Old Guy Rig - K1200LT with Hannigan SP2

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  1. Bobmws

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    Take note of all the Jeeps runnung around with bikini tops........., an d NO, don't even go there DB! ;)
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    Has anyone seen Drone since he made the comment about getting a mistress?....
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    OK, DB what's this weak stuff ???, what happened yesterday ?
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  4. DRONE

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  5. whitham_wannabe

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    Never mind the humans, has K-dog been for a ride in the new one yet?
  6. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Kirby has been on several rides and he shares my wife's opinion. Which is, he prefers the GSA. Of course, I still haven't pulled the Hannigan seat out and replaced it with a nice cushioned carpeted dog platform to see how he likes it then, but I think he will always be a GS-type of guy (just like me!)

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    Couldn't be happier thanks
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  8. szurszewski

    szurszewski Long timer

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    I bet you'll find the Hannigan seat less friendly to remove/replace than the ones in your adventure tubs. I mean, unless you like being prone on the ground reaching under the body and also trying to get a wrench, somehow, onto the top of the seat rail bolts...

    As for being more comfortable - the big Hannigan bodies are cushier, but I find that the full seat back and helmet don't mix well at adult height (doesn't seem to bother Jeremiah); helmet on it's more comfortable in a Ural style tub...but it's a lot easier to take a nap in the Hannigan :)
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  9. DRONE

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    Might need to re-engineer the seat. I don't know why it needs to be mounted on sliding rails. And I don't know why it needs such big bolsters on the sides. Queen Bee would prefer (and I agree) a wide flat bench-style seat with a wide flat back, fixed in place, except the back needs to be able to fold forward a couple of inches to get access to the storage area for the roof and windows. The leg room is kinda amazing though. I rode in it last weekend as a monkee and was able to sit with my knees totally straightened out and my feet still were not hitting the nose.

    About the helmet, I bought a new one for Queen Bee that makes the Hannigan more comfy to ride in. It's one of the new 3/4 helmets from Bell called the Scout Air. LINK

    Haven't seen any ADV threads about it yet, so here's a pic of the helmet in action from last weekend up on FR 99 WIndy Ridge---->

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    Click to zoom in on the helmet. :D
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  10. DRONE

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    By the way, BOTH dogs are in there with her. Here's another pic ---->

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  11. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    Most of Hannigans big chairs have two options for seats, the one you probably have and a wider flatter seat. My GT has the bigger seat and is very comfortable, even for me at 250lbs. I think their seats are originally manufactured for large high end farm equipment as I have seen very similar at a local farm supply store.
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  12. draperg1

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  13. szurszewski

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    That helmet does look like it would play more nicely with a seat back/headrest.

    The other problem I had with riding in the Hannigan - which I just remembered - was that sitting in the “car seat” pushed my jackets backpad up which would then hit my helmet if I kept my head at a “normal” level. Only a problem with my motoport jacket which does have a substantial backpad...
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  14. DRONE

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    I think prolly this winter I'll take the seat to my local seat guy, have him strip it down to the bones, then build it back up the way I want it. Then maybe remove the slider rails and bolt it directly to the floor.
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  15. Boondox

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    Ned - I've been following this thread with interest as I very nearly bought a 2003 LT with a Hannigan at the BMW rally in Des Moines this week. It was white and beautiful, but I had concerns about the year of that LT (26k miles), the fuel capacity, and frankly the cost of maintenance. My intent was to add the ice water AC so I could stop worrying about my dog on hot trips out west. But I just retired at 62 and now have the option of taking trips when the weather is more cooperative. I'm interested in how Kirby feels about the rig once the seat is removed. Any steering mods on yours?

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  16. DRONE

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    I bought the rig primarily to go on trips with the Queen Bee, not for Kirby trips. I probably won't ever retrofit the seat into a dog platform. I really get the sense that Kirby prefers the open cockpit of my M72DX with no windscreen. I've taken him for solo rides in the K12 and he looks a little forlorn sitting there surrounded by plastic with NO wind in his face. On the other hand, my new dog Lena could care less about the wind in her face. In both the Hannigan and the M72DX, she curls up on the floor and ignores everything until I turn off the engine.

    If you keep looking at LT's, my advice is to stick with the 2005's and later. 2nd gen bikes don't have nearly the problems that the 1st gen had.

    My rig has the Hannigan "Steer-Rite" which, as far as I can tell, is a simple modified lower fork brace that changes the trail similar to the steering mod used by DMC and Claude on the BMW GS bikes, specifically the R1100's. Hannigan uses the stock K1200LT front shock but with a beefier spring to compensate for the loss of ride height. The steering effort is perfectly acceptable (though certainly not as effortless as my R1200GSA with the DeDome telelever.)

    Looking at the telelever on the K, it looks to me like it should be DeDome-able. Here's a couple of pics I stole from eBay showing what it looks like with the lower fork brace attached.

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    My only concern is if there would still be enough room for the steering stabilizer if we shortened that tongue at the front of the steering arm by 3/4"?

    Hey, Dave, I can buy one for only $60 on eBay. Should I?
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  17. draperg1

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    I put my LT rig together about a year and a half ago. It is a 99 LT(first year) and a 01 Hannigan GT. The chair was purchased first and the bike about a month later. So far so good. The bike only had 4500 mi and had been stored in a climate controlled garage and had been serviced every year, I was lucky. I have one of Claude's steering mods (like hannigans only steel instead of aluminum). The 99 had a 2:74 final drive and I had a 3:0 built that I installed for a little more low end and better pulling in 5th. As far as fuel capacity it has a 6.2 gal tank (I did add a 2.2gal aux tank) but even with the lower gearing it gets 34-36mpg, better than my R11/Hannigan rig. I have put 8 - 9k on it since put on road.
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  18. Boondox

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    Glenlivet loves riding with his RexSpecs-clad head sticking out the side till about 65mph, then he lays down. When we stop and he dismounts he puts the side of his head against the ground and runs like that, dragging his head and ears, flipping sides, then rolling all over. Never had a sidecar dog to that and my fear is the wind noise bothers his ears or is harming his hearing. That and the heat were the drivers in my interest in a more "protective" tub.
  19. DRONE

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    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Not to mention the occasional ear infection !:-) Apparently Kirby wants to be Merica's next Ninja Warrior Hero !