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Big guy + LT + commute

I'm coming from a 750 lb Honda VTX (with rider and load, easily 1100 lbs worth of stuff) and want some more comfort. I found my primary use is a 44 mile commute. I've stood on an LT and while the CG might be a little higher, it didn't seem any more or less manageable. Being 6'6" and 250 lbs might have something to do with that.

One of the few complaints I've read about was how the LT drove in stop n go traffic. Understanding that a reviewer doesn't learn the ins and outs of every bike out there, and has to write SOMETHING as a negative....do you find those complaints accurate?

Do any of you commute on your LT, and how do you find that experience?
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post #2 of 20 Old Nov 16th, 2011, 1:09 pm
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I don't commute but knew that the leg room would be an issue, installed the suburban peg lowering kit and it helped a lot.

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Re: Big guy + LT + commute

I commute about 60 miles round trip a day on my LT (most days). I am, however, smaller...about 5'10" and 175lbs. I do not find the stop and go an issue when I run into it...which is rarely ever honestly. I actually find the ride quite enjoyable at any speed. I have taken some time in a parking lot with some cones and some techniques garnered from "Ride Like a Pro" DVDs and am MUCH more comfortable with low speed maneuvering. I have also ridden a friends 1800 VTX and found it much more difficult to handle at low speeds compared to my LT...but that was well after I really got used to my bike.

In all honestly...you really won't know by any comment posted here. Find an LT to borrow for a day or even a few miles. Most BMW Dealerships will grant a test ride...the test ride is what sold me as I was nervous making the switch from the cruiser world over to the LT World.

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Re: Big guy + LT + commute

I commute regularly on my current LT and have no issues doing so. Stop and go traffic presents no problems to me aboard the LT.

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Sounds about like I'd expect. The bike I sat on had the seat in the upper position, and the stuff I've seen available for highway pegs look like they'd take care of the ONLY thing I think I'd miss from the VTX (a 1300). The peg locations on the LT seemed doable out of the box.
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Re: Big guy + LT + commute

I'm 6'2", 240 lbs, commute daily on my LT in a stop-go, suburban, urban environment. Works just fine. Radio news along the way is a nice touch.

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I commuted 80 miles round trip on the LT for a few years and loved it.
I traded in a VTX on the LT BTW.
You're the third person I've heard do that...Wonder if it qualifies as a demographic?

The X was the littlest big bike I could get into that I didn't look goofy on...and really, I can't complain about any aspect of the bike. I'd keep it if I could, but there's not enough discretionary income to have two bikes.
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I regularly commute 41 miles each way. I am 5'9", 250, with no issues. I have a friend who was 6'6" and about your weight, and he often rode back and forth to job sites with no problems. Actually, the LT is one of the few bikes that will actually fit someone of your height.
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I'm 5'11'' 170lbs and have my seat up and suburban lower pegs. I don't commute but buy a lot of groceries Stop and go is tedious but only because I hate traffic so much anyway. I've used my kids Honda 919 occasionally and as much as I like it, you can't really carry a few gallons of milk, 2 cases of soda, an assortment of Hot Pockets and loaf of bread. Considering my monthly run for our favorite BBQ which is 350 miles round trip, I'll happily keep my LT.
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Isn't that like a Pop Tart filled with nasty meat?
Don't open a thawed (but not cooked) hot pocket. It's like that saying about "Never meeting your heroes".

Weird white cubes that aren't cheese yet.
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Don't open a thawed (but not cooked) hot pocket. It's like that saying about "Never meeting your heroes".

Weird white cubes that aren't cheese yet.
I prefer the vegetarian hot pocket - for those of us that don't want to eat meat or dairy - but still like diarrhea!


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I'm 6'3" 275lbs, commute daily on my LT as I have with three prior bikes.

I live on Long Island and most of my commute is on the LIE. Otherwise known as the world's longest parking lot.

And that's only by uninformed people who don't know that the rest of the roads out here can rival the stop and go pretty much at any time. Way too crowded way too many cars.

Once you get used to it the LT is fine. Balance is not a problem. Being big probably helps. The real issue for me has never been bike specific. Pick legs up put them down pick them up repeat 5000 times. Legs get sore.A few thousand reps on the clutch aren't so much fun either.

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Once you get used to it the LT is fine. Balance is not a problem. Being big probably helps. The real issue for me has never been bike specific. Pick legs up put them down pick them up repeat 5000 times. Legs get sore.A few thousand reps on the clutch aren't so much fun either.
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It was 42 this morning. I bundled up with everything I owned and got on my non-heated, non-windshielded vtwin...it was dark when I headed home and stop-n-go the full way.

Not my favorite commute.
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the relocated floorboards, sold on this site could be ur answer.
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I have these relocated floorboards, and I can say they definately offer a more comfortable riding position. They are slightly lowered and forward and the angle is slightly forward. That being said, there are a couple downsides: one that has been mentioned on this site already, that they will scrape if you get aggressive. I do and they do. The second is that the better riding position also changes the angle of your feet. For riding comfort, this is a good thing. However, they tend to scope more air than if your feet were riding on the peg alone. Not so bad in dry summer weather when more air is good. But in cold or wet weather your feet take on more of the elements. At first this was an issue for me and I took them off. One day back on the stock pegs and I put them back on. They are so much more comfortable that I'll deal with wet, cold feet and scraping them occaisionally. FYI, 6'; 225 lbs
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I comute 44 miles each day on the LT in dense peak hour traffic both ways. I am 6'7" and 220lbs. I have regular seat in either high or low position and regular pegs. That time on the bike is not enough to cause comfort issues, not that I get them anyway on the LT, except general discomfort on long days (12+ hours).

I also lane split a lot which can be challenging on the LT in the narrower lanes down here in NZ compared to the macadamic real-eastate available in CA where I regularly commuted last.

If you can't lane split (which I don't believe you can) then the LT is as good as any other bike. If you can lane split then the LT is OK in most ways except when you 'block the passage' and have to wait it out jammed up a couple of inches from the trucks and cages.

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I will be re-listing my set of "Darius" relocated and lower driver floorboards later today in the classifieds if any are interested. Back in august I thought I had them sold but they did not. If you want them, check there or PM me.
The relocation definitely decreases your workout!

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I am 6'5" 275. I have the suburban lower pegs and seat cushion. No hip cramps now. If I need to.... I extend legs over the wings. Eazy to do with our long legs.
I just dumped my bike leaving my garage. The extended suburb pegs dug in black top coiled up and split the foot rest plate in two. Also foot rest broke off. 500 in damage. Do not think this would happen if pegs were in stock position. Puttin back to stock. If some one wants to buy my surburban lower peg kit let me know.
I will increase air my cushion to get some more height.

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