New GT 650. First ride impressions.

fog rider

Finally made it
Location
Alberta
Cleaned and waxed her. Gave her a full PDI. Took her out for her maiden voyage yesterday evening. Kept the rpm between 3k-4k rpm. Rolled the throttle on-and-off to apply compression pressure to the rings. I love the exhaust note. Muted but throaty. I have no intention of messing with the exhaust. Nice handling. Good brakes. The suspension really surprised me. A lot of folks complain that the suspension is mushy, but I found it to be excellent. It handled the sharp bumps well, and soaked up the big highway whoops with a nice solid feel. No complaints. Nice handling. Solid feeling in the corners due to the 18 inch wheels. Medium-quick steering without being twitchy. Love it so far..... I'm 62. Been riding since 1975, and this will be my retirement scooter... :) ps. I was a motorcycle mechanic for 24 years, and I've been teaching Motorcycle Mechanic courses for the last 16 years....
 
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Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Hello fog rider. I agree 100% with your take on the GT 650. I own a 2019 GT 650 that I bought at the end of 2019. It is by far the best well balanced bike out of the box I’ve ridden. I to hear people complain about soft suspension. I don’t think they found the shock adjustment tool that comes in the stock tool kit or really would know what one is if they saw it.🤔 It was only three simple clicks up harder on the rear shocks for me, now it’s spot on.😃

I started riding on a Honda 50 at around age 7 on the farm. At age 14 I bought my first bike a 1964 Honda CB 160 I rode to work on the back roads, then at 16 I bought a 1967 BSA 650 Lighting from my uncle that I rode to High School.
 
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typericey

Getting there...
Quite reassuring for a motorcycle mechanic to own and endorse an RE twin. I've barely broken in my Meteor and already I'm thinking of getting an Interceptor. Maybe next year. Unless RE launches something better. I hear there are quite a few new REs coming up.
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Quite reassuring for a motorcycle mechanic to own and endorse an RE twin. I've barely broken in my Meteor and already I'm thinking of getting an Interceptor. Maybe next year. Unless RE launches something better. I hear there are quite a few new REs coming up.
In 2022 RE is expected to have a 650 Cruise with upside down front forks.
 
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