Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Re: k12lt for commuting as well as touring
I use my LT for commuting every day, unless torrential rain predicted or risk of ice on roads. Quickest route to work is 20 minutes of light city traffic (several traffic lights), 15 minutes of 55 mph state highway (with median and 1 traffic light) and 15 minutes of 2-lane county road (1 traffic light at end). Depending on mood, I pick different routes home...US highways for 60-65 minute trip at highway speeds for the really hot days, or a somewhat twisty state road for a 55-60 minute trip. Total 35-40 miles one way. I don't have time/funds for much touring, but wanted a bike that would be able to handle more than a few hours on the road. Been to Chicago twice with the LT (1-up, 13 hours away) and hope to visit the Tail of the Dragon (2-up, 8 hours away) in a few weeks. Next year possibly Sturgis (2-up, 27 hours away).
In the slow traffic, crowded city streets, or tight parking lots, I've thought about a small bike. But, on highway, or twisty roads, I've thought it wouldn't be much fun 2-up on a 250cc V-twin.
2001 K1200LT der LadungsTräger