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post #1 of 51 Old Mar 13th, 2012, 11:17 am Thread Starter
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I never realized just how big these bikes are.

So folks are waking from their winter slumber and the motorcycle parking section near the office is starting to fill up. I need to start calling my LT Shamu, based on how much larger it looks compared to the 250 Ninja and 650 Sportbikes that are parked in the same lot!

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You can't call it Shamu..I already named my Blue 02 Shamu! I have reserved Colorado naming rights, lol
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I figger to REALLY live up to the name, it's gotta be black with white leather leg pads...Alas there's really not anything popular that's Dark Blue to name it after.

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Pappa Smurf was blue. Nah, I guess that won't work.
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Babe the(giant) blue ox?

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I was kinda thinkin' Klein...a good Teutonic name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Klein_Blue

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I call mine "Fat Bottomed Girl". There's even a song named after her.

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I just call mine the Garbage Barge. After all, I can haul enough garbage in the bags to justify it.
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You guys need to be more respectful of our girls. I don't feel she is all that large at all.
If you've ridden around for a number of years on a GL-1800 pulling a trailer as I have, the LT feels as light as a feather, and in the handling area she certainly is much lighter on her feet.

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You guys need to be more respectful of our girls. I don't feel she is all that large at all.
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Fair enough about the respect, but she IS a big girl, REAL big girl lol
But for me, there is no other option out there that does as much as the LT. Maybe I should call her Rosie, after AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie"
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The name "Top Heavy" could almost be complimentary.

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Now and then a guy at work parks his Buell next to my bike. It looks like a little dinghy compared to the LT.

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My first LT, a 2000, was Basalt Grey. I called it "Mako". It was just about the color of a Mako Shark, and the lighter underbelly was about right.

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I call my bike Dammit...........Crank, Dammit..........Stop, Dammit...............Turn, Dammit.........

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Its pretty cool having a bike large enough to be able to look down inside of a pickup as you drive by.

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.

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There's about 6 of us that use this parking...I'm not looking forward to a seventh showing up.

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I call my bike Dammit...........Crank, Dammit..........Stop, Dammit...............Turn, Dammit.........
probably the most common name used, just not in public.

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I've been calling mine 'Ol' Dollar' but upon given occasion it has been referred to as Anne Nichole.................



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Ive had mine for nearly 3 years now and still marvel at the size when I look down at the sting ray area while riding down the road.

She is ......................large!

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The name "Top Heavy" could almost be complimentary.

I completely agree!! After seeing this coversation I'm gonna have to come up with a name for mine.

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Sue is the name of my big mistress sshhhhhhh don't tell my wife
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I am the second owner of my 2005 LT. And after more than 120,000 miles put on the "Gray Ghost", I didn't see any reason to re-name her.

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Its pretty cool having a bike large enough to be able to look down inside of a pickup as you drive by.
Yes indeed. And I've seen some amazing things!

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I forget who said it, but I'm beginning to agree that LT stands for Light Truck.

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As top heavy as we know these girls to be "Dolly" wouldn't be a bad name.
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As top heavy as we know these girls to be "Dolly" wouldn't be a bad name.
Ride safe Ron

Dolly was the name of my 2005.

1. Bought her from outside of Nashville
2. Guy I bought her from lived next door to Dolly Parton's retired personal assistant. He has met Dolly Parton a couple of times.
3. Both Dolly's are top heavy.

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I suspect that I am going to have to learn all over again just how heavy this bike is. I go in for my second hip replacement next week and figure that I will not be able to ride again until maybe June sometime. When I had the first hip done 18 years ago, I celebrated my recovery with a K100RT. I call my bike the big fat pig. One of my great fears is that I may be forced to downsize from my LT
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My "Heidi" stands out in the parking lot like a Swedish Swim Suit model at the High School Reunion !

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As top heavy as we know these girls to be "Dolly" wouldn't be a bad name.
Ride safe Ron

"Dolly" now that is funny. I almost had an accident laughing so hard.

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Ok, I just read this thread and realize it is old but:

I am disturbed at the number of "Totaled" LT's listed in this thread.

As a new LT rider/owner, this doesn't give me a lot of comfort to know so many were totaled.

Why ?

Is this something to do with the LT being so big and heavy?

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Ok, I just read this thread and realize it is old but:

I am disturbed at the number of "Totaled" LT's listed in this thread.

As a new LT rider/owner, this doesn't give me a lot of comfort to know so many were totaled.

Why ?

Is this something to do with the LT being so big and heavy?

Thanks.
Not to start an argument, but who said there were so many totaled LTs listed on any thread?

