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    Newbie here. Based in the great Yorkshire Dales, UK. Turned 60 this year.
    Had my GT SE since July last year and have covered 10,500 miles (leisure only!) from new.
    Matte metallic blue. I believe they are faster than any of the other colours

    Had it dealer serviced so far (for warranty purposes) but I'm not impressed. At the 6K service they put 500ml too much oil in. I can see from threads on the forum that getting the level right can be tricky - but half a litre! No excuse. I wouldn't mind but they charge an arm and a leg. I only realised after putting another 3.5K miles on it. Should have checked right away. I managed to suck the excess out, and it may be my imagination, but the engine sounds quieter, feels a bit smoother and seems to have a little more poke. Anyone else had this experience?
    I'll be doing my own servicing from now on. There's no way I'd trust them to do a valve check!

    I have side luggage and top box and have had two tours of France and two trips to Scotland so far with camping gear. Excellent over long distances - the high comfort seat really is all-day comfortable. Steady as a rock and great fun at any speed on sweeping bends but a bit out of it's comfort zone on local single track rough lanes and the long first gear makes tight hairpins a bit tricky.
    The main niggle so far is the intense heat on the legs in hot weather - 38° in the Pyrenees this Summer took the edge off the fun a bit

    Happy with the build quality and finish so far. Though I do tend to keep on top of the cleaning anyway. I've had the panels off today and given it a good scrub as I'll be putting it away for the winter soon - I don't venture out between November and March - fair-weather softee me.

    I've fitted 1" bar risers and the Givi barn door screen - I've resorted to the stock screen at the height of summer.
    No such thing as the perfect bike but I'm happy with this and won't be getting rid in a hurry I don't think.
    So no doubt I'll hand out here from time to time.

    Cheers

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    Welcome, Dalesman. It sounds like you are having a great time riding your GT. I hope you enjoy visiting this forum when you have the opportunity to do so.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    Welcome to the forum and well done on getting abroad this year, braver than me! You're observations about the GT are much as mine. Not tucked mine away for the winter as it's quite mild down here in Dorset

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    Bienvenue. C'est bien de t'avoir ici.

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    welcome Dalesman - softy here too - besides i can't ride the slopes and the GT at the same time
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    Welcome Dalesman, i think you have a bit of our Irish humour about yee !. I am a newbee as well, from County Down. My bike is also matt blue, with 8000 miles. Just got it a month ago, sad now weather broke, like you i only ride for pleasure- none in winter and hard on cleaning bike.
    Can you tell me was the bar risers a quick fit or do you have to make alterations to cables .
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davdundrod View Post
    Welcome Dalesman, i think you have a bit of our Irish humour about yee !. I am a newbee as well, from County Down. My bike is also matt blue, with 8000 miles. Just got it a month ago, sad now weather broke, like you i only ride for pleasure- none in winter and hard on cleaning bike.
    Can you tell me was the bar risers a quick fit or do you have to make alterations to cables .
    David
    Well maybe that's because I was raised in Liverpool and my mum was of Irish descent!
    I've ridden twice around most of the coast of Ireland (on a Kawasaki Versys 650). Amazing.

    The mod depends on how handy you are. Fitting the risers is straightforward. Altering the cables is a bit tricky but you can find plenty of destructions on the web. It's only when you attempt it that you really see how it works. They don't make an enormous difference but I thought it was worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkthom View Post
    Bienvenue. C'est bien de t'avoir ici.

    Merci

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    Quote Originally Posted by Womble View Post
    Welcome to the forum and well done on getting abroad this year, braver than me! You're observations about the GT are much as mine. Not tucked mine away for the winter as it's quite mild down here in Dorset
    You'd have been safer in France than in Dorset with all those Covidiots on your beaches! Thanks for the welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizdad View Post
    welcome Dalesman - softy here too - besides i can't ride the slopes and the GT at the same time

    That will be Wales US then. And here's me scouring the map for Selah in the real Wales. All I could find is the Selah Cafe and Tea Room in Cardiff.

    And thanks all for your warm welcome.

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