New Member Question - BMW Luxury Touring Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old Oct 30th, 2006, 6:43 pm Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 6
New Member Question

Good evening all. I am new to the BMW motorcycle community since letting my previous ride go four months ago. I have been riding Honda's for the past fifteen years, most recently a Goldwing, but a friend of mine has finally convinced me to switch.
I am hoping to gain knowledge from this forum regarding the purchase of a K1200LT. I am wondering if there are any specific issues to look out for with any given model year (maintenance, reliability, features, etc.). I have found a number of eligible candidates on ibmwr.org that I am considering, but I want to make an informed choice. I greatly appreciate any insight any of you might provide.

Brian Raber
Huntsville, AL
blraber is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 Old Oct 30th, 2006, 7:10 pm
Senior Member
 
cfell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Posts: 7,794
Howdy, Brian!

Congrats for filling in your Profile!!!

I suggest you read the "HOW" forum... "Hall of Wisdom". The informatin there is too good to attempt to duplicate here.

Having become a 'convert' to BMW only 2 years ago I think the "faults" clearly and overwhelmingly override any "issues" you may find with the K1200LT.

Our "Misty" is an '05 model. I like the way the dash is laid out along with the other control features. The "issues" are ...

1- lousy rider seat
2- poor "lighting" headlights
3- for an "average guy" like me.. (280#, 6'2" and 33" inseam) the bike seat height is fine, except the foot position after a couple of hours in the saddle.

On the other hand, the Hydraulic Center Stand, higher output engine, ABS, etc, etc, are great!

If you buy a bike which is eligible for "extended warranty", any "mechanical issues" should be easily resolved...

The biggest key is your "dealer".... if you buy the "warranty" from them they will be able to tell you, "up front" what to expect with any significant problem.

Good hunting!

...............
J.M.J...
Dcn Channing

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
cfell is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old Oct 30th, 2006, 7:27 pm
Senior Member
 
bflemingor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Tualatin, OR, USA
Posts: 495
Why the LT

A Harley friend told me - you buy what "moves" you. That's true, but there's more, too. My history is HONDA (Goldwing, Valkryie (x2)), then two Harley V-rods.

My real descision rose from (1) my SO really did not like to ride on the Harley, and (2) while the V-rod would eat sport bikes for lunch, it really wasn't a long distance bike for a 55+ guy, who's 6'4", and 250# - (anyone mention the 3 gal tank??).

I had a friend who bought a new '05, and rode it to our place this summer (480 miles in one day - with one gas stop), and let me take my SO on a ride. We popped the windshield up, she settled back, and the rest is history, sort of.

I had gone to my local Harley shop to look at the '07 Ultras, and lo, there was a graphite '06 LT with 7K miles and EVERY BMW option, and extra stuff to boot, being traded for an Ultra.. I remembered my SO's comments, my friend's bike, and made an offer for it on the spot. A deal was finally consumated, and the new beast graces my garage.

In truth, I test rode a Goldwing, and loathed it - the 1800 is nothing like the 1500 - and that's not leaning toward improvements either, the Harley never touched my soul - old technology in every way, I have always disliked riding the sport tourers from all the makers, but if the big Triumph had some BMWish fit and finish, it would have been a tougher decision.

My last point relates to my 3K road trip this fall, which included my friend on his LT - I have never seen an easier bike to clean at the end of a long day on the road.

That's the story for me - I'm sure there are many others. My recommendation is that if you want an upright bike that will blow the wheels off almost any other two wheeler - look at the V-rod. If you want a two wheeled BMW (I have owned 7 of those), that's smooth, fun, and the SO will approve of - go for the LT.
bflemingor is offline  
 
post #4 of 4 Old Oct 31st, 2006, 8:16 am
Wrencher Extraordinaire
 
jzeiler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Hazel Green, AL, USA
Posts: 13,226
Brian,

Lets get together some time for lunch or what ever, as I work in Huntsville and live in Hazel Green. Be happy to share my 2 years + experiences on the LT.

Day# 842-0319

John
2009 K1300GT Red Rocket
2009 R1200GS (Gone)
2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
2006 Bushtec Turbo+2 Spell
2004 330 Ci Convertable
K4AN

Have ridden a Motorcycle in all 48
But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jzeiler is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW Luxury Touring Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Another Rear Drive Bites the Dust - Question lad K1200LT 63 Jul 19th, 2013 12:34 pm
potentially dumb air pressure question petevandyke K1200LT 11 Sep 24th, 2006 7:44 pm
A question and an introduction royal K1200LT 18 Sep 19th, 2006 9:09 pm
Junior Member - Member - Senior Member reelman BMWLT Site Support Forum 3 Jan 14th, 2006 8:18 am
Thanks to our first PLATINUM member andy Chit Chat 10 Oct 2nd, 2005 5:33 pm

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome