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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 20th, 2011, 5:53 pm Thread Starter
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Great ride today

I'm fairly new the K1200LT family having only owned my bike for a couple months now. I removed one of the mirrors to see if it had a safety strap on. It does, so that's one less chore for me. I installed the PIAA lights under the fairing, and that's pretty much where it's at.
I live NW of Denver, so we have a lot of choices of twisties or straight.
I buckled on all my atgatt on and took off. Temps down in Den were low 70's. Took off up Highway 285 and had a ball. Drove up to 10k ft where temps dropped to 45. No big deal with the right clothes. I ended up putting 215 miles on her. Not a lot compared to many on here, but I'm still getting a feel for her.
I do know I need to invest in a radar detector. Fortunately for me the gentleman that stopped me only wanted to chat about speeds and what an elk might do to my bike if I were to hit one. I didn't say anything, but the elk wouldn't fair to well either being hit by an 800 lb plus bike at 60/65. I got away with a warning today. So it didn't screw up a great ride. Info on a good radar detector? I'll search the archives.
This bike performs much better than I could have hoped. It's an 07 with 32K and I couldn't have asked for better. I put beads with a sheepskin cover on my seat, and I'm not sure that's the cure yet. My speedometer is off by the usual 5 MPH as shown on my GPS.
This forum has been great with info and I'm happy to have found it. It's prepared me well and told me what to look for, both negative and positive.
Just wanted to share my experience.

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post #2 of 6 Old Oct 20th, 2011, 6:26 pm
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Re: Great ride today

Jeff,
Nice first post, welcome!

Wait 'till you have 5K+ miles and you become "one with the bike". It really is a great motorcycle.

Have fun.

I have a ten year old Escort radar detector with the audio fed into my earbuds. I works well enough as long as you keep your "spider sense" engaged, meaning you can't fly blindly and rely to the detector entirely. Others will tell you the Valentine detector is best; If I recall correctly it is more expensive.
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Nice way to spend an afternoon. You need to spend more days like this and in short order. Gets kind if cold and snowy around Denver!

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Welcome
Valentine one gets my vote

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post #5 of 6 Old Oct 20th, 2011, 10:24 pm
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Welcome from Tasmania, Australia. Good guys on here, all your questions will be answered. On the seat beads, I'd like to know how that goes as I have a sheep skin cover on my '05 but I still think the seat is a little too soft and also a bit low (function of too soft).I'd like to feel lioke I'm sitting up a little higher, the beads may help ??

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post #6 of 6 Old Oct 20th, 2011, 10:42 pm Thread Starter
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Re: Great ride today

Thank you.
I have the seat raised by the 1 inch allowed on the height adjustment. With the beads, I get another 3/4 inch. It's not bad and definitely better on the knees for a longer ride.
I'm still not sold on whether that's the fix for the soft seat or not. After 3 hours, my rear was feeling it. It was still better than the just the plain seat.
As for the suggestion of the Valentine one radar detector, it looks like a good direction to go. Thanks.

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