Improved handling- K1200GT
Yesterday I met up with Kreacher in Switzerland, and we spent the day riding on wet roads, and in some pretty heavy rain. I noticed that Kreacher had no problem or worries on the tight wet twisties on his K1200S , whereas my confidence levels were somewhat less, as I didn't have enough confidence in the front end, even though I have never had any "moments", rain or shine.
Stopping after an hour or so and parked next to his K1200S, it was obvious that there is a big difference in the centre of gravity of his bike vs mine, plus the GT is a lot heavier. Discussing the handling of these two bikes, I noted that the K1200S is very much like my old Blackbird in its seating position, a position I had no problems with for over 8 years, however, I realised that I haven't changed the bar position since I bought the bike last July, and have ridden some 18000kms since then.
I had been riding with the assumption that with higher bars you have greater leverage, but checking the position, we concluded that lowering it would have me leant forward a little and putting more weight over the front, which should improve feedback in these soaking wet conditions. The next hour or so was a revelation, railing round bends with a new found confidence, it was like a new bike and I cursed myself for not having made this change earlier. It reminded me of my old VFR which I had for months before messing with the preload and again finding a much better handling machine beneath me.
One problem remains though. At one stage I changed the setting to comfort and forgot about it, and in the heavy wind and rain, and on this setting, the bike seemed very reluctant to turn at all. I don't know if its the ESA, or whether its linked to the brakes, as the problem always seems to surface after braking for a bend, and then its reluctant to turn. Pads have enough meat on them not to need changing but perhaps the pistons are a little slow returning?
Anyway, moral of the story is experiment with settings, there may be something much better waiting to be found!!!!!!