Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Garfield Hts, Ohio, USA
Re: Q's Handlebars, seats & Horsepower
[quote=TheDocTkk;1735217]I have a 1999 K1200LT
I have several questions.
Looking through the service manual, I see 1 (ONE) specific handlebar height. Has anyone changed the bars out and had success?
What can I say.. The factory seat is one of the worst I have ever sat on. I need it in the upper position and I find it to be significantly uncomfortable on long rides. I have done 2 iron butt with my prior GW. I can say the seat was 1000% better. What seats have YOU used to improve the ride for your bike?
In my research before I found this bike. I was told that somewhere around 2004 the HP was bumped up from 100 to 130. Can this be easily done to a 99 like mine?[/quote
1st. The bars can be slightly adjusted, not changed out. 2nd. There are 2 adjust positions for the seat, high& low height adjustment. But. My recommendation is a airhawk,or beadrider pad. A Russell day long or a Bill Mayer seat is a big difference. The factory seat is not the best. 3rd. HP. 1999-2004 US models HP is 98 bhp. Starting in 2005. HP was raised to 116 and gearbox was modified. Just keep the rpms up. The brick motor likes to rev. Keep it around 4,500. Other improvements post 2004.Hydro/electric centerstand was added . Instrument panel was upgraded. Another piece of advice. The factory windshield is fair. An aftermarket windshield will help quite a bit. That alone makes it unbeatable as far as wind\rain protection of any touring bike period. With personal improvments. It's a great touring bike.
2004 K1200LT. Big Mama
1999 Suzuki Intruder VL1500LC. Betty Lou.
I'm a 4 percenter.
Last edited by james216; Jun 13th, 2017 at 11:55 am.