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post #1 of 10 Old Sep 19th, 2008, 10:46 am Thread Starter
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Wink 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.
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post #2 of 10 Old Sep 19th, 2008, 11:00 am
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Re: I lost my tail on a K1200LT

I can fit a full face helmet in each side case. Have you tried that?

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Re: I lost my tail on a K1200LT

I loved the way the LT handled with the trunk off....

Whenever I knew I was going to be riding in an extremely windy area I would routinely take it off... It made the difference if the ride was going to be enjoyable or terrifying!! LOL!!!

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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.

I carry my mug to work everyday in my LT's trunk. I use a good stainless steel mug (mine is a Nissan 20oz. flat bottom) and put it into a plastic ziplock bag, then wedge it into a corner with other items in my trunk or a towel or rag. Works for me.........you could always get a thermos as well.
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I can fit a full face helmet in each side case. Have you tried that?
Actually I haven't, but I will. Thanks for the suggestion. It will come in handy now that I'm going "topless".

I keep my jacket in one side case; today my gloves and the Zumo are keeping it company. I have a bag in the right side case with, well, a lot of junk that I probably need to leave in the garage.
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I carry my mug to work everyday in my LT's trunk. I use a good stainless steel mug (mine is a Nissan 20oz. flat bottom) and put it into a plastic ziplock bag, then wedge it into a corner with other items in my trunk or a towel or rag. Works for me.........you could always get a thermos as well.
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The funny part is that I chose from three or so travel mugs laying around the kitchen. I picked the one that LOOKED the most leak-proof; too bad I didn't take 30 seconds, fill it with water and turn it upside down over the kitchen sink to see if it would leak if tipped over. Sleep deprivation makes me stupid. OK, more stupid.

If I try this again, I'll test the cup, then put it in a large Ziplock bag (maybe two bags).

My "destination" yesterday was a Men's small group at my church. When I found the coffee all dumped out, I chose not to get irritated about it (we do actually have a choice in our reactions to things). I walked into the meeting and listened to one of the guys talk about his wife (30+ year marriage) who died on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer. Another friend's mother just received a serious cancer diagnosis. It would be hard to gripe about coffee when you consider what others are facing. I've had a lot of laughs about the coffee mishap, and I am going to try to remember to laugh at myself a lot more, and remember to be grateful.
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Re: I lost my tail on a K1200LT

Cancer Sucks.

As for the coffee, just need to get it to stay upright... velcro works pretty good... you can buy it in lengths at Fabric Stores or Hobby Lobby kind of places... comes on a spool. Just use the "hook" end and stick it to the carpet inside your topcase... in a corner... go around the cup and stick on the other end of the velcro to the carpet again.

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Cancer Sucks.

As for the coffee, just need to get it to stay upright... velcro works pretty good... you can buy it in lengths at Fabric Stores or Hobby Lobby kind of places... comes on a spool. Just use the "hook" end and stick it to the carpet inside your topcase... in a corner... go around the cup and stick on the other end of the velcro to the carpet again.

Or, just ride a GT...then you won't need anything to keep you awake!!!!



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Re: I lost my tail on a K1200LT

Let me get this straight... YOU allowed your cup of coffee to SPILL in your top case... MAN... YOU CANNOT BE A SERIOUS COFFEE DRINKER!!!! Screw the swampy carpet ... MAN.... get out the sponge.. sop it up.. squeeze it back in the mug and call it good!.. Geez

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put it into a plastic ziplock bag, then wedge it into a corner with other items in my trunk or a towel or rag.
I do the same, only thing I would add/do is place a rubber band around the ziplock bag.

Just that added security that has paid off twice.

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