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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 5:41 pm Thread Starter
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my bike is lifting the front end in first and second-what's wrong???

seriously though...I installed the little temp sensor doo-dad (crap, what's the name of THAT thing again). took a couple of weeks before I REALLY noticed the difference. I get on the throttle and it the tail lets loose. I let loose at a stop light and have to be going straight because it lifts the front end in first and second.

This did not happen before the installation and the tire has a good tread (haven't checked tire pressure though). The only other differences are the a new wind screen was installed and the bike was painted.

Oh yea-I have a Topcase that was installed at the same time. Never had this insane acceleration with the old topcase though.

This bike is crazy powerful now-think I should trade it in on an older Honda 350
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 7:39 pm
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Wow...this one is rich with possibilities.

How long have you had the K1300GT?

So the temperature thingy, was it the thermostat for the radiator? Was it always broken and was the motor protecting it self by cutting the power it should have always had?

You mentioned that you have a new top case, has it been loaded up with lead, or hopefully gold ? Too much weight back there could affect the balance a bit?

I can confirm that the K1300GT is an impressively powerful motorcycle. In my humble opinion, it is the best reason to buy one of them. Growing up riding 2 strokes and loving the power band they offer. I sometimes get frustrated by the ESA system that cuts power when I am "getting on it" and the front tire ever so slightly is hovering above the ground and thus is not accelerating as fast as the rear tire delivering the power to the road. Any chance the ESA was not working properly before?

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 12:47 am
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Booster Plug ?

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 23rd, 2013, 11:27 pm
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My money is on a non functioning throttle stepper - the one that prevents full throttle at low speed.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2013, 10:57 am
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Wow...this one is rich with possibilities.

How long have you had the K1300GT?

So the temperature thingy, was it the thermostat for the radiator? Was it always broken and was the motor protecting it self by cutting the power it should have always had?

You mentioned that you have a new top case, has it been loaded up with lead, or hopefully gold ? Too much weight back there could affect the balance a bit?

I can confirm that the K1300GT is an impressively powerful motorcycle. In my humble opinion, it is the best reason to buy one of them. Growing up riding 2 strokes and loving the power band they offer. I sometimes get frustrated by the ESA system that cuts power when I am "getting on it" and the front tire ever so slightly is hovering above the ground and thus is not accelerating as fast as the rear tire delivering the power to the road. Any chance the ESA was not working properly before?
ESA doesn't cut power, it's merely a system for electronically altering the damping and preload of the suspension.

ASC (Automatic Stability Control ... or anti sillyness control) will cut the power if it detects differences in the wheel speed of either wheel. Not sure about the 13's but my 12 has a huge button marked ASC that if I press it flags a yellow warning light on the dash to advise ASC is deactivated and will then allow, wheelies/laying darkies etc.

I have one road near thats has some regular rises and dips and with asc off, whacking the throttle in third on the rises makes the K pop her nose up nicely as it crests .... I should grow up I guess
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ASC (Automatic Stability Control ... or anti sillyness control) will cut the power if it detects differences in the wheel speed of either wheel. Not sure about the 13's but my 12 has a huge button marked ASC that if I press it flags a yellow warning light on the dash to advise ASC is deactivated and will then allow, wheelies/laying darkies etc.

I have one road near thats has some regular rises and dips and with asc off, whacking the throttle in third on the rises makes the K pop her nose up nicely as it crests .... I should grow up I guess
I'm escared to turn off ASC.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2013, 6:53 pm
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Splarry, thanks for correcting my reference to ESA, you are right that I should have indicted ASC. Yes, on the K1300GT, ASC can be disabled and you get a yellow warning light on the dash.

Flowbee...you are wise.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 2013, 7:59 pm
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Hmm, I do not understand why it's a problem.

I thought you were supposed to shim out the throttle stop solenoid, to be able to cause that phenomena, or be lucky and have a bad throttle stop solenoid.

It helps improve front tire wear.

what was the problem again??

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 2013, 8:53 pm
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Man, I have my bike all apart...it would be the optimal time to do this mod... Has anyone done this mod and installed a booster plug also?

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