Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Re: My first large bike
I guess I am a little mystified about the necessity to "flat foot" the bike?? I am 6' plus a little, I ride with the seat in the high position, because it feels better riding...I can actually just about flat foot the bike at a stop by sliding forward on the seat. However, I rarely do that, because there doesn't seem to be a reason to...for starters, when you stop, you better have the bike balanced already, a little toe action can keep the bike upright, if you reach the point of needing a flat foot to hold the bike up, you are probably on your way over, and at 800lbs, two or three flat feet are not going to hold it up...For me, probably 50% of the time, I don't put my feet down at all. The bike seems to balance so well at slow speed, I just slow down to a crawl, and inch forward till it is time to go, otherwise, it is stop and put a toe down and wait for the opportunity to go.. Flat footing?? that is for light weight bikes you can still hold up while at a 45 degree angle...not this big girl!!
I forgot to congratulate you on getting the best bike ever, and the best kept secret in touring bikes...Your gonna love it!!
2000 K1200LT "a great ride"
2002 GL1800 powerful, but boring..(gone)
1979 XS1100 (gone)
1986 VT500 Ascot (gone)
1972 Honda 500-4 (gone)
1961 Lambretta (way gone)
1962 Allstate Compact (gone but not forgotten)
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Last edited by casualemt; Oct 30th, 2012 at 3:10 pm.
Reason: forgot something