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My loaner bike - Dan the Serene
October 26th, 2008
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My loaner bike
I dropped my K1200LT off at Morton's BMW on Thursday night for its 18K service. As a loaner, they gave me pretty much the opposite end of the spectrum in an F800S. It was a bit cold on the ride home, but not too bad. They did the work Friday and I planned to go back on Saturday, but the weather didn't cooperate. They are closed Sunday and Monday, so I plan to go down after work on Tuesday. This will also allow me to have dinner with Stephanie, so it works out pretty well.

Of course there are pictures.








For those of you who haven't met me IRL, I'm 5'8" with a 30 inch inseam. I'm on tiptoes when the bike is stopped, but my knees are bent almost 90 degrees on the pegs.



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From:dantheserene
Date:October 27th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
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It is pretty, and it handles beautifully and it has many features no other bike in it's class has; ABS, heated grips, tire pressure monitoring, and the computer display come readily to mind. Still not exactly my cup of tea, but I understand why some people really like them.
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From:dantheserene
Date:October 27th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
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Yes, this is a stripped down go-fast bike that weighs 400 lbs. dry. I'm more into the touring bikes with a more upright position and some storage capacity. My LT weighs nearly 800 lbs. wet [1].

[1] "Wet" means a full tank of gas and all required oil.
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From:dantheserene
Date:October 27th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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I don't know that I'd assign a gender to my motorcycles. I will do my best to enjoy the ride to work and to Morton's (45 miles south of here) on Tuesday.
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From:skreidle
Date:October 27th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
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Man, that's a pretty.
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From:egbubba
Date:October 27th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
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OK. My local shopping is totally screwing me. I've never been offered a loner. Dammit.
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From:dantheserene
Date:October 27th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
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Morton's has loaners if you bought the bike new there, so I get one for the LT. I bought the little GS used there, so I'm on my own for that. Considering it is 45 miles each way down the busiest corridorr on the east coast, being able to drop off and pick up by myself without a trailer is a real benefit.
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From:rusl
Date:October 27th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
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Nice bike.
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From:warpedpuppy
Date:October 27th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
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that thing is gorgeous
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From:midnightsrain
Date:October 27th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
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That's a nice loaner bike. Doesn't the tiptoe thing throw off your balance a bit? Aren't you supposed to be more flat footed when stopped?
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From:dantheserene
Date:October 27th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes, ideally my feet should be flatter (if not flat) than I can manage on this bike. It is very light and I'm only riding it from Morton's to home and back so it's not really a problem in this case.
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From:calience
Date:November 6th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
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That's a sexy machine.
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