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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 4:03 pm
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Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I'm looking to add armrests to a recently purchased 2005 BMW K1200LT. I've searched on-line and read some Forum posts and the two models that show up are:

>Comfort Armrests for Passenger by ZTechnik (available at a number of stores ~$400)

>Don Muddiman's Eagle Innovation's Armrests (available from the inventor ~$330)
http://www.eagle-i.us/

>I've seen a third type on a bike on eBay, but have never found it by searching on-line. May have been custom made by the original owner (the current owner knew nothing about them).

QUESTIONS:
1) Does anyone know of other armrests available?
2) Does anyone have an opinion on which are best?
3) What about time and complexity of install?

The Eagle install PDF looks very thorough, and looks like a decent amount of work. The ZTechnik looks like an easier install, but will the plastic topcase hold the weight?

Any feedback will be appreciated.

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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 4:47 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I have the muddman's (came with the bike) ... my co rider loves them ... takes naps back there
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 4:58 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

You will not find a better armrest for the money then Don Muddiman's Eagle Innovation's Armrests
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 5:24 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I also have the Muddimans armrest on our '99 LT. Also have the Kury armrest on our '02 GL1800. Wife says she is just as comfortable on the LT's armrest. They were a snap to install and I particularly like the fact that by removing one bolt on each side and the armrest can be removed from the bases quickly. They also fold up against the rear speakers and are not an eyesore when not in use. They are really well made and have been on our bike for almost 2 years with no problems.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 5:28 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

+1 on the Muddimans.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 7:09 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

Mud man here.

Takes a while to install, BUT - you can take them off when you sell your scoot without leaving any marks - something to consider for resale since you'll be able to re-claim some of the initial expenditure.

I like the wider "footprint" vs. others.

My SO thinks they are the tits - made her MUCH more secure back there.

They only negative is they are rather hard - easily taken care of by installing some softer foam. Butt then again I have a high standards when it come to comfort that most others don't even consider...
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

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Originally Posted by mantincp
The ZTechnik looks like an easier install, but will the plastic topcase hold the weight
I have the Ztechnik on mine, came with it, the wife like them. The only issue might be you have to swing them out of the way to open the top case. They have metal brackets on the inside of the case that provides the strength needed for support.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 8:34 pm
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+1 for Muddiman armrests. Straightforward installation, no issues, very nice design, well engineered. My wife loves them.
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I installed Muddiman's on my '05 a few weeks ago. The install went well and I am pleased in every way - so is my wife.
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I have Mud on my LT...easy install and wife seems to enjoy. Easily removed when running solo.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 11:58 pm
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

I know of what Mr. Miller speaks of . . . I put Muddiman's armrests on my 2002 - sold the
bike last year and transferred them to my new to me 2009 LT. They are a good quality
product - I did improve the design a little by wiring in a mercury switch and avoided having
to drill any additional plastic and rework the existing mechanical switch. As a reminder
you can also remove them partially if you do not like the look when the passenger is not
on board . . .
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

Muddimans.... they sit up out of the way most of the time when I'm 1-up, pillion has the option of riding either with them down or up, without any detrimental affect on the "look" of the bike, or risk of them catching anything while manoeuvring if not down.

Probably a bit more work to install I'd imagine, but very well engineered.

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I can only asssume the third one you speak of was G&G TECHNIK,



Much more labor intensive than Dons... MUCH>> MUCH>>> MUCH more expensive..

I've had a set on Barbara (RIP) and Gretchen. Both were added by the PO...
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

Might mention in addition to my above post...
I had to install a cup holder for the wife so she had the same comforts as on the Goldwing with the Kuryakyn arm rest and the nice fold out cup holder. So I got a nice chromed cup holder from a boat supplier on the net. Not a cheapo one as it was about $35. Steel and Chrome cost a bit more.
I had a few RAM ball mounts and a 6" RAM arm from other things and mounted one ball under the right Muddiman arm rest and the 6" arm attaches to another ball mount on the cup holder. She angles it so her drink is just outboard of the arm rest. Holds a pretty good size cup if needed. I remove it when she doesn't ride and it stays under her luggage in the right side saddlebag. Only negative of this setup is if she forgets to fold up that side of the arm rest and then opens up the trunk, it bumps the right side saddlebag handle. But hasn't make a mark on it as of yet. Works for us
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

If you can lay your hands on bikes with both the Muddiman and Z-Technik, have your wife check them out and install whichever she prefers. A happy pillion is a good thing!
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Tommy,
Can you post some pictures of your cup holder mod?
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I would love to see some pics of that mod too!!
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With the cup holder removed, the only pcs that are left on the bike. The bolt can be removed as well and kept with the holder when the wife is not on the bike or there is no need for the holder. Just the small braket will be left....





I did put it at an angle (forward) due to an issue with my wifes arm. If you mounted it (and left the bold loose) correctly it will swing. I tightened it down as not to allow movement.

(the wife does not like the twisties, so she will not be on the back when it would need to swing....
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Re: Adding Armrests to K1200LT

Well, since we're talking arm rest mods here's another one: helmet holders. I've found it to be the best place I've ever stowed them, especially since you can put a cover on. I give my passenger their own key to simplify unlocking. No key needed to lock. I understand these particular locks may be difficult to find currently - note that the post is from 2007.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...=helmet+holder
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The above was a mod on Barbara (RIP )... In anticipation of the ride to CCR, Gretchen received this cup holder.

Simple piece of 2" x 6" flat stock steel, drilled and bent to an angle. About 1.5" is sandwiched between the padded piece and the steel support. A hole was drilled to allow one of the OEM armrest screws to go through the flat stock to anchor it.




$10 for the steel, $10 for the cup holder... $0 for the black spray paint... Priceless!
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