Yup, I bought a new bike. Nope, it's not a beemer. I rode a triple cylinder Triumph Tiger 1050 a week ago. "Crikey, this is a fun machine," I thought. 114 HP, half the weight of the LT. Goes like a bat outa hell.
I spent 3 days reading about them on the various Triumph forums, discovering their plusses, minuses and quirks. Universally, riders loved their Tigers. And there are many after market farkles with which to turn it into the lighter weight adventure touring machine I always wanted. I was hooked. I took the plunge. It's a fuel-injected Blaze Orange Tiger with ABS.
I'm still in the engine break-in phase (first 1000 miles). Max RPMs depend on mileage. After 300 miles, you can take it to 6000 rpm. The odo hit this mark yesterday somewhere between Mason and Llano, Texas. OK, let's see what happens - twist throttle, and bike goes from 70 to 103 in top gear without batting an eye. No lumbering, no vibration, it just does it.
Been burning up the secure web links with farkle orders. taller windscreen from CalSci, tank bag from SW-moto, RAM mounts for GPS and XM radio, HID low beam. To come: aluminum panniers, skid plate, engine guards.
Yeah, it's got a chain. And it's a bit long legged (like the KTM). But it's a much simpler machine. All the fluid reservoirs are right there. So is the starter motor (thinking: Dick Largen recently replaced his starter on his LT. It's well buried, trust me.).
I'd been thinking about a second smaller machine for one-up touring and around town, like a F800GS (frustratingly delayed), V-Strom 650, a KLR-650 or a KTM Adventure. But I think this is going to turn into my primary ride. Going to post an ad for the LT as soon as I fix the final drive that broke coming back from Big Bend in March.
Messenger13 posted this thread: http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2863
Maybe the winds of change are a blowin'. Of my local friends, two have gone FJR and one has gone Goldwing. Me, I guess after two beemers (RT and LT) and thousands of dollars of expensive repairs (two rear main seals, one slipping clutch, FD shaft seal, bad radio, bad fuel gauge, leaky steering damper, preemptive rear bearing replacement and now an FD failure), I'm just ready to do something else for awhile. I'm not angry. Stuff happens with any machine in spite of how well it's designed and made. BMW makes an outstanding product. I'm just ready to for new and different challenges and a different kind of ride.