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post #1 of 24 Old Jan 18th, 2010, 12:34 pm Thread Starter
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Question LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

I have had and RS and a GT but while I was married my ex wouldn't get on the back so I got an LT and she loved it.

However, I'm single now and I'm not sure that my girlfriend will ride with me so I'm thinking about this completely based ME.

I have an 04 LT now with 30k... I like the wind protection. I like the sound system and space for farkles etc. It doesn't seem big to me though it is more to handle on steep slopes and soft ground but I don't think I loose much in the twisties. No it's not as fast in the straights but it is a nicer ride at 130+.

However I'm a 35 year old with the body and looks of a 25 year old and when people see me on it sometimes they laugh.... even the ladies... granted the older ladies especially enjoy the ride and some of the younger ones enjoy it too.... however If I had a smaller more nimble bike I would be more likely to jump on it for a short ride around town. Sometimes regardless of how much I like the bike, It's too grandpa for me.

However, for longer rides I'm glad I have it. I have thought about going back down to a GT or keeping it and maybe adding a used cbr1000 or vfr for shorter rides. Any other suggestions.... If I went this way I would want to buy something in the under 5k used price range. I can't see myself going back to a GT and paying more and having to start the farkles all over again.

I'm sure there are some out there who have made this transition from LT to GT. I'm just wondering what the reason was and how happy you are with your decision.

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Re: LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

I jumped off the LT because I did very little 2 up riding. The GT is great for me on long trips and it is a fair 2 up bike, just not quite the passenger comfort of the LT. The weight reduction and power were a couple of other reasons for moving from the LT to the GT.


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Re: LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

Had 3 LTs and have had 2 GTs so far. I moved for more power, better handling, lighter weight, newer technology, and a more nimble/fun bike overall that better suited my hooligan needs while still letting me swallow large expanses of road when necessary. The GT fits the bill very well.

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Re: LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

Power. Pure and Simple. Power.

I like it that when I twist the wick not much can beat me when I'm on the GT.

But I didn't want power so much that I was willing to go to a sport bike.

GT is the best of both worlds for me.

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Man I gotta change my sig line. Had the GT now since May of 09.

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The GT is a 1/2 way house between a sport bike and a luxury tourer. It is the best compromise between the two you can own.
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I think you should get one of those mopeds!
It takes a real man to ride one of them!

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"...I'm a 35 year old with the body and looks of a 25 year old..."


Why do you have a picture of someone else on your avatar? Or am I missing something?

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Two reasons to go LT instead of GT:

1) if you do a lot of two up traveling. Nothing, not even the GL1800 beats the rear seat comfort of the LT.

2) if the GT's Marquis de Sade seat isn't to your liking, yet you want the luxobarge features.


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I had a LT when riding 2 up, loved it and so did the wife. When she wanted her own bike I went to the R1200RT for solo riding and less weight. Although it was a fantastic bike I missed the 4 cylinder. I then went with the GT and love it. With a aftermarket seat it is actually more comfortable than the LT for me. I have trouble with my shoulders and the GT with the bars all the way up doesn't bother them. No regrets here.

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Ghaison,

Loved my LT. Preferred the GT. More nimble in urban settings and faster. Ideal weapon for avoiding the cell phono cagers. GT has all the storage of an LT, yet is 200# less fat. I am shopping for the new GT now. This will be my third BMW bike. Good luck with your decision.
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Re: LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

Vanity?
Grandpa on the LT
If your looking to impress the ladies, buy a RR
If you want the ladies to be cozy, stick with the LT
If you want the ladies to be impressively cozy buy the GT
Put the detachable 49 litre topcase on the GT for 2 up comfort and touring
and take them all off for rippin, can't do that with the LT
Who knows maybe the "new" LT will kick everyones butt

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Re: LT to GT What's your reason? Good call?

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Why do you have a picture of someone else on your avatar? Or am I missing something?
That.... is awesome
In all fairness though.... I looked like that when I was 25 so maybe I was a 25yo with the looks and body of a 35yo
I don't mean to say I own or have ever owned a bike for or to impress anyone, I just enjoy them..... but I walk out to the LT and feel old sometimes.... surely some of you truly old guys can say that walking out to your GT makes you feel younger?
Jack?
You know I love you all right.... you've been like fathers to me over the years .... some have been like grandfathers too... ok back to work.

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You know why u feel old when u walk out to your LT?
Cause "it" is old, not to say its bad but, same basic look
for what? 11 years now, and yes the GT makes me feel younger
cause? "it" is newer


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... no more LT's?

