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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 2nd, 2010, 10:05 pm Thread Starter
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New K1200LTC Owner!

All I can say is holy S*$T, this bike is amazing! Just traded in my 2002 R1150GS, and a Honda ST1100, for a 2003 K1200LTC..straight across the board! This thing handles amazingly compared to the other two, and is more comfortable then either. I was a little hesitant at first after reading about low speed maneuvering..but this bike handles better, and feels lighter than the ST by a long-shot. I rode back with a friend on the back..cruising at 90mph down the freeway for 60 miles..never felt the extra weight, never would have done that fast on the ST (even he commented how nice it was passing cars instead of being passed), with the radio on, enjoying the feel of a truly remarkable bike! I'm still completely in awe of hoe light this bike feels when moving at high speed, and where the power band seems to kick in (seems like around 3800 rpm). The cruise is soooo much better than a throttle lock, and the extra comfort is amazing..only thing to get used to..well shifting at a higher rpm, and the brakes (they seem borderline insane) with a light touch if you're not careful, it'd be easy to lock them up!
I'm sure all of you have experienced this before..but dang if this isn't the most precise/comfortable/well equipped bike ever made..screw the goldwing guys!
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post #2 of 13 Old Oct 2nd, 2010, 10:54 pm
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Welcome aboard--by the sounds of your post...you have been bitten by the bug! Good riding and smiling!!

Check out the Hall of Wisdom under the Technical tab above and you should be cautioned...if you continue to have this euphoric feeling...dollars may leave your wallet in the farklelization of your ride. However, the good news is your among friends and like-minded riders who have been there and done that!

Enjoy!

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post #3 of 13 Old Oct 3rd, 2010, 5:13 am
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I bought an '03 LT about a year ago and love it. I sold my '07 RT and got the LT for a more comfortable ride for my wife. I thought I was sacrificing - getting an older heavier bike - but boy was I wrong. The LT is a marvelous motorcycle. The smoothness and handling gives me great joy every time I climb aboard.

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Hi Paul and welcome aboard. I know you will love that LT. I wish I could ride 90 mph around here, my RT was always a "trooper magnet" and cost me plenty. The cruise on my LT combined with a GPS to give me accurate speed reading has saved my bacon.

I cannot speak to the brakes on a 2003, but I would thing that you should NOT be able to lock them up. My 99 (and my RT) both have the un-linked non servo ABS so somebody familiar with the 03 will have to chime in on that.

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Maybe I shouldn't say lock them up...it's just that you have to be really gentle when applying them! So onto the first new question: My bike has the extra 6 disc changer in the luggae compartment, after reading around I'd like to get my ipod playing through the speakers. Which would be easier to do..buy the adapter plug and remove the changer, or order the pigtail for the aux input on the back of the radio?
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Old Indian secret about LT..............need more buggutz to run faster...............
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Welcome aboard--by the sounds of your post...you have been bitten by the bug! Good riding and smiling!!

Check out the Hall of Wisdom under the Technical tab above and you should be cautioned...if you continue to have this euphoric feeling...dollars may leave your wallet in the farklelization of your ride. However, the good news is your among friends and like-minded riders who have been there and done that!

Enjoy!
My head's still spinning from "farklelization".
Wow! didn't know what to call it. Hope the doctors never find a cure.
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Went out and did about 50 miles today in high winds (25+ mph). The bike felt good..only a few "nervous" moments! All and all a very solid bike, and not nearly the beast I thought it was going to be to backup (actually easier than the Honda ST was).
another new question..how hot is too hot on the temp gauge. It was 85 degrees today, and I sat at a stop sign waiting to make a left hand turn for about 10 minutes..noticed the gauge was approaching the white line up by the red zone..is there an electric fan that's supposed to come on, or is that okay?
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The fans will come on and all will be well. Not to worry !~!

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Thanks, I started sweating bullets wondering if I had an overheating issue..none of my R series bikes has ever come that close to the red line!
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All I can say is holy S*$T, this bike is amazing! Just traded in my 2002 R1150GS, and a Honda ST1100, for a 2003 K1200LTC..straight across the board! This thing handles amazingly compared to the other two, and is more comfortable then either. I was a little hesitant at first after reading about low speed maneuvering..but this bike handles better, and feels lighter than the ST by a long-shot. I rode back with a friend on the back..cruising at 90mph down the freeway for 60 miles..never felt the extra weight, never would have done that fast on the ST (even he commented how nice it was passing cars instead of being passed), with the radio on, enjoying the feel of a truly remarkable bike! I'm still completely in awe of hoe light this bike feels when moving at high speed, and where the power band seems to kick in (seems like around 3800 rpm). The cruise is soooo much better than a throttle lock, and the extra comfort is amazing..only thing to get used to..well shifting at a higher rpm, and the brakes (they seem borderline insane) with a light touch if you're not careful, it'd be easy to lock them up!
I'm sure all of you have experienced this before..but dang if this isn't the most precise/comfortable/well equipped bike ever made..screw the goldwing guys!
I think he likes it!!

Welcome aboard. You're in the right place for any questions related to the LT... and many other bikes.

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post #12 of 13 Old Oct 3rd, 2010, 9:38 pm
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Don't fret about the temp.

I live in Phoenix and ride year round. I do try to limit myself to 110F or less. Mine does the same thing at 110F or 85F. Heats up at the stop light. Fans come on. No problem.

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post #13 of 13 Old Oct 4th, 2010, 10:26 am Thread Starter
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Had my first "almost drop" today. Pulled into a parking space at the gas station..front wheel slightly turned..touched the brakes (which work REALLY well)...almost went over on my side! I still need to get used to the brakes on this thing. At speed they work well, but barely moving they stop on a dime! Also noticed my windshield is "squeaking" when it moves, lubed the 4 pivot points on the outside..but still a little squeaky..does that mean it's time to take some plastic off?
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