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post #1 of 22 Old Jan 14th, 2007, 6:38 pm Thread Starter
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Age and RT vs. Lt

I am 62 and have a 2005 LT which I love, except for the weight. Is the RT leg position with the knee more flexed more uncomfortable. I would love a lighter bike but I do love the winter driving comfort of the LT. I did review the poll of BMW drivers and most are younger than me. Are the ones my age all driving LT's because of the comfort or are some switiching to the RT because of the lighter weight?
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post #2 of 22 Old Jan 14th, 2007, 9:17 pm
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Go ride one and that should give you a good idea, I have ridden the 1150 and the 1200 and would not trade the LT for them to many vibes.

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Age vs weight

I'm 60, and 6'4"/255# and just went from a 600# 120hp Vrod to the LT. I'll never look back.
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I bought my 2000 LT new, when I was 63 and plan to keep it until they redesign it. I take an ERC every two years keep my skills sharp.

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post #5 of 22 Old Jan 15th, 2007, 7:14 am
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I am 62 as well. Went to my dealership a few months ago with intentions of buying an R1200RT. Still love the looks of it. That was until I took the LT for a spin. I think the riding positionand smooth engine make the LT more desirable. Not to mention passenger comfort. I personally like the weight of the LT. I feel like I now have a "presence" on the road. What did I move to the LT from? An F650GS!!!!


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If you want to make it feel much lighter then take the back case off, easy to do and see how you like it, some do, some want the extra room of the case.

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post #7 of 22 Old Jan 15th, 2007, 12:53 pm
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I'm 57 and just got my first LT. Traded an 04 RT for the 06. Wonderful bike that only requires just a little more attention during slow speed movement. Once you are rolling it's all good!
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I currently own and ride both an LT and a 1150RT. While they are different, I don't find one more comfortable than the other with regards to leg position. (I have a 32" inseam and size 10 feet). I'm relatively thin (170 lbs 5' 10") and in good physical condition. I'm stating all of this so you have some reference for comparison against yourself. As far as handling goes, the RT is much better in my opinion and a lot easier to muscle around at slow speed.

YMMV so, if possible rent or otherwise ride an RT for a whole day to find out if you would like it better.

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Rt Vs LT

My solution was to have the LT Triked I am almost 65 and for me was the best solution

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Smile Age ,RT vs LT

Hey young man, I ride a 2005 LT and I am 66 years on this earth. I find the LT a much more comfortable ride for long distance. I find the difference in weight between the two bikes is insignificant when it comes to smoooooothness and handling. However that being said the RT is easier to work on.
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I am 51 but could easily pass for 63 and I ride my LT all around town and on the road. It has become the perfect replacement for a car in the L.A. traffic, with the added benefit of splitting lanes. Because my SO is so comfortable on the LT I can hardly think of getting a smaller - and possibly nimbler - bike.
It took me several months to a year to be very comfortable splitting lanes while 2 up, and I remember dreading making U-turns on narrow roads. Not so anymore. Can't comment on the RT as I haven't ridden a newer model. I remember not being impressed with the 1150 owned by a friend.
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I'm 58 and in fairly good shape for an old man..... Horsing a little weight around is good for you. I ride 2 up almost all of the time. That keeps me on my toes. I've never ridden an RT but I would like to. I'd only swap if I liked the bike. I plan to stick with my LT for a while.
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post #13 of 22 Old Jan 21st, 2007, 12:45 pm
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i bought the LT primarily because of my wife. it is the most comfortable bike she has ever ridden, period. it is the perfect escape pod for two-up touring.

if i were riding solo i'd choose something lighter and more sporty.

in my book you are still a young man, since after all you ride a bike.
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I have the same concerns! Love the bike but age and inseam (30'') make me wonder sometimes. Keep the advice and input coming, there are alot of us out there with leanings toward the lighter bike. The great fear is losing the comfort of the LT and the amenities! Anybody tried a shift to the new style K1200GT???
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I have the same concerns! Love the bike but age and inseam (30'') make me wonder sometimes. Keep the advice and input coming, there are alot of us out there with leanings toward the lighter bike. The great fear is losing the comfort of the LT and the amenities! Anybody tried a shift to the new style K1200GT???
Yes, I am seriously considering the new GT with the top box and passenger lowered pegs for Kathy. Trying to get a test drive scheduled, although the actual purchase may be months away... or never if the bike doesn't fit the both of us!

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Still Young

Bill,

I think it is part mental, as far as being old. When I get old, I think I will go for a trike like John. The power stand is a help. I am not old, just born early-Nov. 1939. Did about 20,000 miles last year.
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I am 56 and am 3 months into my first LT (06). Had ridden Road King Classics until now. I really love this bike. My goal is to figure out all the features.....

Do not see me on anything else. And am looking forward to our local groups Iron Butt Run in April.

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I traded my LT for a new RT in late November. I have a radio, Garmin 2730 with XM, and I have a new seat on order. I DO enjoy my comforts. I didn't expect it to be as comfortable for this 56 year old body as the LT was, and it isn't. But, I am satisfied. I especially like the low speed handling and lighter weight. The first time I put it up on the center stand, I nearly tossed it out of the garage.


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I am 56 and am 3 months into my first LT (06). Had ridden Road King Classics until now. I really love this bike. My goal is to figure out all the features.....

Do not see me on anything else. And am looking forward to our local groups Iron Butt Run in April.

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I am 62 and have a 2005 LT which I love, except for the weight. Is the RT leg position with the knee more flexed more uncomfortable. I would love a lighter bike but I do love the winter driving comfort of the LT. I did review the poll of BMW drivers and most are younger than me. Are the ones my age all driving LT's because of the comfort or are some switiching to the RT because of the lighter weight?
Billy I am 69 with 30in inseam. Took me a while to become accustom to the weight and tendency to fall over at slow speeds. I don't think I would trade for a lighter bike. I love this big whale.
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At 63 I bought a 2000 R1100RT & at 67 I added a 2005 K1200LT for 2-up touring. Each has their mission. The RT was a big heavy bike at first, now it seems like the sport bike it is.

The most fun is my '75 R90/6 though.

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post #22 of 22 Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 2:00 pm
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i bought the LT primarily because of my wife.
I too, bought my LT because of my wife. Because we've been married 23 years, and the LT can take me far, far away from her!
(Just joking, dear.)

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