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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2006, 2:19 pm Thread Starter
 
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From LT to GT..Concerned About Forward Lean

Hi,

Am considering moving from an LT to a GT. Took demo ride Friday. Only concern is ergonomics.

Read a lot of posts on other GT/BMW forums, and so far, all positive comments about the ergos from LT to GT.

The demo unit I rode had the handlebars in the lowest position, so the lean, for me, was pretty extreme, plus the fact I came from a HD background, so leaning forward is something I've only seen other people do.

I guess I really have two questions:

1. What was your immediate reaction to the ergo change.
2. How long before the new position felt natural.

Thanks in advance.
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Hi,

Am considering moving from an LT to a GT. Took demo ride Friday. Only concern is ergonomics.

Read a lot of posts on other GT/BMW forums, and so far, all positive comments about the ergos from LT to GT.

The demo unit I rode had the handlebars in the lowest position, so the lean, for me, was pretty extreme, plus the fact I came from a HD background, so leaning forward is something I've only seen other people do.

I guess I really have two questions:

1. What was your immediate reaction to the ergo change.
2. How long before the new position felt natural.

Thanks in advance.
1. it's forward, but not so as my other non-LT bikes
2. after I moved the bars back from the full forward to middle position, it felt natural

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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2006, 2:59 pm
 
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Honestly, my first thought was"this is more comfortable." I read a bunch on this "Master Yoda's Riding Position":

http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthread...25/Main/80560/

and more here

http://www.i-bmw.com/showthread.php?p=31409

Which helped more as I have lazy tendency to start resting on my hands. By adjusting myself and playing around on the bike I've found it gets more comfortable with practice. I raise the seat to the high position which has taken out the forward len of the seat and tht seems to be even better.

When I start to feel any discomfort I check my riding position and it's usually because I'm bending in my back rather than the hips which naturally starts putting weight on the handlebars. I rotate my hips a little, straighten my back and drop my elbows and it all feels good again.

There's this place I find that is complete zen with this machine when I feel really balanced with the bike, it's very cool. With practice I'm finding it more and more. I'm hoping to be a master with it within a couple weeks because that ride to Albuquerque is going to be long!

Good luck with the decision.
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I went from the KRS to the GT
Took about 5 minutes to get used to the new ergos.
It took 10 minutes to realize that this is the best bike ever.

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I guess I really have two questions:

1. What was your immediate reaction to the ergo change.
2. How long before the new position felt natural.

Thanks in advance.
My first reaction was" why did I wait so long to get a bike like this."
I came from a Suzuki GS1100G, it was considered a "standard" model
back in the eighties, had that whole sit up and beg riding position.

Never again. I love the RS.

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2006, 4:11 pm
 
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This will move the handle bar 1" closer to you.

http://www.helibars.com/proddetail.php?prod=HR9017
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2006, 5:14 pm
 
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Take another test ride with the bars all the way up and then you'll know all about the range of ergonomics on this bike; it's a huge range and that's not playing with the seat either (and you'll have to "play" with the seat...get another in my opinion). It's a great bike, but then I've never ridden the light truck.
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And when you take the next test ride, stop in a parking lot and lift the passenger seat. There is the correct key for moving the handlebars, all shiny and purdy, just waiting to come out and play.

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 2006, 8:57 pm
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Cool Love The Ergos

I came from a k1200rs and could never get comftorable. I have owned this bike for a month and put 7000 miles on it. It Rocks and keeps getting better.

Retroboy

P.s. Your ass may be the issue. The seat sucks.

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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 2006, 4:48 am Thread Starter
 
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Thanks to all for sharing you thoughts. Your comments have been just the input I was looking for.

I am going for another test ride today, and will move the bars as suggested.

Thanks again, and I'll be sure to post back the results of the ride.
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