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post #1 of 14 Old Apr 16th, 2008, 2:18 pm Thread Starter
 
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First Ride Two Up

Well I am pleased to announce that my SO gives the 1200LT a big thumbs up.
I have had the bike for 2 months now and wanted to get use to it before riding with her on back. She loved it and commented on how comfortable it was. I didnt know what to expect myself and am surprised at how well it rode and handled even at slow turning speeds and stopping. What a bike!!!
The engine had no strain at all. My old 1200CLC did not feel near as nice and I always felt uneasy with 2 up on it. Mainly on corners and stopping but not with the LT. One note. She didnt like my Bakup backrest so that came off for our ride.
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post #2 of 14 Old Apr 16th, 2008, 2:28 pm
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We just got our LT last Nov after not having ridden in some 18 years or so, and I have not wanted my SO to ride along until I had more time riding it for a couple of weeks. We may take a ride together tomorrow.

What I did find disturbing was, she sleeps on the bike, and I had no idea. I had considered arm rests, but that would interfere with her getting on and off. I had been allowing her to get on first, until I made the mistake once too often (the bike had just a tad to much lean when I tried to right it), and no longer mount after her.

We have a 99 that needs shocks, and it is still the best bike I have ridden....keeping in mind how easy it is these days to forget all the great rides I had thirty years ago.

We also put on a large sheepskin seat cover, helps out a lot for us older folk.

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You may want to give Don Muddiman's armrests a look. They fold up out of the way for mounting/dismounting.
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I guess I look at thing different then y'all .When I got my LT I road home, picked up my wife and we went and put 300 miles on her. A mix of city, highway, & twisties. Now after 3 years can't get her off the thing

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I road home, picked up my wife and we went and put 300 miles on her.
Should you be telling us things like that on a public forum?

Just pussin' through.
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I am pretty sure that most common armrests made for the LT all fold back in one fashon or another. I have Don's on our bike. They fold up and will stay up until you pull them down.

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post #7 of 14 Old Apr 16th, 2008, 5:05 pm
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I have Don's armrests too and my wife loves them. I do have her fold them up around town in case the big girl (LT not the wife) decides to take a nap on me at a light. She falls asleep also and likes the security of the armrests.

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post #8 of 14 Old Apr 16th, 2008, 6:35 pm
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+1 0n Dons arm rests

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The only thing worse than having missed the $10 sale on Don's armrests by Andy (my notification for new classifieds was not working and still doesn't), would have been that I purchased them at full price the week or two before the 08 price increase...and then saw a pair go for that price on the forum.

It was at this point we realized, the hard way, my SO had to mount up after the bike was upright, and she has enough problem getting her feet past the speakers.

Maybe somewhere down the road....... ;^/
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My wife and I have found for us the best way is for me to mount first and hold the bike upright with both feet on the ground. I lean over the tank with my body to the left and she mounts from the right. It is too hard for me to pick both of us up off the sidestand. I'm not brave enough or tall enough (5'8") to try going off the center stand with her on board.

We have the Ztechnic arm rests and she loves them and will nap when we are on the highway. My complaint is they block the center of my mirrors when folded back.

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I've not heard of Don's armrests. Does he have a web page?
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post #12 of 14 Old Apr 17th, 2008, 6:55 am
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Wife sleeping on the LT must be from a lack of oxygen or something. On our first long trip after Amarillo, TX. I heard and felt a crash in my helmet, thought I was shot, spoke into the mike inquiring of my wife's condition, only to get a sheepish reply: "I'm sorry, I fell asleep". The crash was her helmet hitting mine.

We still laugh about it. Now I feel her helmet tapping mine lightly, then I start talking to her to wake her up.

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It's probably a good thing your wife objected to the backrest as having a backrest on can trap the passenger on the motorcycle in an accident or slide. I considered the backup backrest until I read about this potentially life threatening problem riding two-up. Instead of a backrest, I bought the Back-A-Line back support form Cycle Gadgets. I just got it today and am wearing to mold it to my back. It (back) already feels batter and well supported. Might take a look at it.

As for arm rests, well Don's are close to what I have and similar in function & instalaltion. But instead of Don's I bought the GG Technic arm rest. Cost quite a bit more than Don's but I got them at dealer cost during my 30 day purchase offer when I bought my motorcycle. Not only does my wife like them, but my youngest daugther loves them! Any arm rest should work, but only Don's and GG Technic will fold up directly over the speakers. Both require drilling out the hinges, relocating the top case light switch, and riviting in the hings again. The Ztechnic requires drilling the side case. I was not willing to do that, so no ZTechnic for me.

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Well I am pleased to announce that my SO gives the 1200LT a big thumbs up.
I have had the bike for 2 months now and wanted to get use to it before riding with her on back. She loved it and commented on how comfortable it was. I didnt know what to expect myself and am surprised at how well it rode and handled even at slow turning speeds and stopping. What a bike!!!
The engine had no strain at all. My old 1200CLC did not feel near as nice and I always felt uneasy with 2 up on it. Mainly on corners and stopping but not with the LT. One note. She didnt like my Bakup backrest so that came off for our ride.
My wife has always been prone to falling asleep back there. While it is disturbing to me it hasn't been an issue in our 34 years of riding together. I've always had saddle bags and a trunk, if it's a camping trip she is also has a sleeping bag on top of both bags so in reality she is snuggled in pretty good so it would take a major body shift to fall off or affect the handling. Still, for my peace of mind, arm rests will be added if she gets back into riding on a regular basis.
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