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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old May 21st, 2006, 3:37 pm Thread Starter
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Cool Weight of the Bike-Top Heavy

I am not a big guy and was wondering if the new GT. Seems alot more Top Heavy then a K1200 RS. I checked my owners manual and they seem to be identical weight with Gas. The new GT seemed very Top Heavy to me.

When i first bought my RS. I was wondering if i could even handle the bike. Now it is like pudding in my hands.

I guess i need to stay off the boards and get my ass to the GYM.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old May 21st, 2006, 4:19 pm
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I don't feel any top heavy(ishness). Then again I am coming off a LT, that is top heavy.

I like top heavy women, not bikes.

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not top heavy at all, on the contrary.


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I just traded my R1100RT for the new GT, and the GT feels much less top heavy to me. Lower center of gravity and easier to flat-foot. I have no experience with the recent RS, although I did own a '96 K1100RS for a while and if I remember correctly (which is an increasingly difficult thing to rely on) the current GT is no top heavier than that bike, either.

I also rode an '04 K1200GT on an Edelweiss tour last year, and the new GT feels much easier to handle.

One man's opinion. I hope it is helpful.

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I am not a big guy...The new GT seemed very Top Heavy to me.
I'm not a big guy either, and I guess I'm the odd guy out from most other posters 'cause I agree with you. I traded my RT for the GT and I also have an LT.

The seat, handlebar, peg relationship is definitely different that either of the other bikes. I feel more on top of the bike than either of the others which - to me - gives it that top heavy feeling.

I have the factory low set on order, not so much to be more foot down although that will be an OK side benefit - but more to put my butt lower in the bike.

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I am Glad I get the Low Seat Option.

Thanks for all the post. With the low seat option, I should be fine. I cannot wait to get this bike. It was suppouse to go into production on 05/18.

Does anyknow if the bikes are slowly comming in or we going to see a huge increase in delivery in the middle of June.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old May 22nd, 2006, 7:36 am
 
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I havent noticed any top heaviness on my new GT. I love the bike after about 400 miles.
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Coming off the K1200LT, the GT is a breeze. Compared to the previous generation RS/GT, you might consider it top heavy, especially the way the kickstand really leans it over. Once you are moving, even at parking lot speeds, you never notice. Some of the u-turns and tight radiuses I turned this weekend would have amazed you. I can see police bike rodeos being done on this motorcycle.

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Those of us that ride the LT do indeed know top heavy. The sidestand does seem to lean the bike a bit more than a traditional BMW and may give the appearance of it being top heavy. But as Jeff has said, this bike maneuvers like a dream at slow speeds and I can also see this bike doing police/competition rodeos. And it does it so effortlessly too. Also, it's a forgiving motorcycle, whether in a parking lot or a tight-radius turn, it seems to almost 'drive itself'.

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The Side Stand

The first thing i noticed about the bike was how far over it leaned on the side stand. That is proballmy why i thought the bike was so top heavy.I am glad that this issue was brought up.

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