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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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Reply #15 on: June 28, 2015, 03:47:24 pm
The title of this topic really confused me. I always thought a "Connie" was a Constellation.
To answer the question, I've always wanted a Caff Racer but so far I've been too lazy to build one. The CGT looks good and rides well too. The only thing it lacks is a bit of speed; but we can fix that!
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Reply #16 on: June 29, 2015, 07:09:45 am
The title of this topic really confused me. I always thought a "Connie" was a Constellation.
To answer the question, I've always wanted a Caff Racer but so far I've been too lazy to build one. The CGT looks good and rides well too. The only thing it lacks is a bit of speed; but we can fix that!

Then, until it's return, may I borrow it?
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Reply #17 on: June 29, 2015, 09:19:02 am
I am also think the retro cafe' GT looks great. I broke 300 miles last week so I did the service , oil change and tightened all the bolts.  Sunday I had the chance to take this bike up the canyon and on the peak to peak highway.  8500ft -10000ft   some steep grades, and plenty of winding road to make most peoples heart beat fast.

I was very impressed with the handling, the sport demon tyres held true. The seat was comfortable, and easy enough to get my ass off when I was laying the GT down in the line. Suspension was stiff enough for quick reaction, and light enough not to beat my kidneys into pulp.

My only complaint could be lack of horsepower, explosive horsepower to get yourself out of a situation. There was plenty of torque, when using the shift points and keeping in the 2200-3000 rpm range. Weather was sunny with bursts of rain and small ice. BTW I am no skinny minny, my weight is 21 stone.
Although I bought the GT for its retro styling, It rides as nice as it looks.
That's my 2 cents worth.



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Reply #18 on: October 07, 2018, 06:26:29 am
I found this thread after doing a search for cartridge emulators, so here's my answer.

It was basically the looks plus I'd had quite a few big singles and enjoyed them and I always wondered what an older style longer stroke, heavier flywheel single would be like. I'd also found myself getting increasingly less interested in all the new and current models that the bike press got all excited about and my days of getting a buzz from plastic fantastics were well gone. So, 3 years after buying the GT I'm still really enjoying it which brings me back to emulators. I think these will be this winter's upgrade. Has anyone fitted them? I assume that the fork's action afterwards is an enormous improvement over the pogo stick-a-like stockers?


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Reply #19 on: October 07, 2018, 07:47:33 am
I installed a set of Ricor Intiminator fork cartridges in the forks of my 2009 BMW F650GS twin about 7 years ago.  See attached photos.  They were very easy to install. All I had to do was to remove the forks, drop out the springs, change the oil to a lighter 5 wt., drop in the Ricor cartridges, replace the springs and bolt everything back together. They made a huge improvement in the performance of the "650's" (really an 800cc twin) fork action. Their cost at the time was something like $200 for the set of two. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that Ricor doesn't make a set of cartridges for the GT fork.  But I do like the idea if you can find one that will work for your specific application.
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Reply #20 on: October 07, 2018, 08:14:47 am
Hi Richard230, Thanks for replying. Racetech list a set for the GT at $170. I don't know how much that would translate to here in UKsville but I will be looking into it and any possible alternatives when I take the bike off the road for winter.


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Reply #21 on: October 08, 2018, 02:55:09 am
I have a modern Suzuki Gixer, a classic Honda race bike & am restoring a yamaha race bike from the early 70's

I wanted a classic bike, that could just put on my jacket & lid and ride. Initially looked at classic machines from the 60's but the amount of maintenance needed on these is high (same for my race bikes) so the Conti fits the bill.

Jump on it whenever the urge takes, service & mot it once a year and just ride it - as a bonus, it attracts a lot of attention, so good for posing!


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Reply #22 on: October 08, 2018, 09:04:04 am
I don't have a Continental, but my 2005 Bullet 500ES Iron Belly "Military" sort of found me.


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