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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 2008, 6:58 am Thread Starter
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Touchy Throttle

I am green to this scene! I just purchased a K 1200 GT and brought it home from the dealer yesterday. I decided to trailer the bike home from the dealer since distance, our weather and salt on the roads in Eastern Canada wasn't the best for the bike or rider. However, I couldn't help but take it for a quick run around the block before putting it away. I love this bike, but I was amazed at how touchy the throttle was. Having had Hondas in the past, I thought this machine was fast and quick. Anyone else find the throttle a bit sensitive, or is it just me?

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If you search the K1200 Gt (next generation) forum, you will have plenty of reading on that subject. What year model do you have? The touchy throttle was fixed on my 07 GT with software load 10.0.
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I am green to this scene! I just purchased a K 1200 GT and brought it home from the dealer yesterday. I decided to trailer the bike home from the dealer since distance, our weather and salt on the roads in Eastern Canada wasn't the best for the bike or rider. However, I couldn't help but take it for a quick run around the block before putting it away. I love this bike, but I was amazed at how touchy the throttle was. Having had Hondas in the past, I thought this machine was fast and quick. Anyone else find the throttle a bit sensitive, or is it just me?
Hi Gary,

Congrats on the K1200GT. May it bring you lots of joy!

I had the same experience as you when I bought a new 2007 K1200GT last June. I had been riding a 1986 Honda Magna. Many others have shared various throttle control issues. Just search the K1200GT forums for "throttle" "twitchy" "airbox" "high idle syndrome" "bucking bronco" and "bbs".

After seven months of working very hard to learn to adapt to the sensitive throttle, I took my KGT to the dealer a month ago, and they upgraded the software. (They are also prepared to replace the airbox, but want me to try the software upgrade first.) Since then, the throttle has been MUCH smoother and easier to control, especially at low speeds. Engine breaking isn't as strong and abrupt, I am kicking myself that I didn't do it sooner.

What model year is your KGT? Does the dealer know which version of the software you are running?
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Thanks for the info! My bike is a 2007 so I will contact the dealer to check on the version on board.

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I am green to this scene! I just purchased a K 1200 GT and brought it home from the dealer yesterday. I decided to trailer the bike home from the dealer since distance, our weather and salt on the roads in Eastern Canada wasn't the best for the bike or rider. However, I couldn't help but take it for a quick run around the block before putting it away. I love this bike, but I was amazed at how touchy the throttle was. Having had Hondas in the past, I thought this machine was fast and quick. Anyone else find the throttle a bit sensitive, or is it just me?
Your bike rides differently from any bike I've ever ridden. It acts like it has no flywheel at all. To take off from a stand still, release the clutch to shudder point FIRST, then apply throttle. It's great after it gets going, but different than any other bike. You'll love it.
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Your bike rides differently from any bike I've ever ridden. It acts like it has no flywheel at all. To take off from a stand still, release the clutch to shudder point FIRST, then apply throttle. It's great after it gets going, but different than any other bike. You'll love it.
Once you get the 10.0 software, all you have to do is release the clutch, you won't get any shudder.
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