I would guess that so many of us do our own wrenching and like to keep our bikes in top shape on a limited budget that the used parts market is "hot"

Also I have seen a few people "parting" out bikes that are in fine riding condition. When I had my first LT an '00 model, I found a company between Orlando and Tampa that did just that. Parted out bikes.

I went over and they had a perfectly good LT all stripped down that they had purchased just for the purpose of parting out.

You know the parts are worth more than the sum of the whole. (or something like that)...

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Beyond that, note the mileage on those totaled bikes, it's not unusual for them to have 150k miles on em. It's not like a 5000 mile squid bike. I think over the course of a million motorcycle miles, shit happens and once in awhile you have to step off your ride.

What gets me, if you want to put a positive spin on it, is how many you see that are totalled, and the guy up and gets another one.*


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i agree i dont think i have ever been on a site where so many guys talk about there
accidents on there bikes. mainly because most bikes dont leave you alive to talk about
it. i am always amazed how little injures are caused buy the pic,s that get posted of totaled bikes

( all hail the big girl i cant think of a bike that could make me feel safer than the light truck)
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I don't want to start an argument either.

I was simply referring to the bottom of the postings where it lists how many bikes the poster has, and it says on few of them "Totaled".

That is what I was asking about.

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My first was totaled because of a 2-3 MPH sideswipe at a stoplight.

The cost of all the tupperware caused the insurance company to total the bike.

The second was totaled because of a "get off" at 108 mph. Dolly really was totaled...not just an insurance "percent of total value" issue.

I love this bike enough that I got on a third LT.

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My first was totaled because of a 2-3 MPH sideswipe at a stoplight.

The cost of all the tupperware caused the insurance company to total the bike.

The second was totaled because of a "get off" at 108 mph. Dolly really was totaled...not just an insurance "percent of total value" issue.

I love this bike enough that I got on a third LT.
Uh, Glenn, didn't anybody tell you that 108 MPH is too fast to step off your LT? Sure glad you're still here to tell the tale.

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Loren,

My sad saga is documented in post #15 at http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63900.

A couple of "after" photos are included.

Thanks for the good words. I, too, am glad that I am still here. How else would I have had the opportunity to upgrade to a 2006 LT?

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All I'm gonna say is big girls need love too!
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I was aware it was a very big bike when I bought her. I thought of the LT as a very 'stately' bike, kind of a bike you can go to official receptions with, and leave the key for valet parking.

What I was surprised of this weekend when touring in the lower Alps ( big mountain passes are not open yet) is the extreme agility when taking curves and hairpins... After some time, I considered my driving style to become less 'stately' and more 'ride it like you stole it'.

As for her name, I already thought about Fat Bottomed Girl and was sure I wouldn't be the only one. As this bike is so good to me, I think I prefer Lardy Nanny.

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Glen,

I am glad you're still alive to tell the story, those are amazing photos you have.

I got mine up to a 100 the other day, on the highway then backed off. Can't afford a speeding ticket.

At a 100 the bike felt stable with no issues. It is a 99 LT with Bridgstone tires. As I get more used to the bike I am sure I will be finding out just how fast this baby can go.

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Not having picked a name for mine yet. Everytime I see the bike I say: Holly crab this thing is huge, hope I don't kill myself on it. :-)
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Picking a name is very delicate. I just googled 'Fat Bottomed Girls' and 'Lardy Nanny' for pictures, and frankly... I think I should continue searching for a proper name...

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Still thinking about a name... and fell on this: http://layersoftheongion.blogspot.co...-derriere.html

Rubenesque comes to mind... as I am flemish...

Or could one say one is driving a BBW instead of a BMW

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Rubenesque comes to mind... as I am flemish...
That is perfect! But I'll keep my "Fat Bottomed Girl" for mine's name.

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My goodness Glenn,

Those are a couple of amazing pictures!

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My sad saga is documented in post #15 at http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63900.

A couple of "after" photos are included.

Thanks for the good words. I, too, am glad that I am still here. How else would I have had the opportunity to upgrade to a 2006 LT?

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Loren,

My sad saga is documented in post #15 at http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63900.

A couple of "after" photos are included.

Thanks for the good words. I, too, am glad that I am still here. How else would I have had the opportunity to upgrade to a 2006 LT?
I don't know, I think you can buff that out.

Injuries aside, you're one lucky guy.
Good for you getting back on the horse, some wouldn't.
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My 99 LT was nick named Gizmo by a buddy because of all the buttons, I have the CB and GPS installed so lots of buttons.
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