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GTMy Week with the ALL NEW Super Duke 1290 GT

Motorcycling isn’t what it was yesterday….

Last night for my ride home, I threw my leg over what has to be one of the most anticipated bikes here in the USA.  The KTM 1290 Super Duke GT.  It was the end of a week long experience that has introduced a game changing bike to riders for the first time.

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KTM has certainly rung the bell with this bike.  If you think of what you value in a bike, ride, handling, performance, comfort, this bike has what you’ve been yearning for, and perhaps didn’t know it.  Most everyone here knows I’m more of a road bike guy than a dirt bike guy, and I really love my BMW, but this was an eye opening experience.  Sure, I do get to ride a lot of bikes, but the ones that left a really deep impression are few & far between.  This is the ultimate bike for those that are jaded by having too much to choose from.

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It starts off as a 1290 Super Duke.  The bike we all know, and those that own them, love.  Humongous power in an ultra light weight chassis.  When you’re looking for the mind melding combination of huge engine, 2 wheels, a seat, and a gas tank, that’s the bike.  Combine that with a modified and comfortable seating position from the longer rear frame, and a front fairing and adjustable windscreen that makes riding an essentially naked bike comfortable, you’re definitely on to something…Put a couple of really great looking bags sporting 30 liters of storage with enough room for your travel needs, to round out the package.  By anyones measure, the bar has been set pretty high.  BUT That’s not ALL…  This bike includes cornering ABS, Switchable Riding Modes, Quick Shifter, Cornering LED Turn Lights, Throttle By Wire, Available Hill Hold Control & a LOT More!

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What I love about this bike is that it not only fills the needs of almost every rider, it smashes the concept of what is available in a motorcycle.  I consciously noticed myself grinning at every stoplight when I took off, and merging onto the highway I actually giggled a couple times.  This bike goes & goes & goes.  It doesn’t matter what speed you’re going, crank in a little more throttle, and this bike reminds you in a not so subtle way that it’s got more power for it’s weight than anything on the market.  On more than one occasion, I found myself shaking my head in disbelief that one bike could have such a connected application of more power than you could ever imagine, in a supremely useful package.  Fueling is as close to perfect as any ride by wire bike I’ve ever been on!

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The intuitive electronics suite adds to the experience, and is part of what we have come to expect in a Great Sport Touring Bike.  Electronic Cruise Control, absent on the 1290 Super Duke is a fantastic standard addition on this bike, as are the cornering lights borrowed from the Super Adventure, functional & smart looking.  The quick shifter makes upshifts virtually effortless, and highlights one of the strongest points of this bike, and absolutely silky smooth transmission.

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The luggage is deceptive.  The shape of it enhances the overall look of the bike, and at first glance you are wondering how functional it could be.  The bags are a lot larger than you would imagine until you look inside.

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The bags have what is probably the easiest & best operation of any side-opening bag on the market.  It’s latch is secure with an audible click at each of the latch points.  Like most bags, entry is a two step process, but this is one that ingeniously is able to be performed by one hand.  Plus it’s design fits almost all full face helmets.

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The Seat is much more open feeling that on the Super Duke, enhanced by the longer rear frame where the bags mount.  The Pillion Rider is given a good bit of real estate, as well, and leg room is also enhanced.  All the key elements of a Superior Sport Touring Bike have been seen to, refined and perfected.

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The Adjustable Windscreen makes a big difference in rider comfort, and is great in the rain, which I enjoyed 3 days worth of with this dynamic bike.  The ABS & Multi-Mode Traction Control inspire confidence whatever the riding conditions.  All the controls are intuitive, simply laid out & easy to operate.

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When the bike makes it’s official debut next year, there will be a nice compliment of accessories to go along with it, so customizing will be a breeze.  I’ve had a lot to say about this bike.  There were a lot of four letter words that ran through my mind when I first hit the throttle, and leaned into the first turn.  I’ve managed to get it down to just one three letter word.  Wow!  This bike will possess you from the moment you let out the clutch.

