+1wheels should be your first choice .the lighter the better
it makes everything work much better
It's been a several years since I've posted. I've had my GT1000 (black & creme) since summer '08 and love the bike, which is nearly stock (except FatDuc O2 and CRG bar mirrors) and has just shy of 10k miles. I want to make some improvements to make it look and perform better, but I'm suffering from analysis paralysis. In what order would you make mods..highest cost benefit to lowest:
- Exhaust (thinking Staintunes)
- Suspension (thinking YSS and Fork kit)
- Alloy wheels (better handling)
- Brake upgrade
If I were to do all of the above, I'd be looking north of $5k, I only spent $9.5k on the bike to start with. I'm thinking $2k would be a reasonable start. The other option is to leave it alone and get a second used, more sport oriented bike...the GT will never be a Panigale.
+1All mods are subjective and depend not just on cost vs value, but how - and why - you ride, plus how much cash you have.
Great question. I have two primary motives.. performance and aesthetics. When I bought the GT, I was coming from a metric cruiser, I liked the fact that this bike was faster and more nimble. It still had the character of a cruiser, but with some of the DNA of a sport bike. In retrospect it was one of the better purchases I’ve made in my life. When I first got it I rode it like a cruiser. Now I ride it more like a sport bike . I’m starting to notice some of the niggling issues w/ suspension, handling, & power delivery. I love the versatility of this bike, but I’m thinking I’d like to up a performance a notch for those days when I’m not just commuting or cruising to the beach.What does the bike not do that you want it to do?
… Or perhaps it is none of things, but just boredom. Wanting "new" is as natural as wanting "better."
There is wisdom in what you’re saying. I am personally familiar with the…”I wanna new gun-itis” phenomenon, This is a great analogy for me…to a point. I love the 45-70. There are newer, faster, more accurate, flatter shooting, higher capacity rifles...but in the end my 45-70 lever rifle is still more fun than my match target .308 AR. Trying to turn one into the other is a futile exercise, I spent a lot of money to coming to this realization.I compared it at the time with the different feeling that comes with shooting a 9mm in comparison to a .45. One went 'womp,' the other 'crack.'
My advice: Think twice before making any change. Will it satisfy your wants?