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May 24th, 2019 9:26 am
K1200 on the road
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by Voyager View Post
I have owned my 2007 since 2007 and have not dropped it yet. Came close a couple of times, but not yet. However, having said that, I am on my way to Alaska and looking at some of the gravel they use during construction (we would call it rip-rap i PA, ), I will be shocked and amazed if I make it to the Arctic Circle and back without some sort of incident.
Dropped mine on a newly chip sealed intersection and a homeless guy standing on the corner ran over and lifted it up by himself. After saying thanks, he asked me for a smoke. Gave him the half pack I had.









LIFE IS FOR THE LIVING
May 23rd, 2019 7:18 am
Voyager
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
I have owned my 2005 LT since November 2017 and haven't come close to dropping her. I think I spend so much time thinking about where I will plant my feet that up to this point I have managed to keep her vertical. Now I know you are going to say things like '' there are two kinds of LT owners '' but it's not a fate I believe in.
Ok I'm off now to find some wood.
I have owned my 2007 since 2007 and have not dropped it yet. Came close a couple of times, but not yet. However, having said that, I am on my way to Alaska and looking at some of the gravel they use during construction (we would call it rip-rap i PA, ), I will be shocked and amazed if I make it to the Arctic Circle and back without some sort of incident.
May 23rd, 2019 5:22 am
Wazza
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I have owned my 2005 LT since November 2017 and haven't come close to dropping her. I think I spend so much time thinking about where I will plant my feet that up to this point I have managed to keep her vertical. Now I know you are going to say things like '' there are two kinds of LT owners '' but it's not a fate I believe in.
Ok I'm off now to find some wood.
May 22nd, 2019 7:55 pm
DRONE
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Why is this ridiculous thread still a sticky?

I love ridiculous threads, but if we're gonna sticky this one then I have 200 more I'd like the mods to sticky.

Just sayin'.
May 21st, 2019 11:59 pm
kbob12
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

...it happens. Glad you can still write home about it. I dropped mine four times. The first time this year at 6:30 AM on the day I quit drinking coffee.
May 16th, 2019 12:39 pm
acuningham
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I have lost count how many times I have dropped my LT. One of the most embarrassing happened at work in front of a woman. When I picked it up and it fell on the other side. It fell at Road Atlanta one day when I got off with the side stand down but on a very slight slope. I forgot to put the bike in gear and down she goes. On the rally trip to Salt Lake City we went to Bryce Canyon and three of us tried to pull up in front of the sign to get a photo. I pulled up beside them and grabbed some front brake and then she took a nap. The other guys were on RTs and just pulled away.

The scariest drop occurred when I had the bike on the platform and I was sitting on the bike with the motor running and then rolled forward get off the center stand. Before I could blink she was going over on the left and I had to jump off to avoid being pinned under the bike or be gouged by the shelves on the wall. Now that was pretty scary. I was shaking after that drop.

I dropped her on a road covered in coal dust in KY one year too. I broke my fibula that day. The bike just spun out on me going about 20 mph.

The last time I dropped her was in Lebanon TN after purchasing a new tire. The vendor did not clean off the mold release and when I pulled into traffic the back end slid out from under me and the bike did a high side kind of crash. It broke the windshield off the motorcycle. With lots and lots of duct tape I was able to ride the bike back to Morristown.

I still really enjoy riding this bike and am not ready to sell her.
Nov 4th, 2017 11:42 pm
kbob12
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

My 2000 K1200LT-I is Champagne, and I am 61 years old.

I bought the motorcycle with 47,555 miles and I have not added many more BECAUSE I have been replacing a number of parts to safely take it cross-country. ME 888 tires arrived yesterday. Waiting for a new exhaust system next week, and a few more odds and ends-gps and phone mounts and wiring on the left handlebar and center pocket (where the radio controls were located).

