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Hi all. Just purchased a silverish blue 1999 K1200LT. Background, largest bike I've owned was a Yamaha YZF600. 400lbs soaking wet. Test drove the LT and was scared #}{\~,!€* going down the street. On the way back I was nervous and by the time I got home (40 miles) I was just loving it!! And can you believe the stereo system still works? Got a few CDs left but no tapes for the deck.... I have some of that lens restorer for car headlights on order, maybe it'll let me see what channel I'm on when I get it in. :-/ I had bought this bike for commute but after 40 miles I still had a lot left! Pity I let my class M slip away. Now I'm on a permit again for the 3rd time. :rolleyes: Can't wait for a Vegas run or San Diego. One thing though... A cup holder? Full face helmet? Ah well, you never really eat all the icing off the plate. Nice decoration though!
 

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Good on you man! And guess what? It just gets better and better.

Plus one more thing - whatever music you listen to will be about 10 times better going down the road. :sun:

Greg
 

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If you're talking about using lens restorer on the radio display, don't. Just rub it with dentured alcohol. It'll clear right up.
 

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If you're talking about using lens restorer on the radio display, don't. Just rub it with dentured alcohol. It'll clear right up.
You mean like isopropyl?
 

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Never mind. Google is my friend. It's an ethyl methyl ethyl ethyl. Non drinkable ketone alcohol. Remember that harsh stuff from my Navy days.
 

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Gee funny, that's where the "informed" sales person said a sticker once was. :rolleyes:
Yeah I got my presets dialed in now. Last one was playing Zepplin!
 

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I also have the same bike as you just got I think. Color is called Basalt Grey Metallic or some derivative of that. My bike was the Econo model as it didn't come with much, but I like you, fell in love with it on the short test ride. The cup holder is nice, but expensive. I'm not cheap, but even at $90 used, that's a good many tanks of gas. When I filled up before I left here in Valdosta, GA it was $3.18.9 a gallon at Sams. :D

I like bells and whistles so to speak. So first thing I did was to get the temp sensor and then found a nice working and very clean OBC or On Board Computer. I cut the panel and mounted the computer and hooked it up so I had temperature and the other things it will do. Spent about $250 on all that and then saw the problem. Problem is that with the cup holder mounted on the left handlebar (only place it will fit), I couldn't easily see the trip computer there on the left part of the dash. So off with the cup holder and now I still need a place to put a drink.

I finally decided to get a tank bag and settled on the RKA bag. Just like on today's ride of some 375 miles, I took the Mountain Dew and slid it in the bottom part of the RKA bag. When I got thirsty, flipped up the helmet, unzipped the left side of the bag, unscrewed the cap and took a drink. As the LT is like on rails on the highway, that's not a problem and takes maybe 30 seconds to take a drink and the recap the bottle and back in the bag. Also drinks that sit in the cup holder in the sun get hot fast and get jiggled around and loose all the fizz. Doesn't seem that way lying flat in the tank bag.

Just my thoughts on this. Enjoy the new prize. Here's mine -

 

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Isopropyl did the trick in seconds...
Hey tconnell I'm not towing anything, nor do I have Crome mirrors, seat back, and passenger arm rests. (well... Not yet on the arm rests). One thing I am thinking, is if possible, remove 3 proprietary power connectors for marine 12v standard connectors. Thoughts?
 

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Forgot. Yeah that's the same color as my bike.
 

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Good for you. You got one of the fastest colors. I've had two state policeman tell me that in the past year.

On my bike it didn't have chrome mirrors or the chrome covers that attach on the windshield arms. I found those on eBay and here on this forum. BTW if you really need to have a cup holder, I could pry mine a loose and let you have that one. My wife let me know that she had to have arm rest, floorboards and a Kury cup holder like from the '02 GL1800 GoldWing we still ride some. So that search gleaned those parts in short order. The bike did come with the BacUp Backrest and with the MotoLites installed. Both of those were around the $400 mark each and I got a new ZThecnic windshield as the OEM was almost yellow and about impossible to see through if the sun was at your 12 o'clock. And I only paid $4200 out the door for all that. I think I stole a very nice bike. It had 18,924 miles on it and today at 2 years and 4 days old came in at 55,211 miles. So looks like I've done 36,287 on the ol girl in 24 months. Such a nice nimble bike and she goes anyplace you point her.

