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post #1 of 75 Old Dec 24th, 2016, 9:09 pm Thread Starter
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as the title says what is the average age of k12lt riders i found one post from 2007 so was wondering how old most are. i would love to upgrade someday to a k1600 but 160hp i would be speeding everywhere so my little 98hp seams just enough and dont think i need another 60hp. just like my rc51 has 145hp and i take it out and rip the backroads for 20 miles then im done. am i getting to old??

im 40 so how old are you?
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57. I have twice rented K1600s in Europe: once for just under two weeks in the Alps and Dolomites and another for just over two weeks in the UK. I had no problem controlling the 160 HP, but I agree that the LT's 116 (I have a 2007) is almost always plenty. I do like the superior low-end torque of the 1600, but my current preference for the LT over the GTL is completely unrelated to HP or even lb-ft.
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43 over here. I find my K12LT has plenty of power, but I wouldn't argue with having more. I'm a fairly spirited rider to begin with.
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43 over here. I find my K12LT has plenty of power, but I wouldn't argue with having more. I'm a fairly spirited rider to begin with.

more power yeah could always use more but if my k12 moves pretty good with a hundred i cant wait till i can trade up to a k16 but there are so many bikes i still want out there like bmw's R n T and they also have a nice 68 r50us in the showroom for 14k.. i think my knee draggin days are over for the street anyway
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Younger than I feel and old enough to know better.
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I am 67 years old. I bought my LT eleven years ago when it got to uncomfortable to bend over and look up.
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99+bmw - I stopped riding about your age, as we had a small child, and I'd became more risk averse. I got the riding bug again at 62 and bought the LT in '12 and was completely satisfied with it's 117 hp until I rode solo up to the '15 Curve Cowboy Reunion with another couple on a K1600GT.

I replaced the LT with a '16 GTLE, as I had a lust for more power, lighter weight, easier handling, a wet clutch, and hill start control and haven't regretted my decision. Sirius radio and a 3-year warranty are added pluses.
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99+bmw - I stopped riding about your age, as we had a small child, and I'd became more risk averse. I got the riding bug again at 62 and bought the LT in '12 and was completely satisfied with it's 117 hp until I rode solo up to the '15 Curve Cowboy Reunion with another couple on a K1600GT.

I replaced the LT with a '16 GTLE, as I had a lust for more power, lighter weight, easier handling, a wet clutch, and hill start control and haven't regretted my decision. Sirius radio and a 3-year warranty are added pluses.
awesome 62 and still riding thats great to hear + a k16
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77 + ride a 2000 LT, enough power, an do not like the look of the K16.

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65, almost 66
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Bought the 2009 LT last month after much encouragement from son whose been riding for 4 years.

116 hp is more than enough for me. Still getting used to slow maneuvering.
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I'm 70 now and ride a K1300S and it is wonderful at 176 HP. But my S1000R (with 160+ hp) is much faster up to about 130 or so, then the big boy takes over. I love them both, they are so different. I will be looking for another K13S (used) in a couple of years, when I get old.
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44 here...feel like a decrepit 92 year old.
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61. Sold my 99' LT two years ago at age 59, and picked up an 09' RT. Rode the LT for 5 yrs, but it kept getting heavier every year. Finally laid it down (very gently) in a gravel parking lot, backing up and hit a pot hole.
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I'm 70 now and ride a K1300S and it is wonderful at 176 HP. But my S1000R (with 160+ hp) is much faster up to about 130 or so, then the big boy takes over. I love them both, they are so different. I will be looking for another K13S (used) in a couple of years, when I get old.
with claims like that it has to be proven need video's how big are those chicken strips on that S ? lol j/k
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There is a 1/4" safety margin of course. Old bones take longer to heal.
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46. Will be 47 next month. I've only had my LT for 10 months. The power is adequate/fine once she gets going. I rented a 2014 GTL a couple of years ago and agree that the power is fantastic, but manageable. I will likely get a GTL one day, but hope the looks have improved by then. IMO It is not an ugly bike, but looks unfinished and not as sleek or refined as the LT.
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46. Will be 47 next month. I've only had my LT for 10 months. The power is adequate/fine once she gets going. I rented a 2014 GTL a couple of years ago and agree that the power is fantastic, but manageable. I will likely get a GTL one day, but hope the looks have improved by then. IMO It is not an ugly bike, but looks unfinished and not as sleek or refined as the LT.
my local dealer has some demo 1600's at very good prices right now. im afraid to take a test run i will come home with one
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56 yo here. Currently own 2004 LT and a 2014 New Edition KLR 650 for when the pavement ends. I dread the day when the LT is gone because ( I will probably get blazed for saying this ) I do not see anything in the current BMW lineup that is comparable. K1600GTL just looks like a work in progress and needs some fit and finish work. Not the complete system as the LT.

