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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 2006, 4:26 pm Thread Starter
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Oooooh, and it makes me wonder.

Bike Report.

Lets see, in 2004 I bought a brand new Harley-Davidson Road King, with a
dealer chrome kit.
88ci (1442 cc) at about 60 HP.

Since then it's been built to 1,557cc with high compression pistons, gear
driven S&S 510G cams w/adjustable pushrods, H-D high compression ported and
relieved heads, w/ hi performance valves and springs, compression releases,
stage 2 download with Harley race tuner and a 6 speed transmission.
Oh yeah, and Vance and Hines Dual Ovals Exhaust. All dialed in on a dyno.
She is now about 97 HP. Not bad for a bagger. It cost lots of cash over 2
years, though. And, it did what I wanted to the bike. That means I can get
out of peoples way and cruise at higher speeds in sixth gear without having
to downshift to avoid troubles. All in all I have a pretty fast Harley. All
in all it's still slow.

Then comes August of 2006. I am struggling with custom paint (since I bought
the bike) on my 2002 R1150RT (Boxer). All I've done to that bike is install
a Techclusion fuel optimizer to eliminate the surging make the ride and
modify the seats. smoother and give me a bit more power. 95hp. The BMW was
quicker on the bottom than the Harley but the Harley was like a thrill ride
at Magic Mountain over 100 mph. At top speed (with me on it) 115 MPG, the
BMW felt like it was going 55.
My BIG complaint about the RT was that the seat and riding position was
uncomfortable for long trips.

Well, I walk into the dealership and there on the showroom floor is a brand
new 2006 K1200GT. 4 horizontal water cooled cylinders facing foward with a
wet clutch, creating an amazingly low center of gravity. The entire bike is
computer controlled, it can not be wrenched at home. Even the battery can't
be disconnected without having to have the computer reset. This son of a
bitch is 153 HP, 625 Lbs (same as the RT) STOCK! Top speed? No one at the dealership could tell me. The salesman asked me if I wanted to take a test ride. I test rode
it alright. I test rode it home. This motherf&*ker makes my hot rod Harley
seem like an Australian tree sloth, by comparison.

I rode to Vegas a couple of weeks ago, in the middle of the night and made
it in 3 & 1/2 hours, with two stops. One for an espresso and one for gas.
That's an average speed of over 90mph. F$%K! I thought there was something
wrong with the bike's clock when I arrived on the outskirts of Vegas.
Anyway I felt slightly crippled when I stopped, from the seat position and
the hard seat itself. The same old German story with a new bike. I'll have
to make some changes. The fastest I dared go on the trip was 140 MPH. That's the
fastest I've ever gone in or on any vehicle, other than an airplane. And, she still had a lot more
room to go, the GT was as smooth as glass. What terrified me was passing the
cars and trucks. Cars going 80 mph looked like they were parked. Man, that's
scary. Oh, I also brought my radar detector, but at that speed I don't know
if that would have helped me or not.
I felt like Slim Picken's ridin' the nuclear missile to Armageddon in Dr.

My problem? I love my Harley, but I'm having real difficulty riding it. I'd
rather ride the GT. It's quick, fast and handles superbly. While the Harley
is just a rumbling 825 Lb giant.
I'm sure after a couple of long rides on the GT (if I survive), I'll be back
cruising on the Harley. I know I can get in a lot less trouble with law
enforcement on it.

As an example, I was riding the Harley on the Hollywood Freeway, Wednesday, when a CHP on
an RT passed me going about 80 mph. If I was on the GT, I probably would have
gotten a ticket for going 90 or something.

So that's basically my report. The K1200GT is a much, much better motorcycle
than the Harley, in every way except comfort.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 2006, 4:30 pm
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Welcome. Many of us have been where you are.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 24th, 2006, 4:37 pm
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You've got to love reviews that remind me of the first time I rode the new GT!

Vegas in 3 and a half hours.

Slim Pickins riding a nuclear bomb.

Love it!

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Trust me. In SOCAL you need both. It's a pleasure not a problem.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 2006, 12:05 am
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GT or HD?

(sigh) I have the same "problem". NOMODOC is right. Having both is the best!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 2006, 12:28 am
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Yap! Same here.

Got my 2006 Harley Softail Deuce right next to my 06 K12GT in the garage...

What I ride depends on where I plan to go that day... :p
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 2006, 4:45 am
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great thread
wonderful review... one of the best ever, quite frankly

i had a '94 softail classic that i enjoyed a lot.
i can appreciate your H-D thoughts

thanks for the well-written review
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