Don’t take my word for it though, we’re putting together a special demo event for our customers to enjoy.  Make no mistake, this bike isn’t for everyone, it’s for anyone!  Space in the saddle is going to be limited, so contact us early to reserve your ride.  When you reach the conclusion that this is your next bike, just let us know.  We are accepting deposits now for the possibility of an early special launch of what will surely be the bike of the year.

Thanks again & we’ll see YOU at Gulf Coast Motorcycles!

Webb Benninghoven

Sales & Marketing Manager

webb@gcmotorcycles.com

239-481-8100

Cahill’s gone Commando in Cannes

Due to lost luggage, the XDiavel isn’t the only thing on the French Riviera with an X rating.  

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Our Salesman Extraordinaire has successfully made it all the way to Cannes for this years Special Ducati training.  Sadly, his luggage has not, so we’re on a wait & see basis to see if his helmet & riding gear are going to show up in time for him to frolic in the hills on the all new XDiavel, the 939 Hypermotard, 959 Panigale, and the Monster 1200R, and the Multistrada Enduro.  We can’t wait for the ride reports.  What an exciting time!

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As you can see, the bike is attracting a lot of attention in front of the Ritz Carlton, Cannes France.

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The only thing that rivals the beautiful scenery there is this amazing motorcycle.  We just got our first one in today, and we’ll have pictures on Facebook, as it goes through the assembly process.  There are a lot of features on this bike that are a 10 or better.  The execution of design & styling on this bike is simply breathtaking.  This is easily one of the best looking bikes we’ve ever (yes, you read that right, EVER) seen.  Every individual focal point on the bike is more stunning than the one before.  It’s a real winner.

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Check back soon as we get you more details as they happen with the debut of these incredible bikes at one of the worlds most beautiful locations.

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And the Winner is…

If you’re anything like me, and you love a good contest, racing is really, really, (I mean really) hard to beat.  I love racing movies, car races, bike races, wheel chair races, it doesn’t matter…if it’s a race, I’m in!

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One of the coolest things about Gulf Coast Motorcycles, is that we cover so many different styles of riding (and naturally, racing too.)  Everybody likes the format of MotoGP racing…the pomp, grandeur and pageantry of it all.  But one of the absolutely most rewarding things is to see the friends, customers, and local folks that put the rubber to the road, or dirt every chance they get.  Local level club racing provides a thrill unlike any other.

Perhaps you’ve followed us on Facebook and seen that recently we sponsored a really great young man named Chandler Hill.  He was brought to our attention by our friends at Florida Trail Riders not too long ago.  Just in case you haven’t done so already, he’s someone you should be following.  Click on the picture & it will take you right to his page.

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Here’s Chandler getting a hole shot in the last race.

Sponsoring riders isn’t exactly new for us.  In the past, among others, we have sponsored our friend Steve Hill, of Superbikes & Ski fame when he was racing Ducati’s in CCS.

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Recently when Jeff Gallo our General Manager, was getting some awesome off road riding in at Croom, he started a conversation with a guy he bumped into there.  Turns out that guy happened to be none other than CCS legend, Greg Melka.  You should follow him too…just click on the picture to go to his Facebook page.

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Fast forward a few months and Greg is on a Gulf Coast Motorcycles 350XC-F.  Here he is with Jeff on the special delivery day.

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A couple weeks later the bike was ready to go….

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We knew it was just a matter of time, and here’s another shot of the bike with a first place trophy from the last race.

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Greg is a dominant force when it comes to going fast.  He’s leading the way, and a lot of guys are going to school following his tracks.

One of those great guys is a young man named Charlie Bruin.  Charlie called me and asked me if I knew this Greg Melka guy that raced in FTR.  It wasn’t too long before we got together, and Charlie enjoyed the fastest (and best) delivery experience he’d ever had.

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It wasn’t too long after this picture was taken that Charlie ended up being our newest sponsored rider.  Apparently we know a thing or two about the guys we work with, as Charlie just sent us this picture.  Taking 3rd place in his very first race with the new Gulf Coast Motorcycles 200XC, Charlie is in the hunt for great results as well.  You can click on his picture to follow him too.

