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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.
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Depending on what year, you will probably get 45 to 48 mpg and top speed for a 99 to 05 LT around 125 mph and 05 to present I would say top is between 125 to 130 mph.

My 99 gets 44 to 45 mpg and top is 124 mph. Not the two reason why I own a LT.

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Honestly I don't think that two points should be a reason to choose this kind of bike.
I have a 2002 and two up, full loaded, I get consistent 47 to 48mph on all it's 62.000 miles history.
The top speed on the GPS was 128mph and I did that only once. Normally I cruise at 75/80mph on the open freeway.
This bike is not economic neither faster, but it has a lot of comfort and safety.

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My 99 LT gets 55-58 mpg most of the time with a few 60 plus several times. The newer LT's have different gearing and power so don't do as well. Along with mileage you should consider the LT is supposed to use premium gas. Some use lower grades but I have only used premium. Top speed on mine has been 100 one time as I don't care to push getting tickets.
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My '05 averages around 50 mpg on regular gas. Don't know what the top speed is and don't really care.

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My 2002 gets 39 most of the time but that is around town and I tend to twist the twisty thing pretty hard I have seen 53 mpg while cruising sedately (65) down the highway. So alot depends on your riding style. As for top end I have seen 130 MPH GPS. There were some favorable conditions when I did that so I would say 125 would be fairly normal for this model.

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I get 15% better gas milage than the GL1800 that I ride with, under all conditions.

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On a 07, I get 42-44 here in PA with 93 Sunoco Gas 10% alcohol. Now my lower wings are out as it is winter here but I don't have my Cee #2 -6 up at all, I understand that makes a difference. Also just shy of 6000 miles, so not sure what is "wrong" with my bike

I am very envious of some of these miles per gallon people git.

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42-46 mpg around town with some 75+mph freeway. Secondary roads at 50-65 has produced low 50s with the best on a trip up to Cherokee, NC (from N GA), across the Smokies and into Pigeon Forge -54 mpg! This was 2-up and loaded, but cruzing ez with no hard corner carving.

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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.
It's all in the wrist and gear selection. I would say that you will get more than your wing. If you get average MPG compared to other riders on wings you will get average on an LT. I would expect 40 to 45 would be average for most LTs. However it really depends on where you ride also. The LT gets fantastic MPGs above 5,000 feet in elevation.

I consistently get 275 - 300 miles from a fill. So my mileage is a little above the average rider. I spend most of my miles running 50 to 70 MPH. In Colorado I had one tank that I got 58 MPG. In Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas with terrible head and side winds I was lucky to get 40 MPG.

As far as top speed.. I will routinely take my LT to speeds that I considered unsafe for my GL1500.

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My '05 LT computer typically shows 50 mpg. I did manage to reduce it to 48 mpg this past summer when doing a lot of lower gear work in the twisties of Arkansas. I have not any interest in exploring how high the speedo can go. All I can say is I can exceed 100 mph rather quickly when I want to pass several cars at a time on the highway.
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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.
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Both bikes go faster than the police want you to. All that really matters, lol

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