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Moving trunk

I know how to do it, but I was wondering how many of you have moved it backwards to give the passenger more space and/or a more relaxed seating angle.
If so, did you notice any difference to the bikes handling when it was packed with luggage?.
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post #2 of 12 Old Dec 7th, 2005, 7:10 am
 
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I've moved mine back as far as the stock fittings allow - no issues at all with handling. Makes quite a difference in space.

There is a mod to move it back further -
http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...w=&sb=&o=&vc=1
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I've moved mine to the rear position...but not for more room for my wife and/or kids. I needed it for my seat bag when LD touring 1-up. I also like the little added compartment that you gain in-between the rear seat and trunk. I feel no ill-effects from the change.
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I have moved my trunk back the additional 2 inches with the modification found at http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/sho...sts&Main=244215.

It really helped my wife with seating position and foot position. Much more comfortable for her with no change in bike handling.

Added benefit is the increase in storage area infront of the trunk.


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Thanks guys. Will go ahead and try it out WITHOUT telling her first, and then see if she notices the difference. Will post reaction here.
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You got it

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Do it but don't tell her, I did that and the second she went on a ride with me the first thing I hear on the Autocom about 100 yards from the house is. "Either we both lost lots of weight or you did something because I have lots of room between me and you now". I also noticed how her legs were not touching my love handles as much as they did before.

DO IT its worth it. I have not done the mod, just the normal BMW provided movement.

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I moved mine for the same reason and have had no problems with it. My only real hesitation in moving it was I don't find the body lines as appealing in the rear position but I got over it.
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I had the dealer move the top case back when the bike was in for the 600 mile service. Wife and son both like the additional 2" of room. I have not noticed any difference in handling, but then they've only been on it once each since the move.

Some have mentioned about SOs appreciating the additional room. My son (6', 230#) compared riding pillion on the LT to a cheap hotel (a very old joke w/an R-rated punch line; PM me if you need a translation, or perhaps the moderators will give me the go-ahead to provide additional info). Problem went away with the relocation of the top case.

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Moved mine back myself.
My wife likes the extra space, and it changed the leg angle just enough for her knee to like it better too. No difference in handling. I should have done it sooner.

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I moved my trunk back and my wife enjoys riding much more. The positioning of the trunk allowed the extra room she needed to relax more comfortably. I didn't notice any difference in the handling at all. At first I wasn't too keen on the look of the relocated trunk, but I've gotten used to it and actually think it looks better further back. Now, if I can just figure out about mounting an extended head rest for her and maybe some kind of bump pad on the back of my helmet......

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I moved my trunk back and my wife enjoys riding much more. The positioning of the trunk allowed the extra room she needed to relax more comfortably. I didn't notice any difference in the handling at all. At first I wasn't too keen on the look of the relocated trunk, but I've gotten used to it and actually think it looks better further back. Now, if I can just figure out about mounting an extended head rest for her and maybe some kind of bump pad on the back of my helmet......
I smell a new ghetto mod!! Wow, kind of like a sissy bar for an LT - whoda thunk?

But since I got so thoroughly trashed (not by you) for even SUGGESTING the idea of a *passenger seat belt/restraint* secured with break away velco mounts - I just may take my marbles and go play somewhere else. Sniff, sniff.


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Thanks guys. Will go ahead and try it out WITHOUT telling her first, and then see if she notices the difference. Will post reaction here.
When she notices the difference (and she will) you should casually respond with:

"Why, yes dear. I've been meaning to compliment you recently about how much more slim you've been looking - have you been working out?"

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