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the unthinkable just traded my GT for LT

I caved into my arthritic neck and did the unthinkable - traded the GT in for an '08 LT. The GT was easily the most exciting ride I have had in my biking life (with the possible exception of the 750cc 2stroke Kawasaki back in the day). Now I ride slow and listen to music - I am actually finding it very enjoyable.
I do have GT accessories to sell: handlebar relocator, peg lowering kit, large windshield and Sargeant seat - I guess I was trying to turn the GT into an LT all along.
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Re: the unthinkable just traded my GT for LT

I miss the comfort, easy cruise, and weather protection of my LT. Now that I ride solo, I don't miss the lbs and top heavy feel.

Seems like a lot of guys are trying to turn the GT into a GS type ergo fit but either never quite make it work, or develop "GT Butt" and go from there. The guy I bought my 07 from, finally bought a GS and was much happier.

There is something out there for everybody and they are all faster than what is legal anyway.

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Re: the unthinkable just traded my GT for LT

I too went back to the LT and couldn't be happier . I do miss the quickness of the GT but I don't miss the shoulder pain that I experienced on the GT. I find that when needed the LT gets with the program quite nicely and is all I need to enjoy the ride .

Enjoy the new LT and relax, it is still quick enough when needed.

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Re: the unthinkable just traded my GT for LT

I'm glad that your are comfortable I know the feeling I have neck issues as well. That is what lead me to the LT but since I have been feeling better I can get by with the GT.

Do you still have the seat? Either the Sargent or stock unit?

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Still have the Sargeant seat - front only, no heat, black w/ black welt, bmw racing logo on sides - very comfortable for me. -Steve
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I have sent a PM on the lowering kit for the pegs. (Don't laugh!)

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Sold my '06 GT for $15,500 cash on eBay to a man from Wisconsin. Been blasting around in the yellow Porsche with the top down with SO beside me instead of behind me on a bike..... For the first time since 1971, I don't have a bike in the garage. I do have the '07 KTM Super Duke in storage....might get plates for it soon. The RC8 is due soon. Since Dad checked out I have been avoiding 2 wheels waiting for my focus to come back. How long does it take?

Thanks again for that book you sent. Helped a lot.

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I have been driving few years with LT. My first one was 2000 model. Now I am having 2004 model. And those both are great bikes. But LT is so damn heavy and feels top heavy. That is actually what bother's me.

I have second bike, K1200S Turbo. That's something which is not heavy and it's uick enough. But again, it does not have cruise, no wind protection...

So, I have been thinking about selling them both and bying a GT instead. Would that be a mistake, while some of you are changing from GT to LT?

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So, I have been thinking about selling them both and bying a GT instead. Would that be a mistake, while some of you are changing from GT to LT?

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I did and loved it. A few did and hated it. One guy is so broke down and infirm of body, mind and soul (I love ya, man! ) that he went back to the LT.

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Re: the unthinkable just traded my GT for LT

Understand the comfort issue. I'm 55 with creaky bones and am in the decision process of buying a new GT or used LT. I ride 40% tour and 60% urban.
Is it possible to remove the rear trunk on the LT and retain appearance?

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Understand the comfort issue. I'm 55 with creaky bones and am in the decision process of buying a new GT or used LT. I ride 40% tour and 60% urban.
Is it possible to remove the rear trunk on the LT and retain appearance?
Yes...you can take the trunk off and put a Fort Worth rack on the back. Looks great!

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I did and loved it. A few did and hated it. One guy is so broke down and infirm of body, mind and soul (I love ya, man! ) that he went back to the LT.

The only way to find out is ride one for as long as you can.
This might be the only way.

We'll see.

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For some of us (myself included), the seduction of a 152 hp SPORT-touring bike, causes us to live in a temporary state of denial. We rationalize that the wind protection is adequate, the ergo's sufficient, and the SO will adapt. All in the name of scratching the HP itch.

Then some of us awake to the realization that comfort makes enjoying the ride possible, and need to move on to a bike better suited to that role.

I've said it before. I miss my R1200RT in the same way. The GT is a great machine, but it is not as comfortable, nor does it provide the same wind protection as the RT. Moreover, I cannot get through corners as quickly on the GT. The only thing the GT has on the RT is power and a smoother engine. I've paid a price to be able to effortlessly cruise at 100mph on the GT. The problem is that by modifying my GT to get RT(ish) comfort and protection, I've contradicted some of the bikes inherant qualities.

I'll most likely go back to an RT at some point. I've enjoyed the GT, but I value comfort, handling and smooother throttle control over sheer power.
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For some of us (myself included), the seduction of a 152 hp SPORT-touring bike, causes us to live in a temporary state of denial. We rationalize that the wind protection is adequate, the ergo's sufficient, and the SO will adapt. All in the name of scratching the HP itch.

Then some of us awake to the realization that comfort makes enjoying the ride possible, and need to move on to a bike better suited to that role.

