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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 2016, 6:11 pm Thread Starter
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Question k1200rs noob but maybe to green!!

so having only past my test at 45 (now 49) i have had a few bikes but only for shot periods of time. the bike i ended up keeping for some 2 years was my Pan st1100 which i loved riding.
sold that last year thinking i wasnt going to get another bike ..... well that didnt last long cuz this nice k1200rs was looking for a home and the seller was looking for a quick sale....... so grabbed me a bargain! ...cheep as chips and pretty good condition to!
Only problem is im finding the K quite tricky to ride compared to the pan.....like i was out on it tonight taking my time came to a nice slow bend and the plan was i would go around with the bend (now this isnt a swooping bend you can take at 80mph this was in a built up are and speed was 40mph).....only problem is my beloved K didn't want to go around the bend ...it wanted to see if the other side of the road was as nice as ours! So i get back and knowing this was down to my lack of experience.
so.. have i chose the wrong bike for a novice rider or is this something i will learn if so i need some insight as to techneake for riding the K any help would great. Even if it was sell it and get something to suit your capability .
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Aug 10th, 2016, 9:14 pm
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Tires and suspension.They turn rather well at any speed when that is taken care of.

Oh....drifting to the other side?Ouch happened to me way back then.The front swivel bearing on the steering dampener? May seem free with bike on stand but may bind under compression.I lube mine regularly ever since that bind happened to me way back then.

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so having only past my test at 45 (now 49) i have had a few bikes but only for shot periods of time. the bike i ended up keeping for some 2 years was my Pan st1100 which i loved riding.
sold that last year thinking i wasnt going to get another bike ..... well that didnt last long cuz this nice k1200rs was looking for a home and the seller was looking for a quick sale....... so grabbed me a bargain! ...cheep as chips and pretty good condition to!
Only problem is im finding the K quite tricky to ride compared to the pan.....like i was out on it tonight taking my time came to a nice slow bend and the plan was i would go around with the bend (now this isnt a swooping bend you can take at 80mph this was in a built up are and speed was 40mph).....only problem is my beloved K didn't want to go around the bend ...it wanted to see if the other side of the road was as nice as ours! So i get back and knowing this was down to my lack of experience.
so.. have i chose the wrong bike for a novice rider or is this something i will learn if so i need some insight as to techneake for riding the K any help would great. Even if it was sell it and get something to suit your capability .
Well you have a nice BMW , a bit top heavy , but now is the time to learn , check your tires and suspension . I have dropped my k1200rs at low speeds , learn how to pick it up with your back towards the bike .
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Well done a few hundred miles now and starting to like it. Dropped once when I was just pulling away and stalled...luckily the wifey was close to hand!
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Helps if you learn to slide off the seat a little too. I found the K1200GT (same as the RS) is very stiff compared to more "touring" style bikes (like my LT)..... good tyres and slide the bum, makes a wonder of difference "pulling" it around the corner.

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Helps if you learn to slide off the seat a little too. I found the K1200GT (same as the RS) is very stiff compared to more "touring" style bikes (like my LT)..... good tyres and slide the bum, makes a wonder of difference "pulling" it around the corner.
Yep getting to grips now. finding using my body weight works wonders around the corners. Think i was put off the bike at first because of the difference between my pan euro and this. ... the pan was a sit and ride bike, big and heave but easy for green riders.
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Do a riding course. Like at a track.

I can drag the pegs on mine with Top Box and Side Panniers FULLY loaded.

Not that dragging the pegs is exactly prime riding style... (you'll understand after doing a(the) course...) but point is, they handle.

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Yep getting to grips now. finding using my body weight works wonders around the corners. Think i was put off the bike at first because of the difference between my pan euro and this. ... the pan was a sit and ride bike, big and heave but easy for green riders.
This is because adding body lean stands the bike upright (nooo... wait ?) Legit, physics 101. Watch the GP riders, as they come out of a turn that they wanna get on the gas hard and early they REALLY hang off the side of the bike, getting it upright and cracking on the throttle and then afterward they pick themselves up and climb back up on the bike. Ideally you want the bike to be as vertical as possible to get the load forces through the middle of the tyre. You say, but the GP guys are always at 55degree lean angles, yep, cause they're doing 200mph around turns....

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