Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Roseville (Gateway to the Sierras), CA, USA
Re: Older 1200LT v Newer 1200LT
On US models the 2002 was the first "upgrade" version of the LT. Changed the brakes, comm system, etc. The second upgrade happened with the 2005 model. Extra HP, shorter rake, Zenon light, courtesy lights, power locking side cases and topcase, and the power centerstand. The 2004 model in the US is the same as the 2002 model. One difference between 2002 and 2004 is the bearing upgrade in the final drive. 2004s are less prone to final driver failure. My regular ride is a 2002 but I have significant miles on a 2005. I ride mostly two-up. I did not see any major difference in power between the two, the power centerstand is quite finicky on anything other than level surfaces forcing you to use the sidestand,(I always put it up on the centerstand) and I found the shorter rake to give the bike a tendency to turn in on itself in slow speed manuevers. I am sure the latter issue is not that critical and even preferable after one gets used to it. I prefer my 2002 the way I have it set up. If I was going to get a replacement, I would definitely get a 2005 or newer model. Newer means everything is newer. Hoses, plastic, technology, part availability, etc. My only concern is that they do not come in any decent colors and I understand the last model in the current version(2009) will only be available in black. On the other hand, the 2002 might be the best value for your budget after you consider the model type(Custom, Elite, Standard?) and the value of any accessories included.
Bob Morrow #4204
2014 K1600GTLE "Firefly" GTL 4 Two
2002 K1200LTE "Green Hornet" LT 4 Two (history)
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