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Going on 63 & ride 2 LT's. I have a 3rd for parts plus I have more new parts in stock than most dealers. I also have doubles & triples of a lot of used parts. I'll be riding a LT as long as I can hold it up when I stop. I have about 20 final drives & have 8 different gear ratios set up for my LT's.
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54, will be 55 in February. Yea, the discount at Dennys is coming...I don't ride a LT, but I wish the RT had more grunt. I am big and it's probably like riding two up for some, so I soak up some of the power. Another 10-15hp and 15ft/lbs of torque would be nice, especially below 3k RPM. The K bikes are nice, but I like not having payments.
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Going on 63 & ride 2 LT's. I have a 3rd for parts plus I have more new parts in stock than most dealers. I also have doubles & triples of a lot of used parts. I'll be riding a LT as long as I can hold it up when I stop. I have about 20 final drives & have 8 different gear ratios set up for my LT's.
awesome maybe when you cant physically ride anymore you can build a LT trike
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59 and going . . .
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I'm 78. My K1200LT is fast enough for the Mrs & me.
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I'm 53. Got my 2004 LT in July of 2012. But it's not an old man thing. I have a 99 Intruder 1500 LC. I toured with that bike everywhere. It's not dressed up like an old man's bike with leather bags and wheelbarrow bars. It's got nice custom paint and drag bars with 5"risers. I used to clip on the leatherlyke bags. Snap on my memphis shades windshield and off to Tennessee I'd go. Get to the hotel. Pull the bags and shield. I'd have my custom hotrod back. But then the wife started to want to ride. It was ok for one up and luggage, but a little taxed for 2 w/luggage. So we bought the LT.But i would have bought it 6 or 7 years ago but finances weren't there.
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46. Will be 47 next month. I've only had my LT for 10 months. The power is adequate/fine once she gets going. I rented a 2014 GTL a couple of years ago and agree that the power is fantastic, but manageable. I will likely get a GTL one day, but hope the looks have improved by then. IMO It is not an ugly bike, but looks unfinished and not as sleek or refined as the LT.
As long as BMW keeps trying to make a one size fits all bike (full dress, bagger, and no bags or trunk), it will look unfinished as the trunk and bags will looked "tacked on." I don't see that changing. And the trunk backrest beats against your passenger on a rough road.
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awesome maybe when you cant physically ride anymore you can build a LT trike
When I need a trike, it will be a Spyder!
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I saw on the GTL forum a remedy for the shaky tour pack. But still. The GTL isn't to me as nice looking as the LT. At least the luggage section. But I'm sure ahead in technology in everyway.

