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post #1 of 40 Old Dec 17th, 2007, 2:12 pm Thread Starter
 
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Should I stick w/the LT

Hey guys - I've had an RT, GT, and now an 05 LT. The GT was an 04 and it killed my shoulders with the front lean. My LT is one of the finest machines I've owned and I ride 160 miles r/t four days a week, typically year round- in the Seattle weather (rain, and more rain).

Looking at a used 07 GT that has lots of farkles on it. Local dealer wants to give me $10g for a trade and wants close to $18g for the GT.

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post #2 of 40 Old Dec 17th, 2007, 2:32 pm
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I say ride the GT and see if it sings to you if not keep the LT. I is only up to you to decide

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If you had problems with riding position on the GT, and not the LT,

you have failed to post what you are looking to get out of the GT ?

speed ?, weight reduction ?

Either way, you need to make the decision on what makes you happy, not what we think.

Whatever you decide, enjoy the ride !!

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What I have noticed being in the BMW circles for a while now, most guys are 6'0" and taller where egronomics have a major role in comfort.

I'm 5'10" 170 lbs, 32" inseam 38R in jacket. I have had both the 05LT and the new 07GT. They have very distinct personalities. You have to decide on what you want and what you can give up on either, but most of all is what is comfortable to you (weight, ride, power, braking, cornering and wind protection, 2 up riding).
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Well, you asked for it.

The LT has better wind protection, more upright ergonomics, and much better two-up comfort. The hydraulic center stand is nice, as is the built-in stereo. It's also 200+ lbs heavier which can be significant (and is why you need that powered center stand).

The GT just plain does everything else better. It is lighter, more agile, seriously faster (an extra 50 HP really shines here), and the Duolever/ESA is an amazingly useful combination in real world conditions.

Personally, I'd prefer a midway bike, such as a K1200RT. Give me the slant/4 motor and new suspension, but with a larger fairing and more upright ergonomics. I've come close to that with my GT by adding an AeroFlow windscreen and AeroGards, Suburban Machinery bar risers, and a Bakup back rest. I had added Verholen peg extenders which actually gave more leg room than an LT, but later took them off. But all that does add to the overall cost and it isn't as elegant as a factory RT-style bike would be.

So if you primarily ride solo and are willing to do a bit of tweaking, then the GT is a great bike. Think of it as "stepping down" from a 7-Series Bimmer to an M3. Not quite as many luxury comforts, but more agile and much quicker.

Your LT could fetch around $13-$14K on the open market, if you're willing to wait for the right buyer and deal with the extra hassles of a private sale. Though this isn't really the best time to be selling a bike.

But the real test is to take the GT for a nice, long test ride and see if it works for you. Beside the financial concerns, that's all that really matters.

Wish I was still up in Portland. I'd be glad to let you take my GT for a spin so you can get in a good, long ride with the modified ergonomics.

Hope that helps some.

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I was going to give you a one-word answer: NO

but then I saw this statement:

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I ride 160 miles r/t four days a week, typically year round- in the Seattle weather (rain, and more rain).

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So overalll...

With Ken out of the fold at this point because I know he rides hard and far, and in all types of weather; how about you other guys who piped in. How do find the GT regarding weather protection? I know it's not like the LT.
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To each his own !

I went from 1100RT, to 1200LT, to 1200GS, to 1200GT and back to my old 1200LT

The RT and the GT were not exactly right for me. Leg cramps, not comfortable with light weight of bike on road, great for in-town, twisties, etc., but I don't need the power/speed thing ! It's great to have when needed, but not one of my requirements. My comfort takes first place and the LT provides it for me, better weather protection, heated seat works better cause there's more surface contact area and my wife likes the back seat better. You know what they say, if she is not happy, I am not happy !

More truth to that than you know !

Anyway, LT's back in the garage and the GT will be going up for sale very shortly....

If you get a chance to ride the GT, most definitely do it and not just around the block, get as much time as you can, so you can get past the aw factor !

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If you do go the GT way I have a friend who is looking for a good used LT in the Seattle area and I am sure he would give you a much better deal than trade in. Let me know and I'll hook you up with him.


