feb 18, 2018, 10.08 pm
    Feb 18, 2018, 10.08 pm
    The TT was delivered last Tuesday after part exchanging my BMW K1200 GTSE and Saturday i was out for my first ride and taxing and insuring her. A 60 mile round trip with my good lady on the pillion. The roads being a little greasy I took it easy on the twisty bits but a mixture of dual carriageway and A roads would give an idea what lays ahead.

    The last triple I rode was a Suzuki GT750 but that's where the comparison ends. The TT appears to have a lower centre of gravity and lighter easier to wheel out of the garage. Once on the road and after a few miles opened her up for about 10 miles on  the dual carriageway  and looked down to find the speedo was at 95  :017: and without much effort. I found the stock screen about right the K1200 had a Calsci screen fitted that caused more buffeting the the stock TT screen. So really pleased with the protection and lack of wind noise. The bike two up felt stable and no concerns. The clocks and layout seamed to sense and easy to use. I am not sure about the tyres yet it has a pair of reasonably new Angels on but they did feel a little "wooden" this surprised me as i fitted a pair on the the K1200 without issue except that the back did square off easily. However the air temp on Saturday was only 7c so I will reserve judgment.

    It is far less revy than the K1200 when starting off but eagerly pulls away in first. One thing that i did notice was that at roundabouts the front wheel appeared to turn its self right at lower speeds not in a bad way but in a good way. The only niggle on the whole trip was that i found the bars about 1 1/2" too low and the same again too close to me. Ideally they would suit me a bit higher and a bit further forward but its early days.

    Over the last 8 years i have put in some big miles on the K1200 including the British Legion Iron Butt 1400 miles in 24 hours and Milan to north Normandy in 13 hours. The TT should give better mpg without a great reduction in performance so first impressions she seems a great replacement.   

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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #1 on: Feb 18, 2018, 11.59 pm
    Feb 18, 2018, 11.59 pm
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    So far so good. You'll be enjoying the TTSE for years to come.
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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #2 on: Feb 27, 2018, 03.20 pm
    Feb 27, 2018, 03.20 pm
    welcome I am just up the road from you in Newark and work in Syston.   I found the front turned in and just pumped the front up a couple of pounds and it all went away.  Can't help with the rest as happy with ergonomics but dont' try any iron butts longest is probably 450 miles in france.

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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #3 on: Feb 27, 2018, 03.36 pm
    Feb 27, 2018, 03.36 pm
    Congrats on the Trophy!  The more you ride it the more you will love it. At least this has been my experience.
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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #4 on: Feb 27, 2018, 03.55 pm
    Feb 27, 2018, 03.55 pm
    1299cc Welcome to the gang  :821:
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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #5 on: Feb 28, 2018, 01.51 am
    Feb 28, 2018, 01.51 am
    Enjoy!!

    I came from a Goldwing (have had four of them with over 200k on the Goldwings alone) and I very much like it!

    Like any bike, it has quirks/personality, but you will grow to love them too!
    Year round rider here!

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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #6 on: Feb 28, 2018, 10.48 am
    Feb 28, 2018, 10.48 am
    *Originally Posted by john348 [+]
    welcome I am just up the road from you in Newark and work in Syston.   I found the front turned in and just pumped the front up a couple of pounds and it all went away.  Can't help with the rest as happy with ergonomics but dont' try any iron butts longest is probably 450 miles in france.

    Hi John thanks for your message my office is just down the road from you in Thurmaston. I will try the extra psi and see if it makes a difference.

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    Re: First Ride
    Reply #7 on: Feb 28, 2018, 02.06 pm
    Feb 28, 2018, 02.06 pm
    You mentioned the tires. What year did you buy? It isn't a new one?

    As for the ergonomics you will find many threads here to give you some possible ideas.
    Year round rider here!

     



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