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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2018, 12:12 pm Thread Starter
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Cool An older newbie, that's me.

Just put down the deposit on a 2007 K1200GT. I'll be driving you guys crazy with questions, but be gentle with me; I'm old and feeble.
Coming off a 2004 Goldwing 1800 and a Suzuki CL1500 (C90T). Made a brief (very brief: one month) stopover at the R1100RT; loved the bike and the handling but the seat and the riding position would be impossible on a long haul. Plus, I needed more toys and amenities. Let me know if your familiar with the '07 K12gt and are willing to mentor me into the fast lane. I'm not dumb and I work hard at this touring thing. You can check out most of my credentials at http://www.latelifebiker.com
Many thanks to anyone who can help. -llb
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Welcome to k-bikes! I hope you enjoy your K1200GT as much as I do. I bought mine new in 2007 and still ride it most days.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 2018, 3:34 pm
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If the riding position on the R1100RT was not to your liking, you are really going to have trouble on a K12GT. The riding position is a bit more aggressive as far as foot peg placement.

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Forewarned is forearmed.

Thanks, TF. I'll be on the lookout for that.
The Goldwing was a nice, intermediate transition from the sit-up-and-lean-back position of my C90T classic cruiser. It took me a while to appreciate that one, too (about 2,000 miles).
I'll just have to love it or leave it on the K12. I could have learned to love it on the R1100, but the abrasions to my butt by that curl-up seat were pretty "irritating."
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That's encouraging to hear, XMag. Thanks. And stay with me on this. I always appreciate a satisfied customer. -llb


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I'll just have to love it or leave it on the K12. I could have learned to love it on the R1100, but the abrasions to my butt by that curl-up seat were pretty "irritating."
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I came from a well farkled 2005 R1200RT that I rode for 10 years to a 2009 K1300GT. My first trip on the new bike was my usual Texas to California run. I left San Antonio and made it as far as El Paso before I turned around and headed back home. On the RT, I could do 900 mile days if I had too, but the seat and seating position on the 13GT killed my knees and my butt. I had to buy a new seat set, highway pegs and bar risers before it became comfortable enough for me to do long trips.
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Here is a good link for info on K1200GT's - Link.

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Good feedback, TF. I hope I have better luck. Thanks.


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Good feedback, TF. I hope I have better luck. Thanks.
Don't get me wrong, I love the K13GT. I just had to add a few things to make it as comfortable as my RT was. One thing I have noticed about the bike is it does move around more in high winds, especially if you have the 49L top box. the bigger side panels and the top box catch a lot of wind.

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I too am coming from a '06 Goldwing that I put 82K miles on. I made that bike fit me like a glove and long days were a breeze. To make my new to me '09 K1300GT (I've had a '07 & '08 K1200GT also) fit me better I added and Aeroflow shield and guards, beaded seat, bar risers and Estrada Design highway footpegs. Now I'm preparing for my first long trip on this bike and I'm figuring out how to get everything packed. With the Wing I could take the kitchen sink I need to go much lighter. It's not a huge problem I just need to figure it out. BTW a beaded seat is my secret to long days in the saddle. I first thought how can sitting on wood be comfortable, but I stay cooler and don't get a sweaty butt with the beads. They also let me sit a tad higher which helps. I bought my '07 in Dallas and did a fly n ride. My brother met me at the house when I got home and asked if my knees were hurting. I said hell yes but if I was on the wing and didn't more my feet around they would be sore too. The highway pegs (yes pricey) allow me to change positions and give my 60 year old needs some relief. Next task when I get home is making a trailer hitch so I can pull my Unigo and then I can take my camping gear on a trip.
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