Also-some members mentioned dropping their ride(s). Here is my experience, so far:

I also dropped it my first time out after about five minutes! I headed to a local, busy corner gas station with an almost empty tank. I rode in on fumes after replacing the fuel lines, pump, etc., and I noticed it felt a bit top heavy. I was just starting off when someone cut through the station to bypass a traffic light, causing three teenage girls to slip through the gas pumps on their way to the station store. I panicked and grabbed the front brake as I was feathering the clutch. Down I went!
In a split second, three muscular, heavily tattooed young men rushed over to help me up. They were very nice and concerned an old guy in black and neon yellow leathers dropped his bike. I thanked them, grateful for their help.
As I rode around, getting a feel for the handling, I realized how little I knew about slow speed handling. So, I bought three books, and a "Motorman" video, and I learned I have a lot to learn about slow speed maneuvering. After I put a 'few more' miles on the LT, I will take a motorcycle class... the little I have learned so far reading the books, and watching the DVD has made a big difference! I am thrilled to own, ride, and maintain my 'new to me' LT! And, I plan to keep the shiny side up!
Oct 20th, 2017 11:57 pm
jamessjetton1
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

My 2002 K1200LT is Black
I'm 60 years old (ugh)
I've owned Night Train since 2004, bought her with 2500 miles (it scared the previous owner) she has 44,000 now
May 24th, 2017 12:19 pm
toddk
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Ive had my 2003 K1200LTE for a week. I'm not warm and fuzzy with the extemely sensitive brake system. I'm used to "meh" brakes on most of the bikes I've owned. I've had to stab both legs down as I was trying to crawl through traffic because I couldn't modulate smoothly. I'm not looking forward to the day the bike goes down.

I've been on the ground 7 or so times in 35 years. The latest was on my 1990 K100LT. At a stop sign. I came to a complete stop. Put my foot down. No traction - fine sand. I had that horrible slow motion bike-fall-down-and-I-can't-stop-it moment. I got off with the bike still running, leaned hard into it and got it upright. Looked around, and nobody was looking even though there were dozens of people in the area. No damage, other than my pride. The engine guard took the weight just fine.
Apr 23rd, 2017 9:00 pm
ElevenSquared
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Dropped twice in 2 days. Only had it 3... 3rd day was all rain, so it stayed parked.

First drop was 10 min after I drove it away. Hilly back road, slight drizzle, and didn't get my feet down quick enough. Did manage to slow the fall to the left and no damage done.

Second, uneven parking space, rolled it off the center stand and once she started leaning, there was little I could do to keep it from laying over on the right. Again I did manage to slow the fall and avoid any damage.

Will take a bit of getting used to since my daily driver is half the weight.
Jan 29th, 2017 6:35 am
Aussie1200
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Charcoal/Champagne

2004

51
Jan 20th, 2017 6:11 pm
Tricky_dickey
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

yep 3 time since i picked it up in June 2016
Jan 20th, 2017 6:10 pm
Tricky_dickey
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by eljeffe View Post
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May 17th, 2016 3:24 pm
Dick
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by donaldus View Post
...thought I was being funny, then my new cycle mag came and they sell them at $3500 a pop for HD machines. The wheels extend as you slow under 5mph...none available for LTs...
Yep, sure are. Google Ghost Wheels. Several Forum members have installed 'em in the past.
May 17th, 2016 3:16 pm
donaldus
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by donaldus View Post
...That does it! Along with the new windshield, exhaust, extra rear drive...I'm getting training wheels!
...thought I was being funny, then my new cycle mag came and they sell them at $3500 a pop for HD machines. The wheels extend as you slow under 5mph...none available for LTs...
May 1st, 2016 5:04 am
donaldus
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

...That does it! Along with the new windshield, exhaust, extra rear drive...I'm getting training wheels!
Jan 10th, 2016 10:56 am
rosmba
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

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Originally Posted by Brown Dog View Post
After riding the '03 Harley Ultra Classic, my 08 LT is a real joy. The HD was top heavy and wanted to go over frequently and it did. It handled like a boxcar with handlebars. Have not dropped the LT (yet) mostly becuz being conditioned to watch it so closely with the HD. Really very pleased with the LT. Amazing comfort, handling, & power.

