Originally Posted by llanda9
Well it looks like I am finally going to get my second motorcycle. The first was a Honda 125 or something like that over 25 year ago. I have not ridden since.
Am I crazy to get a K1200LT as my first motorcycle in over 25 years. I have no riding experience in that time. I will be taking a riding class and my wife and I do not plan any major trips until late March.
I read about how heavy it is and I will never be able to pick it pick by myself if it goes over.
I simply love the bike. It has everything I think I could ever want. Some honest feedback would be welcome. If you think this is a bad idea, would you please recommend other BMW options.
You have been given some really good advice by the gang here. Certainly we love these big fast toys. Reality check here is you are playing with your life.
Good luck with your decisions.
Since you asked, I have four suggestions.
1. Go to a school where you ride a smaller bike and learn how to manage your planning and riding skills. No other traffic or people with cell phones trying to kill you. I have attended Skip Barber, Track Time, and Bondurant. Every school session helps me improve my skills and stay alive on the road.
2. Do not buy the bike unless you buy the safety riding gear. With your lack of recent experience, the probability of you going down is really high. Too many riders buy an expensive bike, then they skimp on the gear that saves their ass when they go down.
3. Ride a smaller, lighter bike for one season. If that goes well, then get the LT. You will get your riding legs and develop your confidence. So much is at stake when you go out on 2 wheels, especially when you are not an experienced rider.
4. Be certain your life insurance is all paid up and you specify uninsured motorist. Too many of our gang get whacked by those with no insurance.
As a rider since 1971 and a person who works in the motorcycle industry, you are interested in a darn fine machine. This thing is top heavy, darn heavy, and really fast. Get your mind ready for it.