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post #1 of 25 Old Aug 1st, 2007, 4:43 pm Thread Starter
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Remove the LT trunk?

I'm new to the list, currently own/ride an old R100RT and an '04 K1200GT.

Thinking I'd like to try the luxury of an LT, but......98% of my riding is solo,
and I don't like the "empty throne" look of the vacant passenger seat as emphasized by the big trunk, passenger backrest, speakers, etc, etc.

Is the trunk removable? Does anyone know if there is a kit to convert it to a more GT type rear? I guess what I want is the look of the back of an R1150RT without the optional trunk. (I had an RT, loved the riding position, etc, and the look, but could never, ever make that transmission shift without an obnoxious clunk. And once I rode a K motor bike, I have a hard time settling for an opposed twin. Old airhead excepted ).

Have any others customized their LT's for solo luxury touring with a GT or RT look instead of the empty throne?

Thanks for suggestions.

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post #2 of 25 Old Aug 1st, 2007, 5:00 pm
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Try this thread, been talked about many times.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...=trunk+removal

The search facility is good on this forum. The instructions are in a word doc about three replies down.

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As mentioned earlier, the trunk is removable, and the process is straightforward and will not take more than maybe 20 minutes.
Once you removed the trunk you may want to consider the following options:
- leave the bike as is. There is a black plastic cover under the trunk that will lend the bike a somewhat finished look without the trunk.
- buy a Ft.Worth rack (available from BMW dealers, among others). This will give the bike a real neat, finished look, especially if you also buy the optional grab rail. The rack/rail combo goes for about $390)
With the above 2 options you'll still keep the passenger seat.
- if you're prepared to shell out roughly $900, you can buy a Corbin Smuggler (see the Corbin web site for details). This is a custom replacement trunk and will lend the bike a sporty look. This will claim the space that the passenger seat occupies so this is only for solo riders (unless you want to move back and force between the Corbin, and the stock trunk).
There are also some pics on this forum of LTs with Corbin Smuggler installed.

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Welcome Bob, Other than the racking systems here is the Corbin Smuggler.
http://www.corbin.com/bmw/k1200lt_smug.shtml

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The photo that Tony attached (which I assume to be a stock Corbin photo), reminds me of at least one caveat with regards to the Corbin Smuggler: the photo shows a Corbin Smuggler AND a Corbin custom seat/backrest combo.
In my experience, if you keep your stock seat at least one of the more popular backrests, the Backup, will NOT fit the bike.

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trunk off

had mine off for about a year now....love it off.....different bike totally....
gonna put it back soon just to commute over to birmingham from atlanta during the fall.....but.....its alot better with it off.....imho....

its easy to get off tho...and easy to put back on....

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I just put my top bnox back on so the wife would feel more secure, I can't wait to get it back off. Here is a pic of it off with a Ft.Worth rack on the rear.
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WOW!!!!!!!!! That Corbin Smuggler looks great.... I love that look.
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Thanks to all for the info and pics, the Fort Worth set up looks exactly like what I had in mind.

Also have gathered some info on J-pegs, and am closer to decision about selling the '04 K1200GT in favor of an LT purchase!

Thanks again.

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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

I can't get that last small connector to let go.

Is there some kinda trick to it?

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post #11 of 25 Old Feb 22nd, 2017, 6:12 pm
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I've posted this on another thread, but i'll do it again.. This cost me a grand total of 75 bucks. BMW Motorad Club of Illinois has a great new video on using this Harley rack on the lt. I bought everything i needed via their ebay link. Looks great (in my opinion). As far as trunk removal, i can do it in 5 min. After you remove it the first time, Put the mounting screws thru the liner instead of under. The eliminates 2 extra steps, and looks fine.
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and a link to the rack. He says he's only got one left.http://www.ebay.com/itm/luggage-rack...IAAOSwo4pYUv~s
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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

Some guys install a Ft Worth rack.

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Black Ft. Worth rack installed.
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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

Fort worth Rack looks good, but way overpriced. That is if you can find one.


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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

I have seen chrome racks to put in place of the flat plastic piece under the trunk unit check out all the 3rd party sources (Max, sierra, and pirates lair also include ebay)
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Fort worth Rack looks good, but way overpriced. That is if you can find one.
I can't find one but I did find the K1200LT Rack here K1200LT Trunk Replacement Rack at K 1200 LT Rack.com

I'm thinking of getting this one:

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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

Still no rack, but at least it's trunkless now



Handles great but at 80 mph I feel like I'm getting pushed or pulled forward.

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that's ya big screen, and yep it is knocking on the back of your head, the wings under the mirrors also make a difference to the handling from closed to open

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that's ya big screen, and yep it is knocking on the back of your head, the wings under the mirrors also make a difference to the handling from closed to open
I always leave the wings folded flat. I switched to a smaller euro-cut screen and keep it low, except on the highway or in the rain.

So that's it. I raised the screen and sped up on the highway and got sucked forward. I try keeping the screen lowered next time.

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Re: Remove the LT trunk?

I took the trunk off for a while and liked it. Then, I took a trip and put the trunk on for the storage. I really do like the storage space, particularly in winter when I put my helmet, gloves and thick jacket in it with one of my side bags holding various layers as well.

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I took the trunk off for a while and liked it. Then, I took a trip and put the trunk on for the storage. I really do like the storage space, particularly in winter when I put my helmet, gloves and thick jacket in it with one of my side bags holding various layers as well.
It is very convenient but I think I will get a large waterproof duffle for all my clothes and strap it on. Gonna use a gun lock like this:

To secure my helmet to the LT Rack. They were handing 'em out like candy.

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I just removed my rear trunk..it weighs 38 lbs.

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I tour camp with mine. I took the trunk off this past summer and toured Idaho, all campimg. The trunk weighed a little over 35 pounds empty. Thw waterproof bag I tied in its place was the same weight with my large tent, air mattress, sleeping bag and other assorted gear in it. I will not be putting the trunk back on.

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It is very convenient but I think I will get a large waterproof duffle for all my clothes and strap it on. Gonna use a gun lock like this:

To secure my helmet to the LT Rack. They were handing 'em out like candy.
I have a nice long cable lock that I bought for my previous bike. I used it twice I think...lol. I have found it faster to throw stuff in the trunk than mess with running a cable and locking. This summer, the trunk will probably be off again. I usually just take my jacket and helmet into the store or restaurant - no problem. If going on a hike and leaving the bike for hours, I can see locking things down more securely. I'm not sure BMW riders are seen as brutes that will beat someone up if caught messing with their bikes and/or gear. Some bikes may come with a different reputation.

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I usually carry my stuff into a rest. or motel. But I sometime park on Main Street and like to walk around. Nobody wants my smelly, scratched up helmet. It just saves me the trouble of it going missing a few hundred miles from home on a Sat. afternoon.

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