Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Too much bike???
I have been riding the K1200GT for about a year now. I love the way it handles and rides, and while I'm spending most of my time commuting around town (Austin, TX), I do look forward to my business trips to Dallas/Houston and it gives me an excuse to get her out on longer trips.
I feel very confident and in control once the bike is in motion, especially 2UP. I've taken the MSF course and it's methods have helped.
Here's my challenge: I'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and even with a custom lowered seat, I my heels remain a good inch or so off the ground, which makes stops with certain terrains tricky. I'm very good a one-footed stops for nearly all situations, but find every six months or so I find myself where my 600 lb beast wants to roll (typically in an inclined situation) and once she's past the tipping point, all I can do is ease her pain.
Yesterday, I was pulling out of my work parking lot onto a busy street where I needed to go down on my left foot (low side, up hill banked entrance), and at the last moment, wind and balance tilted me to he right, and once my right foot got planted, the resulting tilt took her down. Thankfully, the adrenaline of the situation produces super human strength and I could clean-jerk her upright.
Once again, it will cost hundreds of dollars (if not more) to fix her up and that's something I cannot keep paying for. I've considered sliders to reduce damage, elton-john like riding boots to get a better inseam, and already purchased a custom made, low seat. The bottom line question: Is this bike just too big for me? I cannot afford these drops.
MSF teaches not to purchase a bike when you can't firmly place your feet on the ground while riding. I fell in love with this bike and allowed the salesperson to convince me that I'd get used to it. What I didn't know is it would cost me $1,000's of dollars.
I'm seeking advice from you all. Thanks in advance.