Originally Posted by drev53
Hello!! I am shopping for a new bike and a few weeks ago I test drove a Gold Wing 1800 and was very impressed. Today a test drove a K1200LT and fell in love with a marvelous bike. At this point, I have a few questions. First, while I am not a professional mechanic, I like to do as much work on my bikes as I possibly can. How easy is it to work on this bike?? Besides the BMW service manual, is there some other source for information on how to do the service work on a K1200LT?? Second, all of the other bikes I have owned or even considered purchasing had mediocre suspension and all were vastly improved by upgrading the suspension. Is this also true for the BMW bikes?? for the K1200LT?? If so, what would you recommend??
Thanks for your help.
I believe that you will find that both the Honda and the BMW are somewhat of a challenge to work on, but this should not deter you from buying. As with any bike, certain things are easy
, certain things are more difficult
. One of the more aggravating factors in working on the LT is removing all the plastic bodywork (tupperware) to get to the smallest things. Once you get the hang of it, it isn't all that bad and all that plastic makes it the easiest bike ever to wash! Not all the nooks and crannies of a bike with an exposed engine.
Besides the BMW manual, which I think is rather lacking, I would suggest the Clymer manual and a lot of study on this site. This site is the most incredible resource I have ever seen for ANY motorcycle. There are folks on this site who are more than ready to help out in any way and are a veritable well-spring of knowledge. I have owned my LT only about 6 months and have already pulled MAJOR services on it...mostly preventative maintenance and have not had to take it to a dealer yet. Guys on this site helped out...with advice and physical assistance.
As for suspension, almost any bike can be improved upon dramatically by aftermarket products and the precious LT is no exception. It is costly and I would suggest riding for awhile and then, if you feel it is needed, upgrade. Frankly, the stock suspension on my LT provides a far superior ride over any other bike I have ever ridden.
One other thing...I love my LT for many reasons...one of which is the fact that you don't see one on every corner.
It is a FANTASTIC bike...even though it is large, it handles great, plenty of power, full of conveniences and very dependable. Oh yeah...I LOVE riding now better than ever before...all because of the virtues of the LT! God bless and have a great day.