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post #1 of 8 Old Jul 29th, 2019, 11:25 am Thread Starter
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2008 1200LT or GT

Been looking at used BMW's . Found an 08 LT with 9k miles and an 08 GT with 20k miles. Curious being the GT forum which did you choose and why? What are the main differences? Not a sport bike guy so I want more of an upright seating position and plan on doing shorter rides say a 2 or 3 state area. I have had everything from Honda's to Harley's but never a BMW.

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post #2 of 8 Old Jul 29th, 2019, 1:21 pm
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Re: 2008 1200LT or GT

I've put well over 100,000 miles on several K1200LTs, K1200GTs, and K1300GTs.

The LT is a beautiful two-up sport-Touring bike that is literally the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. The passenger accommodations are especially unmatched. It's heavy, but it's balanced so well that the weight minimizes once you're rolling, and a competent rider can easily keep up with much lighter, "faster" bikes in the tight stuff, then just roll on through the next state line in complete comfort. There were some early problems with failing final drives, leaking clutch cylinders, and weak throttle cables, but most of those issues have been worked out by now.

The K1200GT is a smaller, lighter, and quicker Sport-touring bike. Tons of power, less weight, and can easily be ridden hard while maintaining rider comfort. Still, it did have some reliability issues that took a while for BMW, the aftermarket, and the owners to work out.

The K1300GT is what the K1200GT should have been. It's more efficient, more reliable, and just better built. I still have my K13GT and have fitted it out as a serious Long Distance bike with huge driving lights, fuel cell, and multiple GPS units. This bike was specifically built to run the Iron Butt Rally, where I've pulled a top-3 finish on it.

If you're looking at a two-up bike the K12LT wins hands down, and it still makes a great solo bike to play on the fun roads or crank out a thousand miles.

If you're primarily solo, the K13GT is awesome, better in the tighter stuff but still worthy of crossing continents.

And all of these can be had for very reasonable prices these days.

Hope that helps...

*Note that every Beemer I've ever owned has needed an aftermarket seat and windscreen to be truly comfortable crossing state lines and time zones...
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Re: 2008 1200LT or GT

Thank you for the insight, probably leaning towards the LT
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I own a 2007 GT and I have gone through the reliability issues so that alone may ruin your BMW experience. However, the sport touring is a perfect set up for me. I like to sit into the bike a bit more than I would be able to do on an LT and I could never get into the handle bar set up on the LT.

I will say that depending on how tall you are, the GT will likely be less comfortable. I am only 5' 9" and even then there is a bit a strain on my knees with the foot peg set up. It has been a long time since I went on an extended ride but Meese is correct--your rear end will not like you if you get the GT. I even have the 2009 seat (thanks to the extended warranty) and it still leaves much to be desired.

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I own a 2007 GT and I have gone through the reliability issues so that alone may ruin your BMW experience. However, the sport touring is a perfect set up for me. I like to sit into the bike a bit more than I would be able to do on an LT and I could never get into the handle bar set up on the LT.

I will say that depending on how tall you are, the GT will likely be less comfortable. I am only 5' 9" and even then there is a bit a strain on my knees with the foot peg set up. It has been a long time since I went on an extended ride but Meese is correct--your rear end will not like you if you get the GT. I even have the 2009 seat (thanks to the extended warranty) and it still leaves much to be desired.

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I certainly don't want to buy an unreliable motorcycle, I have never had that issue with Harley, Yamaha, Honda or Suzuki.
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Re: 2008 1200LT or GT

It seems that for what you want to do, the 08 LT would be a better fit. But even though it has only 9k miles, the LT has what is called "whizzy" brakes that will cost a lot of money to repair if the pump fails. There aren't any companies doing rebuilds on these units, so take that into account. I did however have the same brakes on my 05 RT that did over 110,000 miles and never failed. I ride an 09 K13GT now that I bought almost three years ago with 10k on the clock and these models have all of the fixes that plagued the 12GT's. If you decide on the GT, you WILL have to spend a bit of money to make it comfortable for long trips. I ended up buying a new set of Sargent heated seats, Alaskan sheepskin cover, bar risers and custom highway pegs.

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Before you start just get it in your head a BMW is NEVER EVER going to be as dependable as a Jap bike. I had several Yamaha Venture Royale's. The LT is not in its league as far as dependability. Nor the Wing as I had several of them. What they do have is a amazing degree of performance all the way around that makes you want to own one. Its a love/hate relationship no doubt. At least for me it is. I had my 2001 LT in 2001 drop 2 final drives in 12 k miles, yet I still own one today.
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Re: 2008 1200LT or GT

These Bikes cant be compared - the comparison is between a 1200LT and 1600 GT or GLT.

15 years on my LT and still cant find anything to compare it to and have no desire to change - it was a masterpiece in its day and still is.

The Caveat is reliability and issues as it ages - from radio to clutch to suspension to brakes and the list goes on but as mentioned its not Japanese.

Choose your poison but when you out on the open road on an LT there is just no better feeling its like a limo.
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