I've been riding motorcycles for about 35 years now and i clearly remember when the K bikes arrived--i was riding each summer from 85-87 from Michigan to Wyoming, into Cali and down into Arizona and New Mexico, then back up through Colorado with a buddy on a pair of 650 Nighthawks.
The last summer we did this, he bought the k75 inline 3 and i was so envious i could barely stand to ride next to him.
in 98, when the LT made her debut, i drooled for months and the bike immediately became my dream machine. Unfortunately, my financial situation was such that buying much beyond a Schwinn was outta the question.
Life has improved considerably for me over the past decade but this is the first BMW I've ever owned and I've had my LT for about 72 hours as I write this.
Unfortunately, i've only been able to ride her about 4 of those hours (weather's wet/slick and been colder than a warlock's wang in a brass jockstrap).
I got a helluva deal from Bloodworth BMW here in Nashville (Glenn Watkins was about the best salesman i've ever had the pleasure of dealing with) and rolled outta the showroom with their last 05.
She's loaded, too--the only things i don't have are the nav system, the soft-touch seat and the adjustable passenger footpegs.
the one other bummer was that i couldn't choose the color, but the gold
scheme is just about as classy as i can get it, so i'm not too disappointed, although if i would have had muh druthers, i'druther of had a darker blue or charcoal color for my bike.
believe me tho, i am by no means unhappy with the color, and the bike as a package has surpassed my wildest fantasies!
Now i'm just impatiently awaiting nicer weather to ride in, and i'll be in for the 6K service before most folks break their bikes outta their garages for the summer!
you'll think you died and went to Beemer heaven come April--congrats and i hope to pass you on the road one day!