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post #1 of 11 Old 08-03-2009, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bonjour mon amis...Newby with a DL 1000 GT

Hi Folks,

I am the new boy here so go easy on me....

Had my New Vstrom GT for two and half years now (previously had a TL 1000 then a an SV 1000 ltd) and life is good....just got back from my third annual jaunt with my Pal this time across northern france...1500 miles in 6 days which is no marathon but brlliant fun nevertheless.

Just a note...well observation really...French drivers are so so much more considerate to bikers than here in the UK. all the way across france we were waved at, alowed to overtake stationary traffiic and waved through rush hour jams....and not once did we get cut up, or experience any road rage....what happened the moment we got back to the UK??? My pal got cut up on his Yamaha and I was pushed onto the centre reservation of adual carraigeway by an arrogant truck driver who gave me the finger as I passed, charming.

anyways....I home now and enjoying reading the threads on here...bliss
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Just a note...well observation really...French drivers are so so much more considerate to bikers than here in the UK. all the way across france we were waved at, alowed to overtake stationary traffiic and waved through rush hour jams....and not once did we get cut up, or experience any road rage....what happened the moment we got back to the UK??? My pal got cut up on his Yamaha and I was pushed onto the centre reservation of adual carraigeway by an arrogant truck driver who gave me the finger as I passed, charming.
Welcome aboard. I haven't done a huge amount of traveling by bike, but I've noticed regional differences within the states like what you've mentioned. People in some areas are extremely aggressive while others are much nicer.

Never had anybody wave me through rush hour traffic though. Color me jealous about that.

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French drivers are so so much more considerate to bikers than here in the UK. all the way across france we were waved at, alowed to overtake stationary traffiic and waved through rush hour jams
In the US we have to wave at each other and allow little children in cages wave at us. Sometimes we wave back.

Welcome to the collective, what's the GT stand for?

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we do not

get the gt here, it is a nice semi factory farkled model.
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In the US we have to wave at each other and allow little children in cages wave at us. Sometimes we wave back.

Welcome to the collective, what's the GT stand for?

R.I.P. (Retire In Peace, thanks for the great ride.)
The GT is the grande tourer...it comes in metallic black with full GIVI luggage, heated handlebar grips, Engine crash bars and a Centre stand....all the stuff I would have otherwise bought, mine is the pre-ABS model.

Its a brilliant machine, very comfy, I also had a thatcham approved alarm, twin tone horns, power sockets fitted under the seat for charging my mobile phone and one power socket on the bars in case I ever became so lost that I needed to use the Sat Nav...unfortunately I have never been THAT lost!

So Far It has taken me all around scotland twice and Northern france once...sadly I dont get to ride every day...or week even...but when I do ride I dont stop for several hundred miles.

Been biking for 29 years now and this is definately one of the best all rounders Ive ridden...bloody supperb, my only gripe is that they should offer a shaft drive version to cope with all the rain and crap on the roads in the UK.
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Welcome to the site, Suit. It's always great when another inmate joins us here at the asylum. With the exception of the heated grips, I "GT'd" my Vee shortly after purchase. Post often and let us know how goes it. Ride safe, ride often.

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Hi Folks,

I am the new boy here so go easy on me....

Had my New Vstrom GT for two and half years now (previously had a TL 1000 then a an SV 1000 ltd) and life is good....just got back from my third annual jaunt with my Pal this time across northern france...1500 miles in 6 days which is no marathon but brlliant fun nevertheless.

Just a note...well observation really...French drivers are so so much more considerate to bikers than here in the UK. all the way across france we were waved at, alowed to overtake stationary traffiic and waved through rush hour jams....and not once did we get cut up, or experience any road rage....what happened the moment we got back to the UK??? My pal got cut up on his Yamaha and I was pushed onto the centre reservation of adual carraigeway by an arrogant truck driver who gave me the finger as I passed, charming.

anyways....I home now and enjoying reading the threads on here...bliss
Just a question. do you export many drivers to us here in Perth Western Australia? Sounds just like a lot of cagers down here, arrogant, think they own the road, cut in front, not bother using those shiny flashing things at both ends of the vehicle, drive at dawn/heavy rain without lights on etc. etc...

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Here is the GT all ready for the trip to north coast of Scotland last summer...

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Welcome! I've only been on a Vee for 8 months but they've been a great 8 months. Best bike I have ever owned.
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I have to second the kudos to French drivers. I have never enjoyed riding so much as when I rode from Cannes to Briancon. I had a rented DL1000 and cagers simply get out of the way. You can be on a two-lane road with heavy traffic in both directions and BOTH SIDES would move over. It was like a parting of the seas. I even learned the universal thank you, lifting your right foot off the peg and holding it out slightly like a foot wave.

Can't wait to go back.
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