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post #1 of 25 Old Mar 15th, 2006, 11:16 am Thread Starter
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pic of bike without topcase

i was looking around but did not find any pics of our bike without the topcase. Anyways if you have some please post them

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i was looking around but did not find any pics of our bike without the topcase. Anyways if you have some please post them

thanks Rene
Hey, Rene - check with Joe (messenger13). He's got his bike set up with the Ft. Worth rack in place of the top trunk.

I've got the top trunk off of Toad for now, butt don't have a rack yet. Can't believe the difference in handling of ole Toad. Long, multi-day trips, I'll put it back on, butt for in-state stuff, we're trunkless!

BTW - come on up to Kellenbenz's RTE in Tyler Saturday and you can see how Toad looks w/o trunk. Even ride around on ole Toad if you wanna git a feel for the handling difference.
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thanks Dick I'll pm Joe, yep i'm thinking of doing the same for around town.
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thanks Dick I'll pm Joe, yep i'm thinking of doing the same for around town.
Joe hasn't been on here today; I think today or tomorrow is the day he leaves for DC on his LT (but that's on the QT...). Here are a few pics. Pics 1 & 2 are the same bike. The last pic shows the Ft. Worth rack.

Two of these belong to -- or feature! -- bmwlt.com "notables". I hope they don't mind.

(Yes, I think a picture IS worth a thousand words, so I nab these photos when I can. I, too, want to learn about such things.)
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that looks great! what'll the Ft Worth setup cost me parts and labor?
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Howard thats exactly what i was looking for. Makes the LT look like a sport-tour. Now I can stop thinking about the new K1200GT!!!
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Howard thats exactly what i was looking for. Makes the LT look like a sport-tour. Now I can stop thinking about the new K1200GT!!!
10-4 on that, Rene; glad to help.

Now I'm ready to take my top case off (OK, the LT's top case!) too. I'm curious what all the fuss is about -- improved handling, etc. Sounds intriguing.

When I commute on the LT I put a large soft-side case w/laptop in the top case; it's gotta weigh 25-30 pounds with all the junk I have in it; it fills the entire space. I have no problems handling that, but then I really don't know any better.

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Howard thats exactly what i was looking for. Makes the LT look like a sport-tour. Now I can stop thinking about the new K1200GT!!!
Hey, Rene - I went by Tractor Supply yestiday and picked up four of their closed eyeball bolts in the thread size and pattern of the top-case's platform boltholes. I've got a small duffle bag that will fit on that platform, and plan to use the eyebolts for a tie-down point for some small, rubber straps. This just in case I need to grab some Krispy Kremes or chicken arms on the way home!!
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Guess I should've washed my bike before that track day.

And while losing that much weight that high up and far back does help the bike's handling, it ain't no GT replacement. +50 HP and -150 lbs makes a huge difference.

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Geez Dick, how many KKs or chicken arms do you need? More than the top case will hold but less than a duffel bag? That's an interesting way to count portions.

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Guess I should've washed my bike before that track day...
Hey, Mr. Meese spotted himself on his own bike! This was a pic you posted recently when I asked you about your mirrors. Hope you don't mind that it reappeared here...

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The third photo must be Ken 'messe'...
I recognize the dirt, not the GPS assembly.

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No problem, Howard. The original pic is stored on this server, as a matter of fact. As you've seen, it's good for demonstrating a number of the LT's "features".

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WOW!!!

Just look at the space it leaves on the back of the bike to add extra farkles too...

you could mount your home made rocket engine made from simple household appliances and stuck together with JB weld...

you could rip the speakers off your stereo floor system at home and mount it the back of the bike and crank it up an the neighbourhood would say in unison "well , i will be farkled, listen to the farkles on that BMW", and again attach it to the bike with JB weld so it doesnt come off in a big hurry,


You could attach a jiant bin to it and fill it up with the scraps from the extra farkles you added to the bike, and ride it to the rubbish dump and do a massive wheelie and leave the contents of the bin on the ground.save you getting off the bike and emptying it by hand


You could mount a diving plank off it and attach it to the bike with JB weld and go to a river and jump off the back of the bike in to the river and maybe find an extra farkle at the bottom of the river


When you find the extra farkle, come back here, write all about it in CAPITAL LETTERS and tell everyone
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You could mount a diving plank off it and attach it to the bike with JB weld and go to a river and jump off the back of the bike in to the river
After crossing the desert in 110+ degrees on the way back from the last CCR, I'd have been very glad to have that option. Didn't see it in the BMW accessory catalog though. Must be the same guys who developed the micro-fridge for the LT that never appeared.

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I removed my top box about 6 weeks ago and it does make a big difference to the weight / handling. I haven't weighed the box but the bike was MOT'd a month ago and weighed in at 320kg with an almost empty fuel tank. The box stays off now unless I 'really need' it.

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Here is a nice view of an LT without the case at sunset
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Where did you get the chrome shelf that replaces the top box? I really like the looks of that setup. Was it a difficult install?
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Where did you get the chrome shelf that replaces the top box? I really like the looks of that setup. Was it a difficult install?
It's called the Ft. Worth rack. Others will chime in with where/what/$$, etc.

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Cool pics. I noticed one of the bikes has mirrors on the handlebars, does anyone know where to get or how to put mirrors up there?

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Where did you get the chrome shelf that replaces the top box? I really like the looks of that setup. Was it a difficult install?
The rack can be purchased from www.ascycles.com for around 310.00. Mounts easily with the provided bolts in the same holes that are used by the top case.

What I like best about it is the improved overall handling of my LT. Also when traveling alone I can add the 2 pieces of luggage shown, (both weigh only 50 lbs loaded, just 10 lbs more than the empty top case). They are easily unstrapped at the end of the day and roll right into my room. If travelling double, I just turn them sideways behind passenger seat. With either configuration, I have quick easy access to both side storage compartments without having to move anything out of the way.
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Cool pics. I noticed one of the bikes has mirrors on the handlebars, does anyone know where to get or how to put mirrors up there?

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You're probably referring to Ken Meese ("meese"). He can tell you all about it, or you can search the forums for it. They are lifted directly from another BMW bike -- perhaps the RS. Other riders have done that, too. Nice idea, isn't it? I find the stock LT mirrors pretty useless.

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Ditto....How much $$? Please send link or phone number so I could order this rack...
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I bought the rack from A&S cycles here is the site
http://ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=1694
The only thing I don't like about the rack is the bottom edge is sharp and could cut a bungie or strap so I sanded it a little now all is fine. Makes the bike handle better and look great.
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