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As everyone else has stated, They are two very different bikes. Remember going from a harley to the LT? Remember the quantum leap in handling and fun factor? You will feel the same leap going from the LT to the GT. But, Its not that simple. Some weather protection and some luxuries are lost along with those 200+ pounds. You really need to go to the dealer and test drive one for several hours or a day if possible. I could always let you borrow mine if you are interested.

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Why not look at something that *Does it all* like Dual Sport * for comfort and touring?? Either the GS or V-Strom.

I went from an 05 LT to an 07 V-Strom 1000 and I am quite comfortable
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Thanks Brian

for the offer to let me ride the GT...

Seems more logical to me that the LT stays put, as I have put 10,000 miles on it in just a little over 4 months for my 160 mile r/t to work. Besides, I have recently had Mark Reis do 1G in wiring on it.

I appreciate all of the wisdom out there.

BTW - I did a 6200 mile x-country trip on my 04 GT - had fun, but I remember the pain....
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Some weather protection and some luxuries are lost along with those 200+ pounds.
I kept my '05LT for 6 months, overlapping ownership with the LT and GT. At the end of the 6 months I hardly rode the LT during the overlap. Question was answered for me. I would not hesitate touring long distance (I have) on my GT and not be concerned about anything!I missed the 'memory' of the fine times on the LT but not the bike itself.

Good luck in your decision.

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I kept my '05LT for 6 months, overlapping ownership with the LT and GT. At the end of the 6 months I hardly rode the LT during the overlap. Question was answered for me. I would not hesitate touring long distance (I have) on my GT and not be concerned about anything!I missed the 'memory' of the fine times on the LT but not the bike itself.

Good luck in your decision.
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I loved my LT and think it is the nicest looking bike made. I also think its the best 2 up bike out there. Like you, I am fully satisfied with the GT. Everytime I'm riding it I'm convinced its the right bike for me.

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I kept my '05LT for 6 months, overlapping ownership with the LT and GT. At the end of the 6 months I hardly rode the LT during the overlap. Question was answered for me. I would not hesitate touring long distance (I have) on my GT and not be concerned about anything!I missed the 'memory' of the fine times on the LT but not the bike itself.

Good luck in your decision.
This is probably the most useful answer.

If you can afford to have both, do so. The GT is a different animal, but you have to be in decent shape because your legs and knees have to pass the test due to the more agressive riding position. Jacking with the ergonomics of the GT (raising the bars, lowering pegs, installing a big windscreen) will not create a K1200RT. The GT cannot be made into a KRT.

For me, having owned (and loved) the K1200RS for many miles prior to trying a K1200LT (with which I was emotionally lukewarm), all the stars aligned once I put some miles on the GT. The GT is the right machine for me....it didn't hit me during the first 1000 miles...but after the second 1000 miles, I knew.

The GT is most satisfying (and designed for) the low position. Bars in low setting, seat down and pegs in the stock setting. Raise the stock shield a few inches at highway speeds only.

Keep both and be prepared to sell one or the other after a few months.

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Tim, in 2004 I bought a new RT. In 2006 I bought a new LT. In 2007 a new GT and now I am back to the 2008RT---to stay.

Best bike for the long haul was the LT. Great weather protection, driving position and nimbleness. It is the one bike of late I wish I'd kept. The GT is intoxicating given the power, but, it does not come close in wind or weather protection and especially handling in the turns. Read this link that recognizes the bike needs "considerable effort" in the corners.

http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichel...-R-1200-GT.htm


If you had an RT and LT, you will miss the nimbleness and confidence these bikes give you in the corners. I also found that the throttle response is either instant "on" or instant "off." You can't bleed into the power on corners or slow manouvers like on an LT or RT.

This being said, the GT is smooth and powerful on the open road. A great bike. My 2007 is over at Ride West, check it out.

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Tim, in 2004 I bought a new RT. In 2006 I bought a new LT. In 2007 a new GT and now I am back to the 2008RT---to stay.

Best bike for the long haul was the LT. Great weather protection, driving position and nimbleness. It is the one bike of late I wish I'd kept. The GT is intoxicating given the power, but, it does not come close in wind or weather protection and especially handling in the turns. Read this link that recognizes the bike needs "considerable effort" in the corners.

http://www.viamichelin.com/viamichel...-R-1200-GT.htm


If you had an RT and LT, you will miss the nimbleness and confidence these bikes give you in the corners. I also found that the throttle response is either instant "on" or instant "off." You can't bleed into the power on corners or slow manouvers like on an LT or RT.

