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Old 07-11-2012, 12:02 PM   #4
PJay
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Joined: May 2007
Location: Russell, New Zealand
Oddometer: 612
GT500. Gutless, rattly, understressed, go forever, long comfortable wheelbase for touring compared with the others.

I've owned all the models you mention, apart from the GT380 (I had a GT550). The triple's a lot smoother than the twins, but IMHO the GT500 handles better - and it certainly has better ground clearance for cornering.

I did >300,000 touring kilometres on T500s and a GT500, usually cruising at 110-120 km/hr. At 110, they're doing <4K rpm, as I recall. Moto Guzzi revs. I used to do 750km days regularly, occasionally 2000km weekends.

PS I still have an RD400 in the shed, but would rather (and do) tour on my MZ 250ETZ than on the RD.
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Honda XL1000V, Suzuki DR650, Adventure Royal Enfield, OSSA Explorer, first model XL250, 9 other offroad, road, and roadrace bikes

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