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post #1 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 3:15 am Thread Starter
 
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Morning gents,

Just thought I pop in and say hello.

I am picking up my bike on Saturday, and was wondering if there are any tips, things to look out for or anything else that I might find useful.
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post #2 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 3:23 am
 
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Welcome "newby". And congrats on the purchase. Tell us a little about the bike...new or used? Color? Details man, we want details!

Also, feel free to fill in your profile a bit. Knowing the general area that you live in helps us to help you more effectively. And, it's a great way for you to meet fellow LT owners near you. I promise you won't get hounded or spammed. You're safe here.

Saturday huh? This is going to be one . . . long . . . week. Don't be a stranger now, hear?
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post #3 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 4:07 am Thread Starter
 
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More details as requested.

It's a new bike in dark graphite and has all the toys fitted - UK price £19,000

Yep, Saturday is going to be fun (I hope !!)

Being a cabbage when it comes to 'puters, how do I modify my profile ?
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post #4 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 6:16 am
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Newby calling

Go to the home page and near the top right hand corner will be a box saying User CP osprey 03 - click on it. Om the new screen down the left hand side will be a list of Edits. Edit your profile to show location etc.

Enjoy Saturday

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Welcome to the group. Give us a post Saturday night or Sunday morning and let us know your first impressions. Three tips, One: stay away from the front brake in slow situations unless you are going straight, Two: when using the sidestand make sure your leave your bike in first gear and Three: if the beast starts to tip over on you, don't try to stop her. She's well protected and will most likely sustain less damage than you will if you try to hold her up.

Best of luck, and safe LTing!

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post #7 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 6:28 am
 
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Welcome aboard!
Here's some practical tips
for start up, give it a little choke, goose the right handgrip a couple of times, then lift out the kick starter, ------ Nope, that's how Joe starts his lawn mower!!!
Practically speaking,
front tire at 42psi, rear at 50psi, keep battery charged up (if a gel battery you'll need a 'gel' battery charger
for low speed (parking lot) maneuvers, keep the 'r's' up to at least 2000, I don't know how it knows, but if you don't, the bike will nose-dive to the pavement.
If you follow the pattern of most of the board, you'll be ready for your 600 mile by Monday!!
Enjoy!!!!
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post #8 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 6:39 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome and all the replies and tips.

Not too sure about how you are taught to control a bike a low speed, but over here, it's keep the revs constant, back brake only and a little clutch slip.

I will post my first impressions on Monday, if I survive !!

Cheers

Martin
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post #9 of 22 Old Aug 15th, 2006, 6:49 am
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Martin

What was your last bike? And remember over here we are taught to do a U turn as it is required for the test but how many people use it in real life. There is a reverse gear for a reason you know ;-)

AS others have said do not coast or creep - come to a stop straight and leave straight

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More details as requested.

It's a new bike in dark graphite and has all the toys fitted - UK price £19,000?
Since it's brand spankin' new...HERE'S some reading for you on the controversial topic of breaking in a new motor. That's exactly how I broke in my new K1200GT less than 2 months ago. Make sure you're sitting down when you read it.



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Being a cabbage when it comes to 'puters, how do I modify my profile ?
Near the top of each page, there's a bar with links to click on. The furthest one to the left reads "User CP" (User Control Panel). Click on that. In the next page that pops up, you can see all the things you can change and/or customize on the left. The 3rd one down is "Edit Profile". Click on that and fill some of that in, if you wouldn't mind.

HTH (Hope This Helps)
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Not too sure about how you are taught to control a bike a low speed, but over here, it's keep the revs constant, back brake only and a little clutch slip.
Yes, that is on the right track. I would keep the LT revved at around 2500RPMs, with a nice balance of rear brake ONLY and clutch slippage. Head up and looking where you want to exit. Both feet on the pegs. A little practice and no big deal!
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Grahamw - I still own a Honda CBR 1100 XX Superblackbird - just for a bit of fun.

Messenger13 - Yep, I have seen that article before.