Brown Dog
interesting, I had a older full dresser for a few years and my buddy has the same bike as you, only a year newer and I find both to be less top heavy and easier to handle at low speed than my 02 LT. Have never dropped a harley and I have owned 3 of them.
Jan 10th, 2016 10:37 am
rosmba
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I am 60. I have been riding since my first dirt bike in the mid 60s. This is by far the most top heavy machine I have even been on. Dropped it within 5 minutes of buying it. Have had it over twice now and I have had two or three close calls in addition. The most recent on a section of the street that they were grinding down to repave. I am going to pull the trunk off from it to see if that will help, but have had no luck locating one of those luggage racks to replace it. They tell me that will help.
Jan 4th, 2016 7:27 am
haltech007
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I have a 2002. It is multiple shades of gold/tan. I will be 50 next week. I ride with my daughter nearly every day. I pack in a HUGE load of her school books and such. I haul so much weight that maybe I should have gone for the K-350 Dually option.

I haven't laid her down yet, but she has fallen over a couple of times. It broke a mirror and a footpeg. The only real problem I have had was that issue with the Hall sensor.
Oct 3rd, 2015 4:01 am
Mark65
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

OH, man, funny story, with the saddest twist.

My condolences, Sir.


Mark
Mar 21st, 2015 6:55 am
Urbanhermit
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Not LT, not even BMW, but a "drop" story: 1985 or so, son on a Yamaha Seca 750, me on a Suzuki 850, riding south from Princeton to Mobile. Son a few cars ahead of me at the first toll booth to New Jersey Turnpike. He pulls up, puts a foot down in the puddle of oil and transmission fluid, goes down. Gets off, is now standing in the puddle. Tries to lift bike. Instead his feet spread and he jacks himself down instead of jacking the bike up. Tries several times, same results. I'm howling with laughter. This kid wasn't a dummy -- Princeton in three years and Magna Cum Laude -- but every once in a while . . . .
RIP, 12/25/93 -- passenger in a car crash.
Aug 14th, 2014 9:21 pm
Brown Dog
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

After riding the '03 Harley Ultra Classic, my 08 LT is a real joy. The HD was top heavy and wanted to go over frequently and it did. It handled like a boxcar with handlebars. Have not dropped the LT (yet) mostly becuz being conditioned to watch it so closely with the HD. Really very pleased with the LT. Amazing comfort, handling, & power.

Brown Dog
May 7th, 2014 7:23 am
sparkx
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Apr 12th, 2014 8:43 pm
Chief4fels
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

The 1st time was just today at a PGR mission in Rolla, Mo. Side stand won't stay down on a slight downhill grade. I learned from a new friend to leave it gear.
Feb 20th, 2014 9:42 pm
Corrado68
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Way to go, Tom!

It's the riding that keeps you young, never stop the riding and you'll be fine for many more years to come

Happy Birthday, by the way
Feb 20th, 2014 9:33 pm
tconnell
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Looks as if I'm in the very thin section of 4% riders. I'll turn 76 on 2/25 and plan on riding that day. I own a '99LT and a 'new' 2007LT and love them both. And I still ride the KLR65 from time to time and loved it on the TAT when I was 70.

Rode this afternoon with the wife to the club meeting and it was funny that our safety director, Casey, did a piece on things that aging riders have to be aware of... like reduced reaction times, night blindness, fatigue and not being able to ride long distances without a rest every hour or so. We were sitting near him as he spoke and he was looking and almost laughing at me. I'm sorta known as the old man that's an exception. I still ride a KLR650 in the dirt and have done 2 Saddle Sore 1000 in the past 2+ years.

I don't know where I get the stamina to still do it. Maybe it's the new plumbing about 3 years ago, maybe it's dementia and I don't know I can't do it, but I plan to keep on until I just drop. Not the bike... me. The LT's just make you want to keep going, and that's a good thing in my book.
Dec 23rd, 2013 10:01 pm
cc_jensen
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Dropped my 02 in 02. Deep loose gravel on a new driveway (few scratches on lower portion of bag. Once more when I was parking it in my shop (left arm in a cast - only damage was to my pride)

cc_jensen
78 RT
83 K
97 RT
00 GS
01 RT
02 LT
Dec 23rd, 2013 7:41 pm
Urbanhermit
Re: Add wife poll

Often.
Dec 4th, 2013 4:38 pm
Urbanhermit
Re: dropped bike??

