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post #1 of 8 Old Oct 11th, 2006, 12:33 pm Thread Starter
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What is the diff? LT, LTE, LTC, LTI ???

Is there any place I can find a description of different types of K1200 LT

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Early on there were 3 levels ...
Standard .. Icon .. Custom

* Standard (LT) had no heated seat, No chrome, No CD player, No computer

** Icon (LTI) was same as standard, But included CD player & Computer

*** Custom (LTC) had all the above & Chrome trimmings + heated seats

Later came the Exedus (LTE), All the custom fittings, + factory GPS & Comm system.

This is of course from my feeble memory

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A Brief History of the "New" LT

In '99 when the "new" LT was introduced, the LT came in three dresses:

LT Standard. (No CD, no heat, no chrome, etc.)
LTi (Icon). (No chrome, no heated seat, but with heated grips, and 6CD and tape player in the oddments box)
LTc (Custom) (Chrome trim, cushy seat, heated grips and seat, 6CD and tape player. Intercoms were offered as an option and were ordered and paid for by many riders but the units didn't show up for months and then didn't work. A plug 'n cool ice box for the top box was offered but never showed up.)

The LTc sat about an inch higher than the Icon due to the seat. List prices were about 1K difference for each model.

Dunlop tires rubbed and needed shims in '99 and '00, Bridgstones wore out early but ran well on wet, and Metzlers became the tire most frequently used. Some have played with Avons and some have fooled around with mixed sets. By '02 most LT riders fought with dealers to pump up the sneakers to 42/48 making 14K an expected tire life. This beat goes on.

I think it was '01 or '02 when the Standard and Icon disappeared. The LTE (Exodus) was closest to the original Custom and second generation intercom systems didn't work much better than the early models. Cushy seats were an option from '00 on I think, as was a lowering kit which actually required plastic removal from the side panels. Cup holders appeared around '01 for a small fortune enlisting long and sometimes humorous threads on this site. No model was offered without chrome trim after '00. 3-5% of the '99-'03s, regardless of trim level, had rear bearing failures around the 30K mark. This abated in '04 and is less frequently reported now.

Move to '04 and there was one LT (with power brakes?) with options or packages that could be added by the country importing the LT, the individual dealers, or the buyer. The basic configuration for the LT in the US, for instance, is different from the model sold in England, or Canada for that matter.

Examples: the warranty period is a matter of the country importing the bikes. Our friends in Europe consider us fortunate to have a three year honeymoon. Our Canadian friends had (still have?) unlimited miles for their period of coverage which, if I recall correctly, is less than ours. There were few '05 LTs imported into the US without the "optional" convenience package. By '05, the taller US windshield which was actually standard in '99, had become an option and the short or Euro shield which was a special order in '99 had become the most frequently supplied unit.

Around '02 or '03 the tape player was replaced by a CD in the oddments box.
Add the HP boost, the lower sit, integrated brakes, rake adjustment, and the power centerstand in late '04 as an '05 model and you are pretty much up to date. The optional Nav and communication systems have evolved over the past couple of years to their present level. Few owners have been happy with CB application from '99-present.

I may be off a year here or there but this will give you a sense of the history of the "new" LT. Where I've gotten details wrong or have neglected something, virtual voices will appear to set me straight.

Wayne 'Doc' Edkin, Blossvale, NY
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Thank you guys

As expected - you know it all.

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BMW has gone the way of HD and others. Everything is now ala carte. My '03 LTC has items that you pay extra individually for now. Was a better deal for the buyer when options were bundled.

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I wonder if this is true of models sold this side of the water.
My '99 has Heated grips, seat and backrest
No chrome trim
No CD changer

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Greetings.

Options and factory fitted equipment sure is all over the place. Here in Australia, I recently picked up a '99 LT. It has the 6 cd stacker in the right pannier, cd based GPS in the left pannier, seat heat front and rear, handle bar heat, tape player beneath the stingray with radio and trip computer. I think the only thing I missed out on is the intercom. We also primarily get the euro cut low screen.

We obviously get a different package here in Australia.

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Trust me, you didn't miss out on the factory intercom. It was pretty much useless.

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