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We’re happy and fortunate to have the chance to meet such accomplished riders, who really help us be “first for fast” for helping these riders get what they need to be bringing home the hardware.

Who’s going to be the next fastest?

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When we sold this bike to the Harp family for their son Dylan to ride & develop his racing skills, it was one of our first experiences with younger customers meeting the challenge of racing.  Back in December we were at the I4MX races at Florida Tracks & Trails with a display of a couple bikes.  I was sitting up waiving to all the KTM riders and cheering the racers on, making a spectacle of myself when up rides Dylan on his KTM 85SX.   I recognized him & the bike too, and they were out doing practice laps.  I’m sure that we’ll be seeing him get trophies as his career takes off too.    Who knows, maybe you’ll see him sponsored by Gulf Coast Motorcycles in the future too!

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As a dealership, we’re really glad to participate in the experiences of our customers, and help make riding all that it should be.  Please support your local riders.  Go, see them race at the different venues.  Its spectacular entertainment, and to see and share in the experience up close & personal is something that just can’t be beat.

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Because the winner is…YOU!

Grab your dog, and your doggles, hop on your bike, and go to the races.  To all our riders, racers, fans and friends…Race down to Gulf Coast Motorcycles we’ll see YOU there!

Best regards,
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Webb Benninghoven

Sales & Marketing Manager
BMW-Ducati-KTM & Select Pre-Owned
Gulf Coast Motorcycles
16090 S. Tamiami Trail
Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Office 239.481.8100
Fax 239.425.3100

webb@gcmotorcycles.com
http://www.gcmotorcycles.com

What a Winter!

I’ve almost felt guilty about not writing more in the last couple months…almost.  It’s been a very curious winter.  We had to postpone 3 movie night events, and it seems that our wicked weather is going to co-operate for this Friday’s showing of Dream Racer at Gulf Coast Motorcycles.

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We’ve been looking forward to sharing this great movie with our friends for a few months now…  I remember in November stressing that the special order movie wouldn’t arrive on time for our SW Florida Debut.  Boy, we couldn’t have been more wrong.

Since then, we’ve had tornado’s, flooding, frost, and a host of other atypical weather events here in our area.  Both of the showings of Why We Ride, the movie we ran last year and that we are working on in connection with Harley Davidson Naples, were postponed due to horrible weather.  The new date is still planned for sometime in March.

I wanted to make a special mention to all of you that participated in our Toy’s for Tot’s drive that ended in December.  We helped raise a record number of toys to provide our local kids in need with the joy, hope, and goodness that Christmas is all about.  Thank you from all of us at Gulf Coast Motorcycles.

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This past Sunday, a few brave and warm hearted souls braved the frost, and the breezy conditions to enjoy our first Shop Ride of 2016.  We had a nice turnout, and even met some of our friends from out of town along the way.  Yes, I had my heated seat & grips on, enjoying one of the distinct advantages of riding a BMW motorcycle!  Breakfast was a real treat, and we had a great time, with riders showing up from as far away as Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, and Naples.

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The next ride is set for February 21st, and promises to be another great time with great friends, and a chance to get a little riding done.

There has been a few of our customers that have asked us about the possibility of doing an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1,000 ride, so that they could participate as a group.  If that’s something that is of interest to you, let’s talk about it to see if we can make this happen.  It’s not exactly the easiest shop ride to put on in a day, but it’s something that we should be able to put together if there are enough interested riders.  Its up to you to say something about it though, as I’m putting a list together of people that would participate.

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Last for this post, I want to talk about support.  Not support hose, or no visible means of support, but supporting your local riding group.  Here in SW FL, the Big Cypress Riders chapter of the BMW MOA work really hard to promote not just the ownership of BMW Motorcycles (a very worthy endeavor on its own,) but the experience of some of the finest riders in the area, and the joy of riding in specific.

Did you know that we have a BMW MOA National Ambassador right here?

