Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Gold Country, CA, USA
Re: Back to an LT
My LT had a buzz from about 4300 to 4600 rpm. I would use that to know my revs without looking at the tach, and shift after the buzz ended.
As far as two up comfort, yes - initially the GTL had less wind protection than the LT. But set up with Aeroflow windshield, wings, and mini wings, the pillion is just as happy on the GTL. I think the wind protection is better on the GTL now than the LT. The LT is a heavier bike, and I'd agree that it is better set up for two up touring. I made the change to the GTL because the LT was very long in the tooth as far as performance and technology.
I can still recall when the K12 came out. If you sat it next to a K11, you'd say "Wow... What a leap!" Same for the K16 next to the K12 now. Plus, it's getting harder to get parts for the K12, and that entered into my decision (ABS pump on '01 and earlier are no longer available from BMW for instance).
As far as performance - no comparison; my LT would run circles around my brother and his friends on their V-twins - my GTL leaves my LT in the dust. DIY Maintenance - piece of cake on the GTL; much easier to work on than the LT; 12K maintenance literally takes an hour.
CCR: 2008, Midway; 2011, Boise; 2012, Duluth; 2014, Chattanooga. MOA: Billings, 2015; SLC, 2017
CCR-R: 2018, Russellville
'13 K1600 GTL-P - "Eva"
Sold but "beloved" ride: K12 LT - "Pepe"
IBA #31242 (SSx2, BB, BBG)
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Last edited by hallzee; Nov 24th, 2014 at 10:43 am.