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post #1 of 15 Old Dec 14th, 2006, 11:24 pm Thread Starter
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Touch Down Wheels for the LT

Well here is some equipment that will keep your LT from falling over. Touch Down Wheels from Doken of Japan. (found then while searching the web)

The two small outrigger wheels extend at the touch of a button or when your speed is below 5 mph.

They look cool but are expensive. I don't have them and don't think I want the extra weight or reduced leaning ability. Here is the article that I found.

http://www.gizmag.com/go/4814/
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post #2 of 15 Old Dec 15th, 2006, 12:35 am
 
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Thumbs up All clear for landing...

These have been discussed before...a long time ago. I have yet to see an LT with these, but I sure would like to. I remember one of the guys saying how cool it would be to have a CD track of the sound effect of landing gear coming down on a 747. You could play it real loud through the stereo as you're coming to a stop
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Looks like the training wheels on my kid's bike.
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BMW needs to build in a lever arm that extends and stands the LT back up after it is dropped. Seems that would be more praticle and easier to hide. Remember it was MY idea.

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What an idea!

That would make for an interesting ride should they deploy in a slow speed turn.

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I wouldn't want to catch the ridicule from other riders...

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I saw something like that over 10 years ago in Wichita, Ks. Was following a goldwing and when he came to a stop in front of me, the wheels came down from the saddlebags. I was so suprised, I nearly dropped my bike! I had to know more so I followed him to his work. He lost the use of his right leg but rather than give up motorcycling or go to a trike, he rigged up a valve so that both brakes worked off the lever, then got something similar to the do-hickies mentioned above so that he didn't have to rely on his one good leg, especially on hill and off camber stops.

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Militaire Autocycle co. originally from Cleveland Ohio, then moved to Buffalo!
I saw this machine live at the Packard museum, during 100 years of Ohio Motorcycle tour.
The landing gear is the small wheels at the back.
It had some amazing design ideas for it's time.
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Saw them on a Wing, handy when backing a trailer.
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I wouldn't want to catch the ridicule from other riders...
Guess I am showing my insecurity but I would be afraid of showing up at ANY local Thursday nite biker joint around here. Frankly, I'm not sure how I 'd feel about them if I had a physical handicap, but I think I would simply go for a lighter bike as I got older if not otherwise impared. To each his own.

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I've seen these once, on a Goldwing.
They automatically came down when the bike slowed to a certain speed.
The rider was a cop that had been shot in the line of duty
and was no longer able to hold up a bike that big.
I admire his spirit and don't think anybody would ever ridicule him,
if they did I'd be happy to "kick their ass" for him.


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Well here is some equipment that will keep your LT from falling over. Touch Down Wheels from Doken of Japan. (found then while searching the web)

The two small outrigger wheels extend at the touch of a button or when your speed is below 5 mph.

They look cool but are expensive. I don't have them and don't think I want the extra weight or reduced leaning ability. Here is the article that I found.

http://www.gizmag.com/go/4814/
Wow, the extra weight may lower the COG! Or maybe strap $5300.00 in gold bars to the undercarriage!
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That product, or one like it, has been around for at least 10 years that I'm aware of. It was primarily attached to gold Wings owned by older riders. It was marketed as an alternative to a TRIKE for those folks who as a result of physical problems or just plain old age were no longer able to reliably support the weight of a big touring bike but didn't want to give up the comfort for long distance touring. Personally I admire those folks for doing what it takes for them to hang in there and continue to enjoy the sport.

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I've seen a fellow around here a couple of times who has something similar on a V-twin cruiser. (I think it's a Harley, but not sure.) This set up actually looks like two small sidecars one on each side of the bike. When I first saw it I thought it was a sidecar rig.

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I've seen a fellow around here a couple of times who has something similar on a V-twin cruiser. (I think it's a Harley, but not sure.) This set up actually looks like two small sidecars one on each side of the bike. When I first saw it I thought it was a sidecar rig.

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I think that's called a VOYAGER kit. It's a framework with two wheels and suspension that attaches to the bike frame. The OEM rear wheel on the bike stays in place and is the driving wheel for the motorcycle. The two add on wheels have enough suspension travel so that the bike rear wheel won't lift off the ground when on uneven surfaces. The devise works pretty well and does allow the bike to lean a couple of degrees. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it's really easy to lift the inside rear wheel in a turn. The good news is that there are still two wheels on the ground and so no damage is done. They make kits like that for a bunch of bikes; Harley, GW's, Honda SilverWings, and a bunch of Yamaha cruisers just to name a few.

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