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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old May 14th, 2008, 10:19 am Thread Starter
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Do you ride the K in crowded cities?

Had to ride the K in the city at rush hours (here is all the time haha) and found it incomfortable. Gearbox is not well suited for the city, at what rpm you change up? Also at 25C outside temperature engine became too hot and the air from the fan was burning my right leg. What is your experience with the K in crowded cities with permanent traffic jams?


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I hate to ride in the city. Though feel no heat from the engine in Airflow3 suit and boots.
Prefer to change gears between 4000 and 6000 rpm.
Moscow is one endless jam with tight lanes - even filtering between them is not easy this year as the new lane marks were made tighter.

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25C is hot?

Try it in 40C. If you wear some knee-high cycle socks, then the GT isn't too bad. If you really want to suffer, try it on the Honda, Kawasaki, or Yami. Ugh!

Might want to look into one of those phase-change vests when it's 35-40C. Makes it bunch more tolerable. Forget the Poly-crystal or fabric vests. Too damp and clammy.

Personally, anything above 35C sucks on a bike - but 25C? That's just a little above the perfect 23C for full gear.

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25C is hot?

Try it in 40C. If you wear some knee-high cycle socks, then the GT isn't too bad. If you really want to suffer, try it on the Honda, Kawasaki, or Yami. Ugh!

Might want to look into one of those phase-change vests when it's 35-40C. Makes it bunch more tolerable. Forget the Poly-crystal or fabric vests. Too damp and clammy.

Personally, anything above 35C sucks on a bike - but 25C? That's just a little above the perfect 23C for full gear.

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i have the phase change jacket, my gf also has the pants. you say it also works when hot? we only use them when cold.


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I hate to ride in the city. Though feel no heat from the engine in Airflow3 suit and boots.
Prefer to change gears between 4000 and 6000 rpm.
Moscow is one endless jam with tight lanes - even filtering between them is not easy this year as the new lane marks were made tighter.
also use airflow suit and boots but today only took the airflow jacket and kevlar jeans + regular shoes.


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Had to ride the K in the city at rush hours...
I live in the SF bay area and ride pretty regularly in traffic. I haven't really found it to be that unpleasant. The worst thing is the bike is big and long, which makes lane splitting (filtering) harder than it would be e.g. on my wife's Honda Hawk (which is a much better bike for city traffic, I used to ride that all the time when I lived in San Francisco)

I'm usually in 1st gear and pretty active with the clutch when splitting on city streets. We have wide freeways here and bikes can use the carpool lanes, so I don't have to split that often on the big roads, but when I do the GT is fine, I'm usually doing about 25mph and in 1st or 2nd gear.

I actually spend a lot of time in 1st and 2nd. There are some great windy roads around here (going up Mt Hamilton for example) where there's no reason to get out of 2nd. Same for city streets, if the speed limit is 25mph I'm probably doing 30 in 2nd gear.
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I drive rush hour every day, the GT is narrower than my C1 :-) . I am mostly in second or third, it pulls smoothly in 6th from 40km/h. Heat not a problem, RT was much hotter. Have driven in 43 degrees celsius. Mid town rush hour is often over 30.
The only thing that gets hot is my head in the helmet.
I very seldom hear the fan come on, temp gauge never more than 50%
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The only thing that gets hot is my head in the helmet.
Maybe you should look into getting a BMW Airflow helmet?


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Maybe you should look into getting a BMW Airflow helmet?


A friend of mine has broken a jaw in this helmet. And lost 3 teeth.

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