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33+ years of riding, 7 years of K1200LT ownership and I still tipped my bike over
Never tipped over a bike before I got the LT but I must have tipped over this big German lady about 5 or 6 times since I bought it. It happened again yesterday while coming back from a 2 days trip to the beaches of NC with the trailer and my girl friend. I stopped to get some gas. A lot of people at this gas station. When we were leaving the pump a car just got in front of me while I was about to take off. I did an emergency stop and tipped over. It did no hurt anything or anybody beside my pride. Girl friend is fine, I am fine, even the bike is fine with only a very minor scratch on the wing but gosh it is frustrating! People around must have though that I just got the bike and was still a leaner rider. I love my LT but I hope it would not be that top heavy.

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I have owned my LT for 10 years now. I am 5'6, 60 years old. I always had trouble wth coming to a slow speed stop like pulling up to a gas pump. It was very wobbly the last few feet until I remembered a very basic skill I learned from being a MSF coach and that is to keep head up looking forward when stopping. If I look at the top of the gas station or something up above me then I stop with no wobble. My guess would be that when you had to make that emergency stop that your handlebars weren't straight when you squeezed your front brake.
Keep your head up!

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I have owned my LT for 10 years now. I am 5'6, 60 years old. I always had trouble wth coming to a slow speed stop like pulling up to a gas pump. It was very wobbly the last few feet until I remembered a very basic skill I learned from being a MSF coach and that is to keep head up looking forward when stopping. If I look at the top of the gas station or something up above me then I stop with no wobble. My guess would be that when you had to make that emergency stop that your handlebars weren't straight when you squeezed your front brake.
Keep your head up!
Good advice. Every time except two I've dropped the LT is was at a stop where I wasn't looking ahead. Once because a car cut me off as I was going into a corner, once actually at a MSF course when looking at the line the instructor was pointing at as my parking spot. One other was at a stop but wasn't because I looked down, because if I had I wouldn't have stopped where my front tire and feet both ended up on the painted lines right after a rain storm. Then one where I wasn't on the bike rather trying to put it on the CS while standing on loose oil sorb.
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The head up works great. Since I started forcing myself to keep the head up until fully stopped I have been good. I probably just jinxed myself, shit.

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The head up works great. Since I started forcing myself to keep the head up until fully stopped I have been good. I probably just jinxed myself, shit.
Yup, and you'll go down when your the first one to the light, it'll turn green as soon as the bike hits the pavement, then all the cagers going around you will laugh, honk and make rude comments about your bike "shoulda bought a Harley." Been there done that, if you can't stop before the painted lines, blast through!
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One of the things I do and have become very good at doing is timing stop lights, its like a game to me now. It will accomplish three things for you. When you see a red light slow down so that you arrive when it turns green and you can just roll on the gas and go. Eliminates the stop and possible fall over, eliminates starting from a dead stop thus saving the clutch and it pisses off the cager behind you, because most of them like to go balls to the wall from light to light. I probably am successful 75% of the time and at stop signs I can usually see oncoming traffic and I roll thru them. Sorry officer

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I have owned my LT for 10 years now. I am 5'6, 60 years old. I always had trouble wth coming to a slow speed stop like pulling up to a gas pump. It was very wobbly the last few feet until I remembered a very basic skill I learned from being a MSF coach and that is to keep head up looking forward when stopping. If I look at the top of the gas station or something up above me then I stop with no wobble. My guess would be that when you had to make that emergency stop that your handlebars weren't straight when you squeezed your front brake.
Keep your head up!
Marc, You & I are neighbors - are you still an active MSF coach and are you associated with Balance Dynamics in Walton KY? I took an MSF level 2 course there a couple of years ago shortly after getting my LT - well worth it. Bill (can't remember his last name) was my coach and he was instructing from a Harley Ultra Glide. I was never able to cut as tight a U-turn as him but I sure could stop shorter! I dumped the bike during a e-stop in a curve but that's OK - no harm done. He said there was a coach with an LT but I didn't catch the name. I wouldn't mind repeating the course. I did learn to keep my head up.

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