No guarantee the 6 cyl. will be in same "luxury" class..
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Sticking with my LT for now cause if "Momma ain't happy ain't nobody happy" and trips are much more fun when she is happy.
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These poor unloved LTs. Those riders who once sang the praises of the Light Truck are being seduced away, one by one, first by the K1200GT and now by the siren song of the K1300GT.

Well, gentlemen, I say, "Forget not the K-bike of your youth". The LT is just as much fun and useful now as the day I bought it. There is something special about maintaining a long term relationship, cherishing memories of past adventures while seeking new ones. I figured out there's a second bike hiding inside the LT that comes out above 5000 rpms! Plus, on a pragmatic and frugal note (how timely is that?), my well-used LT is paid for, and taxes and insurance are much less than I would pay on a newer K-bike (and I don't believe BMW anyway-that new engine is not a brick so it's not a "real" K-bike-so take that). I am going to keep riding my LT. Last Saturday I took it for a ride and got a beep-and-thumbs-up from an SUV driver and a pitiful longing look of admiration from a cruiser rider at the local Victory dealership (poor guy looked like he was half frozen after riding in on his unfaired custom V-twin; I almost offered him my Gerbings liner. Almost).

I know not what others will do, but for me and my house (well, they have to take turns of course), we will ride the LT. The "splitters" on this list (like Joe, and Cowboy Bob, and Jack) notwithstanding.

[Tick, tick, tick]

Doggone it, those GTs are awesome. I want a BLUE one! They are so smooth, and way fast, and so light compared to my porky LT.
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These poor unloved LTs. Those riders who once sang the praises of the Light Truck are being seduced away, one by one, first by the K1200GT and now by the siren song of the K1300GT.
This is what happens when you fall in love with it/someone, and some time later appears another model that is faster and slimmer.
What is a man to do...?
For now I will stick with my LT, at least until it is paid off and the extended warranty runs out.
Besides... Kathy sat on the back of the RT and the GT and it appears that some modifications will be required for her to be comfortable with her 5'9" body. So it won't be an easy sale...

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Easy. I simply outgrew it.

I really enjoyed the 125K miles I put on two LTs, and it's still the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden - solo or two-up. But I got to the point where almost every fun ride had me pushing the LT's limits - lots of full throttle acceleration while hoping for just a bit more, and lots of hard-on-the-brakes-man-this-thing-is-heavy moments as I tipped her into the next set of corners. Once you've ground the foot pegs and lower fairing away and you're still reaching for more lean angle, more power, and more everything else, then its time to move on.

The real downfall was taking the LT on a track day. I know it's not meant for such things, and the LT did very well overall, but it really pointed out that the bike was limiting my ride more than I was.

Enter the K12GT - 200 lbs lighter, 50% more horsepower, much improved suspension, and even more carrying capacity if you add the 49L trunk. It did require a few ergonomic tweaks and even with those it's only about 90% as comfy as the LT was, but it simply does everything else so much better.

Yeah, I miss the LT sometimes, but the GT just does all I ask of it and more, so I'm happy with my switch.

At least until they come out with a new Slant/6 K1600RT, that is.

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I really never felt old riding my LT but I have not been 25 for a long time now :-)
I came to the LT from V4 Honda's (Honda 1998 VFR that I sold and a 1985 Honda Magna which I restored and still own). So I do sometime wish that LT had more punch. However it is such a great bike to ride otherwise that I am thinking about maybe getting myself a third bike like a sport or sport touring for the fun of it and keep the LT.

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Having made the transaction from a 07 GT to 04 LT, I don't regret my decision in the least bit. The Lt is smooth, comfortable and nimble enough. I drove my GT cross country and the motor is astonishing and the attachable trunk piece is nice, but overall comfort is the LT.
I have found that ladies like to ride....if they are interested
keep the LT!

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Having made the transaction from a 07 GT to 04 LT, I don't regret my decision in the least bit. The Lt is smooth, comfortable and nimble enough. I drove my GT cross country and the motor is astonishing and the attachable trunk piece is nice, but overall comfort is the LT.
I have found that ladies like to ride....if they are interested
keep the LT!

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That has been my experience as well.... they may not be blown away at first glance but after riding it they can't stop talking about it!

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The LT is smooth, comfortable and nimble enough.
And that says it all. If the LT is nimble enough for you, then it's a great bike, for you. For some of us though, it just wasn't quite enough . . .

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