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post #1 of 11 Old Apr 12th, 2011, 9:38 am Thread Starter
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Hello there all, I just purchased a 06 k 1200 lt. I have been riding a HD for 5-6 years. I love the new bike. but noticed that at really slow speeds (like making a U-turn) the steering seems to be loose. Is this normal. You never know about a used bike. It does just fine at speed but turning at 2 miles an hour it is kind of loosey goosey. Any commets about this form you ex-perts?
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Hello there all, I just purchased a 06 k 1200 lt. I have been riding a HD for 5-6 years. I love the new bike. but noticed that at really slow speeds (like making a U-turn) the steering seems to be loose. Is this normal. You never know about a used bike. It does just fine at speed but turning at 2 miles an hour it is kind of loosey goosey. Any commets about this form you ex-perts?
Its a weird feel alright she's really twitchy at low speed differently need to stay several steps ahead with low speed maneuvering.

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The first impression I had when I got the LT (also have a Harley), was that the front end felt "mushy", as if there was a delay from my moving the handle bars to feeling the front end move. Is that more or less what you're feeling?
If so, I no longer feel that. I guess it's just a quirk of the bike and not an issue for me now. HTH.
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yeppir mushy would be what i feel. It is better than it was a few weeks bakc. i was just afraid there was something wrong with the front end.
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Hello there all, I just purchased a 06 k 1200 lt. I have been riding a HD for 5-6 years. I love the new bike. but noticed that at really slow speeds (like making a U-turn) the steering seems to be loose. Is this normal. You never know about a used bike. It does just fine at speed but turning at 2 miles an hour it is kind of loosey goosey. Any commets about this form you ex-perts?
I went from an '05 ElectraGlide Classic to an '05 K1200LT, what a differance in handling characterisitcs. BMW changed the rake and increased engine horsepower, among other things for the '05 and newer models. Also, LTs have a high center of gravity as well, low speed turns demand attention and forethought.
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99 to 04 was worse, learn to be really loose on the bars, using a death grip just makes it worse......
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Be sure the front tire has 40-42 psi and the rear about 50-52 psi. If the F tire has over 6k on it, it will be cupped, grind and slight wobble in slow turns and head shake @ 30-45 mph if you take your hands loose and hit a bump.
One big difference from my Harley was the winshield stays in place on a full fairing bike compared to one where the winshield turns with the wheel, different feeling.

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Just wait until u ride in the wind, the fixed fairing is much more stable, a fixed fairing cannot steer your bike like a fork mounted fairing.
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Be sure the front tire has 40-42 psi and the rear about 50-52 psi. If the F tire has over 6k on it, it will be cupped, grind and slight wobble in slow turns and head shake @ 30-45 mph if you take your hands loose and hit a bump.
One big difference from my Harley was the winshield stays in place on a full fairing bike compared to one where the winshield turns with the wheel, different feeling.
I thought Metzeler had a max pressure of 50 psi so I would not exceed that cold.

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I thought Metzeler had a max pressure of 50 psi so I would not exceed that cold.
50 is the max psi cold BUT I define cold as 85-90 degrees in S FL.
Would go below 50 if cold was 50 deg.
Ove 60 K aand no problems, I get about 15-20 K on the rear tire.....

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50 is the max psi cold BUT I define cold as 85-90 degrees in S FL.
Would go below 50 if cold was 50 deg.
Ove 60 K aand no problems, I get about 15-20 K on the rear tire.....
Yes, cold means ambient temperature of a tire that has been sitting still for some time. So, it south Florida, "cold" would be 90 as you say and one should not exceed 50 psi under those conditions.

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