Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Victoria, BC, CANADA
Re: 2002 vs. 2005
It just so happens I have a 2002 and a 2005 1200LT in my garage. I was having the same dilemma in deciding to keep my farkled out 2002, (bought new, extremely well maintained) or make a change.
Bought a 2005 with 37000 kms (23000 mi) on it on a whim, but really still deciding which to keep.
The 2 bikes are very similar in a lot of ways but also very different in a lot of ways. One big difference is the power centre stand on 2005, really like it, but from what I am seeing on the site, prone to failure
Still struggling with BMW quality issues
A lot of trim (not all), accessories, brake parts (ABS different), drive train components except diff will transfer over but electronics, radio dash etc are all different, no crazy about temp and fuel gauge location
It has a little more power 6hp I think, you do feel difference but it is marginal. It handles a little better at lower speed (changed front end rake I think, and the seat is lower (not really a good thing because it puts you in a pocket, you can not move around much also bends knees a little more which is a concern for me (6ft 1 in), have a drivers peg lowering kit to put on. They both handle the same above 5 mph, braking is same.