Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Washington, DC, USA
K1200LT comfort for tall riders
This is my first post. Have been thinking about purchasing of a 2003-2005 K1200 LT and stumbled upon the forum while researching. Have owned many different bikes over the years (including an R-series BMW awhile back), and for the last 7 years have been riding an HD Road King which I am very happy with. But by gosh I love a BMW too and have reached a point where I think I can now add another bike to the stable without putting the wife-o-meter solidly in the red zone.
Have been admiring the K1200LT from afar for over 5 years now, and finally test road a used í03 at the dealer yesterday. Iím 6í4Ē w/35í inseam, so the bike height with feet on ground was no problem. On the test ride, it handled well Ö good power train, shifting, handling, overall smoothness, etc. So far so good BUT Ö one nagging concern. I felt like I had been spring-loaded onto the bike Ö feet behind knees, knees tensed, no other foot positions or contortions available to relieve butt pressure. Iím a long distance rider and like to get on and go Ö and not have to be worried if my butt screaming at me to get off every 2 hours to give it a break. On arriving back at dealer, I tried a K1200LT with Jpegs installed Ö felt like it was just elevating my knees towards my ears. I loved this bike but sadly I do not think I could sit on it for a long ride. Any other tall riders out there with some good advice on comfort, modifications, and the K1200LT Ö was wondering if there is a way to make this bike work for me.
Thanks in advance for the feedback.