Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Wish list for new LT
Many good ideas so far. Here is my list:
1. A final drive that is no longer a source of worry.
2. Either seals that are good for at least 100K miles or a wet clutch or maybe both.
3. A slave cylinder that doesn't leak and/or wear out.
4. Lighter weight.
5. I'm pretty happy with the power level and engine size. Sure, a little more low-end torque would be nice, but I'm not willing to sacrifice fuel mileage to get it. I can rev her up occasionally.
6. A 6th gear to get cruising RPM down to 2500 or so, combined with a lower first gear for easier starts on hills.
7. A long distance seat!
8. Electrically adjustable suspension like the other K bikes.
9. Integrated CB, FRS, GPS, intercom/bluetooth, etc. that can be added as hidden modules as someone else mentioned.
10. Trunk latches that don't break.
11. More cubby hole storage for small items.
12. Accessories such as cup holders that don't cost $150!
13. Body work with either quick disconnect fasteners such as the Dzus fasteners on airplane cowlings or, better yet, bodywork that can be opened on a hinge like a car hood. Have both side fairings open outward and the headlight/windshield open forward and the Stingray easily pop off once the other panels are opened.
14. Bags and travel trunk that quick release without tools.
15. Moditec eliminated and all such diagnostic and congtrol functions integrated into the onboard computer and accessible through either an integrated LCD display (best) or a laptop or PDA.
16. All maintenance items easily accessible! Having to remove most bodywork and the fuel tank just to change the air fliter or a relay is simply stupid. Eliminate the need for special tools such as cut-away sockets or provide them as a standard part of the tool kit.
17. Power the center stand both directions. The bike can be a bear to rock off the stand if you are facing uphill even a little.
18. Lock the side stand.
19. Provide a means to check the oil level that doesn't require a flashlight.
20. Provide minimum maintenance intervals for other than oil chances that are at least 12K miles. Make brake and clutch systems that don't require fluid changes every two years. My cars go 10 years easily.
21. Provide hydraulic lifters that don't require adjustment. If Kawasaki can do it on the Voyager XII, BMW certainly can do it.
22. Provide a tire size/construction that will yield at least 15K miles. I barely get 9K on the ME880s.
I'm sure I've forgotten a few things, but this is a start.
2017 KLR650 "Mule"
2007 K1200LT "Starship Enterprise", VOICE II, Navigator V, Motorrad Communicator
1987 Kawasaki Voyager XII
1976 Kawasaki KH400
1973 Kawasaki 100 G5
1970 Rockford Chibi (the orange one)
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