I am the happy owner of a new to me 2006 K1200LT. I bought the bike from a local dealer. The price was very reasonable and the bike looks great. This is my fourth bike and my third BMW. My previous ride is a 2006 R1200RT (about to go up for sale) that I bought 4 years ago from my coworker at a premium. The RT has been a great ride, but as my wife and I have been riding two up more and more, we determined that the RT doesn't have the room for the two of us to be more comfortable for more hours in the saddle.
The LT had almost 60k miles on the clock and was fully serviced by the dealer with the Level II service and new tires. I bought the bike last Saturday and have ridden it on two rides. I have to tell you that while the bike is big it doesn't ride like a big bike. I think coming from the RT with two up helps dealing with the large size - I am already used to the weight.
1) When I got the bike home after a longish (150 miles) ride from the dealer I was excited to show my wife how we could put our helmets into the trunk. I went to the trunk to open it and the trunk wouldn't open. The latch pulled up, but the trunk wouldn't budge. Searching through google, I found that it is not completely uncommon and that if I tried to force the issue I might end up with an expensive broken latch. I decided to err on caution and was able to shake the latch to open. I have ordered the fix-it-before-you-break-it hardening package. When I was examining the latching mechanism while the lid was up I noticed that the left latch was stuttering and not completely opening. When I get the kit to harden the latch I will then work on identifying the root cause of the locking mechanism issue.
2) While riding I noticed that the windshield seemed closer to the right hand wind block than the left hand wind block. I had already determined that I would replace the installed windshield with a Cee Bailey #2
-2 shield. I removed the windshield last night and figured out why the shield was leaning to the right (as looking through the screen) - the base support for the right upper arm (left side when standing in front of the bike) pivot pin had come out of its left tab - looking at the right tab it seemed to be missing/broken. It was disheartening, to say the least. I started looking and the only way to fix the bases is to replace the whole unit for $732 for parts.
I decided to put the new screen on anyhow. I am hoping that the whole mechanism (left and right) will keep the screen on the bike for now. In the future, I will probably building up a pivot holder in the future by drilling holes on both sides of where the pivot should be seated and use strong tie wraps to mirror the pivot mechanism that is broken.
1) Head wobble - I have had a number of bikes and I have always been able to take my hands off the bars for a moment and not start to loose control (usually to see which way the bike wants to drift). This bike has an oscillation that seems to want to progress to a tank slap. I noticed this on the first test ride - turned out that the tires were 15lbs low. I rode it with tires at the right pressure and it still exhibited the same action. Each person said the same thing to me - why would you take your hands off the bars? Not the question I am hoping to hear from the dealer. Bikes should be stable regardless if I want to be stupid. Their mechanic took the bike out and said that he couldn't identify any issue and the bike ran great. I suspect that the tires aren't correctly balanced. I will be taking the bike to a different dealer to have them rebalanced - but before I do that I am going to experiment with the preload - the preload currently is set at standard.
2) Visibility - the bike is stock. I need to add some visibility items to the bike. The bike is Gray, so using black reflective stickers on the back would look ugly during the day - will probably go with some patterned stickers to look better during the day and highlight at night.
All in all my wife and I are excited about the bike and the future we will have on this new-to-us bike. Only after taking possession of the bike did I learn a lesson of purchasing used bikes - expect that they will fall apart the moment you drive off.
2006 K1200LT - new to me
2006 R1200RT - soon to be on the market
1994 R1100RS (beta bike) - sold
1989 PC800 - sold - first bike