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    Mother Nature relents and hands you a gift. Beautiful day...got in 150 miles in the mountains. A real bonus to the riding season...and the next week still looks good! Thanks, Mother Nature...
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    Yes, in this area,, it went from summer straight to winter,,. Now these 50 degree days look and feel pretty good,,. Sunday will be clear and 60 degrees,,.

    Hows the fires further South,,. Are they under control?

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    Riding season is never over, unless the weather is really unfriendly!
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    Went over 6500 miles on the ODO on this ride. I'm finding these bikes really start to break in when you hit 6000 miles. Lots of punchy torque in the twisties with the rpm's up around 6000-7000. Liking my GT more and more every ride. It's "sneaky" fun...

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    The engine's are a peach on these (& the ST). A very adaptable engine to cruise, thrash and tour with. It certainly has a great balance between BHP & Torque to be such a rideable engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyrider View Post
    Went over 6500 miles on the ODO on this ride. I'm finding these bikes really start to break in when you hit 6000 miles. Lots of punchy torque in the twisties with the rpm's up around 6000-7000. Liking my GT more and more every ride. It's "sneaky" fun...
    When I hit 30K, it was like something changed and all the vibration went away. Keep riding...it only gets better!

    This bike is like a Jekyl and Hyde. Below 5000 rpms, the torque is enough to move through traffic in a nice relaxed way, or to tour since 4000 rpms will get you to 70 mph on the highway. Take it above 5000...and it acts like an entirely different bike. Maybe not an "evil" Mr. Hyde, but certainly a bike where the response seems immediate and eager to go for more.

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    Above 5000 rpm...you're right, Chris. There's a section of tight twisties in the mountains that I ride that really put this bike in its element. Keep it in 2nd gear for short fast sections, then on the brakes for a tight turn, then another short section where you can put throttle to it, then another tight twisty bit...and this goes on for about 20 miles...10 up to the summit, then 10 down. When I get past this and hit a long straight road, it's right about the time I could use a little relaxation! But this GT...it always surprises me with its handling and torque in the mountains...yet it's a pussycat when you're in long sweepers, enjoying the scenery.

    And I believe you about the bike getting smoother at 30K miles. These BMW's have a way of being broken in only after many miles. I have just shy of 16K on my RR, and that engine is like a turbo-Swiss watch.

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    I like to think of myself as the kind of person who doesn't abuse what he/she/it has. So for me, I usually kept the bike below 4000 rpms. Besides, from about 3500-4000 rpms, there was this vibration that was annoying. Not hand numbing, but annoying. I could tell where I was in the throttle band, solely by the feel. I only went above 4500 rpms a couple times. That was it.

    Then I rode with some Canadians in the summer of 2019. Wow. Most were riding modified Kawasaki Concours C14s. One had a BMW K1600GT. I wasn't used to those speeds. By the time we got into central Oregon, I realized a couple things. First, there was no scenery to look at. Just trees on both sides of the road pretty much. So slowing down to look at the scenery...wasn't needed. Second, there was no traffic around. None. These roads were made back in the days when a Model T needed switchbacks to make it up a hill and everyone now was on the straight roads that took you from Pt A to Pt B as quickly as possible. And being at the back of the pack, I could get a preview of the corners by looking at everyone ahead of me.

    Oh...and fourth, that 3rd gear on the GT will get you to 90 mph...and the bike liked it.

    I'm at 64K now, and the bike runs like new. The engine is like you described with your RR, it runs like a turbo-Swiss watch. Smooth, all the way through the power band. I rarely check the oil, largely because I know what I'll find. It just doesn't use any. At all. I "screwed up" when I changed the fork oil earlier in the year; I didn't follow the approved procedure. I'm not messing with it again. Whatever combination of fork oil viscosity, amount of oil and amount of air I have, is better than it was originally. On normal streets, it feels smooth. And when I get to some twisty bits and change the suspension to "Normal" it works really well. I'm continually amazed at how nice it runs and rides.

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    On the latest iteration of the GT, maximum power is at 8000 rpm IIRC. Max torque is at 5,800 rpm.
    When I'm in the mood the bike will bimble along comfortably all day at around 4000 rpm, what I call lazy riding, taking in the scenery, relaxing.
    But, as you say Chris and Flyrider, in lower gears on the twisties there is plenty of oomph. There's definitely a surge in acceleration between 5K and 8K rpm and it does no harm to occasionally red line it. The engine can take it. It's what it's made for.
    Someone with a technical mind will explain torque and HP but my (possibly flawed) understanding is that maximum acceleration on the GT would be at 8000 rpm?
    A vehicle with a 'GT' badge wants to be ridden in a spirited way now and again.

    Sportsbike riders tend to look at the F800 as a tame bike. It is if you want it to be. But there's fun to be had.

    I'm looking forward to getting the engine properly bedded in!

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    Nothing wrong with playing around at 6000 rpm or higher. Those vibrations do exist, but I'm only at 6000-7000 rpm for short bursts. It's good for the bike...blows out carbon or whatever...and too much low rpm riding early in a bike's life can compromise ring seating. Chris...your bike is well broken-in, clearly.

    For most of my GT rides, that 4000-5000 rpm range is nice. I love looking at the mountains and sky and cruising. But when I'm in the twisties, my GT sheds its leisure suit to reveal...Superman!

