Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: Thinking about an LT
I am 5' 8", with a 29" inseam. I have no problem flat footing the LT and as everyone has said, it is a truly amazing machine. There is a low and high seat setting. Mine is on then low setting. Despite the numerous discussions about mechanical issue and the LT, I have racked up over 50 K miles in 2 seasons without so much as a dollar spent on repairs. Tires and fluids is the extent of what I have had to spend on my bike.
I particularly enjoy long distance touring. The LT is a mileage monster. Set it on cruise, point it to the horizon, and go like the wind. As you have read, it is a bit top heavy but with practice, you can overcome this characteristic of the bike.
Riding the LT, with the stock saddle, for 12 hours a day, is a testament to the design of this bike, in my humble opinion.
I urge you to get to your local BMW dealer. Last week I was allowed to take an RT out for the day, no questions asked. I was even told that it was not necessary to have refueled the bike, even though I did.
In the big bike, luxo tourer class, you could do a whole lot worse.
Let us know what you finally decide.
Paul M. Feldman
2008 - R1200RT "Cino"
2005 - KLT - "Tipsy" (now "Toasty") RIP
2004 - Suzuki Burgman 650
1978 - GL 1000
1985 - GL 1200 20th Anniversary Edition
1976 - Honda 750A
1973 - Honda CB 360 - "Bone Shaker"
1966 - Suzuki S80 - "Old Smokey"