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post #1 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 6:56 pm Thread Starter
 
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Scared To Death.... In a good way...

Paralysis by analysis is over... After a lot of thought... after selling my Ultra Classic... after visiting 2 motorcycle shows and stalking the nearest dealers....

I finally dropped the deposit on the K1200LT. I really wanted the fully integrated anti-lock brakes and after comparing options and comfort/convenience I just decided that this was the better value (especially at the great price I got) over the RT.


I am sure that this bike will be great on the superslab. I just hope that it feels good on the back roads as well. I remember that the Ultra felt huge the first time I rode it and it became second nature after a while. I am hoping that I have the same experience with the LT.

I should take delivery of my new Barritz Blue Baby sometime next week if all goes well. The dealer is re-wiring the nav mount to accommodate my Zumo 550 as part of the deal.

If there is anyone in my area that wouldn't mind going out for some rides to help me learn some of the finer points of this bike drop me a note. I am looking forward to trying out the heated seats and grips!
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post #2 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 7:08 pm
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Welcome to the fold Brian,


You will find she is even better on the backroads, handling much like a sport touring bike. She lost 350 lbs during my test ride (at least it felt like it).

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The LT will definately handle the backroads. For it's size, it really does handle SO well in the curves! You will LOVE it. Please report back and let us know how it does!

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post #4 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 8:19 pm
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Well, Congratulations on your purchase.

I'm sure you will do much better on the back roads that you could have imagined. The only real fine point that you must master is stopping with the front wheel straight. Weight shifts so fast that you can't compensate and she will take a nap.. and embarrass you.. if you forget..

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Paralysis by analysis is over... After a lot of thought... after selling my Ultra Classic... after visiting 2 motorcycle shows and stalking the nearest dealers....

I finally dropped the deposit on the K1200LT. I really wanted the fully integrated anti-lock brakes

I am sure that this bike will be great on the superslab. I just hope that it feels good on the back roads as well.

I am looking forward to trying out the heated seats and grips!

Brian,

You will be amazed beyond anything you can imagine when you get your LT in the twisties. You thought the Ultra-Glide became second nature ....... well lemme tell ya!

The LT may have the weight profile of the Sea King helicopter (and behave like one in a parking lot ... be careful with that!) but once you're rolling it becomes just like a Westland ZB500 Lynx !!

I'm snowbound here at the moment (PMS - parked motorcycle syndrome) but can't wait to get back up on Pamela. Finalized plans for the Americade Touring rally in Lake George New York in fact. !!

Have a blast getting to know your new ride! Once you get a few thousand miles on her, give your significant other what will no doubt be the ride of her life (especially if she's used to an Ultra Glide )

Ride safely -- & welcome to the community.

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post #6 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 8:37 pm
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I always say... The more you ride it, the smaller it gets!
Someone's sure to twist that.

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post #7 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 8:50 pm
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You are gonna love it.

I am getting more comfortable and it is starting to settle in.

I never rode an Ultra for a length of time, I did ride my Road Glide a bunch.

I got convinced running (chasing) my friends BMW through the better parts of Cass WV, New River Gorge. While the Glide did it, it was work moving that bike through those switch backs and triple s, blind u bends and such.

I kept watching that damn BMW in front of me, and how nicely it laid in, and than came upright with what appeared to me, little effort from my friend.

Less then 2 weeks later I had my LT.

It is top heavy at a stop, and you need to stop with the front wheel strait.
Once you raise your left foot to the peg, and are underway, that is all gone.

Best advice I can give is run it. And coming off a Harley you will not want to, but run it at 4000-5000 all day long, It really don't turn on to 4500 or so and then just hang on. It is all that, and a bag of chips, with salsa too, in the 5500-7000+ range.

And at 116 HP out the gate, torque of the 4, you are going to love it in the twistes.

Ohhh, Great choice on color

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post #8 of 14 Old Jan 14th, 2008, 9:28 pm
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Welcome. You'll love it in the twisties. It felt big to me switching from my 1100LT (which now feels like a sportbike). I get over in PA quite a bit with my brother and there are some really nice roads there. For me though I think my riding is done for a few months. Time to tear it apart and get it ready for next year. FYI, keep your toes up in the twisties or you will catch them when your not ready for it.

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Brain welcome and congratulations. I hope the weather allows you to get her out for some rides to solidify your decision.

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post #10 of 14 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 8:01 am
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In a good way

Congratulations. You made a good decision. A word of caution. The thing is much more top heavy than your Ultra. At parking lot speeds and just standing still, it can go over on you. Just be careful and don't be discouraged if you do drop it. Lets see, I made the same switch you did and dropped it way too many times in the first six months I had it. Now with 30,000 miles under my seat, I know how to keep the beast upright at slow speeds. You can read much about this trait here. It's a great ride, enjoy.

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post #11 of 14 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 10:33 am
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Good luck with your LT. Had mine for a year plus and rode about 12,000 miles. Never felt real comfortable on it. Great bike on the slab and better on the twisties. But I'm now back on a '07 Ultra Classic and feeling much more comfortable in all riding situations. Take care and have fun. Cheers.
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post #12 of 14 Old Jan 15th, 2008, 11:07 am
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Ya know....if there are some of you out there dying to try a HD Ultra that is loaded. I have a '04 Black(the fastest color) Ultra that I might consider a trade for another LT or RT. She will bring around 15K this Spring. PM me for info and pictures.
Just a thought

Enjoy your new bike!

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post #14 of 14 Old Jan 16th, 2008, 7:43 am
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Brian, You will ride the LT and think 'Why didn't I buy one of these before!'
I had a 03 Ultra 100th Anniv with just about every option on it. I hated that bike though is was definitely a SHINY show piece. I bought my 2006 LT in August of 06. First trip was the Blue Ridge Parkway and Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon. That started making a believer out of me. Last summer took it to Colorado and rode the rockies for 10 days. Straight level road thru Kansas she eat the miles and at the end of the day I could stand up without pain. In the rockies up hills to 14,256 ft and back down, twisty roads through the valleys never a problem. Afterwards I did all the NW states a total of 4,000 miles in 6 days. When I got back to VA I would have happily started the trip all over again. This year will be Old RT 66 from Chicago to LA and just maybe... will try for an Ironbutt 50CC (50 hrs from coast to coast, LA to Jacksonville FL). If you are considering any serious long distant riding you may want to consider an aftermarket seat, for me the stock one was uncomfortable.
Anyway enjoy the LT.. just watch your speed. It pretty deceiving after riding a HD.

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