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    These last few days of riding are always special. A week ago there was 3 inches of snow and yesterday we enjoyed a beautiful day of riding and smiles. Mother Nature has given us a few bonus days here in the North West. Fingers crossed for the folks not so lucky...California fires and the hurricane south. Hopefully they are next for some good days/months/years/.
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    Well.....I believe riding season has come to and end for me.

    Last Sunday the temperature got up near 60. I drained the ethanol fuel and put in 91 octane ethanol free fuel that I bought at a Marina....and I added Stabil. I washed the bike to remove the bugs and grime - then went for a ride to dry out the moisture and get the new fuel into the injection system.

    When I got home I put the bike in the corner of the garage, installed an exhaust plug to keep moisture from condensing in the exhaust, and covered the bike to keep the dust off.

    The next day we got our first snow/ice event, and the roads are now covered in salt. My bikes are now dormant until the spring rains wash the salt off the roads - most likely that will be in April.....the 5 months of motorcycle abstinence has begun!

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    One advantage to live in the most socialist province of Canada is that your friendly gouvernement decides for you when your riding season is over... In the province of Québec it is mandatory that all motor vehicles be equipped with proper winter tires from December 1st to March 15th. Effectively ending the riding season. So even if warm sunny days happens after Dec 1st, before the winter really kicks in, anyone who rides can get fined if one gets spotted by a zealous cop.

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    You can install studs in your tires like they do in car tires, to keep riding all year long.

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    The end of myk riding season has arrived. It is not the cold that ended it - it was the application of de-icer (salt) for the small snow event we got on December 1st.

    I absolutely hate rusty and corroded motorcycles - so they will remain parked in my garage until the spring rains in April wash the salt off the pavement.

    I was able to go for a ride on the Saturday before the snow and get the ethanol free fuel with Stabil added pumped through the fuel system.

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    My bikes have been in hibernation for a month, plugged into battery tenders, fuel stabilizer in the tanks, tires pumped to full factory spec pressure, and covered. Been tempted to ride a couple of times, but it's too cold, and the reward wouldn't be worth the hassle to undo all the winter prep for a short ride. I'd like to say I'm being patient, but I'm not...I can't wait for winter to end and spring to arrive. It doesn't help that seemingly every day the media is filled with negative stories about politics, COVID or some other assault to what could and should be a peaceful existence.

    While it's not exactly "War and Peace", I'm enjoying reading Nick Harris's book "Never Say Never" about his life as a commentator on the MotoGP circuit...now retired. Reading a lot, cooking, walking and staying fit until the sun crosses the equator again (hurry up, willya?).

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    Mine have been in hibernation for about a month, too. I’m at 8,000’ and our roads are completely snowpacked, so even if we had a mild spell, it’d be suicidal to take the bikes out. Things will thaw out come about April.
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    Starting to feel some riding withdrawal here in the Northwest. This past weekend I rolled my dual sport out to run the motor so I could change the oil and oddly found myself riding circles in the carport and practiced doing a few tight figure eights (Itchy Boots trials episode inspired). It's only 3,500' here, but it's cold, snowy and the driveways a total skating rink. I went fishing yesterday and caught a nice 23" triploid trout, so today will be spent getting the smoker ready for a couple fillets. Feeling the no riding blues.....

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    I go out to the garage once in a while to "check" on the bikes. I talk to them, but they seem uninterested in idle conversation, and give every impression of wanting to be left alone in hibernation until some realistic expectation of adventure presents itself. Although I pumped the tires to full spec pressure a couple of weeks ago, I'm inclined to disturb the bikes' slumber to read the pressures and add air if required. Perhaps they won't mind, being as how it's for their benefit, but I'm reminded of how my wife reacts when I wake her before her usual 8 AM rising time. I expect they'll get grumpy, but to be honest I'm less than sympathetic, since I'm on the verge of a "Winter is going to last HOW much longer?!!" meltdown.

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    Feel sorry for you all. It was mid to upper 60s (F) three days last week. Had my bike out. Here winter storage usually is the first two weeks of January. Before I retired I rode to work almost every day, my limit was 28F or above and I rode. LOL I rode a sport bike with no heated grips or gear. the ride to work was about all I could take at 28 before my hands were numb. In the winter months it's in the 50s often enough I can ride frequently enough I never worry about winter prepping my bike. We get 2 to 4 events year where they will put de-icer out. Bike doesn't go out and I avoid driving as well - haha if it snows or ices? Well folks here can't drive when it's wet much less in the snow! It is downright comical! My cars stay in the garage.

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    I don't go out that much due to the pandemic. Now, I want to go on a ride this weekend.

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    I woke mine up from it’s Winter nap last Thursday when the temp got up in the low 50sF with clear sunny skies and with no salt on the roads, which is unusual for Chicagoland this late in the year. Went for a nice ride and even listened to Christmas music, a first for me, but again 2020 has been a year of firsts.

    Right now the bike is back in the garage next to the Miata, both hibernating and plugged into the Battery Tenders.

    Normally what ends my riding season is salt on the roads, which around these parts the politicians believe that their chances of getting re-elected is directly proportionate to how much salt they put on the roads.
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