Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: The Deep South of Vermont
Re: How many LTs are out there?
In my opinion, the K1200LT is still in a class by itself. The combination of performance, handling, two up touring comfort are still unsurpassed by BMW and unmatched by other entrants in the touring market.
I used to say, somewhat tongue in cheek, that the K1600GTL was a place-holder for the next version of the K1200LT. I may yet be proven correct.
The radical styling changes without improvement in weather protection for either rider or pillion in the K1600GTL makes it fall short as "the" upgrade of the K1200LT.
Over the years, new BMW models generally were improvements over previous models in all ways. Not so for the K1200LT. For many of us, there just isn't the bike that does it all as well as the KLT.
Newbies asking oft repeated questions on this site may get abbreviated replies from somewhat weary old timers here, but this site remains the place for information on all aspects of the K1200LT. The archives are hard to sort through, but the data is there.
And, as long and gentlemen like jzeiler and saddleman continue to provide information and hands on services for K1200LT owners, this bike will have a very enduring legacy.
Someday the K1200LT may have a cult following like the R90S. I know that's a bit of a stretch, but I do see the K1200LT as in a class by itself. On several occasions, I've surprised sport bike riders in the winding mountains of VT and NH when they looked back to see we were still "in the pack" riding two up with camping gear. No, it is not a sport bike, and you have to flog the engine right up to the rev limiter to keep up, but I know of no other bike with comparable two up touring comforts that can do that.
The K1200LT is still in a class of its own.
Last edited by CharlieVT; Jun 19th, 2015 at 7:15 am.