Originally Posted by esa1178
I bought the bike in late 2004 as a 'Training' bike. I had not been on a bike in years, and wanted something that would ease me back onto 2 wheels.
So, anyhow, 2 years have passed by and I am ready to
not the K 1200 LT is right for me, or too much bike. I live in Northen California, So some really great Valley, Mountain and Coastal rides. My Wife is timid when it comes to biking and I am hoping that the K 1200 LT will sell her on it.
I am guesstimating that after a trade in of my current bike, my monthly payment would be around $300. Not sure what the insurance would be.
I live 4 blocks from I-5 and work 1/4 mile from I-5 so will be riding to work.
The weather is turning here now, so this is the best time to get ready for Touring. So, I guess I am wondering, being 175lbs and what with the weight of the bike at 835LBS, is it too much? I was also wondering if BMW motorcycle had 'camps' or day classes for new riders on the big dog? I did take the weekend motorcycle training course here in California, but it did not focus on the bigger bikes. Thanks for reading this post. I look forward to participating in the forum often from now on.
I can't sell you on something you have so much concern about becasue of it's size, mainly because I do not know you, have never seen you ride to even slightly guess what your ability may be.
My recomendation is go test ride every single bike you can possibly test ride.
Where you live i would highly consider test riding the BMW R1200GS with and without your bride on it! then ride the the K1200GT, The R1200RT, then jump to the bigger bikes like the K1200LT, the Honda Goldwing, the FL's series from HD,
Also do not leave out any of the jap branded sport touring bikes like the FJR all these sport touring bikes are much lighter than the K1200 LT the Gold wing and the FLH's and still do a fantastic job of touring! Kawasaki has the the new concourse coming out soon as well
really sounds as if you have some concerns and you rightly do, also look for used K100's, K1100's R1150rt's (but the new ones are lighter
Do not buy something you may be worried about it's size and weight particularly where you live, the one place that the LT can take away from your riding expereince is in the mountains, and not becuase of it's handling ability (it handles GREAT for a 830lb motorcycle),
But because sometimes its just flat hard to park if you want to just pull over and enjjoy a great view particularly out west in those REAL mountains!!
do not buy anything that will add frustration to your concerns, take another step up from where you are for a year or two first, then you wil actually enjoy your ride!