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post #1 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 1:11 am Thread Starter
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Looking for a new ride

Okay, I have decided it's time to add another ride to my stable, and I have narrowed my choices down to the K1200LT or an R1200CLC. I'm going to keep my K100 just to kick around on, but I want a touring bike for 2-up, tunes, cruise, intercom (add-on), yadda, yadda, yadda. Quality, performance, and style on either bike is a toss-up for me, after all, they are both BMWs. While researching the LT, I came up with a few questions. What seems to be the better year(s) to own (1999, 2003, 2005)? I have read some reports about rear end problems and wonder if this is a problem inherent to a particular year model or is it akin to "lubing the rear splines" on my K100 (a maintenance issue as opposed to a design flaw)? What is the difference between an LT, an LTE, and an LTC? I haven't test ridden an LT yet, but I have ridden the CLC. A test ride on the LT may make the decision for me, but any insight you could give, be it pro or con, would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 2:19 am
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Style is subjective, but the performance differences between the CLC and LT are significant. You gotta ride an LT, then decide what fits you best.

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post #3 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 8:10 am
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IMHO if you want a touring bike, then better find an LT for a test ride. The CL is a great cruiser (and because of its lack of popularity can be had for a song - relatively speaking), but friends who ride the CL say it isn't a very good long distance ride. Somebody can and will tell you more about the different model years, but here's what I've picked up. The 02 and newer have the latest ABS system. The 03 and newer have a better rear end (17 ball vs 19 ball bearings) and have had significantly less reported failures than 02 and earlier (the failures on earlier models have not been shown to be maintenance related like the spline lubes on your K100). The 05 and newer has a lower seat and a shortened wheelbase for a little easier maneuvering (oh and not to forget the automatic centerstand). The differences on the LT, LTC, LTE and Icon vary a little from year to year. Finally, have to agree with Ken, performance is not a toss-up on these two, the LT wins hands down.

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post #4 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 12:50 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks - I will have some down time from work within the next two weeks so I'll schedule a test ride during that time. I've ridden the CLC and liked it (especially the price), but my preference is to stay with the K motor because it is so much smoother than the R (IMO). As suggested, the test ride will probably be the deciding factor.
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post #5 of 5 Old Sep 9th, 2006, 1:34 pm
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Choice is a personal thing, but if you like to tour two up, ride long distances or have a passion for higher performance, you will really make a mistake by not taking out an LT before making your decision. Ron
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