Picked up the Grey Ghost this morning...
Picked up new bike, rode 150 miles, it rained, we both got wet and got home safely.....
The new baby came home in styleÖ..
I picked her up this morning and after going over all of the paperwork, it was time to put a few miles on her. About 150 miles later and less than 3 miles from the house, the skies just opened up. I could see rain all around and I had been dodging and avoiding little thunderstorms for several hours. It wasen'tít until I was almost home that the ďGrey GhostĒ got her first bath.
I like the new name because when I ride, I pretend that Iím invisible.
The first real ride was actually better than the demo I remembered and that was a nice surprise. When I did my test ride I kept the bike in the RAIN mode and for me that was a mistake. I really prefer the DYNAMIC ride. It is much more responsive and allows me to use the engine at slow speeds with high RPMS as a brake. That did not work as well in the RAIN mode. As per the computer, I was getting almost 40 MPG throughout my initial ride. Iím keeping the bike below 4,000RPMS for the first 200 miles and below 5,000 for the next 400.
For me, there are a lot of really nice advantages over the K1200LT and as I get more comfortable and really begin to understand how she wants to be ridden, I know Iíll like the performance even better. There are so many different controls and tweaks to learn that I didn'tít even turn on the radio or set up the satellite radio. I want to get much more familiar with every thing else first.
From other activities, Iíve learned to try and change as few things as possible at a time to program or re-program muscle memory. I didnít want to get distracted by audio or the GPS.
Just a little nice thing: I was amazed at how easy it is to remove the side and top cases. WOW, Easy and quick. Now I just need to figure how to disconnect the power cord from the seat!
A few problems/challenges/things I need to either work on or try to change:
Iím going to need to change is the seat or my leg position. Iím not sure if the taller seat would help, but I do want to try it. My bike came with the standard seat and I kept feeling like I wanted to stretch back about 2 inches. It almost seems that if I could have carved about 2Ē from the back of my seat and taken the space from the passengerís seat, I would have been more comfortable.
I also noticed more heat than I remember from the K1200LT on my left leg/ankle area. Seemed excessive, but it was 95 outside before the rains came. The bike also pulled slightly to the left if I took my hands odd of the handlebars. I donít ride that way, but it could possible lead to a problem?
Seemed like the rain protection was a little better on the K1200LT.
So after riding almost 150 miles and then getting thoroughly soaked I pulled into the driveway and realized that I had forgotten my house key or the garage remote! Parked the Grey Ghost in the driveway, walked next door to get a spare key from the neighbor and then finally got the new bike and me under cover.
The next few days are pretty busy at the aquarium, but I do plan to get in some serious riding because Wednesday morning, she is scheduled for her first fluid service and change.
I ramble and Life moves onÖÖ
12 K1600 GTL
02 K1200 LT (gone but not forgotten)