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I kept my K1200LT until age 61, then traded it on a 2015 R1200RT. Loved the LT and the SO and I did many long distance tours on it, but it was time for something different. I'm in love with the RT and don't expect to be riding anything else for quite some time.
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Never a trike for me.
I thought the same until the Spyder came along. Either that or a Miata.
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55 going on 56 in a few days. Just wish they would update the LT, fixed the known problems, increase a few horses...
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I thought the same until the Spyder came along. Either that or a Miata.
A sidecar on a GS is what I would probably end up riding.
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63. I bought a 2002 LT because it looks and rides like no other bike, and I mean to keep riding as long as I can handle her weight. That should be a good ten years I hope, then who knows. I still have the R75/5 I bought new in '72. Half the weight and half the power, but none of the command of the road that I feel when get on the LT. Stay healthy my friend(s).
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55. Have the LT for when my wife or daughters want to go with, or when it's cold. Best Arctic Bike ever made!
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A young 76 here. Switched from Honda to BMW in '99 when the LT was first introduced. Since then I've owned 2 LT's, 2 R1100GS's, 1 R65, 1 R100 with EML sidehack, and currently an '11 R1200RT. Combined I've accumulated 190,000 miles on BMW's. Gave up the LT when the wife quit riding and I no longer needed the cushy passenger accommodations. Love the RT. I can still do some comfortable solo travel and it's great for local rides with my friends. Since the wife quit riding I put fewer miles on two wheels but still manage between 8000 and 10,000 miles annually. I agree with what Dave Selvig said earlier in the thread. When I have to give up on 2 wheels but still feel safe to be on the road I'll transition to a side car and the GS will be high on that list.
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60 years young here., Ride a 2000 K1200. I find it low on power, but it does what I need it to and keeps me out of trouble!!! The K1600 makes decent power, but I have a hard time spending 25k or more for a bike that still needs another 2 to 3k improvements to make it a good bike. Ridden since I was 9. started racing at 14, motocross ( spent a few years traveling around the US in my early 20's racing a CZ in the 250 support class), later hare scrambles, a few enduros and road raced until my mid 40's.
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44 Here with K12LT. But it isn't the age...it's the mileage!!!
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as the title says what is the average age of k12lt riders i found one post from 2007 so was wondering how old most are. i would love to upgrade someday to a k1600 but 160hp i would be speeding everywhere so my little 98hp seams just enough and dont think i need another 60hp. just like my rc51 has 145hp and i take it out and rip the backroads for 20 miles then im done. am i getting to old??

im 40 so how old are you?
I'm 55 - the LT is fine on power; 80-90 mph on the freeway is effortless, or keep the rpm's up on back roads. I've had higher HP bikes ( FJR1300) & this flying brick is hard to beat. You're never too old !
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67 years old.. 35 years on Harleys then switch to BMW at 65. first one was a 1150RT. loved it. 9 months ago bought the 06 LT. Love it even more. 9 months 16000 miles, and as long as i can keep her up, i'll keep riding. May not be a speed demond, but at least i get more than 10k on a set of tires.
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61 plan on riding the LT until it does not go down the road anymore Do a lot long trips on her can,t beat it
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57 and loving it. As with GaryEm, I will be riding it as long as I can keep it going.

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as the title says what is the average age of k12lt riders i found one post from 2007 so was wondering how old most are. i would love to upgrade someday to a k1600 but 160hp i would be speeding everywhere so my little 98hp seams just enough and dont think i need another 60hp. just like my rc51 has 145hp and i take it out and rip the backroads for 20 miles then im done. am i getting to old??

im 40 so how old are you?
Sorry, not an LT rider, but had to chime in! The HP isn't the issue, because I am riding a '15 RT right now, at 125 hp. For us old folks, it's the weight of the darn bike! 70 even over here!

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Sorry, not an LT rider, but had to chime in! The HP isn't the issue, because I am riding a '15 RT right now, at 125 hp. For us old folks, it's the weight of the darn bike! 70 even over here!
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69 will be 70 in March, but I am not ready to give up yet. Started with the LT in 2001 and have been going back and forth with other bikes, presently have LT and love it. It is not about age, but about attitude. I know a lot of 40 year old guys that are older than I am. Just keep riding and keep the sunny side up. I still do a lot of 400- 500 miles days and love it.
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