Originally Posted by BillyBoy
Hello! Just joined this forum. My brother and I have been Harley riders for years and years. He will be retiring within the next year and asked me to help him look for a touring motorcyle. His girlfriend is uncomfortable riding on his Big Dog, and they would like to do some touring once they have more time after his retirement.
I began looking into Goldwings and BMWs (in addition to Harley Baggers), and he is very interested in an R1200LT. However, from reading many posts from the experts on this forum, I've read about a number of issues: issues with slow speeds in parking lots and gas stations; trunk locks that break easily; rear drive problems; etc. But, I've also read all of the wonderful things about the comfort once you're on the road, the ease of handling, the comfort for the passenger, etc.
I've also read through many of the posts for the RTs.
Given that he will ride as a single rider at times; but, also given that he is looking for a touring bike that will be comfortable for his girlfriend; and, given that there are a lot of good things also said about the RT in terms of touring; would your inclination be toward the LT or RT?
Any help you can provide will be especially useful. In terms of being out on the road, it seems as if the LT really has all that he would want. But, face it, we do park in parking lots, back the bike out of garages, ride slowly into gas stations, and want something that is reliable without a lot of little things (and, sometimes, big things) becoming troublesome. Perhaps it's just because of the number of posts on the LT forum vs the number of posts on the RT forum, but it seems as if more problems have been identified in terms of the LT than for the RT.
Thanks for your help!
After many years riding bikes as a hobby (1 Suzuki, 3 Yamaha, 1 Harley, 1 Honda) I've finally arrived to the "BMW way of riding".
I've a R1200RT brand new, wich I've bought 3 months ago, and shows already 11.000Kms, due to my first a trip - Lisbon-Berlin (3 days), and Berlin-Lisbon (2 days).
In the last day of that trip I´ve departed from a town between Paris and Orléans by 6:00am and arrived at my home in Lisbon, at 22:00pm, after 1.850 Kms (16 hours) on the top of the RT.
Conclusion: Excellent machine for travelling.
Very well balanced frame, very good brakes, very good 2-cylinder engine, very good wind (and rain) protection, and... fantastic comfort and handling. The ESA device is absolutely sensational and effective.
I don't think I could make such a long distance with any of my previous bykes.
When maneuvering at very slow speeds, like when parking, you only need to pay attention to the size of your legs. If you can reach the soil with both feet, no problem. If you have some difficulty in touching the floor with both feet, pay attention to the balance, plan ahead your manoeuvre, and make it very slow to avoid loosing the "equilibrium".
After all, is the same with every bikes and you'll feel at home after the first week.
The RT is excellent in all aspects.
I've have recorded in my GPS a top speed, in German highways, where the speed is not limited (probably you didn´t know these fun news... eheheh), the RT reached 220kms/ hour, metered in my Garmin Zumo.
What else would you need?
The LT is the admiral vessel, even better in long distance travelling, but less flexible in the city traffic. Of course.
These are the main differences, I suppose.