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Old 07-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
Any bike, anywhere
Joined: May 2007
Location: Russell, New Zealand
Oddometer: 789
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.
PJ Honda XL1000V, Suzuki DR650, Adventure Royal Enfield, OSSA Explorer, first model XL250, 11 other offroad, road, and roadrace bikes

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