Ayup, but to repair the cosmetic damage to the covers over the guard bar is about $250 in parts.
Dec 4th, 2013 4:36 pm
Urbanhermit
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

30 minutes after I bought it. Got lost coming out of Charleston (headed for Pensacola), was making a U-turn on a standard-width two-lane, full lock to the left, foot down, crawling, applied the front brake unused to the servo, front wheel locked, and bike and I became a traffic obstacle.
Aug 14th, 2012 3:28 pm
jeffklt
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Is somebody passing around cool aid?
Aug 14th, 2012 10:14 am
Fatto
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by DougLaird
If you haven't dropped the LT you're not riding much! Or put another way it's just a matter of time. Why is it that the "drop" always happens when there is a crowd around to watch?
Always a crowd. As I approached lights in a town close to where I live I slowed down to a crawl, doing my best not to put my feet down until the last possible second. My wife was on the back - under strict instruction not to wriggle. She did wriggle which caused me to over balance. the bike did not go to ground, but I had to gather all my strength not to let it go. I am 140kg in weight so I am used to lugging my own bulk about.

This did happen outside a doctors surgery, by an entrance to the town's main bus depot, I was in the middle lane of 3 - with a bus full of passengers behind. I couldn't make eye contact with any of the pedestrians after that until the lights turned green and I was away from there.

Could have been much worse.
Aug 13th, 2012 6:47 pm
shoswell
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by deputy5211
How does this fit the "trivia" theme?
He's close to the bay area... 'nuff said!


To the OP.. (glassviking) ask a direct question... We love dog pil... Helping out the newbs!
Aug 13th, 2012 5:49 pm
deputy5211
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by glassviking
How about a couple sites for parts(new, seat lift strut) oil filters and o-rings)?
How does this fit the "trivia" theme?
Aug 13th, 2012 10:59 am
glassviking
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

How about a couple sites for parts(new, seat lift strut) oil filters and o-rings)?
Apr 11th, 2012 1:00 pm
deputy5211
Re: drmshapow

Quote:
Originally Posted by drmshapow
I have dropped the bike more then once untill I got my custome wonderfull Corbin seat.

(posted by drmshapow Nov 10th, 2007 9:05 pm)

Quote:
Originally Posted by NCCCC1
Did that seat substantially get your feet lower to the ground or what?
You do realize that the post you responded to is almost five years old and that it is the only post the OP ever made on this site (under that name, anyway).
Apr 11th, 2012 4:12 am
NCCCC1
Re: drmshapow

Quote:
Originally Posted by drmshapow
I have dropped the bike more then once untill I got my custome wonderfull Corbin seat.
Did that seat substantially get your feet lower to the ground or what?
Jul 15th, 2011 5:39 pm
jwdeluxe
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I had not had Charlotte(thats her name, it's a long story) three weeks when I dropped her trying to back into a severely sloped parking spot. There was a very good breakfast place we were going to. There were four good things that happened.No.1 I had watched the video on how to get her back up. No.2. My adrenelin was high. No.3.My wife was there to help. No.4. It was 10 o'clock A.M., the biker bar across the street didn't open 'till noon!!! JW
Feb 12th, 2011 12:36 pm
Rocketbike
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

The first time is a big surprise, but after that you know exactly what is happening and why--slightly down hill parking, side stand not fully extended, grass (no-no mentioned above), left foot slips on gravel, too sharp a turn at creep to the left uphill, positioning in the garage for winter on oil slick floor--that just about takes care of the six or seven times the three LT's I have owned have been over. Always embarrassing. Once I got it up by my self (I saw a woman do it in a video: face away from the bike and lift from behind) but then it can easily heel over on the other side. Bottom line: never any damage beyond a few scuffs on the roll bars. There are only two kinds of LT owners--those who have laid it down and those who will.
Feb 4th, 2011 12:07 pm
Thumperjon
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZL66658
Its not a question of "if" you've dropped the bike....but rather"when"......She has a tendency to lean over from time to time...ESPECIALLY in front of a crowd!!
A life time of owning kick start motorcycles, and I still do, has taught me a simple rule of thumb. " The number of kicks it takes to start a motorcycle will always equal the number of people watching you try to start it"
Dec 13th, 2010 10:37 pm
attsonny
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by gpolakow
How many have dropped the bike at least once?
I dropped the 99 at least twice, oncw with my wife on board, ... no damage to us or it. I've dropped the 02 once, crossing wet grass is a no...no.
Dec 13th, 2010 6:42 pm
ZL66658
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Its not a question of "if" you've dropped the bike....but rather"when"......She has a tendency to lean over from time to time...ESPECIALLY in front of a crowd!!
Jun 15th, 2010 4:54 pm
Corrado68
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by FrP
I was taught in MSF to use both brakes every time, but I'm really wondering if that is the best advice with a top-heavy bike halfway through a turn in an emergency stop.
In general, the braking in a turn has to be done according to the avoiding action you're going to take: if you need to straighten up and pick an outer line to avoid the obstacle, then use the front brake which will raise the bike. If you need to close the turn and pick an inner line, then use the rear brake.

