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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 2009, 6:44 am Thread Starter
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Sun Effects on KGT Display Panel

I rarely park my K1200GT in the sun. Twice since I've owned it, I parked it where the sun was behind the bike, without really thinking about it. It wasn't hot, but the sky was clear. When I got back on the bike, the display was very faint and unreadable. It took as long as an hour before the display was fully "restored".

Does this effect cause permanent damage to the display?

Do you do anything to protect the display when you park? If so, what do you do? (Yeah, yeah - cover it up, but how do you keep the cover from blowing off?)
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All LCD displays react this way when very hot, or very cold. I have never noticed any permanent damage occurring, when temps return to normal the display works fine. But you bring up an interesting point about lasting effects. Maybe an engineer type can explain to us further

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It takes less than a minute to put my half-cover on and hook it to the foot pegs so it doesn't blow off. And less time than that to pull it off and tuck it away. Of course, I have that handy cover storage box available.

So if I was just popping into a store or maybe for lunch I might not bother, but if I'm at work or if it's raining then I just cover the bike and forget about it. Also, the cover tends to hide the electronics from prying eyes, and it means I can lock my helmet and jacket to the bike with a simple cable lock then just cover everything up. That's especially handy on a long, two-up trip when the bags and trunk are full.

As for the original question, I am an engineer, but I can't help you with the details of LCD longevity. Sorry.

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It takes less than a minute to put my half-cover on and hook it to the foot pegs so it doesn't blow off. And less time than that to pull it off and tuck it away. Of course, I have that handy cover storage box available.

So if I was just popping into a store or maybe for lunch I might not bother, but if I'm at work or if it's raining then I just cover the bike and forget about it. Also, the cover tends to hide the electronics from prying eyes, and it means I can lock my helmet and jacket to the bike with a simple cable lock then just cover everything up. That's especially handy on a long, two-up trip when the bags and trunk are full.

As for the original question, I am an engineer, but I can't help you with the details of LCD longevity. Sorry.
Got any links for the half cover and cable lock? Could be exactly what I'm looking for.
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Got any links for the half cover and cable lock? Could be exactly what I'm looking for.

I used this 1/2 cover all last summer on my 1050 TIGER and really like it. I don't know if they make one to fit the GT but you could ask. Although it doesn't keep your bike 100% dry in heavy rain, it does the job of sun protection and keeps prying eyes/hands off your bike when you're not around. Plus it folds up to about 1/2 the size of my full cover so I tend to always carry it with me. see= http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...000-Cover.aspx

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Check this thread, specifically post #20. I used a Dowco Guardian Traveler Size XL cover, but any of the waterproof half-covers will work the same.

As for a cable lock, almost anything works there. Just get something long enough to string through your helmet, jacket sleeve, and the passenger grab handles. It doesn't have to be super-tough as the cover hides everything, and it's usually only sued for short stops (lunch, sight-seeing, etc.).

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Thanks Ken.

For never washing your bike your final drive and rear tire look a lot cleaner than mine

When you said half cover I was thinking of a cover that wraps the headlight and windshield and terminates more or less at the front seat. Cover the tank and electronics.

Kinda shaped like that teardrop one-man tents. Anyone ever see one of those? That would be pretty packing friendly.
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For never washing your bike your final drive and rear tire look a lot cleaner than mine
That's because the FD keeps failing and getting replaced.

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When you said half cover I was thinking of a cover that wraps the headlight and windshield and terminates more or less at the front seat.
I think those are called bikini covers. Don't know where to get one though.


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That's because the FD keeps failing and getting replaced.

I think those are called bikini covers. Don't know where to get one though.

Google here I come!
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I'm sure there are other vendors, but www.motorcycle-superstore.com has 3 or 4 half-covers listed from 30-40 dollars each. It looks like they are light weight and pack to a reasonable size.

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