I've said it before. I miss my R1200RT in the same way. The GT is a great machine, but it is not as comfortable, nor does it provide the same wind protection as the RT. Moreover, I cannot get through corners as quickly on the GT. The only thing the GT has on the RT is power and a smoother engine. I've paid a price to be able to effortlessly cruise at 100mph on the GT. The problem is that by modifying my GT to get RT(ish) comfort and protection, I've contradicted some of the bikes inherant qualities.

I'll most likely go back to an RT at some point. I've enjoyed the GT, but I value comfort, handling and smooother throttle control over sheer power.
Having owned LT's for a number of years, and currently owning (ok, will take some grief on this) an '07GT, '07GS Adventure, and '08RT you would think I could comment on this thread with a degree of certainty and finality. Well, I cannot. I recently finished a 6000 mile tour on the RT, and it performed admirably. Last year I did a 4000 mile trip on the GT and it performed admirably. I ride the Adventure and it performs admirably. I initially missed the LT but kept it long enough to overlap with the GT and the Adv and found I was not riding it anymore so away it went. IF asked which bike I'd own if I could only own one? Tough decision and without the reality of REALLY having to do it I cannot answer that question. But, if I assess the attributes of which bike best suited for 'sport-type-touring', whatever that may be, the RT wins:

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The RT is also the most vanilla/boring of the three bikes. Sorry!

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I'm currently an LT owner and am thinking of getting the GT. It seems from reading here the RT is rated higher than the GT, but I'm biased against the air-cooled engines.

I love my LT but its a challenge riding in traffic 2-up and lane splicing is difficult.

Older bikes of the early 90's seemed to have the best of both worlds - they were as comfortable as the LT but were the size of the GT/RT. They also offered similar wind/weather protection as the LT.

For now, I'm gonna stick to my LT!
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I went from a LT to a 1200RT to a 1200GT. Both the LT & RT made my shoulders and neck hurt no matter what I did. The GT is great for me. No more shoulder or neck pain. The seating position makes me use my lower back more and thus takes the weight off my shoulders. Love this bike.

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(((My take is have two bikes))), one for each occasion, I really like my 03 lt, can ride it with the best of you and keep up, on some days its just nice to sit on the moving couch and relax, but there are days when my 2001 k1200rs calls for me, twisties,long distance,high speeds, to let that animal creature out of its cage, then im fine again for awhile. Matthew
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I have an LT and a GT....I find that they are totally different platforms for 2 different duties. When I want the 500 mile day, its the LT...2 up? LT again. For busting the corners, the GT gets it done...same with my inner speed freak, the GT settles that as well.


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I did the same thing last April. I had an 04 GT which I loved. I had basically turned it into a mini-LT and while it was good for me, the wife wanted more. Unfortunately for me my dealer lent me a new LT while my GT was in the shop and when the wife went for a ride her comments was "we have to get one of these". One can not pass up a chance like that - so we got one and I (we) love it. I loved the GT, but I REALLY LOVE the LT. And to top it off, I even get better gas milage on the LT!!

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Rode an H1 and an H2 (Back In the Day) also. In the power curve it would pull the handle bars right out of your hands if you werent carefull.

Wish my LT would almost do that LOL

Hard to keep the front wheel down also. Glad the LT DOESNT do that!!

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I caved into my arthritic neck and did the unthinkable - traded the GT in for an '08 LT. The GT was easily the most exciting ride I have had in my biking life (with the possible exception of the 750cc 2stroke Kawasaki back in the day). Now I ride slow and listen to music - I am actually finding it very enjoyable.
I do have GT accessories to sell: handlebar relocator, peg lowering kit, large windshield and Sargeant seat - I guess I was trying to turn the GT into an LT all along.
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How about an RT with a "K" motor. I dont care which one!!! BUT I like the Letter.

I guess after all these years BMW's marketing dept just dont get it!!

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For some of us (myself included), the seduction of a 152 hp SPORT-touring bike, causes us to live in a temporary state of denial. We rationalize that the wind protection is adequate, the ergo's sufficient, and the SO will adapt. All in the name of scratching the HP itch.

Then some of us awake to the realization that comfort makes enjoying the ride possible, and need to move on to a bike better suited to that role.

I've said it before. I miss my R1200RT in the same way. The GT is a great machine, but it is not as comfortable, nor does it provide the same wind protection as the RT. Moreover, I cannot get through corners as quickly on the GT. The only thing the GT has on the RT is power and a smoother engine. I've paid a price to be able to effortlessly cruise at 100mph on the GT. The problem is that by modifying my GT to get RT(ish) comfort and protection, I've contradicted some of the bikes inherant qualities.

I'll most likely go back to an RT at some point. I've enjoyed the GT, but I value comfort, handling and smooother throttle control over sheer power.
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How about an RT with a "K" motor.
Build a proper K1300RT and I'm so there . . .

Oh, and fix the damn final drive while you're at it, please.

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