Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Forest Park, IL, USA
2 tips and a trip
I got the bike Monday. Rode it around town all day, had a blast. Celebrated with a sandwich from Johnnie's Beef in Elmwood Park (Chicago-area icon).
Then, the inevitable. I got on the bike, put my drink in the cup holder, and the bike tipped. I tried to stop it at first, but remembered the advice from the group and let her go. Embarrassed, I quickly lifted it (thanks YouTube) and rode home.
Yesterday morning, I rode to Starbucks, and it happened again. I slowly turned left toward a space, then right toward a better one, and it tipped to the right. I lifted it, but forget to put the kick stand down, and it almost fell to the left. A real struggle, viewed by dozens of amused coffee drinkers. My worst nightmare - twice in 12 hours.
Now the good news - I rode a couple hundred miles around northwest Illinois (Starved Rock, Great River Road) and it was MUCH more enjoyable at high speed.
Some things I learned:
1. Practice, practice, practice slow speed driving. I'm now apprehensive when coming to full stops, and that's NOT good.
2. The stock seat hurts when riding for more than an hour. A new saddle is a must for long rides.
3. The stock windshield isn't ideal for tall people. I'm 6'4", and the wind was really smacking my helmet. Cee Bailey, here I come.
4. My right hand was fatigued after an hour. Cruise control saved me. I'm looking into a throttle buddy or something similar.
5. You can really lean the bike aggressively in twistys.
So, my K1200LT riding experience started badly but quickly rebounded. It was helped by a lot of great advice from this group and look forward to more.