Doing a U turn on the Bird is a right pain due to lack of turning circle, bars hit the tank, so hopefully should be better with this bike.
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It will certainly be a different ride then. Joe must have been in a good mood today pointing youo at the engine run in site rather than saying 'good job your a wightlifter and watch this for your education:

http://mail.bmwlt.net/~messenger13/files/revspickup.mov


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It will certainly be a different ride then. Joe must have been in a good mood today pointing youo at the engine run in site rather than saying 'good job your a wightlifter and watch this for your education:

http://mail.bmwlt.net/~messenger13/files/revspickup.mov


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Tht video isn't a bad learning tool either. Thanks to forum member 'munson' for the good demonstration.
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Cool Welcome Martin!

Congrats on the new ride. You asked for insight. If you have not been actively riding for a while, I recommend you leave SO at home for the first 500 miles or so and get to know the bike. Having opened an office in UK, I know the bikes there are riding is all kinds of nasty weather. Just keep in mind, the cell phone idiots don't see us in perfect weather. Blessed with safe riding since 1971, if I can offer one suggestion to you it is this. Always study the cage drivers. Right of way means nothing when they hit you.

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Congrats on the new ride.
Ditto... you're gonna love this ride...

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If you have not been actively riding for a while, I recommend you leave SO at home for the first 500 miles or so and get to know the bike.
Double ditto... in fact, the first place I went to once I drove it off the lot was a large open parking lot. Did a whole bunch of the MSF stuff... slow manuvers, hard braking, outside-inside-outside, swerves... as much as I could remember for about a hour. Then I felt comfortable enuf to try on the "blondes on their cell phones" crowd! (I know I'm gonna burn in hell for this statement...)

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Damn, I wish I had said that...

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Tht video isn't a bad learning tool either. Thanks to forum member 'munson' for the good demonstration.
I'm still not sure about the sunglasses tho...

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post #18 of 22 Old Oct 20th, 2006, 8:08 am Thread Starter
 
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Hi gents,

Firstly I do aplogise for not posting earlier about my thoughts on the bike. This is due to being a tad ill.

Any case, I finally picked my bike up 2 weeks ago - what a fantastic bike, easy to ride, comfortable and just gob smacking experience. The weight doesn't give any problems, the torque is amazing. I'm glad I wear a full face crash helmet to hide the stupid grin I seem to have when riding it.

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Hi gents,

Firstly I do aplogise for not posting earlier about my thoughts on the bike. This is due to being a tad ill.

Any case, I finally picked my bike up 2 weeks ago - what a fantastic bike, easy to ride, comfortable and just gob smacking experience. The weight doesn't give any problems, the torque is amazing. I'm glad I wear a full face crash helmet to hide the stupid grin I seem to have when riding it.

Martin
Hi Martin,
First, congratulation on your new ride. I'm sure you will love it.
Now, I'm just curious. In Augusto 15 you are ready to pick up your bike and it just arrived two weeks ago?
What happens :O

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Morning gents,

Just thought I pop in and say hello.

I am picking up my bike on Saturday, and was wondering if there are any tips, things to look out for or anything else that I might find useful.
Greetings Martin:

Congrat's on your new bike. Watch the clutch! I "cristened" mine 3 times in the first day learning that dry clutch! Now, it's slow and easy with plenty of slippage.

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Thanks for the warm welcome and all the replies and tips.

Not too sure about how you are taught to control a bike a low speed, but over here, it's keep the revs constant, back brake only and a little clutch slip.

I will post my first impressions on Monday, if I survive !!

Cheers

Martin
Welcome you will enjoy the ride and this board.

This is the same low speed procedure I was instructed to do and it works fine on the big girl(still thank goodness for the engine guards I still dropped twice while practicing ). I saw posted on the site somewhere on how to cover up you guards and side chrome with some split heavy duty hose to keep from messing them up if you do drop her during slow speed practice.(yes after I drooped it I found it )

Have fun and ride safe !!

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