This being said, the GT is smooth and powerful on the open road. A great bike. My 2007 is over at Ride West, check it out.

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While the GT may not be as nimble in the twisties as the RT, it certainly isn't a pig. Nor is it a wrestlefest. I've found the bike, especially after doing 108,000 on the LT, an absolute delight and extremely nimble.

Quoting from the article: "but generally speaking this motorcycle requires sound riding skills to show itself in its best light. Perfectly stable, it does however require considerable effort on the handlebar when cornering and, consequently, good anticipation if you want to step up the pace."

While you shouldn't be a rookie to ride a GT, neither should you be afraid. My take on this feller's article is the bike spooked him. I'm perfectly comfortabel strafing the goat snot out of our Tejas twisties.... with aplomb. I find the bike to almost be telepathic: I look, it goes.

Remember: that article is that feller's opinion. He later goes on and pans the bags. Uh, the RT has bags, too.

You put two equal riders on an RT and a GT and the GT will blow the RT away in the twisties.



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I agree with your assessment of the article--writers opinion. I loved my GT out on the open road. The power is intoxicating and the ride is great. I for one do not like the throttle response at low speeds. The LT and RT have throttles one can "bleed" into and not disrupt the balance or tracking of the bike. For example, one needs to be extremely cautious about moving ones right had up to scroll through the on-board computer at slower speeds to avoid sudden and significant acceleration from any slight movement of the wrist. Or, accelerating while making a turn in an intersection at a slow speed and angle to the roadway. The LT and RT are much more forgiving.

As to the article, I think the writer is quite accurate when he discusses entering corners with the GT. One needs to concentrate and set up correct because the bike will not bend like an RT will. An RT in the corners is effortless and really becomes an extension of the body. If anything it will over-steer. The GT requires some concentration and bending to accomodate tight turns. The article points that out and why the RT is the better "in-town" machine.

Guess the answer is to have all three or get BMW to make a K1200RT
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While the GT may not be as nimble in the twisties as the RT, it certainly isn't a pig. Nor is it a wrestlefest. I've found the bike, especially after doing 108,000 on the LT, an absolute delight and extremely nimble.

Quoting from the article: "but generally speaking this motorcycle requires sound riding skills to show itself in its best light. Perfectly stable, it does however require considerable effort on the handlebar when cornering and, consequently, good anticipation if you want to step up the pace."

While you shouldn't be a rookie to ride a GT, neither should you be afraid. My take on this feller's article is the bike spooked him. I'm perfectly comfortabel strafing the goat snot out of our Tejas twisties.... with aplomb. I find the bike to almost be telepathic: I look, it goes.

Remember: that article is that feller's opinion. He later goes on and pans the bags. Uh, the RT has bags, too.

You put two equal riders on an RT and a GT and the GT will blow the RT away in the twisties.

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Keep the LT. You wll miss the radio and all the other do-dads.

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Keep the LT absolutely. Especially with long all weather commutes. 10K for an '05. Of course he will give you that and then make a bundle on it when he sells it for 15K to someone off the street. That of course is after he makes a bundle on selling you a GT with farkles, etc.

I love my LT. I have ridden a new GT many times. It is way too cramped for me. It isn't anywhere near as comfortable or as smooth...

I certainly wouldn't trade for a GT or an RT...
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I've got to agree with the last few posts saying to keep the LT.... I would love to have the GT but the truth is the LT is a better ride for me... Getting close to 60 and being 6'4" at 265lbs the LT is the only BMW other than the GS that doesn't cramp me... And the weight really isn't a factor for me with the LT......

Take the advise from here and go take a couple of long test rides to be sure but it really sounds like the LT is you... Its got speed, handling, and looks,what else is there ...........Pete
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Question LT or GT ?

If I could afford to keep both, I probably would not..

I appreciate the GT weight factor, & available power/speed, ESA & tracking capabilities.

But there are others factors that will keep me on the LT.

