Originally Posted by lippol
I'm thinking of trading my HD Electra Glide for a K1200 LT. Has anyone else done this and what are your thoughts? Also does anyone have input on the best BMW dealer in the Phoenix area?
I did the same thing, only I bought my 2005 LT before selling my 99 FLHTC - it was a good deal and I didn't want to lose it. Let me say these are two completely different worlds. To me, the HD world is all about the "bad guy" image, loud pipes, crappy half-helmets and biker bars. I did that for some time, and for many years I was all about that scene.
However, my Harley let me down several times when I needed it most, and after many spark showers going around tight corners and, ultimately, hitting the back of a Honda Accord because of the 'Glide's old-tech brakes (and of course because I wasn't paying enough attention) - I decided that I either needed to hang it up, or get a bike that would be safer.
That's when I started looking at BMW's. If you haven't been to Jeff Dean's site (http://bmwdean.home.att.net/
) you should check it out. In particular, there is an article there on ABS brakes on motorcycles (http://bmwdean.home.att.net/abs.htm
) that turned me around from giving up motorcycling to getting a bike with ABS - as well as a change in my life with more of an emphasis on keeping it.
I originally planned to buy an R1200RT, as I have had my eyes on an R1150RT for many years now and they were brand-spanking new. I headed over to Irv Seaver BMW, fully expecting to walk out the proud owner of a new RT, or a used one in good condition. I rode both, and actually after years of riding the Electra-Glide, they seemed to small to me. The R1200RT especially seemed way too small for my 275 lbs - I was not able to find the shift or brake levers without searching with my toes. I was bummed, as my wife poo-pooed the K1200LT as soon as we walked in. "NO WAY am I riding on that thing! It's UGLY! Look at that top trunk!"
Well luckily I decided to veto her and the folks at Irv Seaver graciously dragged a used-but-gorgeous 2005 LT out of the showroom for me to take a ride. I have to admit that I stalled it pulling out of the parking lot. Started right back up, then it was the brakes - very touchy. But, after getting out and making a few turns, doing a U at the end of the street and taking her out into some real traffic - it hit me - this thing is LIKE BUTTER! I fell instantly in love. So smooth, like velvet. Nice power, total comfort, and some very nice handling too. I rode back and told the O.L. to get on the back, and with some protest she complied and we went for a ride.
First thing she mentioned was how comfortable it was. Then, how good the radio sounded. Then, how there was much less wind than on the RT. Sold!
Since then I have been riding "Bertha" (after a Grateful Dead song) every day, and loving it more and more. Sure I know there are some trouble spots that I have read about here on the forums, but every bike's got them, HD's no different. I CAN say that this bike TOTALLY out-performs my 'Glide, even with her Screaming Eagle enhancements. This thing moves, and when you need it to perform, it performs. I have taken turns that used to grind metal every time on the Harley, at 2x the speed with the LT with no signs of touching anything. It also stops on a freaking DIME, a bit noisily but stops assuringly well under all conditions. And if there's a bit of slipperyness under there, the ABS can help greatly unless you're leaned over in a curve.
My recommendation - DO IT! Do it NOW! You will never regret it.
PS - anyone looking for a '99 Electro-Glide Classic in Mystique Green?