I am riding 2-up from West Palm Beach Florida to Georgia on the interstate for a road trip to visit family. I have owned my flawless Black 2003 BMW K1200LT now for over a year and just started riding it 2 months back. Reading many posts, opinions, and articles is a wise way to educate yourself about the process of safely riding your LT, but also instills way to much fear in your mind for a beginner looking to find confidence to ride. The bike is new to you! You fell in love with it! But just assuming that for this articles primary content, you are a perfectionist who is terrified to damage your bike.... get rid of that taunting fear and ride that bike from now on knowing this. I have tipped over now twice and each time I was pissed off. But I immediately used my skills learned from an awesome tutorial on YouTube by the President of the Illinois BMW Club and lifted it up easily to then just keep riding. Don't be afraid. It only scuffs a cheap piece of plastic in my experience and doesn't even show. Just keep riding and stop listening to so may others who are insensitive to the open mind of a new rider! Just ride!