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post #1 of 24 Old Apr 17th, 2009, 8:46 pm Thread Starter
 
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Got the LT home today.

Hi Folks,

I picked up my new to me LT today. Was a little nervous about all I have read about it being so heavy and challenging at parking lot speeds. I bobbled a little at first. But after my first few stop lights, I became comfortable on it and truly enjoyed the hour ride home. Even the traffic didn't bother me. Just a joy to ride it! Don't think I could ever ride a V-twin again.

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The Grape,

Yep, you're gonna love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

If you have a significate other, I suggest you ride it few days solo before she climbs aboard. It is a little different, I found. Yep, I dumped her in the yard when we returned home on her first ride. Hurt my pride a little. LOL. I eventually learned to use just the rear brake at a stop and to try and keep the handle bars straight.

I'm ALWAYS paying attention when stopping!

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Bought used K1200LT number 3. This one is green/teal with 31,369(now 7/29/2018 54,143) miles and is an '02. The first 2 bikes made it to near 150,000 miles.
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Due to heart health, the Dr says not to ride under 40 degree air temp. Ugh! Now it is harder to get my 18000 miles a year in just in the summer. Guess that stopped my 20 degree rides now.
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Love this LT bike and still waiting for my first speeding ticket. LOL
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Welcome! Your comfort with your LT will grow as you add miles. I found it helped a bunch to find a deserted parking lot and practice slow speed maneuvers. Take an Experience Rider Course when you get a chance, too.

The absolute best of the LT is hitting the road for a long trip.

Ride safe, often, and once in a while far.

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Welcome! The bike will get better and better on each ride. Welcome to the zooooooo

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The Grape,

Yep, you're gonna love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!

If you have a significate other, I suggest you ride it few days solo before she climbs aboard. It is a little different, I found. Yep, I dumped her in the yard when we returned home on her first ride. Hurt my pride a little.
I suggest you wait several months before adding a pillion. It do take some getting used to, but once you are comfortable on the beast you will love it (and so will the person in the barco- lounger)

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Three things have helped me alot...
1- this forum
2- 20 + years riding jap bikes ( ok so it didnt hurt)
3- Ride like a pro techniques... Not advertising, but it sure has been a help)
4- David Houghs books and others.
did I say 3? Jeeze,,,

She is heavy and she will dance like no other...

Don't be afraid to say what you feel, as those that matter DOnt mind and those that mind Dont matter.
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Congratulations on your new purchase! I just brought mine home in February. I was nervous, like you after going to the LT from my Virago. But after about 150 miles, I felt comfortable enough to let the SO on the back. As long as your lean your gal a little to make up for your SO to get on, you'll be fine. Respect is the key! I drove the Virago today since the LT was in getting new brakes. Felt like a toy under me. It used to feel so big. Now, there's nothing bigger than the smile on my face when I get on the LT .

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Welcome to the ride, shipmate!

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I have one more suggestion to make as it helped me understand a unique feature of this bike.

When you get to your practice parking lot, crank it up to about 35 -45 mph and slam on the brakes........... and I mean slam them on like someone just pulled out in front of you. You'll hear the ABS kick in and the bike will stand straight up on it's own. This is something that only a BMW will do and being new to the BMW ABS system, I really think it will help you in your "getting use to the bike."

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1+ on Ride Like A Pro. Can't recommend it enough.

Congrats on your LT. I like mine more every time I ride it.

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Welcome to the fray, and enjoy!
The LT is fantastic on long trips. Comfort, handling and power are super!
I've had lots of bikes, this is one of my faves for sure.

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This thread is worthless without pics of your bike and smiling mug.
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post #13 of 24 Old Apr 18th, 2009, 10:56 pm
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Welcome. My first ride on my wife's LT (I'm just the chaufer) had her on the back. Didn't have a problem with the first ride home to Friendswood, TX, just South of Houston, from Oklahoma City. And that included 2 and a half hours of stop and creep riding in Dallas. I have dropped it with her on the back. Both times were three months after getting the bike when I got just a bit too cocky at slow speed and touched the auto park switch. Do that in a restaurant parking lot while pulling into a parking spot and she will laydown and play dead for you before you know what happened.
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Here are a few. I put 176 miles on it since Friday.

Yea, gonna wait a while before my wife rides with me. But overall I have been able to handle it pretty well at slow speeds. But a few more hundred miles to get used to her, then I will take the wife. So far it has been a total JOY!
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Re: Got the LT home today.

Hey shipmate,

Welcome and congrats on the new scoot. I brought mine home in Feb but, had to leave in storage until the wx here in the N/E region was suitable to ride. This week alone I been commuting to work put 200+ on her. I also, been doing some p-lot maneuvering just to get use to the weight. maybe, next weekend will do a small trip 2up with the SO she has her riding gear ready and is very excited about this bike(after the honda 650 aero).. Good look, as they say in the Navy fair winds and following seas. Under way shift colors!

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she has her riding gear ready and is very excited about this bike(after the honda 650 aero).. Good look, as they say in the Navy fair winds and following seas. Under way shift colors!

My Wife is excited too. She didn't care to ride on the back of my Kawasaki 900. She said the seat was pretty small. She has sat on the LT and loves it. Just have to gain so more seat time before I feel comfortable with her on the back.
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Hi Navy Grape (is that your real name?) fantastic bikes, on my FOURTH now (no, I didn't break three of them!)
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Here are a few. I put 176 miles on it since Friday.

Yea, gonna wait a while before my wife rides with me. But overall I have been able to handle it pretty well at slow speeds. But a few more hundred miles to get used to her, then I will take the wife. So far it has been a total JOY!
Did you get your bike at Bob's BMW? The lot looks familiar, and I see you're from Maryland.
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Did you get your bike at Bob's BMW? The lot looks familiar, and I see you're from Maryland.
I'll second that. That lot is for sure Bob's, and the way they do the bike info on the windshield is Bob's as well.

There was a buy in G'burg area that was selling his K1200LT in September. The ad said that it was recently purchased at Bob's and just a little too much bike. Wonder if it was him.
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Welcome aboard Grape, hope we cross paths some time.

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Well enjoy it, I believe you are going to love it.

Regards & Ride Safe!

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Talking Re: Got the LT home today.

Just as an FYI, you might want to check the date this thread was started by the original poster: Apr 2009! I hope he is still with us and I'm sure he appreciates even the late "Welcome Aboards"!

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Congratulations on getting the bike.... One thing I have found that seems to help with the top heavy sensation, is to keep the gas tank 1/2 full for around town and short trip riding. I have found that the bike seems to be a little easier to handle without the additional top heavy weight of a full tank. It also seems a little more fun when cornering with what seems to be a little less weight to handle when leaning into the corners a little hot. One other thing that I'm still getting used to, is that my tires seem to growl upon cornering which I just keep telling myself to trust the bike. She not ever dissapointed me yet and sure gets more enjoyable with each and every ride

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Congratulations on your purchase. I have had mine for two weeks now. Went from a Harley Superglide to the LT. I rode the Louisville toy run with my wife on the back yesterday with no issues. Have found that it is a little cumbersome at slow speed but once you get rolling it is marvelous. I tell all that ask the bike handles like a sports bike and rides like my easy chair.
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