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Did you know he is one of the highest mileage riders in the dealership, and probably in the country?  There are a lot of exceptional things I can say about Dan Andrews, he’s just an amazing rider, a great mentor, and teacher.  Leading by example is really Dan’s strong suit, and if you like following someone who really know’s how to lead, he’s your guy.  Jim Forry, (email jrforry@gmail.com) and the group of regular members of the Big Cypress Riders meet here at Gulf Coast Motorcycles Monthly on the 2nd Saturday are a just a great group of people to meet.  If you haven’t yet, then you should definitely check them out.  Here’s a really rare picture of Dan, we took it when he was taking delivery of his new bike last year…it’s one of the few times it (and Dan) wasn’t moving.  He just had his 60k service done on that great GS Adventure!

We’d like to see you at movie night, or a shop ride, or just a Saturday riders eat & greet.  Just come by and visit us, you’ll be glad you did.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or just things that you’d like to see, drop me a message: webb@gcmotorcycles.com and we’ll get you covered in short order.

Again, thanks for spending time with us, and we’ll see YOU at Gulf Coast Motorcycles!

Best regards,
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Webb Benninghoven

Sales & Marketing Manager
BMW-Ducati-KTM & Select Pre-Owned
Gulf Coast Motorcycles
16090 S. Tamiami Trail
Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Office 239.481.8100
Fax 239.425.3100

webb@gcmotorcycles.com
http://www.gcmotorcycles.com

Riding in the Long Light

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This past Monday, I was out for a ride…the first one I’ve been able to go on by myself in awhile.  Between heart attacks, shop rides, Thanksgiving, Birthday’s and a host of other life events, not to mention work, it’s been a little hectic.  Riding for me is one of the best experiences that I ever get to enjoy.  The constantly changing sites, smells, road surface, angles, scenery, wildlife…there’s almost too much to take in.   Its great to get out and ride and there’s been so much to think about with all the activities going on here.

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As most of you know, we are in the middle of our Toys for Tots donation drive, but you may not know that Gulf Coast Motorcycles also is providing pick up & drop off for Toys from your local area Walgreens, and A.C. Moore stores too.  Like I said, theres’ a LOT going on.

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The movie night tonight at Harley Davidson of Naples, whom we partnered with for the event has been rescheduled for January 15th, 2016 and it’s absolutely going to be a good time for all of us.  Tomorrow starts the inaugural I4MX motocross races at Florida Tracks & Trials…guess what???  We’ll see you at the Finish Line, as Gulf Coast Motorcycles is a sponsor there for this fantastic event.  Florida Tracks and Trails has got it going on, and we hope to see you there for some good fun for the entire family!

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December 12 is Cape Coral Bike night, and as always, our tents, bikes, and crew will be there.  It is on 47th, and will be from 5-10 pm.  Lots of food, fun, music, and motorcycles…who could ask for more???

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Well…just wait…because we have date night covered.  December 18th, Gulf Coast Motorcycles will be having dinner & a movie right here at our shop.  Like last year, it’s going to be a wonderful time, popcorn & the SW FL premiere of an award winning movie!  The time is from 6:30 to 9:00pm…and we’ll see you there.  Admission is ONLY 1 new unwrapped toy donation to Toys for Tots.  It’s the season, who better to share it with than all your riding friends?

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I was so taken by my last ride that when we have the shop ride on the 20th of December, we’re going to duplicate the ride.  There will be something for everyone.  Make sure you friend us on Facebook, or check out our Calendar of Events so you don’t miss any of the awesome stuff that’s going on right here, at Gulf Coast Motorcycles, your neighborhood bike shop.

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As I made the last left turn and headed south into the twilight, I looked to the right & saw the Sun in full Crimson, sliding below the horizon.  The sanguine colors were enhanced by the woodsmoke from some of the land being cleared for planting on the Babcock Ranch.  As the smell and the sights soaked into my soul, I found peace again…only riding can provide those moments.  Riding into the long light of day makes every moment special, when everything comes together at the right time and the right place…and people ask why we ride?!

As always, thanks for reading this, and we’ll see YOU at Gulf Coast Motorcycles!

