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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2009, 6:18 am Thread Starter
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Yup... Another new K1300GT owner

As of yesterday I now have just over 600 miles on it. I'm moving over from having owned three RT's with the last one being a 2005 R1150RT. All I can say it Holy Fukking Sh!t, what a bike! My riding buddies had a bit of a hard time keeping pace throughout our ride yesterday so I kept it reasonable.

Yesterdays ride turned out to be a pretty good one. Mainly it was a shake down ride on the new GT. The weather was in our favor most of the day. It only rained as we climbed Platte Clove Rd in towards Hunter but by the time we were in Phonecia it was all over. Total mileage for the day for me was 410. This gave me plenty of time to get comfortable with the new bike. Next weekend we're spending 5 days in Tennessee so I wanted to get to know the bike a bit before I headed there.

On my RT1150 I had the bike wired like a ballistic missile and when it was time to sell it, it took me forever to pull all of the electronics so this time I made the decision to put everything into the Bags Connection Engage-XL tank bag with the powered mounting ring. This thing worked out better than I had hoped. I can now pull all of the electronics (Centec AV1 Fuse panel, Zumo 550, Garmin XM receiver / antenna, Escort 8500, Autocom Pro AVI, Kenwood 3200 GMRS 2-way, EZ-Pass) in under a minute for safe keeping or to carry around with the shoulder strap it came with.

Let the good times roll!


Everything is inside the bag other than the GPS and PTT switch


An unobstructed view and a very solid mount


I made this GPS mount thanks for someone here pointing out the 10mm threaded hole under the black cover


Everything packs away in the bag


Plenty of room left over. The Kenwood just sits inside with the antenna sticking out with the other wires


Here it is with everything connected
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2009, 7:18 am
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Congratulations and nice work on the install.

I too came off an R---R12RT; a great bike in its own right. The new gen K is everything I like in my R's wrapped around an incredible motor.

The big test for me will come in a couple of weeks when I ride up to the WSBK in Salt Lake. My longest day, so far, on the K is 500 miles and I was comfortable, but how will she treat me on a direct ride to Moab; more that twice that distance.

R bikes are fantastic for touring. Let's hope the K does as well.

Enjoy the new ride!
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Thank you

Either my seat needs to be replaced or my a$$. I was pretty uncomfortable by the end of the day but I'm used to the Corbin on my RT. There is something about soft saddles my butt doesn't like and the Corbin was a perfect match.

My friend has one on his 1200GT so I may try that on a trip to see how that is although it doesn't have the traditional Corbin saddle curves, I'm hoping for the same stiffness.

Enjoy yours as well and ride safe!
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old May 17th, 2009, 7:30 am
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Fffgt

That's a f....ing fast fully farkled GT. Great looking bike. I just upgraded from an 06 Blue GT and bought the 09 in metallic beige also.

Last time I had everything built-in not on the bike. V1 hidden in the nose, autocom under the seat, GPS, dash mounted switches for GPS, radar, tank bag power, and dash mounted heat controller for a jacket. All the audio had to go back under the seat and then up to my helmet. The dealer was nice enough to let me keep both bikes for a couple of days so I could unwire the bike. I had to remove all the front tupperware. Multipe hours of work kust to remove everything. I have yet to do the complete install on my 09.

There are more improvements in the 09 than meet the eye and I haven't got enough miles yet to fully explore the potential of my right wrist.

Your setup looks much better. Questions:
1) Do you run a radar detector? If so where is it mounted?
2) With everything in the tank bag do you still use the fuse panel?
3) Where did you get that ram mount?

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1) Do you run a radar detector? If so where is it mounted?
On my RT I Had it inside my BigMak bag and that worked out surprisingly well. I put it inside the new bag (on the right) and there is significant lag now. I may have to locate it outside but I'll still have it pack away into the bag

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2) With everything in the tank bag do you still use the fuse panel?
In one of the photos of the inside of the bag you can see a zippered pouch just under the Escort 8500 on the right. In there is the fuse panel and all of the extra wires from all of the other components


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3) Where did you get that ram mount?
Home made
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Congrats on your new ride. I also came over to the dark side from a 06 R1200RT. That was a great bike but the GT...............what can I say.

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what can I say.
Same thing I said, DAM! Holy Sh!t!
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I cxurrently have 300 miles on the od, riding yesterday in cooler weather, fog and rain. The trip up Bear Mt was a bit hairy in the fog with 20 foot visibilty. 5 of us with our 4 way flashers going.Never had the need to use hem before.

Bike rides so much better then the 2006. When I roll into and out of a curve, I have no fear of hesitation on the acceleration of the roll out..The bike just "falls" into the turns like magic, no wrestling the bike..

A happy camper ready for more mileage this week. The 600 mile service is a week Tuesday...

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Congratualtions, and good luck with the 1300. The only problem I have with it is the color switch they made with the final drive. Not a fan of the darker final drive color they selected

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Not a fan of the darker final drive color they selected
That's the new "Never Fail" Final Drive color! they figured all the failures were coning from the silver paint. I sure am glad they finally figured that one out
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