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post #1 of 4 Old Jul 12th, 2015, 9:02 am Thread Starter
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Selecting Long Distance Bike

We are in the process of selecting a LD bike and have narrowed it down to the K1200lt . Our question is what year to select and start looking for? Any suggestions?
We both ride rt's now but want to do some Ironbutt as a two up.
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post #2 of 4 Old Jul 12th, 2015, 12:58 pm
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Re: Selecting Long Distance Bike

I ride my 07 with the wife 95% of the time and I can't find any other bike and I have tested them all, that comes close to the smooth ride, superior wind and rain protection. If I was you, I would look for a WELL maintained 05 or newer.

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I think for a lot of us it comes down to being able to fix an ABS unit or buy a new one. For a 2000 or less the fix is I think about $250-$300. Later years are a purchase for $2500 if you can find one. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I don't know the rate of failure but a search should reveal it. We haven't had a lot of complaints lately and there are a lot of good LT's out there with each system. It all depends on your wallet. In Kirk's maintenance videos on U-tube he explains what BMW stands for. Get one and enjoy the ride, it's awesome.

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Thanks guys I'm on the hunt for a 2005.
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