Grand Prix 250
Main Motorcycle: GT Sprint
Join Date: Oct 2012
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.