Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Mauldin, SC, USA
I lost my tail on a K1200LT
No, I didn't sell it for a loss but I did remove my trunk for the first time. I've read many posts about how well the LT handles with the trunk removed but I've never bothered to try. One thing I love about the LT is the lockable storage capacity so I didn't think I could go anywhere without my trunk.
Yesterday I got the bright idea that I could carry a travel mug full of coffee in the corner of the trunk, only to find on arrival that "travel" is a relative term and the entire contents, heavy on half-and-half, had spilled into the trunk.
On to this list to find the instructions for removing the topcase carpet liner. I've never met Jim Beard, but this is the second time his step by step photo instructions have helped me out (the first time was Autocom installation). You out there, Jim? You da man, and I owe you a cup of coffee (no, not the one I squeezed out of the carpet liner).
After I removed the topcase liner (which had a pleasant vanilla smell) for a good cleaning, I decided to remove the trunk for a few days. Took my first ride this morning to the office. Not exactly "the Dragon" but there are some wicked switchbacks in the parking garage. The other posts were right, it's surprising how differently the bike handles absent the weight of an empty trunk. Only drawback so far is that I had to secure my helmet with the little cable.