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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 31st, 2013, 4:01 pm Thread Starter
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Hello,

I just purchased a 2004 K1200GT, Orient Blue (I think, dark blue to me). Bike has just over 14,000 miles on it and seems to be in great shape. I'm most recently coming off an 02 K1200LT, loving the new bike.

Questions: What bag is recommended for the rear rack? I don't really want to go with a top box, just a nice bag for occasional use. Is the Pirates Lair backrest and bag the way to go?

What auxiliary lighting is recommended? I do like to do some long rides and would like to maximize my ability to see in the dark. LT had fork mounted motolights, but not sure what would be best on the GT.

Thank you for your insight on these matters. I look forward to participating in the forum.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 2013, 11:26 am
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Welcome (again) to the fun!

See my comments on S-T.N for the lighting issue.

Rear bags... good luck! The Pirate's Lair bag looks to be better than a poke in the eye - too bad the Chicane line of bags has gone away.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 2013, 10:45 am
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Welcome to the Forum.

Although you say that you do not want to go the top box way. I am very happy with my GIVI V47, with the optional brake light.

I also upgraded my standard dipped beam bulb with a 35W HID light, I think it is the best upgrade I have ever done.

Enjoy your bike.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 2013, 11:15 am
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+1 on the Givi. The case is $350 at Revzilla. You'll have to ask them about the universal plate kit. I used a similar combination on my Concours and it worked well. The top case came off for local riding and went back on for longer trips. Two thumbs up!

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The best and first upgrade you should do is to replace the fuel lines plastic quick disconnect with metal ones. Unless they were done by the PO you don't want to sit on that time bomb.

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I'll give 2 thumbs up for the Pirate's Lair back rest and bag combo. The wife and I have had plenty of luggage space for cross country trips and the bag is easy off and on. But it is securely on the bike as a sleeve on the bag fits over the back rest an has straps that clip to the tail rack. I bought a short 6" bicycle cable lock to secure the bag from "walking off". Jerry at Pirate's Lair is a great guy to do business with.

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The best and first upgrade you should do is to replace the fuel lines plastic quick disconnect with metal ones. Unless they were done by the PO you don't want to sit on that time bomb.

Lights....HID.
I concur on both points.

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Thanks!

Lots of good information. Now I just need to save up some $$$$'s for farkles. LOVING the bike so far.
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Motolights do a great job seeing and being seen.

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Motolights do a great job seeing and being seen.
What mounts are used with the GT? I had motolights on my LT and did like them. Was also looking at a PIAA kit that mounts under the fairing up front.
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