GTS photo update

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby AleksRUS » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:55 pm

tiretread wrote:Image

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby Mark Henry » Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:58 pm

I need to get my GTS running & reinstated - dead battery again Huh!!!!!Aahhhhhhhh!!!!!

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby jorojin » Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:04 pm

Now the rebuild is finished here are a few photos from the blog

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Re: RE: Re: GTS photo update

Postby daveett » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:19 am

jorojin wrote:Now the rebuild is finished here are a few photos from the blog

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That's a fine looking machine, especially the metallic grey. Suits the fairing and frame shape very well.

Did you consider any other colours?

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby jorojin » Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:01 pm

I Didn't really consider any other colours as I had used the Anthracite grey on the wheels of my VFR800 Vtec and I also wanted to use the Yamaha MotoGP blue, so never really tried to picture it with any other colours, except in jest as you will see from the beginning of my blog. One thing I have noticed, with the smaller back mudguard and the powder coating of the frame the bike does look smaller. But still weighs about the same. :doh: :wtf: :clap:

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby daveett » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:17 pm

Weight reducing paint, now there's an idea!

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby jorojin » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:19 pm

What I meant was being 71 and having had my right hip replaced 4 times and left hip and knee changed, the bike is a heavy brute to haul around.

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby daveett » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:13 pm

Yikes!

Yes it is indeed. You'd be better off with an FJ1100...

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby jorojin » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:34 am

Got to admit my FJ1200 was the best bike I have owned.

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby daveett » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:46 am

I've had my 1100 for 27 years now, and it's just rolled over 100,000 miles.

The GTS is definitely not an improvement in many areas!

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby isle of wight » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:49 pm

Daveett What did you think the GTS did improve and what do you think is s step back. Also FJ1200 v Pan Euro who wins and why ? :-)
May the 16th shall now be known as GTS day

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby jorojin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:04 pm

I haven't had chance to ride my GTS after the rebuild as I am still waiting for the morons at the DVLA to UK register it, but what I liked about the FJ1200 was the smoothness of the power deliver, you could be cruising at 60mph in top gear, open the throttle, without changing down, and before you know it you were hitting 120mph. The missus loved the bike for the same reason as a passenger she could sit there with the GIVI backbox behind her and just take in the scenery without any dramas.

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Re: GTS photo update

Postby daveett » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:38 pm

Things the GTS does worse:
Power. It's 20hp down on the FJ and it shows. From pulling away to rolling on at 50mph you always feel it's lacking.
Fuel capacity. Stupid tank design means it's really hard to get more than 13 litres in. I've now bent the flap out of the way and punched a breather hole through the filler neck so at least I can fill the thing up in less than half an hour!
Weight. It's a lot heavier than the FJ, and though it's hidden well when rolling, you can't escape it at lower speeds, in acceleration or braking.
Fuel consumption. Worse than the FJ. Not much else to say.
Oil consumption. Worse than the FJ and that's saying something!
Luggage mounting. Rubbish! I know times were different back then, but 7 years of FJ, plus things like the ST should have given them a hint people like lugging stuff!
Mirrors. Rubbish! And very hard to change for something better.

What is does better:
Smooooooth! Virtually vibration free at any speed.
Fairing. Much better, especially with the tall screen.
Cool factor. It just is!
Brakes - as standard. The FJ is simple to upgrade, so can't really complain.

Overall it's hard to say the GTS is a better bike than the one it was meant to replace...

Still cool though!

Never ridden an ST, so cannot compare them. Ridden a Blackbird though, and they're a different beast entirely. Insanely fast, smooth and fast. Crap brakes. No torque - relative to an FJ. High speed blaster rather than relaxed tourer.

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