Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Cornelius, North Carolina, USA
I Just Changed From My Nomad To An Lt!
Your inquiry caught my eye because just two weeks ago I traded my 2003 VN1500fi NOMAD for a 2001 BMW K1200LT. I was visiting the dealership and had not even an inkling of buying or trading, but one test ride on the LT made me a believer. Since then, for me the biggest adjustment has been the sitting position. It took some time for my body to adjust to the more "forward" position on the LT, but now I am OK.
I logged about 350 miles yesterday and I feel great this morning. I still find myself wishing I had some forward pegs and will probably add a set of "J" pegs to the LT, just to be able to change positions. The cruise control is magnificent as is the adjustable windshield!!! I wouldn't worry too much about the slow speed handling characteristics of the LT, because the NOMAD wasn't really any better, just not wuite as top heavy, nor as tall. You will know this...The NOMAD was terrible at slow speeds and had a reputation for such.
At speed, there is absolutely no comparison between the Nomad and the LT, with the LT winning hands down. I can ride for hours and not even feel tired. In the curves...oh my gosh...the LT is awesome. No more fighting the bike to keep it in the curve. My wife feels the same and loves the LT much more.
Ride it first, but be ready to trade or buy when you do, because you are going to love it. Also, most of my buddies (whom I thought would laugh when they heard I had a BMW) have been very complimenting and actually love the look and feel of the bike. You know what else is cool...the bike makes a statement and you don't see one on every corner! When my friends ride it...they are amazed and so am I! God bless.
Cornelius, NC USA
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