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Farmer_John

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on: June 25, 2015, 03:39:34 pm
Just curious what brought y'all to purchase your RE. Doesn't really even have to be a Connie.

I mean, kinda like the Triumph Thruxton, it's a turnkey "cafe" bike and trendy at the moment.

Just curious to find out. So please, if the answer is "I just want to be in the hipster crowd", then just say it. Not here to judge, just curious.

Personally, I love big singles and sporting motorcycles. I was particularly drawn to the adequate suspension bits and Harris designed frame.

***sorta edit:  "Connie", the shortening and feminization of the bikes name, re Continental...Connie***
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Reply #1 on: June 25, 2015, 03:57:40 pm
The Conti looks to me way better than anything else on the market.....

....this is the only bike which looks better. It was reasently on sale. If i didnt already have the GT, i would have had a difficult choice to make.

I love the sound of the Norton Manx, my RE is not there yet. Additionaly on a visit of India I discoverd the Thump....may get an iron barrel later because of it...miss the idle thump on the uce.
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Reply #2 on: June 25, 2015, 04:07:43 pm
The sound and the look.

I've got a Bonnie, so I don't need any more retro hipster points. But the Bonnie sounds a bit like a hair dryer, even with the rear baffle out. And, yeah, it's got off-the-shelf cafe looks. But.. even better, it's got this sound... this thumper noise. Even with a scant 29hp it's just.. *that sound*.
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Reply #3 on: June 25, 2015, 09:15:27 pm
I love the retro look.  I have 3 show cars, Yes they take a lot of up keep but its that retro look.  The sound. Its something different. The GT doesn't have that cookie cutter look.  Im a big fan of the cafĂ© culture from the 60s.  The british music of the time.  So that had a big part on me picking the GT.  And for my first motor cycle I didn't want a rice rocket or your every day Harley.  Something different. Something that's not plug and play.  The GT is defiantly not plug and play.  You have to give it some TLC, just like my show cars.  And yes the sound.  put a free flowing pipe on it and it sounds so good.  Not even a Harley sounds that good. 
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Reply #4 on: June 25, 2015, 10:36:03 pm
I've always loved the look of the original 250 CGT but could not get one. So I decided to buy one of these if they made it to production, when I saw the show concept bike online a few years ago. Otherwise, had no plans to buy a RE. I'm already sorted for hipster bikes too, but if thr gt wasn't available,would be a good excuse to have a sr500
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Reply #5 on: June 26, 2015, 12:42:42 am
I just loved the way it looked and the price was right. I have a Thruxton since 04. Love riding the GT it's just FUN!
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Reply #6 on: June 26, 2015, 03:18:12 am
When I was a young 13 year old a guy from my area bought a BSA Lightning, and I fell in love with it.
Was one of those moments we all have and for what ever reason remember for ever.
When I first seen the CGT it took me back to that moment and I had to have it.
The bike just works for me. Love it.
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Reply #7 on: June 26, 2015, 06:07:44 am
I traded my Sportster for the GT. The reason?

Looks, light weight, handling, simplicity and the sound.  :)

If I was looking for another option, I'd go for the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer.

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Reply #8 on: June 26, 2015, 07:26:41 am
Continental GT 535 is the best looking bike on the market today.
Real cafe racer looks, and a platform that can now be modded for real performance. 8)

This bike is a future classic that can be bought today. Worth every penny.


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Reply #9 on: June 26, 2015, 08:15:17 am
You guys have the engine performance end.

Who's working on chassis development?  Not that it's bad, but with anything, there's got to be room, right?
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Reply #10 on: June 26, 2015, 08:27:12 am
You guys have the engine performance end.

Who's working on chassis development?  Not that it's bad, but with anything, there's got to be room, right?
Well, Paoli is not too shabby, and that's OEM on the GT. The Harris frame would seem to be good.
I suppose that upgrading to Ohlins is possible.
Fork cartridge emulators should be available from YSS. Some people have used them in the 35mm Iron Barrel forks. I would think that they are available for the 41mm forks of the GT.


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Reply #11 on: June 26, 2015, 08:42:17 am
Continental GT 535 is the best looking bike on the market today.
Real cafe racer looks, and a platform that can now be modded for real performance. 8)

This bike is a future classic that can be bought today. Worth every penny.

http://HTTP://youtu.be/1IhaPE7_KUE

I see the custom scene is picking up steam in India. Young people seem to be willing to spend on performance there and RE of course has a big share in that market. In case you consider opening an ACE Performance Customs Center there I applying for the agency!  ;)


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Reply #12 on: June 26, 2015, 08:50:31 am
I dig it.
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Reply #13 on: June 26, 2015, 09:15:39 am
I dig it.

Honestly, so do I. I just lean a bit to the function over form side.
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Reply #14 on: June 28, 2015, 09:34:05 am
Because it's like riding a memory and I can't afford to buy or maintain a Gold Star or a G-80 these days.
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