Originally Posted by bigbear
Hi all, since this is my first visit / post I would appreciate some advice for the newbie.
I currently have a 85K100RT and am considering a slight upgrade to an 05 or 06 LT.
Here are a couple of questions or concerns that I have about this upgrade. Due to weather and time constainst I can't do any test rides. Dealer is closing and I may get a good deal.
1) How top heavy is this bike at slow speeds and stops especialy two up.
2) Maitenace items accesability. I have done all the work on my RT and will likely try to do all the work on the LT also.
3) If there is a sight already that cover this please point me in the right direction.
Big Bear AKA Roy
This site is the one! There is a wealth of information here, just read the FAQ section, and the Hall of Wisdom. That can keep you busy for a day or so.
First, I have ridden a K100, and the LT is not a "slight upgrade", but a rather major one. The K100 is a little quicker "off the line", but the LT will blow it away at higher speeds, and be a LOT smoother. The K100 I rode was awfully "buzzy" at freeway speeds, mirrors were useless, and above 50-60 had a lot less punch than the LT.
The LT is certainly a lot more top heavy at walking speeds, and you have to be careful, especially to not use the front brake hard at near stop without being sure the front wheel is absolutely straight ahead. The Telelever suspension makes this far more important than standard forks, as there is no dive on braking, so if the wheel is turned even a little the mass will try to tip it over in the direction the wheel is turned. Not a problem once you are used to it though.
Maintenance is harder than a boxer, but about the same as your K100 once the fairings are off. Looks a little daunting at first, but after a time or two you can have all the main fairings off in about 20-30 minutes. Add another 15-20 minutes if you are replacing the air or fuel filter to get the tank off. A little time consuming, but not difficult.
Too bad you cannot get a test ride! That would likely sell you on the LT quickly, your wife/SO even quicker.