Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
Post-service ride write-up
Well, I joined the forum two years ago to research a planned purchase of an '08 K1200GT, and have mostly lurked since. After 10K miles of riding, I felt it was time to give a little back with some comments on my bike mods and vendor choices.
So after two weeks and a foot and a half of rain in the SF Bay area, we finally saw blue skies today, and it was time to go out and try a few mods done during the deluge.
Michelin Power Road 4 GT tires - I got 8K miles out of my Power 3s, and loved them. I feel the same way about the PR4 GTs. I've been riding big Sport-Tourers for twenty years, and like these tires the best yet. The profile gives a sporty yet stable feeling turn-in, no wandering on the grooved slab, and plenty of grip on the wet stuff. I was worried about the harder GT compound being an issue, but its perfect. I ride hard in the mountains on a regular basis, and that can chew up some tires on heavy sport-tourers. I also do the occasional long, multi-day highway tour that can square off soft tires, these seem to be a great, grippy, long-life combo.
Beemer Boneyard - I love getting my model-specific oil-change and tune-up kits in one pre-planned box delivered to my front door. Everything I need, great service, great price, with the click of a button...
NightRider AF-Xied - I loved the backroad and highway characteristics of the K-GT, but hated the around town fueling issues. The low-rpm and lower-gear lean fuel mapping led to a very snatchy off-idle throttle condition, also very annoying in the twisties. I installed the air-fuel mixture modulator and couldn't be happier, as it's so much easier to ride now. I'm using level 7 (4% richer) and the snatchy throttle is gone. Super easy to install, just remove the seats and seat cowl, plug and play, presto - new bike. To me it seems like a smarter, cleaner, cheaper mod than the air-temp modulators or the Power Commander.
Windshield swap - just switched from my summer shield, a Cee Bailey Sport in light smoke, to my winter shield, a Parabellum tall. I love them both. The CB Sport is 20.5" tall x 20.25" wide (measured across the inside at the widest point), lots of air flow for warm riding and looks great too. The Parabellum, 25.75" tall x 21.25" wide, might not be enough if you're a really cold weather rider, but it's good for me down to the freezing level. I've ridden behind the big V-Stream, but it makes the bike feel like a Gold Wing, in my opinion you might as well be behind a car windshield.
Throttle stop delete - why? Why not ;-) It just took two screws and two spacers after the tank was removed. "I don't use full throttle very often, but when I do..." The occasional second-gear WOT rip is now a frickin' blast!
And the Bill Myers Saddle upgrade I posted about two years ago is still providing fantastic comfort, support, and postioning for both spirited mounatin riding and long slab slogging.
Last edited by troyt; Dec 23rd, 2014 at 12:10 am.