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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 1:30 pm Thread Starter
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Pity partie's over

Well the sun came out and the snow melted, so off we went. Got about 80 miles in on some twisty roads, and now I have some questions. When I got my bike (Golden Dragon's used '01), it had peg lowers which I managed to drag first time out. I removed those and replaced the lowered Corbin seat with a stock one. We got out and pushed the bike a bit, but I'm still dragging pegs on the right side and kick stand on the left. Is this normal? Am I expecting too much? Or is there anything I can do, short of Olin's suspension, to get it to handle better? I'm going to play with the spring pre-set some, and I have the rebound dialed up just short of max. Anything else?
I'll give you this: the bike flat moves for a big ol' boat. I'm just having trouble getting used to running at higher RPMs. On my HD Softtail, 3,500 is screaming, and I'm finding that this bike is just beginning to come to life there.
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post #2 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 1:49 pm
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Not much you can do. most of drag all sorts of things. I have the rear shock adjusted almost alll the way it helps a liitle. I use to race and if your turn quicker you wont drag has much. Not speed im talking steering speed.
If you have the hyperpro steering dampner it helps the wiggles. Now we both have to remember that this is a 900 lb beauty. I can shake the front by turning too fast and hard. At 50 I guess I keep forgettng the size.
Maybe I should get a k1200 to play with.
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post #3 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 2:02 pm
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I find this kind of funny! You're complaining about the LT dragging coming from a softail?

The only thing you can do is if you don't have resistance on the preload knob all the way to minimum, then you need to add oil to it. It will help a lot if it is low.

I would trade someone for regular pegs if you aren't real tall, and ride a lot in corners.

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post #4 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 3:13 pm
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Hate to change the subject :(

I'm rebuilding my 99' K1200LT and I'm operating 3 sets of lamps from the handlbars. Two sets of PIAAS, and a homemade set of HIDS. I really want to hear from owners who have installed thumbswitches on the handlebars to learn of their experience of grounding and using the lamps being installed!
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post #5 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 4:21 pm Thread Starter
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new problem

Anyone run into this? I put the passenger peg lowers back on (wife's long legs), and find that the left side hits the center stand - the part you use to step on. Can I move that? Or heat and bend it forward? Or even cut it and reweld it out of the way?

The other thing I did while I was in there, was to cut off part of the rubber bumpers that both side and center stands rest on. Thought I might get just a smidge more lean angle.

[You're complaining about the LT dragging coming from a softail

Believe it or not, my Deuce will out corner this bike hands down. Did cost a couple of bucks to get it that way, but it'll do it.
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post #6 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 4:35 pm
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There is no deuce in this world that will out corner an LT. Sounds like you need more oil or new shocks...
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post #7 of 8 Old Feb 10th, 2008, 4:48 pm
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Remember that most of us run higher air pressure than "normal", AND, when your tires ware, you sit closer to the ground.

The next thing to start dragging in the Tupperware.

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