Comfort, yes an old fart like me needs to be comfortable

My back does not bother me, and me left knee does not get cramped and ruin the ride, old motorcycle injuries, 2X's on same knee, some luck !

Better wind/weather protection.

Stock seat works for me, with added C&G Backrest.

Heated seat transfers more warmth, due to larger seating surface.

Wife is comfortable !!!!!!!!! So I'm much happier.

We both ride more together without aftereffects of ride that we experienced on the GT. (Both of us have disabling injuries to deal with)

I frankly enjoy abilitiy to listen to music without use of headset/earphones ! Helmet headsets give me a headache after some time and I have to turn radio off. I like my music, XM etc...

More stable ride down road, less wind effects, etc. More weight yes, but I appreciate the heavier ride a little more after getting back on a lighter bike.

I have not been back on the GT since I got my old LT back.

It did not take me very long at all to get back into the LT, weight and all...

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Did you sell your LT???????????? You did not buy a Girl only Travel (GT) motorcycle.???? And I would never call you a faggot, that smokes a cigar and dips copenhagen. You be the man.

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Did you sell your LT???????????? You did not buy a Girl only Travel (GT) motorcycle.???? And I would never call you a faggot, that smokes a cigar and dips copenhagen. You be the man.
Yeppir, no LT, just the girly travel bike in my gearage. Sandar the mag has given up on riding. She gave it a good 15 years and just started to slowly beg off. I don't know if it was the heat, West Texas, the heat, the cold, the heat, the boredom, the heat, the wet, the heat, the wind, or the heat that did it. I don't think it helped her seeing me staggering around with some smashed ribs after I went down. So, I decided if she wasn't gonna ride, that I need somethang a might more feminine to putt around on. And seeings how I only have to carry one purse now, the GT is poifect!

Come to think of it, I think I'll sell her riding gear and buy me a new gun. I hear Keltec has them in pink now!



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Tim,

So far you've had an RT, an LT and a GT. Yer durn near half way to collecting the complete set of consonant suffixes offered by BMW. Thing to do would be to pick up a GS next, or maybe an S or an ST. Or maybe even an HP
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Yeppir, no LT, just the girly travel bike in my gearage. Sandar the mag has given up on riding. She gave it a good 15 years and just started to slowly beg off. I don't know if it was the heat, West Texas, the heat, the cold, the heat, the boredom, the heat, the wet, the heat, the wind, or the heat that did it. I don't think it helped her seeing me staggering around with some smashed ribs after I went down. So, I decided if she wasn't gonna ride, that I need somethang a might more feminine to putt around on. And seeings how I only have to carry one purse now, the GT is poifect!

Come to think of it, I think I'll sell her riding gear and buy me a new gun. I hear Keltec has them in pink now!
I thought about giving up the LT too. The SO does't ride that much or often an more either. You know, the mommy thing. But I just my LT, just a darn go running scooter. Did a 280 mile ride today. Just a blast on the LT.

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Did a 280 mile ride today. Just a blast on the LT.
Not to mention the fact that you're such a talented rider.

I worked on an LT for a couple of days a few weeks back. When I got thru, I ran it up the street and immediately turned around. No confidence on it whatsoever and I could really feel the extra 200 lbs. It's amazing to me that I used to throw the thang around like it was nothing. A year on the GT has really spoiled me.



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Not to mention the fact that you're such a talented rider.

I worked on an LT for a couple of days a few weeks back. When I got thru, I ran it up the street and immediately turned around. No confidence on it whatsoever and I could really feel the extra 200 lbs. It's amazing to me that I used to throw the thang around like it was nothing. A year on the GT has really spoiled me.


I would be in the same boat if i gave the beast up. I am not the spring chicken i use to be.

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My wife made up my mind. I've been a Honda man most of my life and rode mostly one up because my wife, who was an OR nurse saw too many M/C accident victims, would not get on the back. The GT is a great bike but I've found that I rode it too fast and took too many chances for my age. On the other hand,now that my wife is retired she wants to travel and the only bike she wanted to be on was the LT. For two up the LT is by far the best all weather touring bike produced today. For one up, I would probably go with th GT.

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And what about a GT if you're TALL?