What boat were you on?
 

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'86-'88 USS Dace SSN607
'88-'90 USS McKee AS41
'90-'93 Subase Pearl Harbor (shore duty)
'93-'96 USS San Francisco

I have a cup holder. Also have full faced helmets for my girl and I. I could see a use at a rest stop somewhere between here and there. ;) The need for the armrests stems from me wanting her to feel comfortable. If your woman's happy, you're happy. Words to live by.
 

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Good on you man! And guess what? It just gets better and better.

Plus one more thing - whatever music you listen to will be about 10 times better going down the road. :sun:

Greg
10-4 on that !!
 

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Well I'll just have to try that out tomorrow. :dance: Nite all! In early tomorrow, but first in is first out!
 

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Hi all. Just purchased a silverish blue 1999 K1200LT. Background, largest bike I've owned was a Yamaha YZF600. 400lbs soaking wet. Test drove the LT and was scared #}{\~,!€* going down the street. On the way back I was nervous and by the time I got home (40 miles) I was just loving it!! And can you believe the stereo system still works? Got a few CDs left but no tapes for the deck.... I have some of that lens restorer for car headlights on order, maybe it'll let me see what channel I'm on when I get it in. :-/ I had bought this bike for commute but after 40 miles I still had a lot left! Pity I let my class M slip away. Now I'm on a permit again for the 3rd time. :rolleyes: Can't wait for a Vegas run or San Diego. One thing though... A cup holder? Full face helmet? Ah well, you never really eat all the icing off the plate. Nice decoration though!
Here's what we have in common. First, I'm Navy too. I served about the time your parents were in HS. That's all right, still, Go Navy, Beat Army! :) You were under water in a tube called a submarine aka incorrectly as a "boat." I was Air Navy, but I didn't fly, just pushed airplanes around a flight deck on a ship that shot airplanes into the air. Second, I also just bought a 1999 LT, and third I also rode a Yamaha VStar 650 which I still have. And the most eerie thing is I also rode home the same 40 miles, SSF to SJ all the way with an ear to ear grin. I use a full-face helmet. Oh, did I say my LT was also the same color as yours? Tomorrow I'm going to go on my first ride, apart from the ride home from where I bought it. Welcome aboard!
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Get a Dice unit for the CD changer, or one of the ones that adapt the Android phones, and you can get rid of the changer and use an a ipod, iphone, or Adroid phone. You will save a bunch of space in the side case.
 

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Mine is a 99LT too and from the Navy too but in far away singapore :wave
That almost sounds like fun, but isn't the traffic there a really MF for such a heavy bike? :confused:
 

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Just a couple of FYI's, If isopropyl alcohol works for you then ok, I have always used denatured alcohol, bought a quart can of it at the hardware store, 5 years ago, and still have a bunch, works great if the stock windshield gets foggy too! If you have the cassette player, you are in luck, just go to walmart and get the cassette adapter, plug it into the cassette player, and you can plug in your ipod, iphone, or what ever, simple and effective. you can't control the selections from the bikes handlebar, but you do get to control the volume anyway...cheap and cheap...for cup holder, I have been using this inexpensive cupholder from sportsman's guide (online) also available from bass pro for a little more money, comes in a bunch of different colors, is also very effective, easy to put on and remove, NEVER falls off.....Less that $20 and you can mount it on either side! I tried putting one on the saddlebag for my wife, but didn't do well there....Heres a link..$10.97 plus shipping
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/liquid-caddy-drink-holder.aspx?a=133732

Congrats on the new ride, I don't know about the drug part, but it is an addiction fersure!!
 

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