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post #1 of 12 Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:32 am Thread Starter
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Does an LT make other bikes drop proof?

I have never owned a bike that I didn't drop, dump on multiple occasions.
(Mostly from a bad habit of thinking I can ride anybike, anywhere)
Early this summer I picked a K75 up for running around town. You know store, gym, girlfriends house etc.
I've put about 10K on this bike and have yet to dump it.
Does wrestling the behemoth of the LT, make you more apt to ride correctly?
Or is it just 400 lbs less to handle, that makes the difference?
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Rock,

I suspect that by handling the weight of an LT it makes us pay more attention and this carries over to a lighter or smaller bike. My K100 actually sits higher than the LT but it is more forgiving when you do some thing dumb.

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I would have to agree with Roy that the LT makes you pay more attention and that it carries over on any bike you ride and most bikes are more forgiving so you are even less likely to drop them.
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Does wrestling the behemoth of the LT, make you more apt to ride correctly?
Or is it just 400 lbs less to handle, that makes the difference?
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Both! I have a 1150GS that feels like a toy after I ride the LT. If I'm sitting on the GS, I have to stand on one foot on my toes (both would feet won't reach) to get it off the center stand but that is easy compared to wrestling the LT.

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I have never owned a bike that I didn't drop, dump on multiple occasions.
(Mostly from a bad habit of thinking I can ride anybike, anywhere)
Early this summer I picked a K75 up for running around town. You know store, gym, girlfriends house etc.
I've put about 10K on this bike and have yet to dump it.
Does wrestling the behemoth of the LT, make you more apt to ride correctly?
Or is it just 400 lbs less to handle, that makes the difference?
Rock
You & me both! Two wheels just ain't gonna stand up if you quit thinkin'. Case in point: I took advantage of an incredible buy on the '95 Triumph Sprint in my sig file for the same reason you got the K75. Great little "beater"! Light, quick, agile, lots of carry space. Rattled around the "First Coast" area for about a year with nary a problem, then one day I forgot two or three things as I was gettin' ready to make an errand run. The first time or two were just minor delays, but the last one annoyed me enough that I killed the ignition & hopped off to go back in the house. Probably should have put the kickstand down~ Even a Triumph is a lot less light & agile when it's layin' on it's side.

So yeah, an LT will make other bikes drop proof.......as long as you stay on the LT, & off the other bikes.

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Handling any kind of heavy weight, whether it is a tubby K1200Lt, barbells or bags of cement improves your balance, strength and intuition. I find it makes handling a 400 lb. bike a piece of cake. Ron
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Gasp!!!

You mean you've dropped a bike!!! Well who hasen't? I have been riding bike bikes for a very long time and I have noticed that the smaller bikes seem very easy to handle after being on the bigger bikes.
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I think you can drop any bike,but I do understand the point you are making. After riding the Lt and having the beast to wrestle with from time to time keeps you respectful of the precarious situations it can get you in. I have purchased another scooter recently to run around town on and am amazed at how easily it handles being that it is in the 700#+ range. That being said, the Lt is still my bike of choice 2up at 70+ mph for hours on end.

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Nope!

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Ok I must ask, How do you know?

and no it wasn't the GSA was it?

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Well of course it was!

There I wuz, smeared in butter and tobasco sauce, WAIT! Wrong story!

Leading a Ride in Eastern TN heading down to SC, very twisty road, great conditions.

I saw one of my buddies in my rear view mirror go very wide out of a turn and I thought he may have gone off the road so I did a perfect left 180 and headed back when I saw them coming around the turn so I executed a Right 180 on a very narrow road and for some stupid reason I touched the front brake instead of dragging the rear and she laid down ever so slowly sitting her Right Jug on top of my right foot down by the toes.

Minor scratches on the head guard and the Purdiest Blue Big Toe I ever did see.
Dang man glad it wasn't worse, to the bike of course <grin>

hopefully next month, BTW the vibes in the handle bars bother you? they do me on karens but hope they will go away some cause i'm going to do my best to have the adventure soon

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I Dig the Vibe Man!
BTW as soon as i get my hands on it, there will be some bags on those tank protection bars. any suggestions for others?

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I saw one of my buddies in my rear view mirror go very wide out of a turn and I thought he may have gone off the road so I did a perfect left 180 and headed back Purdiest Blue Big Toe I ever did see.
Sorry bout the toe.
It would seem that only the most experienced riders are in tune with pulling the trailer.
I'm not talking about something hooked to your bike, I mean the rider in your mirror.
If everyone in a pack pays attention to the distance of the rider behind them, the entire group will move along at close to the same speed. Thus eliminating the dreaded accordion effect on those at the rear.
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