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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 2013, 9:15 pm Thread Starter
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Smile Just Purchased first MC

2004 K1200RS Blue/White with 14,900 miles. Mint.

Brand new rider. Actually taking my 3 day course this weekend. Wish me luck!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 10:41 am
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Congrats on the bike
My fav color combo for the line.
Like it better than my Grey/Green GT.
Not that my GT don't look fine....

Regarding being a new rider and using this bike to take your first rider training class.... aah....

my .02
I've owned MANY different bikes over my 57 years, including my current 2003 K1200GT and a 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650. R1200GSs, R1200RTs, Hondas, a Kaw 650, a few Suzukis, and others.

Knowing what I know now, of all of them, the K1200GT, would be the last of the bunch that I would chose to take a beginner class on.
With my 2002 R1150RT being a close second to last.

The K1200RS is heavy, and has fairly low and narrow bars that compromise low speed steering leverage and overall low speed control and comfort.

Fine bike, don't get me wrong...
A real high speed mile muncher...can be fun on the twistees provided one respects it's size, weight and somewhat unique braking system.

Don't you know someone with a nice KLR / Vstrom / or any small displacement Japanese standard that you could borrow for the course?

In any event, nice bike. Enjoy

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 12:54 pm
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Good Luck

As mentioned before, good luck taking the test with the K. Top heavy, and turns awful at next to no speed. Figure 8's are where you'll need to really be up on your game. In NJ they have 4 cones that you had to weave in and out of, loop around then do again. Its a bear with a big bike, but it can be done so good luck. Maybe there won't be any cones.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 2013, 8:59 pm
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top heavy ,, yes !

As said good luck with the big K1200 on a test , but do it on a smaller bike if you can . I love my old 2000 k1200rs , I fell doing a slow speed turn-around when I first got the big K . I'm much better now that I'm used to the top heavy machine , but what a machine !!! good luck , be care-full these bikes are very fast ,,,
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 2013, 10:04 am
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Congratulations, a great bike and color combo. Ride safe and enjoy life, you never know what is around the next bend.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 2013, 3:20 pm
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Nice bike, looking mint indeed - but seconding what the other guys are saying re: using it to learn on - be very careful not to drop it etc! I almost dropped my K1200R a couple of days after owning it and thats with prior riding experience.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 2013, 5:26 am
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smaller bike!...Your playing with a lot of weight up top and it will pull you down if you get just a little off balance in a slow turn..
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 7th, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Is he using this bike for the course ?

He didn't exactly say he was. Nonetheless, 622lb wet for a first bike is . . . interesting.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 2013, 6:30 am
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Originally Posted by dohalloran
He didn't exactly say he was. Nonetheless, 622lb wet for a first bike is . . . interesting.

That's true...didn't say which bike would be used for the rider course.

Maybe he (or is it she? Ms. Gregg) will chime in again and give us an update.


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 2013, 11:44 am
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Well, if it was my first bike then I suppose I'd think all bikes handle like the K1200RS, or like steering a barrel at slow speed, and I'd learn to do it pretty darn good.

Nice bike, love the color combo. Make sure you have plenty of air in your tires........

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