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post #1 of 7 Old May 16th, 2017, 7:39 pm Thread Starter
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Hi I'm new to this forum and just picked up a 2009 K1200lt a couple of weeks ago. I've had at least 1 BMW since 1984 (and still have that one). We've already put about a thousand miles on the bike and the wife and I really like it. Tonight when we parked in the garage when I turned the key off lights came on under the lower fairing and stayed on for 15 or 20 seconds, hadn't noticed this before. Can't find any info about these lights, it does have the BMW J-pegs installed so it this light to help you see the j-peg if it was deployed when dark?
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They are called "ground effect" lighting and were added to the LT in 2005. The top dash light will also come on if the switch is in the right position. They were designed to give you a view of your footing when stopping in the dark but they come on far too late for that so I don't know what the Germans were thinking. The LT is quite a ride and if you came form cruisers then shift a little later in the RPM band for better pull. First gear is good to 62 mph before you hit the rev limiter

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Thanks for the reply. I have 2 RT's, a 1984 R100RT with 125,000 miles and a 2002 R1150RT with 133,000 miles. Put all the miles on the 84 and all but 5,000 on the 02. I actually find the LT to be more maneuverable than the 02 RT, the weight is centered lower.
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Thanks for the reply. I have 2 RT's, a 1984 R100RT with 125,000 miles and a 2002 R1150RT with 133,000 miles. Put all the miles on the 84 and all but 5,000 on the 02. I actually find the LT to be more maneuverable than the 02 RT, the weight is centered lower.
You and I are the only two people in the world who believe this. When I first joined the forum, I read horror stories about the LT being top heavy, unstable below 5 mph, prone to falling over once a month and, horror of horrors, guaranteed to go down if you use the brakes while turning at less than 10 mph!

I came from a similar size, though maybe a little lighter, bike - a Kawasaki Voyager XII. I found the LT no harder to ride than the Kawasaki. I have yet to drop it in 10 years and 57,000 miles. I use the brakes all the time while turning at low speeds. I find it no more top heavy than the Kawasaki.

I have concluded after 10 years that the problem is rider skill, not the LT.

The lights are goofy as John said. I guess you can check the surface before deploying the side or center stand. They would be much more useful if they came on at speeds less than say 5 mph when the brakes are being applied.
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They are called "ground effect" lighting and were added to the LT in 2005. The top dash light will also come on if the switch is in the right position. They were designed to give you a view of your footing when stopping in the dark but they come on far too late for that so I don't know what the Germans were thinking. The LT is quite a ride and if you came form cruisers then shift a little later in the RPM band for better pull. First gear is good to 62 mph before you hit the rev limiter
Yep. I came from a cruiser. A Intruder VL1500. I was sjort shifting the LT at first. Then you guys set me straight on reving it out. Much better.

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Every time I have backed my 02 RT down a steep grade it wants to lay down. The first time I forgot to turn on the key and it was a real seat pucker. When I picked up the bike at the dealer in STL (first time on a K-LT) I completed a u-turn a good 2 feet shorter radius than I felt comfortable with on the RT. I thought to myself wow this is different.

Also thanks for the reply, don't know why I didn't notice the lights the first 3 or 4 times parking in a dark garage.

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They are called "ground effect" lighting and were added to the LT in 2005. The top dash light will also come on if the switch is in the right position. They were designed to give you a view of your footing when stopping in the dark but they come on far too late for that so I don't know what the Germans were thinking. The LT is quite a ride and if you came form cruisers then shift a little later in the RPM band for better pull. First gear is good to 62 mph before you hit the rev limiter
Yep. I came from a cruiser. A Intruder VL1500. I was short shifting the LT at first. Then you guys set me straight on reving it out. Much better.

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