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Converting K1200 LT to Trike

I am converting my K1200 LT to trike using Hannigan trike kit.

What is a pro and con? Please give me some advises.
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I am converting my K1200 LT to trike using Hannigan trike kit.

What is a pro and con? Please give me some advises.
I suppose the pro would be a different rear end.
You can perform low speed operation without dropping the bike.

Con might include it is not done often (like Honda & HD)
If the bike is new and under warranty my understanding is BMW will void any warranty. (unlike Honda & HD)
That being said I have only seen one BMW trike & 1 BMW sidecar throughout the USA.

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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

The trike would certainly be more difficult to drop! You might want to consider a sidecar if you think you might want to ride the bike solo. I ride mine sans sidecar 90+ % of the time because of the fun factor but there are times when it is really nice to have the sc available. It only takes about 15 minutes to install/un-unstall the sidecar.

Having never ridden a trike I can only speculate that the trike would be more fun to ride than a sidecar rig.

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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

The difference:
on curves, instead of G-forces pushing you into the seat as you lean, the forces push on you sideways so you have to brace with the inside leg.
(At spirited speeds, I always lean my body anyway because it feels better.

You must always leave the bike parked in gear....(it will roll)

There is no such thing as a "quick stop" everyone wants to talk about it.........

Shop charges are higher in many dealerships................

I like it for relaxed touring...................

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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

Try talking to Golden Dragon from this post.
http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61744
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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

Pros - Can't drop the bike, final drive won't break, can carry more stuff, ride year round (within limits), set up for long distance touring.

Cons - No leaning in corners, forces push side ways against you in corner, brace with inside leg. (I lean anyway), Not many made so shop rates are higher if you don't do your own work and getting out of a gas station faster than 20-30 minutes is rare. People come out of now where to ask questions.(This could be a Pro)

All I can say is that I love the long distance rides on this thing. Have a little cruiser for one-up around town.

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The BIG con for me would be that you no longer steer it like a motorcycle. You have to turn the handlebars like you do on an ATV at all speeds.

Feeling the motorcycle lean in curves is the big reason I ride one. If I get so I can't keep my LT up, I'll look close at the ghost wheels attachment. Might take some getting used to, but I can still get the motorcyclr feel in the curves and keep it up using the ghost wheels solid at stops. YeeHaa.

Just my .02 on the topic.


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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

Hey Sam, who is doing the conversion?

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Re: Converting K1200 LT to Trike

We love ours. Just got done with a 1500+ mile trip. Second one this year of that length and nothing is better for long hauls.

Biggest Pro for me is that my wife will ride on it!

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