Astride the bike, as you take it off the side stand, one is bound to feel every kilogram of the bike’s 198 kg weight. It’s a heavy bike, of course, and not something that you’d be thrilled about as you head out of the pits onto the track. However, going easy around the corners initially will get you accustomed to the bike. Also, the crouched riding stance does help in taking that weight away quite a bit. That because you’re closer to the central mass of the motorcycle by becoming a part of the motorcycle rather than being on it.
And once that sync is achieved, you are in for a treat. The GT 650’s motor might not be a fast one, but it sure does lurch ahead with a heavy thrust every time you open the throttle. While cornering, the GT 650 is like a mature motorcycle that demands respect and proper coordination of hand, feet and mind to pull off a smooth corner. It’s like riding a wave of momentum that needs to be delicately surfed through the fast and slow corners of the track.
All the above words mean that while the GT 650 has a good pair of brakes that offer a strong bite, the suspension bits of the motorcycle don't quite favour pushing the bike. As you squeeze the front brake lever before entering the corner, the front forks dive down, upsetting the balance of the motorcycle which results in carrying less speed into the corner. Consequently, as one opens the throttle while exiting a corner, the soft setup of the twin rear shocks doesn’t inspire much confidence to gas out faster. You are made to think whether the bike will keep to the desired line or not. Lastly, due to this setup, one needs to be alert when attacking kinks between C3 and C4. The bike tends to weave as a significant part of the weight gets shifted to the rear, thus lighting the front end and compressing the rear shocks further.