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Old 11-14-2012, 10:57 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Contact Dave or Jamie at Sturgess Cycle in Hamilton. I got my GT from them and if there is one around Canada they will be able to find it for you.

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Also looks like a new one here in Newmarket

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I ride an '06 ST ABS, and took the GT for a test ride. Felt almost exactly the same, just more refined. Better brake response, just felt tighter and smoother. Could have been that it was brand new and my bike was 6 years old at the time, but it just felt taught and refined. Otherwise, the exact same from a riding perspective.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have to say that I am not that impressed with the GT.

Its a good bike in its own right, to be sure, but not enough to make me trade my 05ST for one.

The 1050 ST is known for its high pillion seat so that may be something for you to consider and try out. A few young ladies I have had on the back like the high seat as they can see better.

As with most things its horses for courses, so ride both if you can and see which suits you best.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:13 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Contact Dave or Jamie at Sturgess Cycle in Hamilton. I got my GT from them and if there is one around Canada they will be able to find it for you.

615 King Street West Hamilton, ON L8P 1C4
(905) 522-0503

Also looks like a new one here in Newmarket

http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Triumph/S...torcycles_atvs
I was in there and spoke to Ray. He did some searching and found a new 2012 in BC. Not sure I want a GT that badly though...

And that one in Newmarket - HA! Went to see it one sunny Saturday & "Oh, it's in our store in Richmond Hill". Fine, so I make arrangements to see it later on that week. Get there and "Oh, we're not sure where the keys are". I asked them if they even had the ownership.
That bike was a US model that they got on some kind of repo deal. Looks like it was repo'd before it was PDI'd. I found several loose nuts and fasteners. Don't think I'll go anywhere near that deal...

GP Bikes has one, but I'm not sure I want to spend 6K more than a lightly used ST. And that is why I'm here...
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The GT I rode was a fine bike for sure but I still like my ST better. You might not agree. It's all about how you ride and how you intend to use the bike.

For me, the ST is the lightest hot rod in the S-T segment. Quick and agile. The GT with it's longer wheelbase, larger panniers, and larger seat handles a tad slower but is better suited for long-range trips and 2-up riding.

Honestly, you can't really go wrong with either
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:22 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I had the same quandary. ST or GT? I went the ST as it was in excellent condition ABS... for me, it was a personal choice thing. I found with the GT, I was paying top dollar and going to have to spend more as I hated the side mounted pipe. I also didn't like the longer wheelbase. I thought, I'm trying to make the GT into a ST. As luck would have it, my dealer notified me of a top ST. I went for it and couldn't be happier. My opinion was, the ST was a SPORT/tourer over the GT being a sport/TOURER. a subjective opinion I know. Either way, a sweet, sweet moto.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The differences between the 2 are minimal. Looks (undertail exhaust) are subjective.

Objectively, they are really similar when you're between the seat and the handlebars.

Panniers much bigger/better on the GT.

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Old 11-15-2012, 02:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Good grief - the GT weighs something like 15lbs more than an ST. How that can shift it from a sport emphasis to a touring emphasis is a mystery to me, haha

The ST is the baseline, here. The GT has some minor differences and a handful of improvements.

Give the GT a few clicks of preload and you'd be hard pressed to feel any difference in handling vs an ST.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:26 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Good grief - the GT weighs something like 15lbs more than an ST. How that can shift it from a sport emphasis to a touring emphasis is a mystery to me, haha

The ST is the baseline, here. The GT has some minor differences and a handful of improvements.

Give the GT a few clicks of preload and you'd be hard pressed to feel any difference in handling vs an ST.
Thats interesting, as the GT I rode felt like a big, heavy, slow steering, pig. It took a lot of effort to pick up and crank over on quick directions changes and I really noticed the longer wheelbase.

Interesting and surprisingly, (a little off topic) the 1200 Explorer was surprisingly agile, changed direction easily and was just a hoot to ride.

This is why I always try to drum into people to ride everything a couple of times if possible as opinions on the good and bad bits of bikes can vary enormously.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:06 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Beach, I agree 100% to ride stuff more than once. The first GT I took out felt similar to what you described, so I'm not surprised that people come away with that opinion of it. In fact, the one I bought felt the same, but I had a 2-day ride home from where I bought it and played with the suspension some, and that's where I found the extra preload really wakes it up.
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