If you're in a real emergency and just need to STOP, straighten up the bike and brake as hard as possible with both brakes, in this order

This said, the LT is a bit peculiar for two reasons: it has ABS (thus helping a bit to avoid sliding) and it has an integral braking system, which applies BOTH brakes regardless of what you select, when you push hard on the brake lever/pedal. Prevalence is given to the brake you choose (front or rear) so the general rule mentioned above is still somehow valid
Jun 15th, 2010 7:15 am
soroadweary
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Yes, I'd be lying if I said I didn't.

Once at a fuel stop after a long day in 100 degree + heat..... (yes, I know, hydrate hydrate hydrate) off the bike, finished fueling, screwed on the cap, locked it, pushed the cover down....... which was apparently enough to set things in motion. Don't know if I did not have the side stand fully extended, or there was a slight grade...... at any rate, she laid down on her left side and napped. Fortunately for me, she fell over away from the pump. THAT could have been nasty otherwise. And there were a couple of helpful (snickering) much appreciated guys around who helped me pick her up.

Then there was the little old gal in a restaurant parking lot while I was out bumming around one fine Sunday afternoon. Not too many folks in the place, I parked out front mid lot. As I was sitting inside eating, a young girl walked over to me nervously and asked if that was my motorcycle in the parking lot. I acknowledged that it was. She took a deep breath, closed her eyes and said, loud enough for everyone to hear, heh, "my grandmother just backed over your motorcycle", turned and ran out the door. You could have heard a pin drop in the place. I'm sure I looked like I was shedding my skin from the brief period of convulsions that followed. heh No damage, apparently it was just enough knock it over on it's right side. It did scratch the shiny piece on the luggage door...... oh well, battle scars. I wear it with pride. Gives me a chuckle every time I look at it, can't imagine the horror that must have been for her granddaughter to have to walk in and tell me that. heh

I believe it's a good thing to drop the LT occasionally, it knocks the dirt loose from the air and fuel filters and prolongs their service life, aye. heh

K
May 25th, 2010 3:45 pm
FrP
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I'm interested what your advice would be in the event that half-way through a turn you are suddenly confronted with an unexpected object orother interference. The impulse is to grab the front brake. I had to do this with my LT on at least two occasions . Though it didn't go down, I did get a heck of a wobble in the bars and immediately released the brake handle. The braking was enough to avoid the object and I was able to regain control of the bike. BUT I'm left with the suspicion that rear braking in those instances might be a better option. With my bike, it seems the rear brake has a softer effect on the stopping of the bike...not as violent and abrupt as the front brake is capable of effecting.

I'm like the other rider regarding this. I was taught in MSF to use both brakes every time, but I'm really wondering if that is the best advice with a top-heavy bike halfway through a turn in an emergency stop. Wondering and not sure.
May 25th, 2010 1:09 pm
TVPearson
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Thanks for the input John, I will work on that.
May 25th, 2010 12:55 pm
AlaskaFish
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Quote:
Originally Posted by TVPearson
Dropped my 2000 twice in my first week of owning her and I have only had her for two weeks now. Once while getting her off the centerstand in the garage and once while pulling into a parking spot with my wife on the back, in front of a cycle shop, with 5 or 6 other riders milling around. Embarrassing to say the least. I have been working on NOT doing that again and I too think it has a lot to do with the front brake. I have been easing off the front brake while stopping and using the rear brake to complete the stop and so far it seems I have much better control. I am able to come to a complete stop with my foot on the brake and just drop my left foot to the ground and hold her up I had not owned nor rode a bike in about 20 years so I took a MSF course prior to getting my endorsement and the instructors really stressed the use of the front brake. Even though it had been 20 years, I remember some squirrelly things happening when using too much front brake. When I spoke with the instructor about this he was adamant about using the front brake in conjunction with the rear to complete the stop. In fact, on EVERY emergency stop procedure I performed, I was told to use more front break even though I completed the stop within time and distance requirements.This may work for some bikes, like the Beull 500 they supplied for us to take the course with, but I don't think it works too well for a large heavy bike like the LT. I am not saying anything bad about the course, it was very informative and after 20 years of not riding, I found it very valuable and learned some things I never knew.
Use of the front brake should be an automatic reflex to any seasoned Bike rider. The MSF Instructors are correct in their assertiveness in getting you to do so. That said, the LT is a little different with the Integrated brakes. My '00 does not have them and I am fine without, but even if I did have them, I would still use both front and rear brakes for stopping. Too many decades of doing so on many different Bikes for me to change now!

