Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: LT vs Goldwing
My 2 cents. I am not so sure that the LT is all that much more prone to falling over than other Liter+ sized bikes. But this is an LT forum. You don't hear much about GW and HD here. Also, I have barely more than 29" on the inseam but when we are two-up, my feet hit fine, so you should be golden.
I am in favor of ATGATT. That includes a good pair of motorcycle boots that give you a good footing on the road way.
I have the '07 LT. I have dropped her four times, all under 2 mph. First time, when somebody helped me off the center stand when I was over a pile of sand at the curb. No footing, and down I went. Second time was on a stop sign on a rural road when I was way over to the right edge of the road paying no attention to how it curved down into the grass for drainage. Yup, no place to land the foot. Third time was when I was doing a U turn in in a very steeply angled parking lot, and could not get that new transmission into 1st gear, and when I finally ran out of momentum, I was not leaning uphill enough to recover. The last time was when I was directed into a parking lot down at U of I around the edge of a sawhorse. Unfortunately, I was only going about 2 MPH to get over the curb without bottoming out and found a 2 foot deep hole filled with loose gravel that the rear tire just dug into when it came over the curb.
The design of the LT keep my passenger and myself safe each time.
Those and 99% of all drops can be eliminated by:
1) Decent boots
2) Parking in 1st Gear all the time.
3) Especially when new, realize its a dry clutch, and never pull the clutch lever all the way back. Preload that next gear, up or down, and it will slip in when you barely disengage the gears. Older trans slip the gears in better, but when you pull the clutch lever all the way back, the trans stops and sometimes the gears do not mesh - when you need them too. The bike was just past its 600 mile oil change when I had the problem.
4) Paying attention. Probably only a little bit more than on smaller bikes. That is all that I would have needed to avoid three of those four drops. I never dropped my 80 Yamaha XS850, but it was broken in when I got it, And it was smaller. Riding an LT is like driving a larger boat - you have to pay attention and anticipate.
Knock on wood, its been two years since the LT has taken a rest. This forum helps, and its the help being extended that brings many of the "Drop" entries into the search. The MSF Extended Rider Course is a good idea if you can find an open slot. They usually have several classes on the days leading up to the BMW MOA national.
The bike rides like a dream, and leaning into curves two-up is no different on the LT that doing it one-up. My wife and I ride two up most of the time. Its a great bike for riding.
07 K1200LT Biarritz Blau
80 Yamaha XS850 Black - retired in 06