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Old 08-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Driven a Connie for the last year and was very impressed on a test drive this weekend. Any tests you can do beforehand on a new GTL to see if it's pre-disposed to the "clunk" problem? Do dealers typically discount off of MSRP on these?
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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My thoughts... If your presently riding a Concours you should try the GT. They all clunk a bit. I'm not sure if some bikes are worse than others or some riders are more irritated by it than others. I ride with earplugs and it doesn't bother me a bit. I'm thinking the people who need to ride it slow are the ones who are unhappy. This bike loves to be ridden hard.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:10 PM   #3
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Thanks Rick. My wife will be riding with me more so I was leaning towards the GTL. I have the Helibar Horizon ST on the Concours so the GTL ergonomics are almost the same. I prefer a more upright position. I'll probably put the stock bars back on the Concours to switch things once in a while.
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Maintain RPM above 3000 RPM and you will never hear a clunk.
The engine loves it, the bike loves it, and you will love it.

Such a smooth engine and built to operate between 3000 and 8000 rpm all day long.

(Formula 1 cars idle at 6000 rpm)
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Why do you lean towards a GTL? My wife rides with me lots of times and I have the GT and she loves it. Especially for the passenger there's not much difference (I think). The difference in position is more for the rider.
I agree with Rick92040: it won't hurt to try the GT as well. I tried them both before making the choice.
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Good advice. I'll test the GT this week. I started with the GTL due to the horrendous wrist pain from an 8 hour ride on the Connie. That all disappeared when I installed the helibars. You never know though. More information is always a good thing.

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Good advice. I'll test the GT this week. I started with the GTL due to the horrendous wrist pain from an 8 hour ride on the Connie. That all disappeared when I installed the helibars. You never know though. More information is always a good thing.
I tested both on extended rides (2+ hours) WITH my wife. We ended up with the GTL. I liked the GT better solo. But, the extra space and comfort offered by the GTL won out. I was also able to negotiate iBMW passenger armrests (installed) in the deal.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #8
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Sounds like BMW doesn't need to give a lot with these...so not much wiggle room over MSRP?
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