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Old 11-09-2012, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to the Triumph website. I don't go there often. I was very curious to see what changes were on the 2013 GT?? I was blown away that the GT will not be offered in the USA anymore. Stupid, stupid, stupid.............

I am still so extremely impressed with this new GT. I "almost" opened it all the way in 1st gear. It pulled so strong that I thought my hands would slip right out of the gloves.

I visualized me sitting on the road with no motorcycle in sight when a cop comes up. He asks me "what are you don't in the middle of the road all dressed up like you are riding a motorcycle"??

I reply that I "WAS" riding a motorcycle. Then it took off, threw my off the back, and stole my gloves!!

Sometimes, when we ride, we just accept discomforts. Most times, we don't even know we are enduring a discomfort until someone else points it out. These can be very simply things like the angle of the clutch lever and foot pedals that make is move our foot too much to activate.

I was riding my GT yesterday. I started to observe that my feet were always on the outside edge of the footpeg. Size 12. To get them totally on the footpeg was rather hard to do.

Upon investigation, I observed the problem. It's that chrome thing attached to the top of the footpeg bracket. It looks like this chrome thing is mostly to keep your ankle from hitting the swingarm.

I relocated both my chrome things. I took them both off and mounted them behind the peg instead of the front. The same bolt works only slide in from the back.

This worked to perfection. This bracket is now recessed about a half inch inward. I can get my entire foot on the peg.

I was reading some of the road tests the cycle mags did on the GT. Most, I tend to agree with. Things like smaller digits on the speedo. No temp guage on the computer. However, is one discomfort I simply won't put up with. That is the seat.

When reading the reviews, when it came to the seat, they all seemed to marvel over how good the GT seat is. All day touring?? Not on my butt!! After some 30 miles, my butt hurt!!

I came to the conclusion that none of these guys ever sat on a really soft seat. The kind of seat that makes you say "Aaaaaah" when sitting on it.

What I do is to take an Air Hawk air seat and add it to the front part of the seat. I do not actually sit on the Air Hawk. I put it in the front so I stay put and do not slide forward. It makes a bubble in front to protect "the boys". I can add or subtract air changing the height of this bubble.

I bought a sheepskin from Target. I cover everything so profesionally that the seat looks like it came this way from the factory.

I custom cut the sheepshin to fit perfectly over the top and sides on the GT seat. I add gromets, then tie if with black shoe laces so you cannot even see any strings.

My GT is in total comfort. I can ride it all day in REAL comfort!!

BTW....I added a very nice temp guage to the top of the GT's dash. I don't know how to attach photos, or, I would add these. My temp guage looks so nice, that, it looks like the factory did it.

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Old 11-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A lot of people feel that overly soft seats wear on you more in the long rides. I personally find the GT seat to be great. But it's great you were able to tailor it to your tastes!
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm with buick on the seat - I've ridden on all kinds, from numerous factory sets to LePera and Corbin custom jobs, as well as airhawks, and the GT seat is as god as any of those.

I'd like to try to make a custom seat, but only because the rider has way too much room on the GT and makes my passenger have to sit right on the ridge. I'm a tank hugger and never slide back so I won't miss that extra room. But solo I have no complaints.

All butts are different! The important thing is you've got a setup that works for you.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi from across the pond. You dont say what year your GT is. The story over here is that the later GT's had the gel seat as standard. All I know is that 2011/12 GT's are comfy for my fat butt. Lowere pegs make them perfect.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Stock seat on my '11 GT bites. I've tried different seats on previous bikes, and I've concluded, for me, the only real day long seat is the Russell Day-Long. It's that good. Of course, some will complain about the price or the looks, & others will observe the rider cannot lean off as easily.... yeah... it works for a huge percentage of my time in the saddle so it's a must do this off season. I cannot speak highly enough of this seat.

That said.... would be great to see photos of your custom sheepskin & airhawk solution.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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BTW....I added a very nice temp guage to the top of the GT's dash. I don't know how to attach photos, or, I would add these. My temp guage looks so nice, that, it looks like the factory did it.
I would like to see a photo, there is some information on posting photos in the FAQ here is the link.

http://www.triumphrat.net/kicking-th...t-picture.html
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A lot of people feel that overly soft seats wear on you more in the long rides. I personally find the GT seat to be great. But it's great you were able to tailor it to your tastes!
Ditto that although with my shorter stumps I have gone for the Triumph "low seat" also very comfy for me
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi from across the pond. You dont say what year your GT is. The story over here is that the later GT's had the gel seat as standard. All I know is that 2011/12 GT's are comfy for my fat butt. Lowere pegs make them perfect.
You sure about that? I have my doubts - I don't think the gel seat is standard but I'm willing to be proved wrong. Mine certainly wasn't.
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Hi from across the pond. You dont say what year your GT is. The story over here is that the later GT's had the gel seat as standard.
I certainly have not read anything here from any 2011 / 20112 GT owners that said they had the gel seat as OEM.

Neither have I read it in any reviews, it is not std in Australia AFAIK anyway.
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Prompted by the discussion in this thread, I have a couple of questions about the GT seat options.

So, follow me through this if you please

The "Lower seat" option: http://www.jacklilley.com/buy/Triumph-Low-Seat/T2304666 is, I guess, lower in relation to the stock seat.

I have the stock seat and I also have the gel seat: http://www.jacklilley.com/buy/Triump...t/T2304365.htm

Question 1: Is the "Lower seat" lower than the gel seat?

I ask because I'm trying to figure out if the there would any benefit to me from the "Lower seat".

Question 2: If it is indeed lower than the gel seat, does it gave you a more upright riding position?

My instinct is that it would but I'm interested to hear others' views.

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