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I haven't had any problems with the seating on the GW. I'm 6', 240 lbs. The back rest helps. I put the new Pathfinder LED head lights in it, they are actually designed for the lenses and really put out the light. Don't get me wrong, I really like the GW. The Voyager was so simple and everything worked together, you can get to things so easy, starter, alternator, breather ( takes about 4 hrs for the wing) battery, rear wheel comes off with 5 lug nuts, just get it high enough to roil it out. Tire wear is the same for both. They do make shims to adjust the handle bars up about 1 1/2" and there isn't anything for it that you can't get. Built in nav is nice. I still believe that if Kaw had keep making them with a few changes through the years they would be selling like the GW. I do know that you can't find any 2016 GWs on the floor, and they are still a lot of 2014s and 2015 on the floors, at least in this area. There hasn't been any changes, I guess that's why people aren't buying new ones.
I really want to forget getting OLD!!!!
Pathfinder, I added Saeng micro swirl edging to the windshield. It gave it the classic look of the R100RT windshield factory edging, while having deflecting air capabilities like a taller screen. I agree on the seat, it was the only other think I changed on the R1150RT. It was a comfortable ride after that. The distance for parts and service was always a pain for me. I did learn about the bike and did all maintenance myself. I still have the seat,a Corbin, grey with red piping, excellent condition, if you hear anyone needing one for their R1150RT give me a shout? I also have the side cases, great condition.
Beemerrider, I understand where you are coming from. After wandering afield (Triumph Rocket 3, Voyager 1700, Honda NT700V), I've come back to my dear old 2003 Voyager. I like the comfort and the wind protection versus the other bikes, and it is about 150lbs lighter and gets better gas mileage than the VTwin Voyager. I hope you keep riding, I'll be sorry to see you go!!
Ride Safe & Sane;
Hank, the 'Grey Lady', & 'Lil'Putt'
PS:If you want to go small & light, I'm planning to sell the NT this spring. It is NOT a BMW, however!!
Thank you Hank S.