Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: near Cleveland, OH, USA
Re: K1200LT Rant
I have had very few complaints about my K1200LT. On a 12,500 mile round trip from Ohio to Alaska in 2004, she averaged 54 mpg. My Ď08 GS and Ď09 RT regularly delivered 50 mpg. No complaints there. My biggest complaint was as I got older (now 72), I got weaker but the bike didnít get any lighter, so i have trouble getting her OFF the centerstand. Getting the LT up on the centerstand was solved by retrofitting the electro-hydraulic unit from later years. As for the battery, the original Gel Cell lasted 5 years, the replacement 6 years, and I will have to report back on how long the 3rd battery lasts. For 2-up touring, very few bikes can beat the LT for comfort, and the Mono-go single wheel trailer carries all the camping gear without being noticeable to the performance, handling or mpg. The LT isnít perfect, but it isnít a demon either. Iím glad for the experience Iíve had riding her.