Just purchased an '09 gt1000 touring yesterday (coming from a 2008 Triumph Bonneville t100)- and wanted to say hello to all from L.A...
Really looking forward to learning about your experiences and being a part of the community!
I am lucky to also own a superbike, so my GT is setup less sporty and more dedicated for light touring.
In the North East I find a rear hugger and front fender extension help to keep the bike clean. I personally like the GT with less stuff on it....but after using it for day trips, the storage and wind protection make the experience better so I put up with the "Harley-esk" look it has now.