Originally Posted by Ranger80
I am considering jumping from a Goldwing to an K1200LT.What is the average gas mileage ,I put an average of 20,000 miles on my bikes per year. Also, what is the top speed for this bike? Thanks for the advise.
I have owned all the GW models from 1200cc to 1800cc and made the jump the the LT in October 2005. My bike is a 2006 year model totally stock with 50,000 miles with out ANY problems
. The 1800 GW is quicker than the LT from lower speeds
. They are two totally different riding styles
. Due to your question of top speed go test ride one
. You will be surprized
!! The LT will out run the GW on any twisty road, that is of course if I am driving not sure how many national road racing titles you hold. I currently have two 1995 600cc production Novice, and 1997 600cc SS Expert
. The GW is scary at top speeds
the LT is FUN
!! With a passenger they both due good wheelies but the GW exhaust drag. On one of mine routes to El Paso I had my GPS register Max speed of 141
. The DPS officer clocked me at 138 and gave me warning
. The trip was 610 miles from Austin to El Paso and according the the GPS I average 88 MPH and it only took 6:50 minutes
. There is something to be said for being well dressed in protective riding gear and driving and BWM in Texas. (STUPID)
As for Gas mileage: the BMW will out perform the GW at all speeds and in the high mountains. My bike has gone over 300 miles on one tank while my Dad's 1800 GW requires gas stops before I do every time we ride together. My best MPG has been high 50's and worst in the low 20's. Riding the LT is all about the HANDLING. I hope you purchase the LT and come visit me in Austin, Texas.
Mr. HAPPY LTer