The big deal with the LT is to NOT have the front wheel turned any direction other than straight ahead when stopping and using the front brake! If you do have the wheel turned, and grab the brakes, she will take a nap!

After years of riding the LT I am still cogniscent of this possible trap, but I do use my front brakes routinely when coming to a stop. In fact, if the road is particularly rough, or possibly sloping the wrong way, I may use just the front brake for my last few feet prior to stopping just so I can put both feet down if needed.

My $.02,
John
May 25th, 2010 9:26 am
TVPearson
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Dropped my 2000 twice in my first week of owning her and I have only had her for two weeks now. Once while getting her off the centerstand in the garage and once while pulling into a parking spot with my wife on the back, in front of a cycle shop, with 5 or 6 other riders milling around. Embarrassing to say the least. I have been working on NOT doing that again and I too think it has a lot to do with the front brake. I have been easing off the front brake while stopping and using the rear brake to complete the stop and so far it seems I have much better control. I am able to come to a complete stop with my foot on the brake and just drop my left foot to the ground and hold her up I had not owned nor rode a bike in about 20 years so I took a MSF course prior to getting my endorsement and the instructors really stressed the use of the front brake. Even though it had been 20 years, I remember some squirrelly things happening when using too much front brake. When I spoke with the instructor about this he was adamant about using the front brake in conjunction with the rear to complete the stop. In fact, on EVERY emergency stop procedure I performed, I was told to use more front break even though I completed the stop within time and distance requirements.This may work for some bikes, like the Beull 500 they supplied for us to take the course with, but I don't think it works too well for a large heavy bike like the LT. I am not saying anything bad about the course, it was very informative and after 20 years of not riding, I found it very valuable and learned some things I never knew.
Mar 7th, 2010 4:18 pm
lartross
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

Yesterday, the first day I took a ride on my new to me lt...went a coupla' hundred miles to a stop sign...not paying particular attention...stopped and dropped! It was an eye opener. Of course, there was a p/u behind me...and a coupla' good old boys chewing tobacco to check up on me. Kinda' embarrassing. Never did that in 44 yrs of riding other bikes. Oh well! C'est la vie!
Feb 26th, 2010 8:33 am
pburhoe
Re: Collecting K1200LT Trivia

I rode a 1984 Goldwing for years before stepping up to my '02 LT. Well, I dropped the Goldwing exactly once in about 13 years. I have dropped the LT about 5 times, all at standstill or close to it, no damage except when I dropped it in my garage trying to position it for winter storage!

The worst time was when I was on a 4000 mile trip from Boston to Newfoundland. I was on the Avon peninsula, after riding all day, exhausted on my way to the B&B. I missed my turn, had to pull into a gas station to turn around. As it happened, I had been riding so long that my legs were "asleep"-not tingly, but just tired. The bike was loaded to the gills (all my camping gear etc!) and when I came to a stop, I just could not hold her upright. Had to offload everything (thank goodness for the bag liners)-AND ask for help...

From that same trip I came to appreciate my lack of hydraulic center stand...I just could not get her up on the center stand when fully loaded.

Back then I also did not understand how reverse gear worked (for the longest time I did not understand that the engine had to be RUNNING for reverse to work...did not make sense to me! ).

As far as dropping goes, I think it is mostly related to using the front brake. I have learned how to ease off the front brake and use only the rear when completing the stop, and have had no trouble since then!
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