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Best regards,

Webb Benninghoven

Sales & Marketing Manager
BMW-Ducati-KTM & Select Pre-Owned
Official 2015 Toys for Tots Donation Location
Gulf Coast Motorcycles
16090 S. Tamiami Trail
Ft. Myers, FL 33908Office 239.481.8100
Fax 239.425.3100webb@gcmotorcycles.com
http://www.gcmotorcycles.com

 

 

 

KTM STREET DEMO DAYS!

Neither Snow nor Sleet nor Rain can stop….

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Holy Smokes it was raining when I headed to Gulf Coast Motorcycles for the KTM Street Demo Day on Tuesday 10.27.2015

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Pulling on the lot, the enormous tractor trailer was taking up the whole frontage road of the dealership…GREAT visibility north and south.

They had been pretty specific before the event that the rules would prohibit riding in the rain, so it was really touch & go most of the day.

None the less, we had a great turnout with lots of people experiencing their awesome bikes and getting a taste of orange!

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They had a great array of KTM Motorcycles including the all new 1290 Super Adventure for people to try, as well as the 1190 Adventure & 1190 Adventure R.  Many of our riders were eager to try the Dukes, we had the 390, 690 and 1290 here & the feedback was really impressive.  The RC 390 and 690 Enduro R rounded out the fleet.

As the riders pulled out, 10 at a time, you could hear the roar from the powerful V Twins, as they accelerated down the street.  A really impressive sight.

When the riders returned, all smiles, we had a chance to get the first hand reports from each of the riders.  All the reviews were very positive, and as a whole, to a rider, the KTM’s are true contenders in the market place in each of the categories where they compete.  As a dealership used to handling world class products, the entire KTM lineup doesn’t disappoint in any way, and truly there is something for everyone.  That is what really was demo’ed in this ride event.

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If you’re looking for a great beginning bike, and want a naked styled bike that’s small, and easy to handle without sacrificing the safety of ABS brakes, then either the 390 Duke or the 690 Duke will fit exactly what you’re after.  No wonder that it’s picked as one of the 10 best naked bikes of the year!  If you want to ride the Ultimate in Naked Bike Power & Performance, then you don’t need to look any further than the 1290 Super Duke R affectionately called the Beast.  It’s the only bike I’ve ever heard of being traded in because a guys wife caught him doing wheelies down the street & told him he had to trade it for something a little more sedate…ah the things we do to maintain peace in our homes…

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If you find a sport bike style to be more to your liking, then the RC 390 fits exactly.  It has everything that you could possibly want and then some.  The RC390 Cup bikes are enjoying a great following on and off the track.  Utilizing the same drive train as the Duke 390, it’s got plenty of power for track days, and daily commuting if you like that style of bike.

I did a review on the Adventure bikes in our blog a couple weeks ago, so I’ll leave them out here…though everyone loved each of the bikes in the lineup.  There’s one for every rider.

The 690 Enduro R is the one bike that defies a lot of descriptions.

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We had some folks that had never experienced the bike before, that came back from their demo ride completely astonished.  The bike just does everything.  When you need a dirt swiss army knife, that bike is it!  It’s a little lighter than the lightest GS, and has about a third more power than some of the other small offerings.  In fact it blows most of the competition so completely out of the water, it’s not even a fair comparison.  No wonder we can’t keep these bikes in stock.  We did order a whole lot more than we did last year.  We’re just waiting for them to start showing up.

If you didn’t have the chance to make the demo ride day, we’re sorry we missed you.  If you want a chance to experience KTM’s 2016 Off Road Product, we do have a special demo day that will be in Okeechobee on November 20th.  That is a special invitation only event, so contact us to let us know that you want to attend so we can get you set up.

Keep watching our website, or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the great happenings at Gulf Coast Motorcycles, and we’ll see you here!  Thanks again for reading!

Best regards,

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Webb Benninghoven
Sales & Marketing Manager
BMW-Ducati-KTM & Select Pre-Owned
Gulf Coast Motorcycles
16090 S. Tamiami Trail
Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Office 239.481.8100
Fax 239.425.3100

webb@gcmotorcycles.com
http://www.gcmotorcycles.com

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