Well, I've been "away" from the site awhile, and partly came back because I'm pondering the same question as is discussed in this thread. I've always figured I'd just wait until the "next-gen" LT came out (2009? 2010?), figuring it would likely gain the horsies of the GT, shed a few dozen pounds, and yet still have the creature comforts of the LT.

But I'm gettin' a little antsy, so I too am contemplating a GT...especially when I hear Grif saying what great ride it is. I've ridden with him, and there are few better riders out there, so I REALLY respect his opinion (at least on riding - not on much else ).

My biggest "issue" with the GT is riding position, more specifically discomfort both above and below the waist. Being 6'5" with bad knees (too many years of basketball), I not only want to be able to sit upright (not hunched over with weight on my wrists), but be able to have my legs at least at a 90 degree angle (and "stretched out" on extended rides). My LT (with Suburban peg extenders, J-Pegs and highway ottomans, and a custom seat that raises me up about 3" higher than stock) is purrfect for me, so I'm just wondering to what extent the GT can be similarly modified(?).

I see that you can now get handlebar risers for the GT, which might allow sitting more upright, but is there anything you can do about leg position?

My tentative plan has been to wait for the next-gen LT and replace BOTH of my bikes with that. Right now I have the LT for long and/or two-up trips, and the Aprilia Caponord (300lbs lighter with same 100hp so MUCH quicker) for day trips and around town. I figured a lighter, quicker LT would give me the best of both worlds...

One thing this thread has made me consider is replacing JUST the Aprilia - with a GT (if the above issues can really be addressed), and keep the LT as a second bike for LD and/or two-up trips...Hmmm...

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Well, I've been "away" from the site awhile, and partly came back because I'm pondering the same question as is discussed in this thread. I've always figured I'd just wait until the "next-gen" LT came out (2009? 2010?), figuring it would likely gain the horsies of the GT, shed a few dozen pounds, and yet still have the creature comforts of the LT.

But I'm gettin' a little antsy, so I too am contemplating a GT...especially when I hear Grif saying what great ride it is. I've ridden with him, and there are few better riders out there, so I REALLY respect his opinion (at least on riding - not on much else ).

My biggest "issue" with the GT is riding position, more specifically discomfort both above and below the waist. Being 6'5" with bad knees (too many years of basketball), I not only want to be able to sit upright (not hunched over with weight on my wrists), but be able to have my legs at least at a 90 degree angle (and "stretched out" on extended rides). My LT (with Suburban peg extenders, J-Pegs and highway ottomans, and a custom seat that raises me up about 3" higher than stock) is purrfect for me, so I'm just wondering to what extent the GT can be similarly modified(?).

I see that you can now get handlebar risers for the GT, which might allow sitting more upright, but is there anything you can do about leg position?

My tentative plan has been to wait for the next-gen LT and replace BOTH of my bikes with that. Right now I have the LT for long and/or two-up trips, and the Aprilia Caponord (300lbs lighter with same 100hp so MUCH quicker) for day trips and around town. I figured a lighter, quicker LT would give me the best of both worlds...

One thing this thread has made me consider is replacing JUST the Aprilia - with a GT (if the above issues can really be addressed), and keep the LT as a second bike for LD and/or two-up trips...Hmmm...
Bruce,

I love my GT. The adjustability of the bars combined with the seat adjustment works for me. The power to weight will make your red bike seem a bit slow.

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6'3" here . . . but I can only ride it for about 1,200 miles or so in one day, then I have to get off the thing for a few hours. Stock seat, by the way.

I'll be riding it back out to the west coast for the Cambria ride. Stock seat. Bars all the way DOWN. Lovin' life.
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6'3" here . . . but I can only ride it for about 1,200 miles or so in one day, then I have to get off the thing for a few hours. Stock seat, by the way.

I'll be riding it back out to the west coast for the Cambria ride. Stock seat. Bars all the way DOWN. Lovin' life.
Come on Joe! Thats what...... 13 hours in the saddle?

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Come on Joe! Thats what...... 13 hours in the saddle?
From what I've read in here, 1,200 miles is more like 8 or nine hours for ol' Joe.

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From what I've read in here, 1,200 miles is more like 8 or nine hours for ol' Joe.
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