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post #1 of 5 Old Mar 20th, 2012, 2:21 pm Thread Starter
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Center of Gravity: K1600GTL vs. K1200LT

How does the center of gravity (CofG) of the K1600GTL compare to the K1200LT?

A couple of years ago, I test drove an LT. The mechanic at the shop where I take my bike for service work pointed out the pros and cons. One of cons being that the LT has a high CofG, thus making it more susceptible to tips at slow speeds or stopped. Also, it less maneuverable at parking-lot speeds.

When my wife heard this, she had no desire to be a passenger on such a bike.

So I am wondering what the CofG is like on the GTL.
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Re: Center of Gravity: K1600GTL vs. K1200LT

Much lower on the 1600. The bike is lighter weight-wise, and feels even lighter than the weight difference would indicate.

The only counter is that the pillion is quite high, so 2-up you lose some of the advantage. Still much easier to manage than the LT though IMO.
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Re: Center of Gravity: K1600GTL vs. K1200LT

I had a 2002 K1200 LT and about 3 months ago switched to a K1600 GTL. The difference is night and day. Not only is the K1600 about 150 pounds lighter, the center of gravity is quite a bit lower. That was one thing I did not like about the K1200 was how top heavy it seemed, and made some rides quite instable. This bike is much better at slower speeds and handles corners a lot more fluid like. I am extremely thankful I changed to this bike as it has made my riding more.....enjoyable.

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Much lower on the 1600. The bike is lighter weight-wise, and feels even lighter than the weight difference would indicate.

The only counter is that the pillion is quite high, so 2-up you lose some of the advantage. Still much easier to manage than the LT though IMO.
Would the pillion on the 1600 be higher than on a 1200rt. I ride two up on my rt, would the 1600 handle better or worse than the rt two up?

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Would the 1600 handle better or worse than the rt two up?
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